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Great game, but...,
This review is from: Grandia 2 (Video Game)
Not many console RPGs make it over to the shores of Britain. We get SOME of the big names, like Final Fantasy and... well Final Fantasy, but there are so many we miss out on. Going right back to the SNES, the continent and Europe remain ignorant of how many brilliant games there are out there (From Chrono Trigger, to Xenogears, Thousand Arms, Lunar and Lunar 2, and the hundred and one RPGs that are currently being released for the PS2 which no-one has even HEARD of, so it is always a happy occasion when - somehow, for some reason - a GOOD rpg makes its way to our shores. Perhaps it is because only a few make it over that they remain only a semi-popular genre. Perhaps if they began bringing more of them over more people would latch on to RPGs... but forgive an old timer his ramblings. This is Grandia 2 we're talking about.
Those who have played the first game will know the sheer joy of it; it wasn't hard (heck, it wasn't even challenging), the graphics were simple, yet it was still one of the best games to ever grace my Playstation. Its story was wonderful, and the characters were so well created and nurtured, that you found yourself WANTING them to succeed, for Justin to reach his goals... and at that one point in the game, which all those who played it will know about, when it looks as if he is about to give up... well, I have no shame in saying I actually shed a tear, something that games have never done for me. More blabbing, I know, but this has a point:
Grandia 2 was a good, if predictable game, but it missed that wonderful spark which the original held, the one which allows us to play the first one over and over again, and fall in love with it all over again. Yet there were other problems, as well. The graphics were not much of an improvement against those of the original, which wouldn't have been so bad if the story had captivated, but as it is one looks for different things when the plot does not pin one back to their seats. It was also easy, perhaps even easier than the original, which again wouldn't have been so bad... but it had nothing to back up this easiness with. And lastly... the characters... didn't touch base with me. I didn't feel connected to them at all. And after the shining brilliance that was the first game... well, I felt even more betrayed that the second did not even come close to attaining the same level of excellence.
However, and I say this again, it was a good game. If I had never played G1, I would think it was a VERY good game, but this is not the case. Play this game once, and enjoy it, and if you haven't played G1... GO BUY IT NOW!!! Oy, and I hear G3 is essentially going to be a 'dungeon' game, with very little story... so one might consider it worth it playing this game just to touch base with a true RPG. And as an additional note, I would have given this game 4 stars, IF I hadn't played the original. I knocked one point off for it not living up to my expectations.
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2013 02:33:43 GMT
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Terry 309 says:
if it was a very good game why did you give it 3 stars? even if it didn't live up your expectations it may live up to someone elses, the purpose of a review is to tell people whether a product is worth buying, not what your opinion of it is.
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