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Grandia III - PlayStation 2

by Square Enix
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews) 77 / 100

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  • Create incredible combos and try your hand at magic as you explore a strange new world filled with amazing enemies
  • Intuitive combat system with a wide range of options -- and even more waiting to be unlocked
  • Incredible visuals bring the strange and beautiful world of Grandia to life

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  • ASIN: B000BKSGH8
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 8, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,318 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Sky Captain Schmidt was a legendary flyer who could fly faster and more beautifully than anyone in the world. Although he has nearly faded from the memories of most, he is still an inspiration to a generation of aspiring young pilots. On a small island in the middle of the sea is Anfog, a quiet and peaceful village. And tucked away in a corner of this village is a simple garage, from which the sounds of hammering can frequently be heard. Inspired by tales of Sky Captain Schmidt, a young man named Yuki is building his own airplane. Someday Ill leave this village and fly over the sea, all the way to the mainland, he thinks. Yuki stares at his Flight Unit, the magical orb that provides power for all airplanes, his eyes distant as he imagines the vast sky stretching out in front of him. In the woods not far away, a young girl rides alone on a horse-drawn carriage. Her name is Alfina, and she is a Communicator, one of the few who can speak with the Guardians, the giant beastlike gods that protect the citizens of this world. She is hurrying to the temple at Arcriff to take the place of her brother, who has disappeared. As the world faces the greatest danger it has ever known, fate brings these two young people together. Can a would-be pilot and an inexperienced Communicator save the world?

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Incredible February 15, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Grandia fans will be happy to see this title, but those new to the series may not get as into this game as others. While the heart of Grandia lies within the battle system, which is still incredible, the other elements have suffered a little over the years. With Grandia III it's no different. It is a very good game, but the RPG veteran will notice that there are a couple of key elements missing.

Yuki dreams of one day becoming a pilot like his hero Sky Captain Schmidt. He's finally made a plane that he's sure can carry him off Titalos Island. Upon trying to leave, he doesn't realize his mother has hopped aboard the plane, taking the plane over its weight limit. Eventually the plane goes down near a girl named Alfina who is the last of the "Communicators". A race that stay in contact with a Guardian Glyph and relay the information to the rest of the world. Alfina's brother, however, has different plans, and would rather take over the world. It's your job, of course, to stop him.

The story isn't really thrilling, but the characters will make up for that. Some of the dialogue is badly written, but for the most part, the characters begin to take on a personality and you fall in love with them. Especially with how they interact over scenes when they're at dinner.

Grandia veterans will recognize the battle system instantly. After nearly ten years, the battle system is still complex, fresh and very original. When you enter battle there will be a circle gauge in the corner. This is the IP gauge. Your characters and enemies move along this gauge. You'll select a command and watch them play out in real time. Each character and enemy will go into action. If you attack an enemy while they're in action you'll delay their attack.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not best in series... but a nice return March 16, 2006
By Amir0x
Hello Amazon shoppers, Amir0x from Hangar-G3 here.

When you think of Grandia, you automatically think of the battle system. The reason for this is simple: it's the one thing that sets the series apart. It's furious, fast, and strategic. And it leaves you wishing more RPGs did something like this. As long as this aspect of Grandia is in place, you're guaranteed a great experience.

And Grandia III does not disappoint. Additions, such as Aerial Combos, add to the fantastic system and provide all the frenetic action the franchise is known for. In this way, it is not only a return to form but it is superior to its predecessors.

Visually as well, the game seriously pushes PS2 far beyond what you'd expect. Spectacular spell effects, robust character models, vibrant towns... all of it is a testament to the talent of the development team. The incredible scenery and artistic direction compliment a rock solid engine.

On the minus side, the soundtrack is a bit of a downer. None of it is particularly inspired, which is surprising considering how great Noriyuki Idaware's previous works were. None of the tracks really stay in your memory for long, which is generally one of the first signs that it's not leaving any lasting impact. Finally, the storyline is really not up to the standards of the rest of the games. The relationships between Yuki and the rest of the cast (with the exception of his mother) all fall into the cliche, one-dimensional range. The motivations of who you ultimately end up fighting all fall flat.

But at the core of this game is a battle system that simply cannot be beat in the RPG world. Emphasizing this over the story might be difficult for some players, but if you do you'll find a rewarding experience that anyone can enjoy.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but an overall great gaming experience February 19, 2006
By just me
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm sure you're one of the Grandia fans from PS2 days and look forward to the same great experience. I doubt you'll be disappointed, and hope my review will cover all the bases so you know what type of games Grandia III is.

First of all, this game had all the hype it needed. There weren't any commercials or anything that made the game seem better then it is. This game brought back feelings of playing the first Grandia (PSX) as well as Lunar: Silver Star Story on the Sega CD. The first 5 hours spent playing this game I was blown away and remembered how fun the battle system was. It's been a while since I played an EXTREMELY good non-Square-enix game. You see...t.his game is made by Game Arts. Thank them for the Lunar series as well as Grandia on the original PlayStation. Even though most people are buying this to pass time til' Kingdom Hearts II, this game really IS worth buying. However, the game is very cutscene drivin' which so far, doesn't bother me at all. The cut-scenes are very well done with a great GRANDIA feeling. Not at all like Xenosaga, which was coldi in its portrayal of the characters. This game has spirit and life; you'll enjoy the plot advancement as well as getting to know your party of heroes.

It's games like this, that really make me wonder what else Square-enix can throw at us. It's going to get better and better each game. (Again, GameArts made this game but S-E was the publisher). I think Final Fantasy XII could be a revolutionary step between action and role-playing games that will bring in more fans. Star Ocean wasn't good enough. Neither is Tales of Legendia. Grandia III has the idea, but I believe FFXII will be _the_ game, but G3 will help you pass the time well.

Sadly the game only last about 30 hours...over two discs...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good game
Not brilliant but enjoyable rpg in the Grandia style
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. Dianne S. Weeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant classic, in my opinion
This game, to me, is a look back into my childhood. The game plays much like any general RPG, but what got me hooked was the fact I could customize my skills and magic, and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stormy
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection
Addition to RPG gaming collection.
Published 1 month ago by Kseagle
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
Published 1 month ago by ElijahDan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Hattie Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars grandia does it again!
loved this game. the way they incorporate planes into it was interesting and the battle system well its always been one of a kind! hope to see this series continue in the future!
Published 4 months ago by bwr
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall a great game
Very good game and in the condition described. Would buy from the same seller again and the game itself isn't too bad storyline and plot wise. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chris Westfall
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
The story is forgettable the battle system easy and the story has poor paseing it dose just enuff to keep you interested to finshis the game
Published 12 months ago by Aaron Larch
3.0 out of 5 stars Grandia 3
This video game is unique in its gameplay.
The clockwork game pace allows for a perspective of timing, team play and strategy. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dylan Frey
3.0 out of 5 stars Game Arts please revive Grandia
I started this game very ecited about another Grandia game having at the time just finished the other two in order. Read more
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