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Grandia

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Description

The ancient Angelou civilization has ceased to exist centuries ago, and technology in the world develops rapidly. General Baal, the head of the militaristic Garlyle Forces, organizes an excavation of ancient ruins, apparently for philanthropic reasons. Meanwhile, Justin, a young boy from the nearby town of Parm, decides to investigate the ruins in search of the Spirit Stone, an artefact that once belonged to his missing father. A mysterious holographic image tells him that he should travel to faraway lands to discover the stone's true power, and he embarks on the most dangerous adventure of his life without hesitation.

Grandia is a Japanese-style role-playing game. The characters are represented by 2D sprites which are moved around over 3D backgrounds in towns and dungeons. The game makes use of anime-style cutscenes to advance the story. Combat is initiated by coming into contact with enemies on the screen, rather than through random battles. Battles occur in pseudo-real-time, using an 'IP Gauge' to determine when a character takes action. Striking at the right time or with the right ability can even delay or cancel an enemy's turn.

The characters in the game gradually advance in level as they gain experience points for killing monsters. Characters also gain experience based on the weapon (e.g. sword, mace, whip, etc.) or magic (e.g. fire, water, etc.) that they use, powering up their spells and learning new ones from continuous usage. There are a large number of spells, weapons, and other items to use throughout the game.

Screenshots

Grandia PlayStation Desert dungeon. A visible enemy is approaching
Grandia PlayStation A late-game dungeon. As usually in Japanese RPGs, it means organic materials begin to prevail
Grandia PlayStation Yeah, I know, this happens to me too when I drink too much vodka. ... ... By the way, this is General Baal, the game's main villain, and he first character you see in-game
Grandia PlayStation Party screen. A reasonably tough one, with four full characters

Alternate Titles

  • "格兰蒂亚" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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The Press Says

RPGFan SEGA Saturn Nov 18, 1998 95 out of 100 95
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Mar 13, 1998 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Revolution PlayStation Nov, 1999 A- 91
Sega Magazin (Germany) SEGA Saturn Apr, 1998 90 out of 100 90
IGN PlayStation Nov 04, 1999 9 out of 10 90
PSM PlayStation Dec, 1999 4.5 out of 5 90
neXGam SEGA Saturn 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
RPGFan PlayStation Apr 23, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Gameplanet PlayStation Sep 10, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
games xtreme PlayStation Apr 19, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75

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Trivia

Translation

Due to a lazy translation there is actually a rude swear word if played by someone in the U.K. When Justin and Feena are shot into the volcano by the catapult and they land Feena says "I hit my fanny". In the U.S. this is a nice word for the bottom or ass but in the U.K. fanny is a fairly strong slang word for the female genitalia. What makes it even more funnier in the fact that she does land on it. They probably just did a straight copy and paste job from the U.S. translation for the European release and neglected to realise what fanny means in British English.

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