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Grandia 2 review


Grandia 1 was released to near universal acclaim on the ps1. However when a sequel was hinted at for Sony's then competitor sales were barely passable at the time it only sold upwards of 180,000 units. This could have been due to the upcoming release of the ps2, or the fact that many people just weren't expecting much since the game didn't look the part of a AAA RPG for the system. The first Grandia was more or less its own self contained story so trying to make a sequel might not have been the best move for game arts, but I am glad that they did anyway. Despite it's shortcomings Grandia 2 is a great game for anyone with a Dreamcast, and an excellent coming of age story for those who have self doubts. 

From a graphical standpoint the game is pretty average the interesting environments add flavor to the otherwise dull level design, but outside of a few cutscenes the game's visuals won't leave you wowed after you've finished it. 

Also the character's are pretty interesting and they are appropriately voiced during certain cutscenes, but would it have be to much to ask game arts to have drawn a mouth on the models. Seriously not even animate the mouths just show them. Outside of the cutscenes none of the characters have mouths.

That being said it's not so much the art style that pulls you in, but the characters, the loor, the atmosphere, and brilliant revolutionary battle system that makes this game a must own for anyone who was fortunate enough to own Sega's short lived console. Your protagonist Ryudo is a stereotypical mercenary thug who's haunted by his past and what his brother did. 

After being tasked with a one in a million chance to work with royalty Ryudo jumps at the opportunity for the pay and here sets out our characters new adventure of redemption and self discovery that will lead him from the pits of Mercenary work the top of the noble food chain and then some. 

Grandia2 is at it's best when dealing with issues of abandonment, and worthfulnes, it's at it's worst when the characters talk and have a stupid argument that normally starts off with two people getting angry at each other and bending over like mannequins to point fingers at one an other. Like I said the characters are fully voiced during certain parts in the game and while the voice actors aren't bad by any means, the dialog is so horrible at times that it might make you want to occasionally turn the system off. What's really surprising is that the dialog that is not fully voiced can be very profound and thought provoking. 

Why would the designers focus on voicing characters when they say things like "Be gone you foul dark one" where as profound dialog like 

"Even though our ears are different and he has no tail, we get along fine... After all, he's a great friend to my son! 

You are quite right... Despite all the "People of Darkness" stuff, everyone is really pretty much the same. 

There is no reason for everyone to NOT get along. Tribes and nations should never matter. Not ever. 

He and my son have bonded through song and dance. 

Songs and dances, which we of the Mau Tribe take pride in, are able to bring souls together. Isn't that just wonderful? 

Bring souls together? If you put two souls together, would not that make one big soul? 

No, he speaks of the bond that can form between two people. Their souls intermix, so that they may understand each" 

goes completely unvoiced. 

This doesn't really hurt the game just makes me question the directors choices. 

The games story is primarily one of redemption for the main protagonist, but the over arching story is about jealously, discrimination, and prejudice. It's a good concept in theory but becomes very hard to preach these messages through its mostly colorful cutscenes and inability to keep the story fresh after the second act. If I was in charge of development, I would have ended the game after the Melfice boss battle as he was the character that was the key focus of the game for the first two acts and is undeniably the hardest boss in the game. After his arc the games tone starts to change from a moody one about angst and redemption into a typical rpg about saving the world from generic bad guy monster X. 

It's ironic how just when the characters begin to gain some confidence and feel fully developed that the game's story starts to take a nose dive. The final act is still fun, but other then the death of one playable character it plays out exactly the way you'd expect. It's the type of thing that JRPG fans just seem to know off the top of their heads. 

The story may be so-so, but the innovative battle system that ties it together is what really steals the show. 

The back of the box preaches a new means of combat that is both turn based, and real time. At the beginning of each fight you and however many friends and enemies are on screen take up a marker on a line that appears on the bottom right of the hub. the more time goes by the closer each character's marker slides to the right side where the words "Action" are displayed. When it is your characters turn to act you have a choice between 2 types of attacks, magic, items, blocking, and the option to run. The two types of physical attacks are combos and harsh attacks. Combo attacks have the chance to stun a character and potentially knock their marker backwards so that it will take more time for them to be able to initiate an action. Harsh attacks do more damage but have zero chance to cancel an action. Using magic drains energy from your magic meter, and special attacks that are unique to each character drain from the stamina bar that replenishes after each turn. Trying to find the best combination of all of these is the trick to beating the game. 

Each character can upgrade their personal status with the help of special points gained throughout battle. This was an interesting way for giving you a choice as to who you should upgrade first. Rather then everyone getting an equal amount of experience after you win a fight you can pick favorites and give all the special points to your best character to upgrade them faster. Everyone still earns the same amount of experience after each battle but your collected points give you enough to chose who's special abilities you want to upgrade first. Undeniably the best thing about Grandia 2 is its battle system, but the music should not be overlooked. The battle music has got a great beat to it that made me actually look forward to constantly fighting wave after wave of enemies. 

in its entirety Grandia 2 is a fun game with an innovative battle system kick ass music and great characters despite it's shortcomings. 8/10

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About Spazzzh20one of us since 9:46 AM on 10.09.2018


I am an avid fan of art, literature, and history. I live in New Jersey and am currently a student at Seton hall. I have always been a fan of Anime since I was six and I was first introduced to Dragon Ball Z. I have always wanted to start a blog but was afraid that I would never be able to update it as often as I wanted to. Anyway here are some basic things you should know about me

My Favorite cartoons (American) The Simpsons, Batman the animated series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Transformers Armada, Sonic Sat AM. Ed, Edd, And Eddy. Dexters Lab, Power Puff Girls, Megus XLR, basically anything from Cartoonetwork 1998-2004. Hey Arnold, Rug rats, Cat Dog. Rocket power, Southpark, Family Guy, Cubix Robots for everyone, Jakie Chan Adventures

My Favorite cartoons (Japanese Anime) Toonami, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Evangelion, Dragon Ball Z, Elfen Lied, Clannad, Mezzo DSA, Nightwalker the midnight detective, Fist Of The North Star, Berserk, Pokemon (First 3 seasons) Digimon (First two Seasons) Ruroni Kenshin Episodes 1-65 (Everything after that was just filler) Yu Yu Hakusho, Yugioh, Sonic x (Japanese Dub Only) Naruto ( Not Shipudden it completely destroyed everything that the first series established).

Favorite books. Star Wars, Lord of the flies, The New Police Man, Maze Runner ( Soon to be a Feature Film) Goosebumps (Series) Ender's game.

Favorite Films (Not Animated): Star Wars, Terminator 2, Dead Poet Society, Jurassic Park, The Goonies, Back to the future 1, and 2, Indiana Jones trilogy, Good Will Hunting, The Wolverine, 300, Skyfall, Casino Royale, Goldeneye, A view to a kill, Tomorrow never dies, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, The world is not enough. Die Hard 1-4

Favorite animated Films: Akira, Children who Chase lost voices from deep below, End of Evangelion, Buddha The Great Departure, The Evangelion Rebuilds (Not 3.0 that movie sucked) Berserk the golden age ark films. Toy Story trilogy, How to train your dragon, transformers (1986) The Hunchback of Notrodome, Disney's Aladdin.

Favorite Manga: Detective Conan/Case closed, Evangelion, Evangelion Shinji Ikari Raising Project, Berserk, Ruroni Kenshin, Fist of the north star, Dragon ball Z, Change Guy, Change 123, Elfen Lied, Akira, and Yugioh.

Favorite Shows: Breaking Bad, Law and Order SUV, The Twilight zone, New Amsterdam, The new outer limits, 24, The angry video game nerd Web series.

Favorite games: Sonic 3 And knuckles, Sonic adventure, Bioshock infinite, Rayman 2 the great escape, Super Mario 64, Mario galaxy 1 and 2, Mario kart 64, Metal gear solid series, Golden sun 1, and 2, Skies of Arcadia, Dark souls, Resident evil 4, uncharted 2, The last of us, Max Payne 1, 2, and 3, Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, GTA 4. Call Of Duty 4, Zelda Majora's, mask, Super Smash Brothers (Series) Metroid prime 3, Super Metroid, Mega Man 2, Ecco The dolphin, Soul Calibur, Tech Romancer, God of war Series, Castlevania (The good ones) Killzone 3, Halo 2, Amnesia the dark descent, Age of Empire2, gone home, FTL, X-com enemy unknown. Singularity, Star Wars Jedi Knight 3 Jedi Academy,

Well, that's the basic just of me, I do hope to write journal entries more often.