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The highly stylized graphics in Vagrant Story are easily some of the best ever seen on the PlayStation, and give the game a gorgeous, distinctive look to match its somber tone. Cinematic story sequences blend in almost seamlessly with gameplay, which takes place in 3-D environments (viewed from a third-person perspective) that can be rotated to provide the best angle.
Vagrant Story features a rich battle system that's built on both strategy and quick reflexes. In addition to character statistics, weapons and armor have detailed numbers of their own and can be disassembled, assembled, or even combined to create new items. Hand/eye coordination factors heavily into combat, as Ashley develops offensive and defensive battle abilities that require perfectly timed button pushing in order to be used.
Unfortunately, it's all too easy to get bored with Vagrant Story. The painfully linear gameplay here doesn't rise above killing enemy after enemy in room after room, and (oh boy!) solving puzzles by manipulating boxes. If not for the wholly intriguing (but sparsely littered) plot, one would be strongly tempted just to leave Ashley to rot in the catacombs beneath Lea Monde. --Joe Hon
- Highly stylized graphics
- Rich battle system
- Intriguing plot
- Shallow, linear gameplay
Top Customer Reviews
The battle system in Vagrant Story is like none that I have seen before...it is possible to target your opponents body parts separately in order to perhaps find a weakness. There are also real time functions that you learn called battle abilities which allow you to make your attacks more effective. You don't necessarily find complete weapons in this game either, you make your own...and then name them!
Let's not forget the monsters...there are more than I can count. Dragons, zombies, lizard-men...all of these and more haunt the complex dungeons you will explore on your quest. In fact, as an added point of challenge for the game, the weapons you use will eventually developing a liking to the flesh of the creature you most often attack and will become more effective against others of its kind...but beware!...your weapons may become ineffective against those monsters of an opposite persuasion.
In closing...get this game...period...no questions asked. If you can look in a mirror and say with a straight face that you are a serious console RPG fan, you have absolutely no choice...no...you owe it to yourself to give this game a try!
Vagrant Story will probably take around 30 to 50 hours to beat on the first play, depending on how long you spend looking for weapon componants and spell scrolls. No, not gaining levels, this game is not level-based. You can only increase your stats, health, and magic with oh-so-rare potions and beating bosses. (I started the game with 250 health and finished with 280.) Most of the 30-50 hours is spend dungeon crawling and fighting with the occasional pause for plot scenes. Be warned, the battles in this game are HARD. Normal enemies can take a lot of effort to kill, especially if they gang up on you. And you WILL die at bosses until (and probably even after) you get the hang of the battle system. It's not complicated, just heavily based on timing your attacks. There is some emphasis on problem solving and puzzles, mostly block puzzles, but not as many as other games (ie, Soul Reaver). The graphics are a little bit blurry close up, but in general they are very fluid and well-done. The characters are given facial expressions and moving mouths when they speak, and the cut scenes (while not CG) are impressive.
The best part of this game is definately the plot. Months after playing it, I'm still discussing the plot and characters. There are heavy religious and political themes (another thing some people have no interest or patience for), and some very good plot twists even for the minor characters.Read more ›
Enter "Vagrant Story."
The animation (mosters, humans, animals, elementals, water, magick) is better than any Playstation game yet; from the twitching ears on the Ogre to the slack jaws of the goblin kings. The combat system is perfect. Not being able to customize the key set is somewhat annoying, but it's so well designed you forget quickly and learn to lean on the O for combat instead of the X. The system is a perfect blend of RPG style (think of the "Parasite Eve" ranging system) with live buttons for defense and special attacks (there are about a dozen special attacks and defenses which you gain with experience and assign to 3 keys for live combat). The score and sound are fantastic as well. It's one of the few games you can play with headphones and not notice glitches or poor mixing in the sound and music.
Load times are good and always smooth. Bosses are extremely tough (and there are many of them) but not impossible to beat on the first try if you're in the swing of the game and know how to use all your resources.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite games and it made me so happy to have it in my library.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Picture is of vagrant story, title says vagrant story, unfortunately I didn't read description which said it was a demo disk, so while I can't ask for a refund I can give the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by joe h
every game made by Matsuno is an A plus in my book, this is no exception, as a fan of the Souls series its a surprise that a game that came before almost is as good as that series... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alan Youssef Arturo Manara Yaujar
Crafting may be a little overly complex and obtuse for the first time player, but everything about this game is solid. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Darxide
intriguing story. predecessor to the dark souls type of games imo.Published 14 months ago by Skyline
Played this game when i was kid, bought it again and played it. This game is incredibly difficult but a lot of fun. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys rpg games or dark souls.Published 15 months ago by Sk8zero0619
After playing through many classic Squaresoft PS1 era RPGs such as FF Tactics, FF Anthology, FFVIII, Chrono Cross, Saga Frontier 2, and Threads of fate, I thought I had played... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sean Wegner
This is one of the classic games for the Playstation that I feel every RPG lover should play. Yes, it's a dungeon crawl, but the world is finely crafted and the characters are... Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Sarah
In the year 2000, Squaresoft was pretty much at the top of its game. In that year they had a string of successes with games like Chrono Cross, Legend of Mana and Final Fantasy IX... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Tsanche