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  • Summary: Famed game producer Hironobu Sakaguchi of Mistwalker and developer Artoon present Blue Dragon. Featuring the character design of Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball Z and music by Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy, Blue Dragon is an epic role-playing game that centers on a young boy named Shu andFamed game producer Hironobu Sakaguchi of Mistwalker and developer Artoon present Blue Dragon. Featuring the character design of Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball Z and music by Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy, Blue Dragon is an epic role-playing game that centers on a young boy named Shu and several of his friends. These unlikely heroes possess the power to control phantom shadows that mirror the actions of their masters, giving Shu and his comrades miraculous strength and magical powers. The warriors can create and develop their combat styles by utilizing different types of Shadow Change, including Sword, Assassin, and Power Magic. Shu and his friends must use the shadows as weapons and wield their skills to save their world from impending doom. Encountering various people on a planet where numerous ancient ruins remain, the characters and their shadows travel through a world full of mysteries and illusions, where the slightest touch can cause reactions of unparalleled magnitude. Innovative RPG gameplay features: As their quest progresses, warriors can create original attack methods by utilizing several types of Shadow Change, including Sword, Assassin, and Power Magic. You can choose to focus the hero on certain areas of expertise. Shadows level up and gain new abilities associated with the job they are currently doing. Once gained, abilities are not lost and remain available to use when needed. Massive scope and engrossing environments: Shu and his companions battle their way through an immense world filled with vividly illustrated remnants of ancient civilizations long forgotten. [Microsoft] Expand
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  • Developer: Mistwalker, Artoon
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Console-style RPG, Console-style RPG, Japanese-Style
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: T
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. 95
    Blue Dragon might not be sheer perfection, but it still delivers a truly exemplary console RPG experience by thoughtfully executing and expanding on longtime genre traditions.
  2. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    90
    Enormous, intelligent, wily - a true dragon. [Sept 2007, p.98]
  3. Blue Dragon's light-hearted charm and role-playing goodness fills a lacking aspect of the Xbox 360's lineup. [JPN Import]
  4. When it comes to battling, the possibilities of engaging in combat provide an interesting dynamic.
  5. Hardcore Gamer
    75
    In an era where games are getting even-shorter, Blue Dragon is a staggeringly 16-bit, grind-happy title. [Oct 2007, p.53]
  6. 70
    While it certainly isn’t perfect, great features like an excellent story and quite a strategic battle system make it hard to put the game down at times, and will appeal to RPG fans.
  7. A very poor introduction to the genre for Xbox owners. It's by no means terrible; but without borrowing Sakaguchi's rose-tinted glasses, it's not much fun either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 47
  2. Negative: 6 out of 47
  1. MarcJ.
    Sep 14, 2007
    10
    Rather than an revolution in RPGs, this game is an evolution of classic RPGs on to the next generation video game platform. Captivating Rather than an revolution in RPGs, this game is an evolution of classic RPGs on to the next generation video game platform. Captivating storyline and solid gameplay, this is must have for any real Japanese RPG fan. Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2013
    10
    One of the best JRPGS I ever played. Up there with the best final fantasy games! The graphics and cutscenes were phenemonal! This game was aOne of the best JRPGS I ever played. Up there with the best final fantasy games! The graphics and cutscenes were phenemonal! This game was a lot of fun to play! The major publication reviews dont do this game justice at all. The game is very long though. That can be a good or bad thing depending on how much spare time you have. Expand
  3. RobertD.
    Mar 6, 2008
    10
    If you like rpg than you will love this. No question.
  4. Aaace5
    Aug 4, 2007
    9
    I lost respect for reviewers like EGM years ago, because they give the worst reviews! A weak game they will love... And a decent gameI lost respect for reviewers like EGM years ago, because they give the worst reviews! A weak game they will love... And a decent game that's misunderstood they will hate, because they don't know how to judge something for what it is... and just choose to judge it against something else! If you aren't sure about this game, just play the demo on LIVE and make your choice from there! Expand
  5. Sep 7, 2019
    8
    Gran jrpg de la pasada generacion, accesible, emocionante y muy bello en lo visual
  6. JamesM
    Aug 30, 2008
    7
    This game is by no means perfect, but if you like the RPG genre and have a 360 it would be a shame for you not to own this game. Richard E This game is by no means perfect, but if you like the RPG genre and have a 360 it would be a shame for you not to own this game. Richard E doesn't seem to know what he is talking about so take his review with a grain of salt. Also I can say that this game was not made for small children as it is rated T for Teen. For those who do not know that means 13 and up basically a PG-13 rating. I quite like this game and I think other fans of J-RPGs will like it too. Expand
  7. Apr 11, 2017
    0
    Oh une exclusivité Xbox 360... ça doit être *bien*... et sur 3 DVD ! et intégralement en français, avec même les voix des chiards en bas âge.Oh une exclusivité Xbox 360... ça doit être *bien*... et sur 3 DVD ! et intégralement en français, avec même les voix des chiards en bas âge. Car les chiards sont les héros de cette japoniaiserie, eh ouais mon gars, quand c'est pas des ados idiots, c'est des moutards les héros !

    La musique est au diapason bien neuneu comme il se doit. La présentation, les graphismes, les dialogues (si on peut appeler "ça" des dialogues), tout est exactement comme dans Final Fientasy VII mais en "hacheday" ouais ouais ouais. Attention cependant, à l'inverse de FF, on a de vrais combats au tour par tour. Mais c'est génial !

    Premier combat : à l'attaque d'un serpent fécal ! (sic !). Prouuuuut. Hihihi. Et pourtant attention, c'est marqué 12+ sur la boî-boîte. Les coups d'épée en plastique, ça peut faire mal, même que c'est choquant des fois. Hihihi. Tout de même, c'est pas sympa d'avoir piqué à Nintendo son exclu Gamecube, non, non, non, pas sympa du tout Microsoft.
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