• Publisher: GungHo
  • Release Date: Aug 16, 2019
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: Grandia and Grandia 2, a pair of games originally released on Sega's Saturn and Dreamcast consoles, respectively, are coming to Nintendo Switch. Both games feature newly retouched details for the user interface, sprites, and textures, enhanced cinematics, Japanese and English audio tracks,Grandia and Grandia 2, a pair of games originally released on Sega's Saturn and Dreamcast consoles, respectively, are coming to Nintendo Switch. Both games feature newly retouched details for the user interface, sprites, and textures, enhanced cinematics, Japanese and English audio tracks, and Japanese and English language support along with new French and German translations. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 3, 2019
    88
    For the awesome games alone, Grandia HD Collection is worth checking out for any RPG fan. Although it could use a lot more content, fine-tuning, and options to reward long-time fans such as myself, what's here is still a treasure trove of delightful RPG goodness.
  2. 80
    While problems with this port and a lack of modernized tweaks make Grandia less of a slam dunk to recommend, this is still a relatively hidden gem from the late ‘90s that is worth trying or rediscovering. The graphics might not be as pleasant, the writing might have some cringey moments, and odds are you’ll come across a few out-of-place bugs, but Grandia’s battle system helps to overcome those drawbacks alongside its endearing characters and world. At the very least, Grandia stands tall next to its other late ‘90s contemporaries. So much so that I can envision the plucky star Justin trying to convince Cloud and Barrett from Final Fantasy VII that he’s an adventurer who rightfully deserves a seat at their theoretical table of classic, genre-defining RPGs.
  3. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    While a little pricey and devoid of extras, GRANDIA HD Collection nonetheless means you have two excellent classic JRPGs that gives its unrivaled battle system another chance to shine.
  4. Sep 11, 2019
    75
    The Grandia HD Collection contains an awesome soundtrack, fair visuals, and fairly decent story. Both games combat is very fluid and has that something that newer games are missing with their combat system I think.
  5. Sep 9, 2019
    70
    Both Grandia games deserved a much better treatment than the one GungHo gave them, and we really hope the publisher will support the game in the coming weeks, but the sheer value of the titles inside this package is enough to recommend a buy nonetheless for any Switch owner.
  6. Aug 23, 2019
    70
    Grandia HD Collection is a wonderful entry point into a criminally under-discussed JRPG series. Both games are absolute classics, featuring wonderful characters, inventive gameplay and really astounding writing. Die-hard fans might take issue with the updated nature of the sprites in Grandia 1. Every player out there, meanwhile, is likely to be turned off by the constant performance issues of Grandia 2. This isn't a perfect release, but the pros still far outweigh the cons when it comes to having an accessible way to play these old-school gems.
  7. Aug 25, 2019
    50
    It both succeeds and fails for entirely different reasons. The timeless quality and fun factor of the two games included make it unfair to give this one a low score, yet the shoddy work done on the porting and remastering holds it back from being worthy of a high one. On the whole, we’d give Grandia HD Collection a light recommendation, as it’s a great way both for newcomers to see what the fuss is about and for veterans to take a trip down memory lane. However, we say this with the caveat that you should probably wait for a sale and for the developers to deploy some patches to fix all the broken parts. The Grandia games deserve a much better remastering treatment than they’ve been given here, but Grandia HD Collection is nonetheless a respectable release.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Apr 5, 2020
    10
    I already own both of these for PS1 & Dreamcast, and I never usually buy digital releases, but seeing as Nintendo presented me with coins forI already own both of these for PS1 & Dreamcast, and I never usually buy digital releases, but seeing as Nintendo presented me with coins for my B-day that took a good chunk off the price, I decided to purchase it again from Nintendo's e-Shop, 9 months later.
    Love both games, especially Grandia 2, and they both look much better in Widescreen HD.
    Truly, though, I’d say this game collection needs a physical release, so I can "own" it, opposed to renting it till its no longer supported online. (c'mon, Limited run Games). *wink, wink*

    If it gets a physical release, I’ll buy it again.

    For those that are up in the air on purchasing this collection, the battle system of both is terrific, and story-wise, the 1st Grandia brings a great sense of adventure, whereas Grandia 2 has a much better plot with a slightly improved battle system.
    The games are cleaned up nicely and are faithful ports.
    I'd recommend if you're a fan of old school JRPGs.
    But I beg of thee for a physical release, either GungHo or Limited Run Games.
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  2. Sep 9, 2019
    10
    Fantastic game, the visuals, the sound, everything was updated. I’m glad to play this game in a 65” tv and having this wonderful time! :)
  3. Aug 18, 2019
    10
    Very good remaster. Yes it's missing some of the Saturn effects, but why is everybody rating this a 1 and turning away people that have neverVery good remaster. Yes it's missing some of the Saturn effects, but why is everybody rating this a 1 and turning away people that have never played the games? Especially when you dont on the remaster and are rating it a 1. All because you dont like the HD effects and are sour over the price? These games are must get for any RPG fan. Stop rating the games Expand
  4. Jun 28, 2020
    10
    It definitely takes you back, Dreamcast port is still the best way to play because this one has random gram drops but the hard mode gives it aIt definitely takes you back, Dreamcast port is still the best way to play because this one has random gram drops but the hard mode gives it a little bit more of a challenge. Not as hard as expected but fun none the less. Expand
  5. Aug 17, 2019
    10
    This game takes two fantastic classics and makes them playable on current technology. Grandia itself is the weak link in this collection butThis game takes two fantastic classics and makes them playable on current technology. Grandia itself is the weak link in this collection but that is not saying a lot for the small upgrade it received the real gem is grandia 2 which has upgraded character models and some redone music for ones that where lost I am having a blast and hope everyone's gives this game a fair chance a 100 plus hours of gameplay for less than a full price game even if a bit dated still worth it in my opinion. Expand
  6. Aug 17, 2019
    10
    Great ports of amazing & timeless games. Though seemingly pricey, there’s 100’s of hours of content. Physical edition would be nice, however.
  7. Aug 17, 2019
    0
    Great games, grandia 1 is a lazy port of the ps1 port of the saturn original. Grandia 2 is grandia 2 anniversary edition with widescreenGreat games, grandia 1 is a lazy port of the ps1 port of the saturn original. Grandia 2 is grandia 2 anniversary edition with widescreen support. Avoid these ports on switch. The modding community might eventually be able to salvage these abominations on steam but for now it's a hard no. Expand

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