• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2002
  • Also On: PC
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

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  • Summary: Born of different worlds, woven together by fate, they shall rise to face their destiny. [Ubi Soft]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. It's got excellent battle mechanics, plenty of character building choices, a bright airy feel, some witty interjections from Ryduo and Skye, and has hours and hours of gameplay.
  2. Grandia II happily dwells in a genre where its players will sacrifice a bit of visual quality for a compelling story and excellent combat and character mechanics. Luckily, these are delivered in spades.
  3. 80
    The voice-acting is noteworthy, but there are some just rudimentary audio effects and the music is sometimes dramatic, sometimes just unexciting...Good, basic RPG fare.
  4. 70
    It has its ups and its downs, and it certainly isn't the equal of its predecessor, but it's a good-looking game and an absolutely great-playing one.
  5. The graphics are dated and Ryundo's bad-boy character has been done to death. But those are only small faults in an otherwise excellent game.
  6. PSM Magazine
    70
    The biggest feather in the game's cap lies in it's amazing battle system. [Feb 2002, p.42]
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    40
    Inexplicably horrible graphics completely ruin an otherwise splendid title. [Feb 2002, p.156]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. May 2, 2013
    10
    I loved this game, I couldn't put it down once the story picked up. The characters, battle system and story really held my attention and madeI loved this game, I couldn't put it down once the story picked up. The characters, battle system and story really held my attention and made this a game I played constantly, I'm looking forward to picking up more in the Grandia series someday. Expand
  2. HitomiK.
    Jul 23, 2002
    10
    Even though the graphics were quite poor, the storyline and the battles make up for it and it is the only game where i like the love scenes.Even though the graphics were quite poor, the storyline and the battles make up for it and it is the only game where i like the love scenes. Also the fights between ryudo and skye really cheer me up. Expand
  3. Jan 8, 2022
    10
    A really good sequel that fully delivers for me. It looks like they want a more „Adult“ look for the sequel which is strange as Grandia dealtA really good sequel that fully delivers for me. It looks like they want a more „Adult“ look for the sequel which is strange as Grandia dealt with a lot of serious motives later on. However I like both games and the cast and ideas of Grandia 2 won me over. Like the Final Fantasy sequels Grandia 2 is set in a different world, with new characters and new lore while having some similarities. Also there are some improvements compared to the first game. Story: A long time ago Granas the god of light and Valmar his evil counterpart clashed. While Granas won he was seriously weakened and Valmar was not destroyed but neutralized. However this has happen very long ago. At the present Ryudo and his eagle partner Skye are working as Geohounds (Soldiers). They are tasked to escort Elena who is a Songstress of the church of Granas to an old tower for a regular cleansing ritual. They do not know that this is the start of a great adventure that will challenge them and the world. I wont spoil the story and end it with this set up. I like the story and the characters. There are genuine developments, twists, backstories, reveals and conflicts that always kept my interest high. Even after many years I remember the story and many emotional scenes. The characters are excellent and won me completely over. The main trio of Ryudo, Elena and Millenia are so enjoyable and became my favorites. It ended not there as Zera, Tio, Roan, Tio, Mareg and Melfice are also really good. Together with the story this is a strength of the game. Also the humor is spot on and it was entertaining too. Like Grandia 1 there are many good jokes, quirks and humorous situations. Gameplay: Grandia has a bit of a unique turn based battle system. You can see enemies and depending how you engage or the enemies vice versa can get the initiative (Touch them behind and avoid the opposite). Then the battle starts. It is close to the Final Fantasy active time turn based battles but with a twist. There is an IP bar that shows which party member or enemy will act next. If you reach a marker you can input your command. The twist is that you have to reach the next marker to execute the command. This gives tactical options as special attacks and powerful magics take longer to perform. It is possible to cancel attacks or delay your enemies and vice versa. For this you have a fast and strong normal basic attack. Some special attacks and magic will also do the trick. It total this was a good system that added tactical depth to the battles. Each character has unique abilities he / she can use. The magic system was improved. In Grandia you had to find fairy eggs that unlock one element for 1 character (out of 4). Here fairy eggs have spells on them. You can develop those and switch to different eggs. I like this a lot better. It is more of the improved same. Presentation: I fully admit that the graphics have not aged that well but the art style is still good. Maybe it was not on the highest level back then. However I say it is not ugly. The soundtrack is amazing and still worth listening. Especially Elenas song is remarkable but the rest also delivers. Luckily we got a good cast of voice actors and a better translation. Bugs / negatives: I had no bugs or glitches during my playthrough. I see no mayor negatives but the battle system got a bit repetitive towards the end. Overall I see this as a really great game but must warn you that I am influenced by nostalgia. Worth a try a least for RPG fans. Expand
  4. CloudStrife
    Apr 10, 2005
    9
    I really like the game even if the graphic are not that good. But when we play a RPG we leave the graphics to be the last one. The game has a I really like the game even if the graphic are not that good. But when we play a RPG we leave the graphics to be the last one. The game has a Very good story. one of the best i can say but i believe that the Dreamcast version is much better than PS2. PS2 machine is just another slowdown invention by SONY! i cant wait now for Grandia 3!!!! :D Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2016
    9
    Very good battle system, interesting plot, charming characters.
    The difficulty level maybe is a little low.
    I enjoyed this game and
    Very good battle system, interesting plot, charming characters.
    The difficulty level maybe is a little low.
    I enjoyed this game and recommend it to people who likes RPG games.
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  6. Mar 15, 2013
    8
    An absolutely charming JRPG and a fine example of its genre. This game could not be any more JRPG if it tried. Great and memorable plot thatAn absolutely charming JRPG and a fine example of its genre. This game could not be any more JRPG if it tried. Great and memorable plot that is really clever. Charming characters. Fun and innovative combat. I totally enjoyed this game and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for the JRPG experience. Expand
  7. JasonC.
    Mar 19, 2003
    1
    This has to be the worst RPG I have yet to play. Predictable in almost every respect and ugly too. With the exception of the Boss creatures This has to be the worst RPG I have yet to play. Predictable in almost every respect and ugly too. With the exception of the Boss creatures all fights could be switched to auto which turned the whole game into a bad cartoon with minimal interactivity. Only play this if you've never played any other RPG and can't get hold of one. Expand

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#54 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
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#94 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002