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  • Summary: Famed game producer Hironobu Sakaguchi of Mistwalker and developer Artoon present Blue Dragon. Featuring the character design of Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball Z and music by Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy, Blue Dragon is an epic role-playing game that centers on a young boy named Shu andFamed game producer Hironobu Sakaguchi of Mistwalker and developer Artoon present Blue Dragon. Featuring the character design of Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball Z and music by Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy, Blue Dragon is an epic role-playing game that centers on a young boy named Shu and several of his friends. These unlikely heroes possess the power to control phantom shadows that mirror the actions of their masters, giving Shu and his comrades miraculous strength and magical powers. The warriors can create and develop their combat styles by utilizing different types of Shadow Change, including Sword, Assassin, and Power Magic. Shu and his friends must use the shadows as weapons and wield their skills to save their world from impending doom. Encountering various people on a planet where numerous ancient ruins remain, the characters and their shadows travel through a world full of mysteries and illusions, where the slightest touch can cause reactions of unparalleled magnitude. Innovative RPG gameplay features: As their quest progresses, warriors can create original attack methods by utilizing several types of Shadow Change, including Sword, Assassin, and Power Magic. You can choose to focus the hero on certain areas of expertise. Shadows level up and gain new abilities associated with the job they are currently doing. Once gained, abilities are not lost and remain available to use when needed. Massive scope and engrossing environments: Shu and his companions battle their way through an immense world filled with vividly illustrated remnants of ancient civilizations long forgotten. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. 95
    Blue Dragon might not be sheer perfection, but it still delivers a truly exemplary console RPG experience by thoughtfully executing and expanding on longtime genre traditions.
  2. Enormous, intelligent, wily - a true dragon. [Sept 2007, p.98]
  3. Blue Dragon's light-hearted charm and role-playing goodness fills a lacking aspect of the Xbox 360's lineup. [JPN Import]
  4. When it comes to battling, the possibilities of engaging in combat provide an interesting dynamic.
  5. In an era where games are getting even-shorter, Blue Dragon is a staggeringly 16-bit, grind-happy title. [Oct 2007, p.53]
  6. 70
    While it certainly isn’t perfect, great features like an excellent story and quite a strategic battle system make it hard to put the game down at times, and will appeal to RPG fans.
  7. A very poor introduction to the genre for Xbox owners. It's by no means terrible; but without borrowing Sakaguchi's rose-tinted glasses, it's not much fun either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. DavidJ.
    Aug 29, 2007
    10
    I don't even usually play JRPGS, but this one is refreshingly simple and enjoyable. If you think complicated stories with political I don't even usually play JRPGS, but this one is refreshingly simple and enjoyable. If you think complicated stories with political intrigue and angst are the only good stories, then leave it be, but if you can enjoy a tale about a few everyday kids fighting a great evil that harkens back to why Star Wars is so narratively satisfying, then sign yourself up right now Expand
  2. Mar 10, 2011
    10
    My Favorite RPG, user friendly controls, great graphics and storyline make this game fun to play.....I'm even playing it a second time throughMy Favorite RPG, user friendly controls, great graphics and storyline make this game fun to play.....I'm even playing it a second time through waiting on the 2nd one to come out. Would recommend this to everyone and anyone that like chill RPG games!!! Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2013
    10
    A game that the JRPGs fans worth playing.The game starts really slow and it gets interested after the first 5-6 hours.First of all theA game that the JRPGs fans worth playing.The game starts really slow and it gets interested after the first 5-6 hours.First of all the graphics are amazing,the turned based battle system is really interesting and the shadow classes are really interesting to play with,the store is really good and the only bad i can find in this game is the first hours of gameplay.Really underrated by some users and in my opinion this game is a 9/10 Expand
  4. Aaace5
    Aug 4, 2007
    9
    I lost respect for reviewers like EGM years ago, because they give the worst reviews! A weak game they will love... And a decent gameI lost respect for reviewers like EGM years ago, because they give the worst reviews! A weak game they will love... And a decent game that's misunderstood they will hate, because they don't know how to judge something for what it is... and just choose to judge it against something else! If you aren't sure about this game, just play the demo on LIVE and make your choice from there! Expand
  5. RichH.
    Feb 7, 2008
    8
    The problem with this game, and all JRPGS is that they can never quite match the sheer joy of the PSX Squaresoft Era. The only mistakes they The problem with this game, and all JRPGS is that they can never quite match the sheer joy of the PSX Squaresoft Era. The only mistakes they made were Chocobo Racing and that there fighting game - everything else being either brilliant or fun. The FEEL of Final Fantasies of this time period was magical, the lack of vocal interpretation of the characters allowing the player to actually engage with the stories within their own imagination. the games were longer, the world maps allowed you to actually explore and the turn based game play was so well perfected that trying to improve on it seemed a waste of time that could be spent on storyline. Expand
  6. May 2, 2013
    7
    i may not be a major rpg fan, but i have to admit, the game isn't as good as final fantasy 3 or chrono trigger on the super nintendo, but iti may not be a major rpg fan, but i have to admit, the game isn't as good as final fantasy 3 or chrono trigger on the super nintendo, but it is still pretty damn good Expand
  7. JohnN.
    Jul 18, 2007
    0
    Possibly the biggest disappoint of any game release on the XBOX 360 so far. Viva Pinata shines in comparison. Dragonball Z meets Comedy Possibly the biggest disappoint of any game release on the XBOX 360 so far. Viva Pinata shines in comparison. Dragonball Z meets Comedy Central's Drawn Together meets France 3's Code Lyoko and Aladdin. An epic RPG that does not satisfy the ears, eyes, or mind of a creative gamer. Expand

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