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The Legend of Dragoon

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Description

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.

Screenshots

The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation The first explorable location of the game - Dart's destroyed home village. Note the glowing save sign
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation Mid-game battle in a forest. Check out my new companions - and see how two of my guys are poisoned...
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation A decisive boss battle (one out of a fairly long row) late in the game
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation Finally you gain some dragon transformation abilities. Rose here is one of the first - see how her battle command menu changes to correspond to the new form

Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

While technically good, this is an uninspired, generic Japanese RPG PlayStation Cor 13 (172557)
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 (28)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov 24, 2000 5 out of 5 100
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Feb, 2001 95 out of 100 95
WomenGamers.com PlayStation Aug 17, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Legendra PlayStation 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RPGFan PlayStation Mar 05, 2000 77 out of 100 77
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Dec 18, 2000 15 out of 20 75
RPGamer PlayStation Jul 03, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Gamezone (Germany) PlayStation Apr 26, 2001 7 out of 10 70
IGN PlayStation Jun 13, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Super Play PlayStation Feb, 2001 7 out of 10 70

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