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  • Summary: Yuki has idolized the legendary pilot Schmidt since he was a young boy and has been trying to build his own ever since. Loving the freedom of flight, he dreams of one day leaving his small island and reaching the mainland. In the woods not far away, Alfina rides alone on a horse-drawnYuki has idolized the legendary pilot Schmidt since he was a young boy and has been trying to build his own ever since. Loving the freedom of flight, he dreams of one day leaving his small island and reaching the mainland. In the woods not far away, Alfina rides alone on a horse-drawn carriage. She is a Communicator, one of the few who can speak with the Guardians, gods that protect the world. She is hurrying to a temple to take the place of her brother, Emelious. Resentment of his obligated duty as a Communicator has turned Emelious into a cruel and violent being filled with hate. Fate will bring together Yuki and Alfina just as the world is about to fall apart. [Square Enix] Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 90
    A marvelous game with a few minor flaws that don't really kill the experience. With a lovable cast, mouth-watering graphics, and an innovative battle system, Grandia III is an excellent addition to any RPG aficionado's collection. [JPN Import]
  2. Play UK
    89
    Does almost everything well, from the involving story and beautiful graphics to the compelling characters, and does one thing - the battle system - better than any other RPG we've seen. [Issue#139, p.90]
  3. Grandia III hooked me in every other way possible, which is an amazing feat no doubt. I love it and am glad to have experienced it. But unlike RPGs with a great story, which I must experience again and again, I can't see myself playing through Grandia III a second time.
  4. Grandia III is a game filled with polish, slick visuals, and a fantastic battle system. It just happens to be bogged down by a fairly mediocre story.
  5. Grandia III is nowhere near perfect and it's definitely not one of the better rpgs on the system. But the battles are so much fun that most won't really mind when the story falls to pieces. [JPN Import]
  6. It’s not like there aren’t any genuinely emotional moments in Grandia 3, but they’re balanced out by all of the cornball cheesiness. Still, if you can forgive this, and are up to the challenge of the battle system, then Grandia 3’s sprawling worlds are well worth adventuring through. [JPN Import]
  7. If you've got a lot of house work to do, Grandia III might be for you. Do the dishes or clean up the dog's mess while the dire plot unwinds, then plop back onto the couch in time to crack skulls.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. PatryckD.
    Feb 23, 2006
    10
    Grandia's fights are the BEST! i love the Movie seens and the story line is good if thay ever change the fight setup ill cry!
  2. [Anonymous]
    May 27, 2006
    10
    Shut up you losers!(who voted below a 6) Leave my poor Grandia alone! She's preety . Shes spunky and we plays nicea together!
  3. PeterThompson
    Jul 20, 2009
    10
    A lot of fun. Once you get into it, it can take up a lot of your time with missions, powering up the character, learning the different spellsA lot of fun. Once you get into it, it can take up a lot of your time with missions, powering up the character, learning the different spells etc. From someone who finishes a game a year at best, this one has me hooked. As I wind down into the 45 hour range, I know it's ending - and the mark of a good game for me is: I wish it wasn't. Expand
  4. AnsonG.
    Apr 22, 2006
    9
    Not bad this game. The battle system is great. i was completed this game nearly 30 hours. The story also quite good.
  5. JerryH.
    Jun 7, 2006
    8
    I give this an eight b/c in the beginning it took forever just to beable to start playing the game b/c of movie ..... the movie within the I give this an eight b/c in the beginning it took forever just to beable to start playing the game b/c of movie ..... the movie within the games seems to take over sometimes but other than that i really love this game. Expand
  6. Mar 10, 2015
    7
    The Grandia series has one of the best RPG combat systems ever developed. Grandia III has refined this system even further, adding aThe Grandia series has one of the best RPG combat systems ever developed. Grandia III has refined this system even further, adding a 'juggling' mechanic (aerial combos/finishes) which makes combat even more exciting and potentially improves the loot dropped by enemies.

    That been said, the storyline is the weakest of diluted anime sauces— totally predictable, and the characters follow suit with standard anime typecasting. Yes, I can still give it a 7... the combat system is that good.
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  7. Dan
    Mar 31, 2006
    2
    overrated, too mediocre for its own good..i kept waiting for it to be better ...and it never was the beginning of the game filled me with overrated, too mediocre for its own good..i kept waiting for it to be better ...and it never was the beginning of the game filled me with hope...i was let down. Expand

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