Grandia II PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2002
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 71
    A great game... that you should be playing on another system.
  4. 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.
  5. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    To put it bluntly, this game's graphics are a mess...still a great RPG. [Feb 2002, p.107]
  6. PSM Magazine
    70
    The biggest feather in the game's cap lies in it's amazing battle system. [Feb 2002, p.42]
  7. A fantastic break from the Final Fantasy-dominated RPG genre.
  8. 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.
  9. An above average RPG when released on the lesser Dreamcast system, on the PS2 it is merely average.
  10. Game Informer
    65
    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]
  11. 60
    It has an original take on the combat system but its average graphics and strictly linear gameplay will not guarantee a long shelf life.
  12. 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.

Awards & Rankings

63
#63 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
76
#76 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. May 2, 2013
    10
    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 madeI 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. May 18, 2011
    10
    This is one of the best RPG games I've played. Without giving away too much, you go around destroying different parts of an evil god. He needsThis is one of the best RPG games I've played. Without giving away too much, you go around destroying different parts of an evil god. He needs to absorb all of these pieces to become whole again. Where the game really shines is the battle system. Your characters and enemies are constantly moving around, though the game pauses to give you a chance to give commands to your characters. Depending on how far away a character is from an enemy depends on how long it will take to attack them. You can use "critical" attacks to cancel out an enemy's move if timed carefully.

    You should know this is a Dreamcast port, so the graphics are Dreamcast era. This is one of those games that would have been better by not using 3-D real-time graphics. However, the characters are animated well, doing everything from scooting out of bed to going into an angry pose while speaking.

    For people that like to read, the characters consistently have outrageous and funny puns to say. An alter ego of one of the characters flirts with the main character, who likes to think of himself as a tough guy, but he eventually softens up. The dialogue reminds me of that written for Disgaea.

    It would be unfair of me to rate the game lower because of the technical flaws, but it's way TOO noticeable. The graphics clip in and out constantly, there's MASSIVE slowdowns within towns and a few dungeons. Fog and reflection effects double the slowdown. There's even glitches that affect the menus and text sometimes, but they are not deal breakers. Gold coins that appear after defeating enemies turn black half of the time. To be fair, the game never froze once. I give this game a 10 despite its technical flaws, which I feel shouldn't detract from the game. It's definitely worth trying, but pickup the Dreamcast version if you can.
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  3. Jan 9, 2016
    9
    Very good battle system, interesting plot, charming characters.
    The difficulty level maybe is a little low.
    I enjoyed this game and
    Very good battle system, interesting plot, charming characters.
    The difficulty level maybe is a little low.
    I enjoyed this game and recommend it to people who likes RPG games.
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