Conclusion: Despite Grandia’s many triumphs, I have no doubt that a certain percentage of RPG fans will hate it for its completely linear nature. They’ll certainly have a point; Grandia III offers almost all no way for players to make the quest their own. There are no branches in the storyline, no opportunities to do tasks in different order, and no ways to enter new areas until the storyline demands it.
Excerpt: Fans of the Grandia series have always attributed to the series a presentation of great adventure, memorable characters, original battles and worlds filled with unique styles and ambience. After the end of Grandia 2, fans had waited eagerly for a sequel, wanting something that rivaled the legacy left behind by the first game. Unfortunately, the dungeon crawler Grandia Xtreme was a major letdown.
Excerpt: The Grandia series has had its ups and downs, with some solid installments, some lackluster ports, and an interesting dungeon crawler spin-off back in 2002. After four years with no new installments, it was surprising to see Grandia III obtain such a high-profile stateside release, but one has to wonder whether the wait has been worth it.
Excerpt: The Grandia series has become a popular one among RPG fans, largely due to its unforgettable characters, adventurous storylines, and most of all, exciting battle system. With Grandia 3 headed our way shortly, gamers can look forward to more of the same. If that’s not enough to get you hyped, this installment in the classic Grandia series will be published by RPG powerhouse, Square Enix! This time around you’ll take the role of Yuuki, a young man who dreams of flying.
Conclusion: Grandia III is a game that starts out strong in nearly every aspect. Pretty visuals, fun characters, and an innovative battle system. Despite how the characters and storyline may become less interesting as the game goes on, If you can continue to appreciate this game for what it continues to do well: it's battle system and it's visuals, then it's still possible to have a good time with Grandia III, even if it's for a different reason than you might enjoy most other RPGs.
Excerpt: upholds this tradition by thrusting players into the role of Yuki, a young man with a love for flying that was established by his hero, Sky Captain Schmidt. During a test flight of one of his planes, Yuki literally crashes into the game's heroine, Alfina, your standard magical girl on a journey of self discovery. Soon, Yuki, Alfina, and Miranda - Yuki's sassy young mom - leave on a journey of adventure.
Excerpt: Grandia III is actually the fourth installment of the series (when counting Grandia Xtreme ), and it manages to bring a few changes to the table while still remaining true to the series as a whole.
Excerpt: The Grandia series deserves to be popular, if only on the strength of its combat system. It is indisputably one of the most challenging, stylish, and downright fun combat engines to ever be found in a JRPG, and it should be more influential than it is. However, the Grandia games also tend to start strong and bog themselves down in the end; witness Grandia II , for example, which was one disc of pure awesome and one disc of considerably less awesome.