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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 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. Blue Dragon finds the perfect balance between linearity and excessive freedom - it doesn't embarrass you by holding your hand, and yet it doesn't just leave you alone crying in the supermarket. Hironobu Sakaguchi (the FF creator and Blue Dragon mastermind) is as good a parent as Shigeru Miyamoto.
  3. I hope this sells like hotcakes because I would love to see Mistwalker and Artoon deliver a sequel and continue on the series.
  4. All in all then, if you love the premise, you'll love the game - assuming you have the stamina to have a fair whack at it. If you don't like what the game represents, you'll be wondering why you've bought what appears to be a stuttering interactive cartoon and probably be put off RPGs for life.
  5. While it's not the next-gen opus fans have been waiting for since Sakaguchi's departure from Square in 2003, Blue Dragon is a familiar, accessible, and comfortable game with outstanding production values.
  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: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39
  1. JoshG.
    Sep 15, 2007
    One of the most underrated games I've seen in a while. Its magical, and perfect.
  2. Oct 2, 2013
    One of the best JRPGS I ever played. Up there with the best final fantasy games! The graphics and cutscenes were phenemonal! This game was a lot of fun to play! The major publication reviews dont do this game justice at all. The game is very long though. That can be a good or bad thing depending on how much spare time you have. Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2013
    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 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
    I 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. May 29, 2013
    For JRPG's this is a very good game. It stands out of the crowd and is unique for what it is. Have to take points off it for being extremely childish and a somewhat silly storyline, but it's enjoyable and I really do love this game. Expand
  6. JamesM
    Aug 30, 2008
    This game is by no means perfect, but if you like the RPG genre and have a 360 it would be a shame for you not to own this game. Richard E doesn't seem to know what he is talking about so take his review with a grain of salt. Also I can say that this game was not made for small children as it is rated T for Teen. For those who do not know that means 13 and up basically a PG-13 rating. I quite like this game and I think other fans of J-RPGs will like it too. Expand
  7. JohnN.
    Jul 18, 2007
    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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