Vagrant Story PlayStation

Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  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. 100
    It's large, it's intense, it's huge, and it looks and sounds great. Vagrant Story is a true classic action/RPG in every sense that will hook you in from the start and never let go.
  3. Game Fan
    96
    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. 96
    Simply put, Vagrant Story is a true work of art and is one of the most cinematic experiences you'll find on PlayStation. It's not only one of this year's best games -- it's one of the greatest of all-time.
  5. 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.
  6. A higher recommendation than "Vagrant Story" we can only give to "Chrono Cross", but coming second behind that masterpiece is like being the second child of a wealthy family: your older brother/sister will likely inherit the business, but you're guaranteed a sweet and cushy life.
  7. Antagonist
    94
    The videogame equivalent of a stained-glass window. Beautiful in composition, masterful in design, inspiring, magical, and yet sometimes distant and cold. It's a wonderful game, but it's hard to love.
  8. If I wasn't afraid of the weight of the statement, I would definitely call this the greatest game ever made. Instead, I'll just say it's quite possibly and probably the greatest.
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    92
    A strategy role-playing game where the timing and placement of attacks means everything. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  10. 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.
  11. Besides the sometimes crazy amount of time spent in inventory management, and the distinct lack of non-player characters to interact with and real towns, Vagrant Story is a Top Notch, Grade A, Action RPG.
  12. CheckOut
    90
    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.
  13. CNET Gamecenter
    90
    It can get a little too technical and difficult at times, but the various systems in the game, such as Break Arts, chaining attacks, and the weapon creation system, are simply revolutionary for an RPG.
  14. Just about perfect for what it is: an old-fashioned, action RPG with loads of gameplay, a strong narrative and unparalleled presentation.
  15. A great medieval romp that plays just like the espionage thrillers "Syphon Filther 2" or "Metal Gear Solid." It's a welcome reprieve from traditional role playing games like "Secret of Mana."
  16. There's plenty of exploration and discovery here along with large and nasty looking boss creatures, and it caters nicely to the explorers out there.
  17. Daily Radar
    88
    With its gorgeous graphics, brilliant storyline and perhaps the best combat interface ever designed, Vagrant Story is one of the greatest dungeon crawls ever to be unleashed on the gaming public.
  18. Vagrant Story is, quite simply, a shard of excellence in terms of gameplay, emotion, storytelling, and cinematography.
  19. Spank!
    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.

Awards & Rankings

#5 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2000
#8 Most Shared PS1 Game of 2000
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 139 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. Jun 11, 2011
    10
    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 byThe 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) Full Review »
  2. Jun 1, 2014
    9
    This game is awesome!
    - Deep Storyline
    - Good Combat System - Beautiful Graphics (for the time, of course) - Deep Strategy System - Epic
    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.
    Full Review »
  3. Feb 17, 2013
    4
    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 theI 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. Full Review »