Grandia II coming to Steam and GOG on August 24
Aw man, this is taking me back. I played all the mainline Grandia games but Grandia 2 was the one I liked enough to play all the way through. Grandia 2 and Skies of Arcadia are some of my favorite RPG's on the dreamcast. What I remember enjoying about it most was the main character Ryudo being sort of an asshole at times and being waaaaaaaay into MGS1 at the time, having Cam Clarke voicing the lead was a nice bonus.
@shozo: I rented it a few times for PS2 way back when, and I loved the hell out of it. The combat system is so much fun, and that's still true today. I recently purchased a Dreamcast and this was one of the games I bought with it. It's still incredible I think, though it helps to have some kind of appreciation for that type of game I'm sure. There are no audio options as I recall in any of the NA releases? I remember playing both PS2 and Dreamcast with English audio and despising it. So that's a huge difference with me. It changed Type-0 completely, for example.
As far as I know, the reputation of Grandia II is that it is both a classic, and a cult favorite. Some people still prefer the first one, but I've barely played it and the main character wears a dumb hat.
@geraltitude: Port's decent. The first hour is hell to get through, though; the tower spiders can one-shot you (it's meant to force you to learn how to use Criticals, but I think they made their damage too high), and there's an unwinnable boss fight after 10 minutes of dialogue that has a nasty habit of glitching out of its script and causing a Game Over. (I solved that one by just Defending the whole fight instead of attacking. Apparently if you don't attack, she doesn't get stuck in a debuff/attack loop.) Once you get your 2nd party member, though, you're gold. (Just watch out in the industry town about 5 hours in; one of the townsfolk there will crash the game if you talk to them.)
I'm hoping they patch out most of these bugs soon.
Grandia 2 might not be the best game ever made, but it's certainly one of my favourite games ever made. The amount of nostalgia I have for this thing would suffice for at least a couple of water balloons (You might raise an eyebrow at that allegory but trust me, I could inflict hurt with my sentiment). I recall purchasing it whilst on vacation for an absurdly low price, thinking it had to be a couple of years old to warrant said price tag. Turns out they'd just mislabeled the thing, which my cousin was extremely disappointed by when he visited the same store a few days afterwards.
It's the very first game that ever made me cry. That wouldn't happen again until Snake Eater, which I also bought on a trip now that I think about it.. Huh.
@hassun: that's nuts. We should have a concept page for PC games compatible with console saves if we don't already.
@mikelemmer: Ah cool - thanks for the impressions! Suddenly got real broke so I'm holding off a few months on picking it up and hoping those bugs will be squashed by then. Are you trying hard at all? I played the game briefly on Dreamcast ~8 months ago and my only two complaints were some of the voice acting and some easy battles, as much as I love the combat system.
@geraltitude: Actually, reading over their patch notes, sounds like they already squashed the 2 big bugs I found within the 1st hour of the game. And I didn't try Hard difficulty because this is my first time playing it. The random encounters are often pushovers, but the boss fights are no joke. The 2nd boss fight, which I just completed, had me sweating bullets a couple times.
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