Summary: With the game design and scenario put together by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, character designs by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, and music from Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, Blue Dragon had an all-star lineup behind its development. For whatever reason, however, this talented group only managed to put together a safe and very by-the-numbers RPG rather than the epic genre-buster fans had hoped for.
Excerpt: It wasn't difficult to see what Microsoft aimed to accomplish when signing up three of the most legendary figures in the Japanese RPG world, and Blue Dragon is the end product from a trio often referred to in development circles as the 'holy trinity' of eastern game design. Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator, producer, Final Fantasy), Nobuo Uematsu (musical composer, Final Fantasy) and Akira Toriyama (character design, Dragonball Z), have combined to create a starkly beautiful...
Excerpt: It’s a little strange to be previewing a game that’s already been released (the Japanese version came out in December of 2006). The Japanese release received high marks: an 89% on www.gamerankings.com . The only quantity that remains unknown is the English voice track, although I’ve read a positive report on a piece of it, and I would bet that Microsoft Game Studios will throw enough money at the localization of this high-profile title to produce a reasonably good voice...
Excerpt: While Microsoft's E3 conference focused on many of its upcoming titles for its venerable platform, notably absent was Mistwalker and Artoon's soon-to-be-released role-playing game, Blue Dragon . However, while Microsoft may not have had much to say regarding the game during its conference, at home they had a special treat in store for fans: a playable demo downloadable from the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Conclusion: The reason the lack of difficulty is so frustrating is that the game has all the depth necessary to support a higher difficulty curve. The Shadow Class system allows you to build incredible combos that can make your characters nearly un-killable or allow you to trigger a half-dozen effects with a single attack. But there's no reason to ever use them, outside of a small handful of optional super bosses.
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Conclusion: Unfortunately, it's less than the sum of its parts. Even if you enjoy the combat, the childish experience makes it hard to stomach for long amounts of time. If you can handle this, then you'll like Blue Dragon; but, it's definitely not for everyone.