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Grandia 2

Platform : PlayStation2
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4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Cinematic RPG
  • Partially turn-based, partially real-time battle system
  • Race to prevent a war between the gods of good and evil
  • Detailed, real-time 3-D graphics
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  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0000632PY
  • Release Date: 28 Mar. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,819 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Your name is Ryudo, and you've been sent to protect a young priestess journeying to a distant land to participate in a special ceremony. Grandia 2, the new story-based RPG, features an innovative battle system that is partially turn-based, partially real-time. The entire game world is rendered in 3-D, with over 1,000 characters to interact with. Audio voice-overs accompany cinematic cut-scenes and serve to reinforce the strong cast of characters.

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See if the storyline of Grandia 2. sounds familiar. You're part of an outcast mercenary class that upstanding folk don't want around until there's trouble. You're sent on a mission alongside an innocent, idealistic woman with whom you don't immediately get along. Forces of darkness, safely contained until recently, have escaped and are threatening a world-ending clash with the forces of light unless you successfully intercede. This is one of the safest templates for console role-playing games, and it pretty much covers the story.

Thankfully, everything else in the game is fresh and provides hours upon hours of fun. The backdrops and character designs are colourful without being flashy, the game has a great pace (for an RPG), and players never have to stand around too long looking for the next thing to do. Even the writing, within its cookie-cutter plot, is smart, well-translated, and occasionally funny.

The game's strongest element, however, is its battle system. Taking the best of turn-based and real-time battle engines, Grandia II forces you to choose your moves carefully with respect to timing and position. The battles are very simple in the beginning, but grow increasingly complex as you fight larger numbers of monsters with a growing party of allies. How you meet your encounters--whether you initiate the fight, are ambushed, or meet head on--affects both the timing of the blows and the positions of the contestants. Battles emphasise counter-attacks and combination blows, but you'll soon find that movement and defence keep you alive against the tougher enemies. Elemental magic, items, and skill books are just icing on the cake. Even if the battles do grow old, the random fights are fairly easy to avoid, and a versatile AI option lets you use cruise control through the rest.

Grandia 2 may be just the traditional role-playing game for which console owners have been waiting. The question of whether it's too traditional doesn't matter, as it offers a better experience than most that have come before.--Porter B. Hall

Note: This review refers to the Dreamcast version of the game.

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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.
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One of the classic Jrpgs for ps2; the battle system, which is a mixture of turn-based and real time is arguiably one of best out there for Jrpg and requires stategising and tactics; the story is interesting and the characters are likeable. My only complaint is the amount of grinding you have to do to unlock all skills and I became almost jaded towards the end.
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If you are a RPG fan you'll love this game. It's no way near as visually stunning as the Final Fantasy series, but offers a griping story line with cool cinamatics. I have only just completed it after spending 40 odd hours trailing through the endless badies and puzzles. It is pretty straight forward to play once you have mastered the battle system and is impossible to get lost with the in game compass pointing you to your next destination. A word of advice though! Save regulary, you can never be too well prepared!
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Grandia 2 gets everything right in an rpg, great story, great gameplay, great soundtrack and great characters, though it falls a bit short of a masterpiece, it's still is an amazing game in it's own right and any jrpg fan should play it asap.

The story of the game is nothing new to todays standards, heck if you've played Devil May Cry 4 (of all games) you pretty much have the plot summed up to a T, sorry if I spoiled it for you but it's true, Devil May Cry 4 directly ripped off this game's plot. Basically you play as Ryudo who just happends to be the most sardonic main protagonist in rpg history, this is the light of the game and what makes it so likeable, i'm sick and tired of all these "heroic" protagonists in games that want to protect everyone right from the get go. Thankfully Ryudo's character was a nice change from the typical cliché main protagonist, he's a geohound (a mercenary) and all he cares about is kicking ass and getting paid, due to this attitude, he has earned a bad reputation amongst the populace but he doesn't care, i mean why should he? Who cares what some peasant has to say? They'll only crawl back to you when monsters start invading their town eh? Well Ryudo gets a message from the church to go on a mission, and Ryudo being the absolute sardonic atheist is skeptical at first but as long as he gets paid, he doesn't care (love this guy).

Anyways he makes his way to the village where he makes his first sardonic remark about how a group of innocent church girls ask for donations by saying that they "break down your door and beat charity out of you".
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By A Customer on 1 May 2002
This game is a delight! A true RPG, which is something severely lacking on the PS2 at the moment. Luckily a Final Fantasy release always brings with it a host of other RPG titles and there are usually a few diamonds in the rough. This is one!
Graphically it is ok - better than anything you could expect on the PS1 but not the best on the PS2, however this is easily overlooked. The combat system is a fine blend of real time and turn based and works in a very fluid fashion. Also the character development system is excellent and allows for customisable characters - you choose what skills the character develops and when and there are a whole host of extra skills that you can assign to them. Magic is handled in the same way.
Unlike a lot of similar games the translation is very precise and the characters even use English sayings and phrases - look out for the speech in the battle scenes as each character shouts the name of each attack before they use it (or something similar)for example Milennia's 'burn' spell dialogues goes along the lines of "Is it just me or is it getting warm?!"...
This is a must for RPG fans.
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