"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet:
Imagine a world where people live on islands, float through the air, and use masterfully engineered sky-ships to travel from place to place. Follow the adventures of the young hero Vyse as he struggles with his place as a member of the noble Blue Rogues. Vyse's journeys take him through uncharted skies to discover new continents and explore mystical ruins. Through his voyage, he will wage epic battles against savage monsters, evil pirates, and a powerful enemy nation. Accompanying Vyse on his quest will be Aika, his childhood friend, and Fina, a mysterious girl from a distant land. Skies of Arcadia delivers a brilliantly animated cast of characters, monsters, and villains, along with astounding 3D graphic environments and a wonderfully scripted story line.
Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4621) on Feb 26, 2006.
An incredibly deep role-playing adventure, Skies of Arcadia Legends offers more than forty hours of gameplay and spans six massive floating worlds, each with their own local customs, habitats and enemies. Along the way, gamers will interact with more than 300 characters, learn dozens of magic spells and customize more than 70 devastating weapons. Skies of Arcadia Legends also includes hours of new gameplay and back story, a streamlined new battle system and enhanced graphics for the Nintendo GameCube.
A swashbuckling adventure set in the vast azure skies, Skies of Arcadia Legends casts gamers as Vyse, the heroic leader of a roaming band of Air Pirates on a perilous quest to recover the six sacred Moon Stones of Arcadia. Forged centuries ago by the mysterious Old Elders, the Moon Stones are the keys to controlling the Gigas, a race of seemingly invincible monsters that once almost destroyed the world. Now, the evil Valuan Empire seeks to assemble the Moon Stones and awaken the Gigas once again in their quest for world domination. Vyse must assemble a crew of up to 22 for his flying pirate ship and scour the skies of Arcadia on his quest to save the world ... and of course, find a little treasure.
Contributed by Evil Ryu (49843) on Oct 05, 2005.
Fly the friendly skies with Vyse & company.
What would you do if you had your own flying ship? Sega begs the question and beckons all role-playing gamers to discover the answer for themselves in Skies of Arcadia Legends.
Welcome to the World of Arcadia
The world of Terra Forma has been riven into a vast archipelago of islands floating amongst seas of clouds and blue skies. The unique geography of Arcadia has spawned two groups of air pirates: the Robin Hood-like Blue Rogues and the rapacious Black Pirates. You are Vyse, the son of the Blue Rogues leader. A thirst for adventure and to uphold the family rep impels Vyse on a quest unlike any you've ever experienced.
A Tale of Two Gangs
While the Blue Rogues only steal from the rich and give to the poor, the Black Pirates steal from everyone and pocket the spoils for themselves.
Vyse is accompanied by his lifetime friend Aika, a brash redheaded girl who wields a giant boomerang with frightening skill. During a routine heist, Vyse and Aika rescue a mysterious princess named Fina. Thus begins a dazzling journey of 40 hours or more through the oft-unfriendly but always amazing skies.
Air Ships Ahoy
Skies of Arcadia Legends extends the airship mission found in many traditional Japanese RPGs into an entire game. Gone are the arduous treks across barren deserts and highlands. Instead, players are invited to explore exotic floating lands teeming with strange enemies, quick-witted traders and fierce battles.
Everything in Skies of Arcadia Legends is rendered in real-time 3D at a silky smooth 60 frames per second. While on land, the camera follows Vyse from a third-person perspective. For a better look at your surroundings, you can hop into first-person mode at almost any time.
It's easy to get momentarily lost in the vast environments. Fortunately, the handy auto-map feature makes it easy to get back on track again.
As with most RPGs, random encounters spark the turn-based battles that make up a large part of the gameplay and experience-building system. Adversaries include Black Pirates, freakish monsters, corrupt Imperials and cagey bounty hunters out for you.
Before each turn, you must issue commands to your party members. Choices include standard attack, special attack, defend, magic spells, item usage, power-up and escape.
Your party also shares a Spirit Meter that must reach a certain point before certain spells and special attacks can be utilized. You can speed up the process by having one or more of your characters power up during their turn. Unfortunately, that character cannot attack or defend during that turn.
Attack turns are based on the speed of the character. Other attributes determine a character's skills at blocking, dodging and countering attacks. Once everyone's commands are entered, an animated melee showcases the results.
Your enemies vary not only in appearance and motives, but also in their ability to withstand certain types of attacks. Adding to the complexity of the battle system are Moon Stones. Magical items fallen from the mystical moons orbiting Terra Firma, Moon Stones change the attributes of your weapons. These, in turn, deal varying amounts of damage, depending on the type of enemy you are fighting. Be sure to experiment with the different Moon Stone types to deal maximum damage.
Battle encounters are not always hand-to-hand. Your ship is not only an important tool for transport, but also a battle craft bristling with weapons. Looking like 18th-century man-o'-wars with wooden decks and billowing sails, the ships are armed with cannons firing through portholes.
Don't worry about tedious voyages, though: jet engines zip your ship from land to land.
Ship-to-ship battles feature an innovative combat engine for turn-based warfare.
Once you become the captain of your own ship, you can begin recruiting crewmembers. These enhance your ship's abilities in various ways. Crewmembers also pitch in for combat duty.
You can build and upgrade your combat headquarters. You can also purchase ship upgrades such as new cannons and armor.
X Marks the Spot
Perhaps no bit of pirate lore is more fascinating than the search for hidden treasure. In the world of Arcadia, treasures are referred to as "Discoveries." Think of these Discoveries as wonders of this spectacular floating world. By locating them, you will gain fame and fortune while establishing a landmark by which you will be remembered forever.
Better Than Before
The original Skies of Arcadia premiered on the Sega Dreamcast in 2001. For Legends, developer Overworks has overhauled the graphics, adding much more detail to characters and battle sequences, and added many new events to an already huge quest. Intriguing new characters include Piastol, a female bounty hunter out to get Vyse.
Random battle encounters have thankfully been reduced and balanced to ensure a smooth experience curve. New "Wanted" side-missions challenge you to track down criminals for extra cash.
The result is best described as an extremely ambitious director's cut that will wow even those who played the original Skies of Arcadia.
Fans of the original Skies of Arcadia should definitely check out Legends for its added features and expansive backstory. If you didn't play the original, you're in for a terrific adventure. Get ready to fly away in a heady new epic.
Contributed by Evil Ryu (49843) on Oct 05, 2005.
Atari Australia Press Quotes - GameCube:
Qui n'a jamais rêvé de parcourir les cieux ?
Le ciel s'étend à l'infini. Les gens habitent sur des îles flottantes et pilotent leurs navires vers les endroits inexplorés. Dans cet univers, le "ciel" compte plus que tout. C'est dans le ciel que l'on vit, que l'on commerce et que l'on combat.
Vyse, un jeune pirate de l'air, attaque en compagnie de sa partenaire Aika un cuirassé de l'empire Valuan. Ensemble, ils découvrent une prisonnière du nom de Fina. Malgré le fait qu'ils l'aient sauvée, elle n'accepte de leur livrer que son nom... (alors qu'elle détient un secret convoité par l'empire et ayant un lien avec la terrible Gigas, arme ayant servi à détruire le monde dans l'ancien temps)
Par la suite, l'empire Valuan, la plus grande puissance militaire de cet univers, dépêche une flotte vers l'Île des Pirates où vit le jeune Vyse. À l'issue d'un raid mené en pleine journée, les pirates de l'air sont capturés et Fina est emmenée par les forces impériales.
Vyse et Aika, qui ont échappé au raid, jurent de sauver leurs amis et mettent le cap sur l'empire Valuan.
Le ciel, ou se mêlent îles et continents flottants, s'étend à l'infini devant vous...
- L'univers le plus atypique qu'il vos sera donné d'explorer dans un RPG
- Un système de combats affiné, comportant des effets spectaculaires, des attaques spéciales étonnantes, et un moteur de bataille amélioré.
- Un univers de jeu profond qui propose six mondes différents aux environnements exclusifs et variés, peuplés de plus de 300 personnages uniques.
- Les Wanted (ou Avis de Recherche) : de nouveaux personnages dont la tête est mise à prix (qu'il vous faudra chasser) et qui vous permettront de récolter de l'argent et des objets essentiels pour progresser dans votre quête
- Plus de 70 armes à découvrir et 36 sorts magiques pour venir à bout de vos adversaires.
- Une réalisation graphique époustouflante en 3D temps réel.
- De nombreuses quêtes parallèles, qui une fois remplies vous permettront de récupérer de précieux objets.
- Customisez votre propre vaisseau et rassemblez jusqu'à 22 membres d'équipage pour protéger ou aborder d'autres bateaux
Contributed by Xoleras (66439) on Sep 25, 2005.
“Of course, the power of the GameCube allows Overworks to improve the quality of the game's graphics, and they're promising improved character graphics in particular. Improved character models and special attack sequences are on the slate. A big complaint with the original version was slow battles. This time around, Overworks is promising improvements in speed to create a faster tempo for the battle scenes. You'll be able to cancel attack animations, and this will "promote pleasant battles." - Gamers.com
Atari Australia website - GameCube:
Back of Case:
"There will also be new enemy characters to fight, and new "features," although what those are isn't yet detailed. Overworks is promising this will make the battles "more interesting," which is definitely something that they needed -- they were easily the most-complained about feature of the previous game -- which didn't stop it from topping many year-end charts anyway. “ - Gamers.com
" A superb game both for RPG Enthusiasts and newcomers. Well rounded, excelling in every important area. As the first major RPG release for the Game Cube, we are pleased to report that Skies of Arcadia Legends delivers by the spadeful. May can't come soon enough..." 9/10" - Australian Cube Magazine
" Gamers new to the Skies of Arcadia saga will definitely be blown away by the seemingly boundless world, awesome gameplay, and crisp, colorful graphics. However, the engrossing story is SoAL’s biggest feature, ranking it amongst the classic console RPGs such as Phantasy Star and Final Fantasy. Skies of Arcadia Legends is definitely a GameCube title to pick up if you’re a fan of role-playing games. 88% " - Gamehelper.com
Contributed by Xoleras (66439) on May 12, 2004.
Battle to Save Arcadia!
You are Vyse, a young pirate on a quest to save Arcadia. Wage battle against an evil Empire as you make a name for yourself on land and in the sky. Will you become a Legend?
New "Wanted" Battles, new characters, weapons, and more!
An improved battle engine featuring spectacular special attacks
Experience the Director's Cut with hours of new gameplay!
Employ devastating weapons and magic
Explore a full 3D world to recruit up to 22 crew members
Contributed by Corn Popper (69582) on Aug 09, 2003.