Excerpt: Grandia II first arrived on the ill-fated Dreamcast in 2000. Two years later, it was ported to the PlayStation 2 and the PC, thus giving it a larger audience and a second shot at wider recognition. This review refers to the PS2 version of the game.
Excerpt: In 1999, Game Arts released the game, Grandia. for the Playstation. It was significant, at the time, because it was probably the only RPG that was compared with the critically-acclaimed Final Fantasy VII With its great story and innovative battle system, Grandia quickly became a cult hit.
Excerpt: Passing through my local game store, I checked in for any last Dreamcast offers I could get my hands on. Fortunately I managed to get a copy of Grandia 2 . With no personal knowledge of the game and only the blurb on the back to go by, I made a decision to buy it. I now know I made the right choice.
Excerpt: Grandia II isn't a landmark game by any means, but it comes pretty close to being an amazing role-playing game done in the traditional style. It looks great, has solid gameplay, great characters and a well-written story, but it's basically as straight-forward a role-playing game as you're likely to...
Excerpt: That is not to say that Grandia II is not a grand achievement, it creates picturesque environments and delicately detailed characters. It is also not to say that Ubi Soft has not done an extraordinary job with the voice acting and a respectable job with the translation.
Excerpt: > Game Arts obviously spent a lot of money making Grandia 2. I really thought I would love this game, especially since it got better reviews than Skies of Arcadia some places, and I love Skies. The game should be good, too. But it isn't.
Excerpt: Definitely grand. The dark side is indeed a dangerous path to walk down. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering… and suffering means that a lot of bad guys are running around causing everyone to have a really bad day.
Pros: Outstanding graphics, Cool spells, Interesting battle system, Dismembered God of Darkness, Could use a map