Romancing SaGa PlayStation 2

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
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  1. Offers a wide variety of things to do, but no real direction in a lot of important areas. Romancing SaGa is ultimately a role-playing game with a lot of gameplay substance but no cohesive storyline to back it up.
  2. Romancing SaGa has areas that may prove to be interesting in the future, but the lack of a story and uninteresting characters prove too much to overcome.
  3. The game falls short in areas such as voice acting, graphics, story and actual fun!
  4. Now, if they could just manage decent graphics-the game slides dangerously close to PS1 territory at times-ditch the freakish characters, and pen a halfdecent tale to go with the gameplay, SaGa could finally become a series worth paying attention to.
  5. Romancing SaGa is ultimately a role-playing game without any substance.
  6. 60
    Romancing SaGa will please those gamers who want a very long game. There are many locations to discover and explore, and each is delightfully designed, although the tedium of fighting the same kinds of monsters may get in the way of leveling up.
  7. 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.
  8. Lacks everything which makes the genre fun and engrossing.
  9. 50
    Moderately pretty graphics and average sound don't offset the labored frustration that follows playing this stilted title. [Nov 2005, p.146]
  10. The story isn’t worth a second of your time. A crappy story makes for a crappy RPG. Artistically Square Enix is on par with their top titles ("Final Fantasy," "Parasite Eve" and "Xenogears" excluded – they're still the best). But no matter what I do I can't get past the story.
  11. Game Informer
    50
    Barely even a game. [Nov 2005, p.154]
  12. Too much choice, not enough direction, and the characters are really creepy looking. [Dec 2005, p.118]
  13. Without a good story, interesting characters, a good design or enveloping world, Romancing Saga fails as an RPG.
  14. While the open ended gameplay is a good concept, it falls flat because players often end up lost or on an incorrect path. Romancing Saga almost focuses entirely on being open ended and it neglects all the other RPG mechanics like a solid story.
  15. 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.
  16. PSM Magazine
    50
    It's an expedition into the rugged unknown - not a luxury vacation. [Jan 2006, p.72]

Awards & Rankings

88
#88 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Dec 6, 2014
    9
    There are few rpgs that I miss more than this game. It had beautifully composed music, the freedom to explore, and a wealth of characters thatThere are few rpgs that I miss more than this game. It had beautifully composed music, the freedom to explore, and a wealth of characters that help develop the story. There may be some bumps and moments where you may want to walk away, but in the end, that very challenge is what makes rpgs into what they are. Full Review »
  2. TorlisB.
    May 30, 2006
    10
    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 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! Full Review »
  3. KevinS.
    Oct 21, 2005
    9
    If you liked SaGa Frontier, you will almost surely love Romancing SaGa. It gives you the same sort of freedom and customization. Fantastic.