Grandia

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  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 1999
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  • Summary: Join Justin and friends on an epic journey through a captivating story line, providing over 80 hours of intensive gameplay. With vast polygonal worlds to explore and extensive character interaction, Grandia features innovative gameplay with a unique magic combination and characterJoin Justin and friends on an epic journey through a captivating story line, providing over 80 hours of intensive gameplay. With vast polygonal worlds to explore and extensive character interaction, Grandia features innovative gameplay with a unique magic combination and character development system and a choice of two battle modes; classic turn-based or automatic. Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. Story is a great component of any RPG but it has to have a quality battle engine alongside. Thankfully Grandia utilizes one of the best we have played.
  2. With an absolutely stellar story, and characters that are more lively and fleshed out than those found in other series this game provides the integral components to make for an RPG that will rule the players life until they’ve finished the game.
  3. A role-playing masterpiece that delivers in all of the ways that really matter. While perhaps a little behind in the technology curve, Grandia's innovation, atmosphere, and story make it one of the most noteworthy RPGs in recent memory.
  4. 90
    With an enormous world to explore, a great variety of puzzles, and a whole lot of humor, Grandia is sure to please any RPG fan who hungers for hours of immersing gameplay and puzzle solving.
  5. It is proof that a strong game accompanied by good, but not great visuals, can be a more compelling product than something with lots of flash, but no substance.
  6. Ultimately, I think it's the focus on the characters and the growth they experience that takes Grandia over the top. The angle the designers took for Grandia as a more lighthearted and anecdotal adventure is refreshing. It never overwhelms like the newer, over-ambitious efforts that are out there but rather, offers up the less tangible part of gaming.
  7. A great game. While it's low on the pathos, the cheery nature of the quest is rivaled only by Working Design's "Lunar" series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Jan 23, 2019
    10
    Quite..strange to write a review 18 years after playing it. BUT I saw this mixed score and I couldn't believe what I saw. Are people stupid?Quite..strange to write a review 18 years after playing it. BUT I saw this mixed score and I couldn't believe what I saw. Are people stupid? Yes people are stupid. I can sadly understand why this game did not get out of FFVII shadow back then, because it hit a more popular nerve and being released on Saturn first.
    I was bored back then and rented this game 3 days and thought this game might appeal to me. Then got hooked so pretty bad by every single characteristic of that game, that I amassed rental penalty fees. Then I had to return it...next weekend I rented it again and faked being ill at school to be able to complete the most emotional, passionate adventure story with the most likeable main characters I ever witnessed in a game. This adventurous passion the game transmits...and don't even get me started with the OST arranged at Skywalker sounds, best game score I ever listened to. Back then the battlesystem is also to be mentioned as revolutionary fresh and superb, THIS ladies and gentleman is not any game, THIS is not any JRPG. This game is the pinnacle of JRPG and for me even games alltogether with (FFVII quite side by side). I play videogames since 1989 across many platforms and those two games are on top of it all. If I would believe in God I would wish for a proper remastered version of this game (without doing much changes...). The 3-4 times I completed this game was not enough. Sadly the sequels are not even on the same level, but hey... Square also kind of failed FF series over time, so...
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  2. Oct 5, 2018
    10
    Grandia 1 was my 1st rpg game for the Playstation 1. I was totally enjoying it as a kid. The hard thing about this time was that I did notGrandia 1 was my 1st rpg game for the Playstation 1. I was totally enjoying it as a kid. The hard thing about this time was that I did not know any english words at all so it was rlly hard to explore that game but I did manage to finish it. I played that game so often and long that I even could beat Gadwin in the 1st battle you met him but the game still told me that I've lost. Well yeah the skill system was also rlly nice. You could lvl up earth to lvl 99 and water had a rlly cool lvling up way like standing infrond of a trap and taking damage untill you end up with 1 hp left then open the menu and heal yourself to max ofcourse it worked best near a savepoint to refill the manapoints aswell. This method made it easy to reach water lvl 99 really early in the game. It had allot of funny situations. The character are really amazing. I totally liked Sue and her little pet. Hope to play this game again as a HD remastered version for PS4 or PC. Just an amazing game and everyone who loves rpg should play it. Expand
  3. May 11, 2015
    10
    This is my favorite Playstation game I first started playing it when it first came out and still enjoy it today. It a really easy game and funThis is my favorite Playstation game I first started playing it when it first came out and still enjoy it today. It a really easy game and fun to play and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Expand
  4. Jan 19, 2019
    9
    Melhor rpg clássico que joguei até hoje, jornada incrível com gráficos e gameplay excelentes, recomendadíssimo.
  5. Aug 1, 2014
    8
    A long adventure with a naive but touching story, nice characters, good battle system and lots of ingame details. The worst things are tediousA long adventure with a naive but touching story, nice characters, good battle system and lots of ingame details. The worst things are tedious random battles and awful navigation, though I still enjoyed the game. Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2020
    8
    Played on PlayStation.
    Gameplay: GREAT.
    Story: GREAT.
    Graphic: GOOD.
    Control/Dialogue: GOOD.
  7. Jul 16, 2012
    3
    Things which seemed epic when you were fourteen don't usually stand the test of time. Grandia with its shambling plot and cringe-worthy animeThings which seemed epic when you were fourteen don't usually stand the test of time. Grandia with its shambling plot and cringe-worthy anime moments fits squarely into this bracket. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

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#7 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1999
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#8 Most Shared PS1 Game of 1999