• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2002
  • Also On: PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. It's got excellent battle mechanics, plenty of character building choices, a bright airy feel, some witty interjections from Ryduo and Skye, and has hours and hours of gameplay.
  2. Enjoy Grandia II for its appealing characters, interesting story, 30+ hour length and the best active-time battle engine in the business.
  3. The battle system still rocks the house if you're a fan of fast-paced turn-based systems.
  4. 80
    The voice-acting is noteworthy, but there are some just rudimentary audio effects and the music is sometimes dramatic, sometimes just unexciting...Good, basic RPG fare.
  5. Grandia II happily dwells in a genre where its players will sacrifice a bit of visual quality for a compelling story and excellent combat and character mechanics. Luckily, these are delivered in spades.
  6. Grandia II still stands out as a fantastic RPG...[though] the graphics took a punch in the teeth in the translation.
  7. Grandia II may not look like much from a technical standpoint--disappointingly, the game actually looks a bit worse than the original Dreamcast version--but its visual design is well done.
  8. It’s not the best RPG out there, far from that. But it’s still pretty fun o play, although it might need some getting used to.
  9. 71
    A great game... that you should be playing on another system.
  10. The biggest feather in the game's cap lies in it's amazing battle system. [Feb 2002, p.42]
  11. 70
    It has its ups and its downs, and it certainly isn't the equal of its predecessor, but it's a good-looking game and an absolutely great-playing one.
  12. The graphics are dated and Ryundo's bad-boy character has been done to death. But those are only small faults in an otherwise excellent game.
  13. A fantastic break from the Final Fantasy-dominated RPG genre.
  14. To put it bluntly, this game's graphics are a mess...still a great RPG. [Feb 2002, p.107]
  15. An above average RPG when released on the lesser Dreamcast system, on the PS2 it is merely average.
  16. Tie the archaic visual presentation to the nauseating plot and uninteresting character personalities, and the end result is yet another RPG that doesn't live up to the expectations. [Mar 2002, p.79]
  17. It has an original take on the combat system but its average graphics and strictly linear gameplay will not guarantee a long shelf life.
  18. The game suffers from slowdown that drags the game to a slowdown, clipping, and worst of all it has a tendency to freeze up, requiring the PS2 to be reset.
  19. Inexplicably horrible graphics completely ruin an otherwise splendid title. [Feb 2002, p.156]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. May 2, 2013
    I loved this game, I couldn't put it down once the story picked up. The characters, battle system and story really held my attention and made this a game I played constantly, I'm looking forward to picking up more in the Grandia series someday. Full Review »
  2. Mar 15, 2013
    An absolutely charming JRPG and a fine example of its genre. This game could not be any more JRPG if it tried. Great and memorable plot that is really clever. Charming characters. Fun and innovative combat. I totally enjoyed this game and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for the JRPG experience. Full Review »
  3. Jul 25, 2012
    I would have given this game a 10 if not for the sloppy PSX port. The game is choppy and load times are excruciating. This is the best battle system in the history of RPG's. The story was great and was in my opinion was ripped off for the storyline of FFX, some of the characters were ripped off as well. This game is hard, but maybe not worth playing on the PSX if your an impatient person. Full Review »