The Legend of Dragoon

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Dart, a brave and loyal warrior swordsman, has sworn to avenge the death of his parents by destroying the mysterious black monster. For unknown reasons, the Sandora Empire burns down his village and imprisons his childhood friend, Shana. Straight away Dart sets out on a journey to rescue her, but Shana's kidnapping is merely the tip of the iceberg of a much grander, more sinister plot about ancient spiritual powers and the destruction of the human race.

The Legend of Dragoon is a Japanese-style RPG, visually reminiscent of Final Fantasy VII (pre-rendered backgrounds, 3D characters and battle scenes, CG animations to advance the story). Battle mechanics follow the traditional turn-based prototype, with a few additions such as critical attacks dependent on precise timing, and "dragoon" transformations, which allow access to powerful techniques. Game progression is largely linear, with the "world map" replaced by locations represented as connected dots.


The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation Castle dungeon. Nice statue!..
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation Late-game dungeons have, as usually, a more abstract, cold feel...
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation Open-air battle. To inflict any kind of reasonable damage, you'll have to time those attacks for combos over and over again. Lavitz here is exercising
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation This is not a dragon transformation, but rather a dragon spellcasting in progress. Dart is ready to inflict some fire-based damage

Alternate Titles

  • "La Leyenda de los Dragoons" -- Spanish title

User Reviews

While technically good, this is an uninspired, generic Japanese RPG PlayStation Cor 13 (174046)
Before I knew the console RPG clichés… PlayStation Ocram (8)
A wonderfully exciting and captivating fantasy adventure. PlayStation Brielle Taylor (3)
Great graphics, story, and battle system....what more do you want? PlayStation Redwall (77)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov 24, 2000 5 out of 5 100
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Feb, 2001 95 out of 100 95
All Game Guide PlayStation 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 PlayStation Jan 17, 2001 84 out of 100 84 PlayStation Dec 18, 2000 15 out of 20 75
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Feb, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Gamekult PlayStation Jan 25, 2001 7 out of 10 70
IGN PlayStation Jun 13, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Gameplanet PlayStation Mar 23, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Critics PlayStation Aug 10, 2000 5 out of 10 50


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