Review by Phange
"Final Fantasy? Never heard of it!"
The year was 2000. It was a fairly mediocre year for games. (When the best game out so far was Pokemon Puzzle leauge you know you had a problem). Around the release of Final Fantasy 9 there was a big stir in the Dreamcast section of the Videogame Universe. What was it? Well, in all technicalities it was TWO dreamcast RPGS that fought off FFIX... Grandia II and Skies of Arcadia. I own both games, so i have a good idea on which is better and in this review ill tell you why Skies is the better purchase.
To put it bluntly, Dreamcast can do some serious graphics. Skies of Arcadia has so much detail in everything it does it just blows the mind. Watching Vyse sail a TRULY 1,000 mile overworld with an amazing view distance was amazing. I mean, this game REALLY impresses. Facial expressions are another great addition to the RPG world.
GAMEPLAY (AKA the FINAL FANTASY KILLER)
Skies of Arcadia was made by a company named overworks. Well, while this shouldnt ring a bell to anyone, the PHANTASY STAR TEAM should. Overworks IS the Phantasy Star Team. After finishing Phantasy Star 4 (read my review of that game too) they wanted to make another series. This is it! The battle system rocks, unfortunately there are too many random battles.
Yes, even the sound impresses. While the sound is the weakest link (goodbye hee hee) it still is beyond average. WOW i was SO PUMPED when i heard the Little Jack's theme. Man this game has some truly awesome tracks. Try fighting the final boss and listen to the track!
Overview of Story
Imagine a planet just like Earth. In ancient times the civilizations learned how to harness the power of ''moonstones'' to such a degree that they made ''Moon Crystals''. Moon Crystals contain infinite energy. These were used to power huge robots named Gigas. However, seeing that the world was going to war, the moons rained stones over the land..... Zoom to the present. The moonstones had buried themselves in the soil, causing pieces of land to float into the air. Now people only live on these pieces of land. Whats down below? Too much air pressure to find out. Around this time period an advanced civilization named Valua decides it wants a ''piece'' of the world. They go after the long lost moon crystals......
RENT OR BUY
If you want to play this game DONT RENT IT. The game is INSANELY long and you might as well just buy it if you are one of those Dreamcast owners...
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 07/05/01, Updated 07/05/01
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