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In every way, be it innovative gameplay (traditional RPG battle plus turn-based ship battles), incredible graphics (the spell effects are INCREDIBLE and DC-powered, the towns are full 3D, textures galore), or personality (characters change 3D facial characteristics to emote), it's all here.
The storyline is interesting and fun and the environments expansive and truly multidimensional. The quest seems quite long too, I'm at 18 hours and on disc 1 of 2 and have only about 30% of the game's "event log" tallied.
As I said, I don't have much time for RPG's, but this one is so good it's hard not to think the inverse: I don't have much time for everything else...lest it get in the way of playing Skies of Arcadia.
Naturally, the graphics are jaw-dropping. Just imagine the static backgrounds in Playstation RPGs, except that you can move about them in full 3D, and you'll get the idea. These textures are the most detailed I have every seen in a game - you'll stop just to study a mosaic in the floor. The towns and dungeons are impossible complex and detailed. Each seem to be more spectacular than the last. What impressed me the most, though, was how completely the graphics combined with the rest of the game to give you a great experience. For example, the character animation not only amazes you at how life-like it is, but draws you into the story and the characters.
The plot starts slow and predictable, but finishes incredibly strong. Everyone who's played this game agrees that somewhere in the first 3rd of the story, something grabs your attention and doesn't let go. Maybe it's the spectacular world of Arcadia, which basically combines the Age of Discovery and pirates with magic, and throws everything into the skies. People live on floating islands, with magic powered sailboats sailing to and from, clouds pouring down like waterfalls, and strange cultures sitting undiscovered by the Old World. Like in any good RPG, the story stirs emotion by taking you to new places and introducing new characters.Read more ›
Let me first just cover my one main complaint of the game - random battles. By no means is this problem unique to Skies. This is a problem that has long plagued console RPGs in general. In my opinion, random encounters are just a cheap trick to extend the life of the game. Some RPGs, like Chrono Cross, have already gone away from this. I think the rest should follow suit. The problem with Skies is that random battles happen far too frequently...as often as every five to ten seconds. This gets really annoying really quickly, especially since a battle on average takes a couple minutes to complete. The good news is that the game is really paced quite well and you will not have to spend extra time fighting random battles to level up your characters.
So what is good about Skies? A lot. Like almost all RPGs out there, the basic premise is that your ragtag group of characters are the unlikely heroes in a quest to save the world from total destruction. The characters exhibit the cute, childish quality prevalent in many Japanese-designed RPGs, but are never sickeningly so. The personalities are optimistic, but the story line has tragic moments as well. And while the basic flow of the plot is predictable, there is just enough suspense and mystery in the details, compelling you to find out more.
One of the themes of the game is exploration, and I eagerly anticipated discovering a new environment to explore. The locations are rich and diverse.Read more ›
You're not going to find the innovation in graphics, music, storyline, or battle system that Chrono Cross or Final Fantasy VII delivered. This particular RPG is better suited for the role-player who has been around the block and enjoys the more basic elements, with an emphasis on adventuring and not incredible plot twists, orchestral score, or eye-popping CG.
That's not to say that Skies of Arcadia looks or feels totally old-school. Obviously, this is not a re-hash of FF2 or the like. With fully polygonal graphics that are gorgeous at times (check out the desert temple), and a few changes to the tried-and-true "fight,magic,item,run" battle system, this game will definitely hold your attention while bringing a few solid new elements to the table.
Despite its few faults, I would give this game a 9 out of 10 in most categories, and I think that its place as the first true RPG on the Dreamcast safely bumps its overall rating to 5 stars. Basically, if you played and enjoyed RPGs before the powerhouses like FF7 arrived, I can safely say that you'll enjoy this one as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my bf he was super happy about it. Its just like new .Published 1 month ago by tanya
When I purchased this game from joelir, the condition description read as "Item in great condition and complete - case, booklet and discs all in excellent condition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas McCormack
The game discs, original booklet, and jewel case were in good condition.Published 5 months ago by Tyler Tow
One of the most overrated games of all time.
I understand why Skies of Arcadia gets love. On the surface it seems like it's great. Read more
Great Jrpg. Fun and kinda light with engaging story and puzzles. The amount of random battles can be a little disheartening now and then, but the battle system is pretty easy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jubie
Came as described and was a great gift for my buddy. Also, this game is a much slept on classic RPG.Published 12 months ago by Manny
delivery was quick. It arrived well packaged and undamaged. I am quite happy with it.Published 20 months ago by Andrea Stewart
Awesome seller. Everything as described. I highly recommend buying from this seller again.Published 23 months ago by tim jordan
I bought this back in '02 when I originally had my Dreamcast and didn't get to finish it that first time around. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Drewford