Excerpt: Every time I think of Grandia, I can't help but think of it as "the little RPG that could." The Grandia name dates all the way back to the Japanese Sega Saturn. At the time, Final Fantasy VII was dominating the charts and beneath all the frenzy was an RPG called Grandia. Critically, the game was praised by all, and it had quite the cult following. Over a year later, the game would be ported over to the Playstation.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy is a tough act to follow, and even though Grandia 2 isn't superior to Square's good looking RPG, it manages to show a lot of spunk against even the biggest competition. Brought over from the Dreamcast, Grandia 2 looks good but suffers from some extreme slowdown issues. During the exploration of towns and dungeons, you'll find a 3D, top-down view that can be rotated to allow views of items and hidden paths.