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  • Summary: Yuki has idolized the legendary pilot Schmidt since he was a young boy and has been trying to build his own ever since. Loving the freedom of flight, he dreams of one day leaving his small island and reaching the mainland. In the woods not far away, Alfina rides alone on a horse-drawn carriage. She is a Communicator, one of the few who can speak with the Guardians, gods that protect the world. She is hurrying to a temple to take the place of her brother, Emelious. Resentment of his obligated duty as a Communicator has turned Emelious into a cruel and violent being filled with hate. Fate will bring together Yuki and Alfina just as the world is about to fall apart. [Square Enix] Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Grandia III may not be everything it could have been, but it's a great game nonetheless. [Mar 2006, p.39]
  2. The design of the game will be familiar to all fans of the series, and I believe it’s safe to saw that Grandia III may be the best installment of the series so far. A must-have, especially for fans of the series.
  3. Grandia III's story isn't tedious, but neither is it memorable. It begins well but never gels.
  4. 80
    The brilliant graphics and intriguing combat system make Grandia III an excellent choice for PS2 RPGers-and should happily tide them over until "Final Fantasy XII" arrives. [Mar 2006, p.102]
  5. Grandia III is nowhere near perfect and it's definitely not one of the better rpgs on the system. But the battles are so much fun that most won't really mind when the story falls to pieces. [JPN Import]
  6. Unfortunately, the adventure is too predictable--particularly on a system known for awesome RPG's--but it's still distinctive enough to warrant exploration. [Jun 2006, p.86]
  7. If you've got a lot of house work to do, Grandia III might be for you. Do the dishes or clean up the dog's mess while the dire plot unwinds, then plop back onto the couch in time to crack skulls.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. PeterThompson
    Jul 20, 2009
    A lot of fun. Once you get into it, it can take up a lot of your time with missions, powering up the character, learning the different spells etc. From someone who finishes a game a year at best, this one has me hooked. As I wind down into the 45 hour range, I know it's ending - and the mark of a good game for me is: I wish it wasn't. Expand
  2. GogetaP.
    Apr 29, 2006
    This is the best game to happen since Final Fantasy! Tactical and challenging battles, easy to follow storyline, and enjoyable challenging bosses.
  3. Furqan
    Jul 24, 2006
    Some of the best graphics out there in the industry, rich polyginal detail, huge landscapes, minimal loading times, multiple gameplay styles, easy to pick up gameplay, diversity of environments and worlds...what else would you want from an RPG ?! Awesome game, two thumbs up! Expand
  4. SteveM.
    Feb 16, 2006
    Great game so far, especially the combat. I think that is defiantly the selling point of this series. In alot of RPGs the combat can get quite tedious after just a few battles. In this game it seems to get more and more fun. I love trying to sneak up on the ememies and give them a smackin! It gives you the initiative in battles. There is also several different ways to counter and combo, it's awsome. I also don't see so much of a chiched story as I do a new twist on the pretty much standard Japaneese RPG storyboard. I'll admit that I am sick of seeing the same thing, 16-17 year old boy on quest of destiny teams up with mousey 15 year old girl. bleh! I wish for once we could have more lead characters like Yuri in Shadow Hearts. I digress though. Yuki actually looks pretty cool. I don't know why the girl is named Alfina though (sounds like something Gordon Shumway eats on Melmack). She also looks like she migrated from the Ys series. Oh well enough complaing. None of this stuff really bothers me. This game is fantastic. A toatal must have for the RPG crowd or just a fun game for anyone looking for something interesting to play. Expand
  5. BTaylor
    May 2, 2006
    I am at work as I write this and can't wait to get home to continue playing Grandia3. Granted, the cut scenes and conversations are a tad long and drawn out... I have caught myself snickering now-n-again in amusement at them though. I do like the battle system though.... like when the characters go after more then the one enemy if they don't quite get their quota on the enemy you originally 'sic' them on. The one thing I would really like to see in this game is the ability to explore more of the environment (nothing worst then that impassable grass force field that runs along the path) 'tough stuff' Expand
  6. CarlJ.
    May 2, 2006
    It's a good game the system is incredible most of all it is good but it is too easy to beat and there is too few shopping spots and items ( whats the used of money if there is a few items?) Expand
  7. Dan
    Mar 31, 2006
    overrated, too mediocre for its own good..i kept waiting for it to be better ...and it never was the beginning of the game filled me with hope...i was let down. Expand

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