Vagrant Story PlayStation
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  • Summary: Relive an adventurous tale rich with agents, espionage, and conspiracies. Challenge deadly monsters and villains with your steel and magic. Clear your name by uncovering a sinister plot -- or perish in the attempt.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. From the second you put this game in; you will not want to stop playing. It might consume your life until you finish it, or until you get stuck that you can't deal with the stress anymore.
  2. A melange of the action, adventure and RPG genres, Square has truly beaten all odds and produced an engaging, seamless epic unlike any other. Despite a few interface and complexity issues, Vagrant Story is a rare and nearly perfected game.
  3. Vagrant Story is that PlayStation title, the one all gamers have been waiting for, and one that's caused me to lose sleep, eat poorly (back to Chicken In A Bisket for me!) and shower on an irregular basis...all in the pursuit of gaming enlightenment.
  4. After all, it's still just the gunblade attack wearing a new dress. But what a pretty dress it is - curvy customizations, tight chain attacks, and sparkly exploration. Despite its somewhat limited action elements, VS presents a unique RPG with terrific storytelling.
  5. Despite all the disparate elements crammed into it, they all manage to complement each other and function as if Square has been secretly planning and polishing this gem for years now.
  6. Just about perfect for what it is: an old-fashioned, action RPG with loads of gameplay, a strong narrative and unparalleled presentation.
  7. 80
    Due to the initial difficulty and a slight repetitiveness on part of the gameplay, it will make you wonder what the fuss is about, but once you do get in and begin to understand the level of customisation the game allows, it'll have you hooked.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Jun 11, 2011
    The complex story, the deep battle system, the great OST and the beautiful PSX graphics make this game the best one ever made. Great work by Matsuno and his team. (10.0) Expand
  2. Jun 20, 2012
    "Blown away" is an understatement for this game. When I criticize and RPG, Vagrant Story is one of the metrics I use to compare. GraphicallyMusically: The game was developed to push the very limits of the original PlayStation, and it did just that without compromising anything; especially game length and content. The engineering for the music and sound effects has a place in my heart especially. The musical score is wonderful.

    Content: The story is enveloping. One becomes entranced at the dialogue, plot, and twists. Nothing is predictable. Nobody's part is fully understood till the very end; even then it leaves you debating the integrity of what you see (in the best possible way). The characters are unique and the style of presentation is just perfect.

    Gameplay: Vagrant story made you play it twice. It wouldn't let you "finish" until after you beat it the first time. The battle system was amazing and very strategic, the puzzles made you think pretty hard, the crafting and equipment system is totally unique, the atmosphere was perfect, and the challenge of the game was very real. In fact, it makes me think of the much newer games Dark Souls and Demon Souls in its lack of forgiveness with many of the parts. Finally the balance of the game brought on by the "Risk" system as well as every conceivable detail taken into account by the team that made this game served the utmost justice to my expectations.

    The game as a whole, in my mind, has no equal on the PS1. If you are a fan of what a "good" game is, regardless of the console system or age, then this game comes extremely high on my list of recommendations.
  3. Nov 21, 2011
    A game from the golden age of Squaresoft :) One of the best games I have played. Whate else can there be said? Just go and play it yourself! You won't regret it:) Expand
  4. Jul 31, 2013
    A rare gem, that doesn´t get the recognition it so much deserves. The plot is genius with unexpected turns and a strong cadre of characters. The battle system, being on par with the story shows incredible depth with much variety and possibilities. The decision, not to make FMVs for the story sequences but instead using the in game graphics greatly helps the immersion, making smooth transitions from cutscenes and gameplay possible and with that offering a on top presentation.
    Easily on of the best games ever to be made.
  5. Jun 1, 2014
    This game is awesome! - Deep Storyline - Good Combat System - Beautiful Graphics (for the time, of course) - Deep Strategy System - Epic Bosses

    This game is really good, it's worth playing even in an emulator.
  6. May 26, 2013
    The ultimate dungeon crawler. It might be a bit confusing and hard when you begin, but it will eventually grow on to you. Perfect story and dialogue. A cool combat system. A soundtrack that reminds me of the classic RE. The save system and the high difficulty level early on are holding this epic game back. And maybe the dungeon crawler setting for some as well Vagrant Story is a must for every collector.
    9.0/10: EPIC!!!
  7. Feb 17, 2013
    I first played Vagrant Story a number of years after its original release and so perhaps my judgement was clouded by more recent games in the RPG genre but I really struggled to get into the games traditional elements. Expand

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