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This review is from: Skies of Arcadia Legends (Video Game)
"An RPG for Gamecube which features pirates in flying galleons you say? And you say it's actually a good execution of a good idea? Are you sure you're not drunk, sir?!"
No mate, I'm sober. When you first boot up Skies Of Arcadia you know that it's going to be something special. It's obvious that Sega's development team, Overworks, have spent ages coding the game to perfrection.
The graphics and sound remain almost identical to the Dreamcast version, which was published two years ago. Admitedly, their are new visual effects which obviously utilise the added power of the Gamecube, and the game has some support for Dolby Pro-Logic II surround sound systems. However the styles of the graphics and sound remain unchanged.
One major compliant owners of the Dreamcast version had was the somewhat weak battle system. Sega and Overworks have looked at customer feedback and took it to heart, because the battle scenes play almost completely differently now. If only more developers took the same approach to their re-issued titles...
The Gamecube version has more side-quests too. The main plot is exactly the same as the Dreamcast version, but the side-quests will add alot of variety. Playing these side quests also unlocks various secret bonuses, if you're good enough.
The control system has also been adapted perfectly for the Gamecunbe controller. Alot of games when ported to the Gamecube suffer only in the controller area., so I'm pleased that Overworks have got it just right.
I've had the American NTSC Gamecube version for a month now, and I can say that I'm still playing. The game's huge, and rivals Final Fantasy VII in length. It took me three months (on-and-off) to complete the PAL Dreamcast version, so adding the new side-quests to the mix you have one huge mother of an RPG!
Don't worry if you think the PAL Gamecube version will be worse than the version I'm playing. Sega are the best at NTSC to PAL conversions, and I know that the game will feature a full 60hz mode for super-smooth gameplay!
This is another gem from Sega. You must own this!