Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
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  1. Incorporates a moving story with surprisingly addictive gameplay, while adding a dash of comedy to spruce up an otherwise sinister plot. The environments are beautiful and highly detailed.
  2. Something that I believe the RPG genre on the PS2 really needs: a hardcore, difficult RPG that appeals to the gamers that grew up playing the classics on the SNES.
  3. The Tactical Arts System, along with the introduction of Origins and the inclusion of menial tasks like gardening and cooking provides an inimitable gameplay experience. However, graphical and sound flaws might dissuade newcomers to the genre.
  4. The interesting to watch, yet boring to actually play combat engine, the absolutely horrendous voice acting, and rarely used weapon/armor/item creation system makes this an average title at best.
  5. With its arcade-style power-ups, turned-based combat system and group combat management, this is a game that presents challenge and adventure.
  6. Game Informer
    75
    The battles are easily the best part of an otherwise middle-of-the-road RPG. [Oct 2002, p.85]
  7. 75
    Not great, not bad, not for the casual, Legaia 2 could have been something better.
  8. The audio and visuals of the game definitely look like they needed a lot more work before this game was released, but the idea on the new battle system was well done, even though there aren’t many battles in the game.
  9. The seductive power of its plot is relatively weak and you may find yourself too overwhelmed by the absurdity of the gameplay to even care what develops in the story, but this title does in fact have a plot.
  10. Deals out an epic storyline, lots of characters and an innovative combat system, but fails to break any new ground.
  11. A difficult game that's clearly designed for experienced role-playing gamers, but these are the same sorts of people who might have already lost their patience for this antiquated style of gameplay.
  12. PSM Magazine
    70
    It's an inventive take on turn-based combat. [Nov 2002, p.44]
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    60
    The novelty of the battle system wears thin pretty quickly, and befroe you know it, you'll be wishing you could just skip fighting altogether. [Dec 2002, p.204]
  14. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    The most obvious letdown: the drab, blocky graphics. It's so dull that it even out-uglies some of the first-generation PS2 crap. [Dec 2002, p.162]
  15. 60
    Though the story has a great moral, how it’s shown through gameplay and style doesn’t earn this RPG big points.
  16. Only hardcore fanboys (and girls) of the 32-bit prequel are likely to be impressed-enough with the battle pyrotechnics to overlook the outdated engine and other negative aspects of its game design.
  17. An average role playing game that perhaps tries too hard to hold onto its old school roots.
  18. The plot remains as bland as that of its predecessor, and the characters are equally forgettable.
  19. Although this hackneyed plot does have its high points, the game unfolds at a treacherously slow pace.
  20. Play Magazine
    50
    A stilted story of amnesia, magic, and finding the meaning of existence plague the more positive points, the highest being, once again, the entertaining battle system. [Nov 2002, p.96]
  21. 40
    The game is so cookie-cutter and average that it becomes an empty vessel.

Awards & Rankings

29
#29 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
17
#17 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 12, 2013
    8
    This is a B-list JRPG, but, surprisingly, a damn good one.

    Graphics are really sub-par by PS2 standards and most of the time this does look
    This is a B-list JRPG, but, surprisingly, a damn good one.

    Graphics are really sub-par by PS2 standards and most of the time this does look like a PS1 title. Not to mention the obviously poorly translated script, which actually unintentionally gives the game a greater sense of humor. Critique aside, it has allot of interesting systems and side activities that keep you invested throughout. While all the characters are generic tropes of the roles they are filling they are all very well flushed out with deep personalities and histories. You learn to love them all. If anything, the combat system comes across as a bit odd at first, and a little repetitive, the stronger your characters get, the more fun it become, group combos and special attacks are so satisfying to pull off.

    Overall:
    While it is VERY far from the bigger named JRPG franchises in terms of overall quality, it still is allot of fun and is good enough to compete in the big leagues. Go into this game with an open mind and so patience and you will learn to like it after just a few hours.
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  2. Jul 11, 2014
    9
    This is one of those RPG's which never really received it's fair share of praise from the critics, yet most of the user reviews are positive.This is one of those RPG's which never really received it's fair share of praise from the critics, yet most of the user reviews are positive.

    The graphics aren't anything special, fairly average for it's time, but there is enough dialogue and responsive options, mixed with plenty of hard battles (which are interactive rather than just point and click), combined with a decent skill and magic system. Add to this the cooking options, plenty of mini-games and a plausible enough story, and you are left with a very good although not quite perfect RPG.

    Well worth getting, especially if you can pick it up cheap enough.
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  3. Nov 27, 2011
    10
    Incorporates a moving story with surprisingly addictive gameplay, while adding a dash of comedy to spruce up an otherwise sinister plot. TheIncorporates a moving story with surprisingly addictive gameplay, while adding a dash of comedy to spruce up an otherwise sinister plot. The environment and it's great and fun i recommend Full Review »