Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. This is quite possibly my favorite RPG(s) this generation.
  2. An extremely enjoyable experience, and any fans of "Disgaea" or "Final Fantasy: Tactics" would be doing themselves a disservice by not checking it out.
  3. Play Magazine
    88
    If you've ever loved strategy-based RPGs, you're gonna like this. [Jan 2005, p.62]
  4. 88
    Working Designs did an excellent job of localizing the game, not only providing a quality translation, good voice acting, and an informative full color manual, but also adding new options like the ability to mute out individual characters’ battle cries if they get too annoying and the ability to use the L & R buttons as shortcut keys in battle for quicker gameplay.
  5. 86
    Taken together, however, Growlanser Generations is great fun and can offer diehard role-players anywhere from 60-100 hours of entertainment.
  6. Fans of role-playing games rarely get as good a deal as this package offers--two full-length tactical RPGs with branching paths, numerous side quests, and tons of content for the price of a single game.
  7. It’s not the greatest thing since sliced bread, but if you try it out it will likely become one of your newest guilty addictions. Not for everyone, but those who like this sort of thing will absolutely love it.
  8. PSM Magazine
    80
    Though some new-school players will balk at the slight sluggishness afforded to 2D titles or the occasionally bland graphics, the game's outstanding characters make up for it. [Jan 2005, p.74]
  9. Cheat Code Central
    80
    If you're the kind of player that likes to spend only a few hours a week playing one particular game, Growlanser Generations could last you a year. It's a big package, well worth the price.
  10. GL2 might be on the short side, but it's 100 percent pure beef; GL3 feels like cow eyeballs and kangaroo meat are mixed in—even if, in point of fact, the developers have actually expanded the game.
  11. That constant activity is one of the series' greatest strengths since it allows objectives and plans to change as battlefield conditions shift. More than most strategy games, the Growlanser games make you feel that what goes on in the skirmishes is the plot, rather than something that happens between the story sections.
  12. 80
    I strongly believe tactical RPG fans will get a whole lot of mileage from Growlanser Generations. Just don't ask me to recommend dropping $90 on the deluxe package with a watch, ring, and deck of playing cards. My advice: be happy you have a regular-priced option.
  13. 80
    Tactical RPG enthusiasts should pick this one up no questions asked. If previous games in this genre have left you cold, there’s enough unique about Growlanser: Generations to recommend.
  14. The presentation is probably the weakest spot in Growlanser: Generations. The graphics consist of 2D sprites, and the characters are very pixilated. Backgrounds can be bland at times, lacking detail. Spell effects are also rather lackluster.
  15. Game Informer
    75
    Though the battles themselves get incredibly complex, the combat system remains simple and sometimes frustrating due to the use of an awkward real-time/turn-based combat hybrid. [Jan 2005, p.125]

Awards & Rankings

#63 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 19, 2015
    6
    i would give a more accurate review but the problem i am having is that My ps2 wont read the games disk. i bought the game years ago andi would give a more accurate review but the problem i am having is that My ps2 wont read the games disk. i bought the game years ago and decided to try it out but it wouldnt read it. then i bought another online and its even in excellent condition and it still wont be read by my compact ps 2. i want to play the game Full Review »
  2. May 2, 2013
    10
    I loved this fighting system, like making RTS and Tactics style RPG gaming to make an experience unlike none other. The story and politicsI loved this fighting system, like making RTS and Tactics style RPG gaming to make an experience unlike none other. The story and politics between the kingdoms is very interesting and makes for an all around exiting story. Full Review »
  3. MartR.
    Feb 25, 2005
    7
    Another world beater. In terms of old school versus no school, Growlanser holds a winning hand and that is why it scores so high. The fact Another world beater. In terms of old school versus no school, Growlanser holds a winning hand and that is why it scores so high. The fact that you also get two games in one box adds extra credit here and both of these great games will take you many hours to beat. Atlus has spilled some really nice beans here. But the fact that Atlus opted out for the CD versions instead of one DVD with a nice game selection menu instead is crap. Full Review »