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  • Summary: A thousand years ago, Saruin was imprisoned. Now the barriers that contain him are weakening, and his foreboding shadow threatens to swallow the world of Mardias once again. Who will rid the world of Saruin's scourge? A mysterious minstrel appears and guides the group to adventure, at times shielding them from adversity. Occasionally, the minstrel forces grave choices upon them, which change their world and twist the plots they encounter. Romancing SaGa reclaims the renowned features of the series and boasts all new elements enhancing gameplay, bringing the player even deeper into the story. The free-roaming scenario system gives gamers a choice of eight intriguing playable characters, each with their own unique adventures and individual goals. Depending on the character and actions chosen, the plot and the subsequent events differentiate dramatically. This free-roaming scenario system promises the ultimate in open-ended adventure. [Square Enix] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. The game emphasizes role-playing over subscribing to the underlying story, and that is what makes Romancing SaGa such a terrific experience to be had.
  2. Some people are going to hate it on sight, but I believe that like SaGa Frontier before it, Romancing SaGa has a welcome place in the gaming library of anyone who appreciates a completely free-roaming experience and isn't above being patient with the quirks of gameplay it holds.
  3. Most certainly a pleasant console role-playing game of a faded breed. [Jan 2006, p.89]
  4. 60
    At best, Romancing SaGa is an eight-part RPG miniseries contained in one overflowing DVD. At worst, it's an unbalanced snooze-fest whose surface you won't feel too compelled to scratch.
  5. Square Enix's track record is questioned here, as the update to the 'SaGa' franchise fails miserably due to a disjointed plot and lack of directions.
  6. It's an expedition into the rugged unknown - not a luxury vacation. [Jan 2006, p.72]
  7. Most traditional RPG fans will find themselves bored and frustrated with SaGa's extremely open-ended and unforgiving game design, but those select few who find themselves excited by these prospects will proclaim this one of the most satisfying experiences in recent memory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. TorlisB.
    May 30, 2006
    Romancing Saga is an awesome game and should definitely be played by all people who are big RPG fans, you won't be disappointed! The Battle system is awesome and different from other RPG's. IT ROCKS! Expand
  2. BillC.
    Oct 14, 2005
    I really enjoyed this port of the classic Japanese RPG. The open world that you are free to explore is quite a lot of fun. The acting is very good for some of the main characters and a bit weak for a couple. But the replay value on the game is well worth purchasing. Expand
  3. KevinS.
    Oct 21, 2005
    If you liked SaGa Frontier, you will almost surely love Romancing SaGa. It gives you the same sort of freedom and customization. Fantastic.
  4. jason
    Nov 23, 2008
    This is one of the worst games ive ever played... attempted to play. It is almost impossible to do anything considering the spinning wheel of actions that almost never lets you do anything you want, an uninteresting cast of characters that you have to play each of. It takes out the story and character development and fun gameplay and all it leaves in grinding and a wheel. There is no fun to be had here and anyone whop gives it a high score suffered through the whole game and cant let all that time they spent seem like a waste. Expand