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. Expand
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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: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 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
  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. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    This is the best game I have played till now. I loved every single moment of that game. The characters, the gameplay back in time, theThis is the best game I have played till now. I loved every single moment of that game. The characters, the gameplay back in time, the History of never giving up. When Justin climbs that huge wall that divides the world and discovers a whole New World to be explored, it´s simply amazing. The love between Justin and Feena. The sad moments. Everything about the first Grandia is brilliant. Expand
  4. May 10, 2017
    9
    Grandia is a game that sparked my fascination with RPG's when I was a young child, along with Final Fantasy IX (and X shortly after that). TheGrandia is a game that sparked my fascination with RPG's when I was a young child, along with Final Fantasy IX (and X shortly after that). The visuals are well done, the story is great, and the audio is fantastic (aside from a few voice actors like Justin and Sue's characters). And the soundtrack, oh that soundtrack. Words cannot describe how amazingly fantastic the music is. It was one of the first games to have a fully featured soundtrack. Personally, this is still my favorite game soundtrack ever.

    The gameplay is also expertly designed and insanely fun...under the right circumstances. The base game is horribly imbalanced, with many spells, skills, and items completely useless. It is an extremely easy game. I had to dock off a point for this only fault.

    This issue is easily fixed however, with the mod called "Grandia Redux." Look it up and play it. It changes the balance of gameplay to be challenging and rewarding, and easily makes the game a 10/10.
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  5. 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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  6. 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
  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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#9 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
#5 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999