Skies of Arcadia Legends GameCube

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Universal acclaim- based on 93 Ratings

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  • Summary: Grasp the wheel of your air-ship and prepare to embark on a legendary adventure. You are Vyse, a young member of the Blue Rogue pirates. Together with your childhood friend Aika and Fina, a mysterious girl, you are locked in an epic struggle with a powerful enemy nation for the fate of theGrasp the wheel of your air-ship and prepare to embark on a legendary adventure. You are Vyse, a young member of the Blue Rogue pirates. Together with your childhood friend Aika and Fina, a mysterious girl, you are locked in an epic struggle with a powerful enemy nation for the fate of the world. You must gather your own crew of air pirates and journey through uncharted skies to vanquish the empire from every corner of the map. Along the way, you'll wage battles against savage monsters and evil pirates as you make a name for yourself on land and in the sky. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. GameNow
    100
    The Skies experience is bright, poppy, and exciting. [Feb 2003, p.50]
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    92
    An absolutely phenomenal experience... GameCube desperately needed a title like this. [Feb 2003, p.151]
  3. For all of its failings though, Skies Of Arcadia Legends is a worthy game. The atmosphere draws you in completely, and the wonderful characters make your journey through this massive game a total joy.
  4. If you are looking for an adventure of epic proportions with a sci-fi twist on pirates and that sports a classic, yet polished, RPG battle interface with some interesting innovations such as ship battles, then Skies of Arcadia Legends is definitely the game for you!
  5. 85
    RPGs fans must buy and play this game -- no questions asked. Get over the graphics and technical shortcomings; it's still a great game.
  6. If you're looking for an enjoyable but fairly traditional RPG with a cracking storyline and likeable characters, Skies of Arcadia Legends comes about as highly recommended as any game can.
  7. The story is only average for a RPG (make that above average if you love the air pirates setting), the combat system is mildly interesting but lacks much in the way of depth and the presentation is a bit dated.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Michael
    Feb 25, 2003
    10
    The ultimate turn based battle RPG ever "I love this game". "it's really cool" (in the words of my friends)
  2. Jan 30, 2011
    10
    Skies of Arcadia is nothing short of a masterpiece. I'm not even sure where to start. Everything from the bright colorful visuals with in aSkies of Arcadia is nothing short of a masterpiece. I'm not even sure where to start. Everything from the bright colorful visuals with in a charming world with distinct towns and cities. The soundtrack while slightly gimped on the GC version (DC version is superior in this aspect), is the best I have ever heard in a video game. For example the boss battle music will actually shift depending on how well (or bad) the fight is going for you. I sometimes found my self just hanging around town so I could listen to the music. The characters are lovable and interesting and I found my self so into their stories and the story at large that I sometimes had to just put the controller down so I didn't rush through the game.

    Phew, I haven't even talked about game play yet. It is a standard old school JRPG and if I could get one complaint out of the way is that the random battles can sometimes get excessive. Other than that the gameplay uses a unique system where all the characters share a single action bar with different moves and attacks subtracting from that bar. Special attacks have some great visuals and it's satisfying finishing off a boss with them. I really could go on and on about this game. Go on Ebay and buy either the GC or DC version and play it, if you are even a remote fan of RPG/JRPGS you will not be disappointed
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  3. ShawnT.
    Mar 8, 2003
    10
    Best rpg i have ever played.
  4. May 15, 2012
    10
    Simply a masterpiece. The sound track, the visuals, the RPG aspects of it... it's all.... so perfectly blended together. This is actually mySimply a masterpiece. The sound track, the visuals, the RPG aspects of it... it's all.... so perfectly blended together. This is actually my favorite game. I think I played through this like... 5 times. Expand
  5. May 19, 2012
    10
    Skies of Arcadia is without a doubt the absolute greatest game I have ever had the pleasure of playing. The music is incredible, the graphicsSkies of Arcadia is without a doubt the absolute greatest game I have ever had the pleasure of playing. The music is incredible, the graphics are still quite nice today, the storyline is simply a glorious masterpiece of gaming, the characters are fantastic, the combat is fun, and the setting is nothing short of immersive. The music is slightly altered in the Gamecube version, but it still sounds nice. In short, this game is one of the greatest games ever made, and you are doing yourself a favour by playing it. Expand
  6. JordanG
    Sep 21, 2009
    9
    Best RPG experience ever? Yes. I admit I haven't played much Final Fantasy, as sad as it may seem, but from my experiences Skies of Best RPG experience ever? Yes. I admit I haven't played much Final Fantasy, as sad as it may seem, but from my experiences Skies of Arcadia Legends is just the most fun I have ever had in an RPG. People criticise the story, but I enjoyed it, and the combat system is amazing, you find yourself strategising so much that you forget it's a turn-based RPG at all! Oh and the air ship combat system is one of the most unique and engaging experiences I ever played through. They are a game in themselves. Expand
  7. Aug 5, 2016
    2
    It seemed every time I started midly enjoying the game, I then ended up running around an area forever because the game never gives you anyIt seemed every time I started midly enjoying the game, I then ended up running around an area forever because the game never gives you any indication of where to go next, it treats the player like a kid yet it's just as stupid. The elemental weapon system is frankly annoying, especially when it's tied to learning magic. The camera is a pile of **** and your characters position in battle isn't controlled by you yet it affects the battles... This game is a trainwreck. Areas are designed to be annoying. Very little is obvious, nothing is compelling and everything feels pointless. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

#9 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#6 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003