• Publisher: GungHo
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2015
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  • Summary: The classic Japanese RPG returns with enhanced visuals, new difficulty level, and features both keyboard and gamepad support.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 15, 2015
    90
    All in all I’d say if you are a fan of JRPGs you should give this one a try. The journey was fun and the characters were likable enough with some character development along the way. The combat makes gives a twist to the standard turn based combat and slight customization of skills and magic are fun to play around with.
  2. Aug 25, 2015
    85
    While not as flashy as Final Fantasy or as original as Skies of Arcadia, this updated re-release is a testament to how much fun a well-crafted turn-based role-playing game can be. Grandia II: Anniversary Edition improves the visuals, adds a new difficulty and offers Japanese voice acting, but fails to put the 15 year old role-playing game into context.
  3. Oct 4, 2015
    84
    If you're already a fan of the original Grandia II, give this newer, sparkly version a go! If you're a newcomer, give it a shot as it doesn't disappoint.
  4. Sep 8, 2015
    80
    Grandia II: Anniversary Edition is a remarkable re-release of a classic title, guaranteed to be loved by the fans of the genre, but it could have a significantly higher value for money, if the developers had made more effort to really enhance the game.
  5. Oct 29, 2015
    80
    Good port of an old favorite.
  6. Aug 27, 2015
    70
    Assets that were highly valued in 2001—visuals, voice acting, narrative/gameplay balance—now feel tired, awkward, and expectedly dated in 2015. With that in mind, a novel battle system serves as a decent shield for Grandia II's shortcomings. Combat drives the entire experience. Everything else is just along for the ride.
  7. Sep 20, 2015
    70
    In the end, I had a great time with Grandia II. Though there are some issues, the gameplay is such that these are much more easily forgiven than they otherwise might've been. Those who have yet to check out the game have a prime opportunity to enjoy its excellent combat system with the Anniversary Edition.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Aug 24, 2015
    10
    Grandia 2 gets everything right in an RPG and is one of my favourites in the genre. Great story, great gameplay, great soundtrack and greatGrandia 2 gets everything right in an RPG and is one of my favourites in the genre. Great story, great gameplay, great soundtrack and great characters what more could you ask for? Though it falls a bit short of a masterpiece, it's still is an amazing game in it's own right and any JRPG fan should play it asap. The HD remaster is worth purchasing if you haven't played the original game, the visuals are considerably better than the original PC release though unfortunately the visuals were never a stand out feature of the game. If you already own the game on Dreamcast, there is little point in getting this. However if you own the PS2 or original PC release it is worth it for the visual upgrade and bug fixes. Ultimately it is the best version to date and if you're looking to pick this game up, you can't go far wrong with this version. The game also comes with Japanese voices, full controller support and an extra difficulty level which was desperately needed as the original game was too easy. Overall Grandia 2 Anniversarry is the definitive Grandia 2 experience and is basically identical to the original Dreamcast version. Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2015
    9
    Now we all know that the console game porting to pc is a risk road most of the times we get a faulty semibroken or glitchy product one way orNow we all know that the console game porting to pc is a risk road most of the times we get a faulty semibroken or glitchy product one way or another yet here in grandia we get the same grandia 2 from back then the same grandia we loved only now is buffed upgraded a little so yes i for my self loved this game then i love it even more so now GRANDIA 2 IS BACK! Expand

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