• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jun 11, 2000
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  • Summary: A peaceful beginning. The legend was born 10,000 years ago. A violent uprising. A civilization of flying creatures enslave the human race. A bloody war. In a bid for freedom, the humans harness the spiritual forces of Dragons and triumph. Tranquility and harmony exist between all. But theA peaceful beginning. The legend was born 10,000 years ago. A violent uprising. A civilization of flying creatures enslave the human race. A bloody war. In a bid for freedom, the humans harness the spiritual forces of Dragons and triumph. Tranquility and harmony exist between all. But the past and the future are about to collide...Unveil a fantasy of Magnificence, Deception, Magical Combat and Retribution. Transform into Dragoons and unleash extraordinary powers. Incredibly diverse characters wield unique weapons and Dragoon attacks powered by the forces of Earth, Light, Fire, Wind, Lightning, Water and Darkness. Totally unique and innovative tactical combat "Additionals" System. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Daily Radar
    100
    This one has it all -- an innovative combat interface, a sweeping story and some of the most gorgeous graphics seen in a PSX RPG. Quite simply, it's a must-buy for any console RPG fanatic.
  2. 100
    Its powerful story, great cast of characters, gorgeous graphics, and one of the most inventive battle systems in a long time all work together to create an instant classic.
  3. To each his own opinion but for this one reviewer Legend of Dragoon is truly legendary.
  4. If I never again see a story that contains color-coded heroes, it will be too soon.
  5. Borrows too heavily from other games and lacks that "hook" to make it worth dealing with excessive defending, a thin story you'd expect to see on Power Rangers, and aural competence.
  6. CNET Gamecenter
    60
    When all is said and done, The LoD is like your typical one-night stand: it's OK for a quick fix but it's nothing that will get you emotionally involved.
  7. Despite the hype, Legend of Dragoon is a soulless creature, a subpar game held aloft by deceptive marketing. Don't trust it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 97
  2. Negative: 2 out of 97
  1. MagmarFire
    Dec 16, 2008
    10
    I tell you the truth, this is one of the best RPGs I've ever played, and it's definitely among my top favorites of video games. For I tell you the truth, this is one of the best RPGs I've ever played, and it's definitely among my top favorites of video games. For me, this is around the same caliber of nostalgia as Ocarina of Time when I play it; I love the latter very, very much--definitely one of my favorite Zelda games. That should definitely tell you something about how much I love this game, too. The graphics are subpar compared to games today, but truthfully, I could care less about them. For me, it's mostly about the story and the gameplay, and this game phenomenally excels in both. We have Dart, who starts out as a bit of a lone ranger seeking revenge, joining up with more freedom fighters throughout the land of Endiness who deal with things amiss in their respective countries and ultimately banding together to defeat a being that threatens them all at once. The concept of fate (or destiny, rather) is a motif in the story, and it becomes impossible to think that all that happens is by mere coincidence. The music is also very well written, even if it may be MIDI. Couple the music with the aforementioned epic story, and you have yourself a game that no one could ever forget. If you find a copy and absolutely love RPGs with memorable characters, locations, and music, get it and enjoy it. It seems almost impossible to even THINK that one could regret making an investment like that! Expand
  2. JaleedA.
    Apr 7, 2005
    10
    This Game Rules People I Bought It Four Years Ago And This Game Ain't Boring One Bit My Levels For Everyone Is 99 And All Have Full This Game Rules People I Bought It Four Years Ago And This Game Ain't Boring One Bit My Levels For Everyone Is 99 And All Have Full Additions With Four Saves. I Whish Thier's Legend Of Dragoon 2, Man That Would Rule For Ps2 Because It Can Make Billions Of Dollars $$$$$ Expand
  3. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    Simply put thee best RPG ever to be put on this earth. The graphics are revolutionary for its time and the addition system made the turn basedSimply put thee best RPG ever to be put on this earth. The graphics are revolutionary for its time and the addition system made the turn based combat system that much more interactive. NEEDS a sequel. Expand
  4. PedroG.
    Nov 22, 2004
    10
    I have this game and I say, on behalf of my school,that this game is the best one ever to come in playstation RPG! Whoever would think this I have this game and I say, on behalf of my school,that this game is the best one ever to come in playstation RPG! Whoever would think this game is boring, is a total non-gamer. Expand
  5. Aug 8, 2016
    10
    The main reason I love this game so much, is the approach to combat. I've always been a fan of turn-based party combat and this game made me aThe main reason I love this game so much, is the approach to combat. I've always been a fan of turn-based party combat and this game made me a fan of skill-based timed attacks for damage boosts. The Addition System used in Legend of Dragoon allows the player to equip powerful attacks that deal more and more damage based on the number of timed button-presses you can land during the attack. Some attacks have up to 11 of these with varying difficulty and speed. It's truly gratifying to take down a strong enemy by perfectly landing an 11 hit attack and dealing massive damage. Expand
  6. Jun 28, 2013
    10
    Opening Statement:
    I first played this game, when I was a 5 year old boy. I didn't really understand it honestly, but I still had a lot of
    Opening Statement:
    I first played this game, when I was a 5 year old boy. I didn't really understand it honestly, but I still had a lot of fun with it. Then, my brother smashed it, and I spent pretty much 10 years, searching for a copy of this game. Let me just say, it was worth it. Being on of my favorite video games of all time, I think that it deserves a sequel. I wish it would get a sequel, but I know that it won't, but whatever.

    This is NOT a game that you will blow through, in a weekend. It's a pretty long game, and you will be playing a second playthrough, as you go through the second disc. Some might say that this game, is overrated, and doesn't deserve all the praise it gets, but they are wrong. I know that it is there opinion, but it is wrong. Very rare, I will say that, and this is one of those cases, where I just have to say it. This game, is that good.

    Plot Summary:
    It's about this 23 year old, adult male named Dart. He visits his hometown Seles, after leaving it for 5 years, on the search for the Black Monster. He however, gets attacked by a Dragon along the way, and gets saved by a women by the name of Rose. He notices that Seles is in shambles, and rushes towards it. He then finds out, that his childhood friend Shina, was kidnapped by the Serdian army, and was taken to Hellena Prison. Dart sets out to rescue Shina.

    When he gets their, he saves a man by the name of Lavitz, and he helps Dart save Shina. All three of them escape from Hellena, and flee to Lavitz's homeland. It's there that we find out, that they are in the middle of a civil war. As the plot goes on, you make Rose again, and find out that Dart is a Dragoon, he has to find the other Dragoons to save the world.

    I would go on with the plot, but I don't wanna spoil anything.

    Gameplay:
    It's like your standard JRPG, only a little different. This game uses something that you will never see in any other RPG, called the "Addition System". Basically, you use the X button (or the O button, if your enemy is about to counter. If you fail then you take damage) at the right timing. The more you use an addition, the more it will level up (of course, you have to do it, perfectly). Leveling up, your additions will not only make your moves more powerful, but it will also fill up your SP meter, which you need to transform into a Dragoon. Dragoon's also have their own additions, but they also have magic. The way you level up, your Dragoon, is too use it quite a bit.

    Music and Voice Overs:
    The music is some of the best I have ever heard. It blow my mind, when I was a kid, and it still blows my mind. It still holds up today, and it is still some of my favorite video game music of all time.

    At the time, voice overs in games like this, was nothing less then amazing. It's a little cheesy for today's standards, but back then, I thought it was pretty good.

    Final Thoughts:
    This is still one of my favorite video games of all time. For the most part, I think that it was aged pretty well. I always thought that Final Fantasy X, was my favorite video game of all time, but as I'm finishing up this review, I now realize just how much I love Legend of Dragoon. It's a game, that I always take time out of my day, to play. Like I most of beaten the game at least, 20 times now that I think about it. As a game that I played a lot, and still play today, I think that it deserves all the praise it gets. In my personal opinion, I think that it is one of the best RPGs of all time.

    It deserves a 10 out of 10. It was fun to play back then, and it is still fun to play today. If you are a fan of RPGs, give this one a try. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
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  7. KahmereW.
    Mar 24, 2003
    2
    This game is ok but I have played better. Chrono Cross and Vagrant story is better. I have played my share of games and have alot of old ass This game is ok but I have played better. Chrono Cross and Vagrant story is better. I have played my share of games and have alot of old ass games but this game is the worst...... Expand

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#3 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2000
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#4 Most Shared PS1 Game of 2000