Grandia PlayStation

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  • Summary: Join Justin and friends on an epic journey through a captivating story line, providing over 80 hours of intensive gameplay. With vast polygonal worlds to explore and extensive character interaction, Grandia features innovative gameplay with a unique magic combination and characterJoin Justin and friends on an epic journey through a captivating story line, providing over 80 hours of intensive gameplay. With vast polygonal worlds to explore and extensive character interaction, Grandia features innovative gameplay with a unique magic combination and character development system and a choice of two battle modes; classic turn-based or automatic. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
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  1. Story is a great component of any RPG but it has to have a quality battle engine alongside. Thankfully Grandia utilizes one of the best we have played.
  2. With an absolutely stellar story, and characters that are more lively and fleshed out than those found in other series this game provides the integral components to make for an RPG that will rule the players life until they’ve finished the game.
  3. A role-playing masterpiece that delivers in all of the ways that really matter. While perhaps a little behind in the technology curve, Grandia's innovation, atmosphere, and story make it one of the most noteworthy RPGs in recent memory.
  4. 90
    With an enormous world to explore, a great variety of puzzles, and a whole lot of humor, Grandia is sure to please any RPG fan who hungers for hours of immersing gameplay and puzzle solving.
  5. It is proof that a strong game accompanied by good, but not great visuals, can be a more compelling product than something with lots of flash, but no substance.
  6. Ultimately, I think it's the focus on the characters and the growth they experience that takes Grandia over the top. The angle the designers took for Grandia as a more lighthearted and anecdotal adventure is refreshing. It never overwhelms like the newer, over-ambitious efforts that are out there but rather, offers up the less tangible part of gaming.
  7. A great game. While it's low on the pathos, the cheery nature of the quest is rivaled only by Working Design's "Lunar" series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Aug 25, 2015
    10
    Grandia in a word is: Excellent. New gamers may think the story drags or is too long. BUT! that's how a RPG is supposed to be, you know.

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    Grandia in a word is: Excellent. New gamers may think the story drags or is too long. BUT! that's how a RPG is supposed to be, you know.

    Do not confuse story telling with the game dragging. From beginning to end, this is one of my favorite games on the PSX. A real RPG game, not like the current games that focuses too much on "fan service" leaving everything else aside. "New RPG's" should learn from this.

    Can't really complain about anything. Progression, leveling, enemy encounters, every single thing is just amazingly done. Can't find a single fault. 11 out of 10.
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  2. Aug 3, 2016
    10
    Really? Mixed ratings? Oh my this can't be! And 23 bad reviews right now? Why! This game is amazing but I do think that Grandia 2 is betterReally? Mixed ratings? Oh my this can't be! And 23 bad reviews right now? Why! This game is amazing but I do think that Grandia 2 is better but this is still great. Expand
  3. May 11, 2015
    10
    This is my favorite Playstation game I first started playing it when it first came out and still enjoy it today. It a really easy game and funThis is my favorite Playstation game I first started playing it when it first came out and still enjoy it today. It a really easy game and fun to play and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Expand
  4. Jan 5, 2014
    9
    This is a great adventure with endearing characters, lively towns, and fun combat. The attention to detail is much higher than other games ofThis is a great adventure with endearing characters, lively towns, and fun combat. The attention to detail is much higher than other games of the time. The interaction between the characters as well as the expressions on their portraits during dialogue is excellent. This game is absolutely gorgeous and the character sprites will stand the test of time compared to early polygonal characters in other games (look at cloud in FF7)

    My only two issues with the game were to lack of field maps and the casting of spells took much longer than necessary, but they were still awesome.

    "Come power of the Universe! HA!!!!! Dragon King Slice!!"
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  5. Aug 1, 2014
    8
    A long adventure with a naive but touching story, nice characters, good battle system and lots of ingame details. The worst things are tediousA long adventure with a naive but touching story, nice characters, good battle system and lots of ingame details. The worst things are tedious random battles and awful navigation, though I still enjoyed the game. Expand
  6. Oct 14, 2017
    8
    I played this game for the first time ever this year on my PS Vita and I had a blast playing through it. I love Grandia 2 and playing throughI played this game for the first time ever this year on my PS Vita and I had a blast playing through it. I love Grandia 2 and playing through the first one seemed like a great idea.

    It has almost everything that I loved about Grandia 2. The great fluid combat system, a not so complicated way to upgrade your characters, a solid story with some fantastic music. The visuals are obviously lacking by today's standards but they are very charming and I honestly had no problem with them, only a few times some of the areas were a bit hard to navigate due to the graphics.

    If you love old school JRPG's this one is simple to wrap your head around and is a really fun time. I spent around 60+ hours playing through the whole story so prepare for a long journey if you decide to try it out.
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  7. Jul 16, 2012
    3
    Things which seemed epic when you were fourteen don't usually stand the test of time. Grandia with its shambling plot and cringe-worthy animeThings which seemed epic when you were fourteen don't usually stand the test of time. Grandia with its shambling plot and cringe-worthy anime moments fits squarely into this bracket. Expand

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