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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.

Screenshots

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 The game's pre-rendered backgrounds offer some nice - if sterile and somewhat artificial - views
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation Early battle in a cave dungeon. Shana is shooting at a monster with her bow
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation Note the detailed, realistic character modeling in the video

Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

While technically good, this is an uninspired, generic Japanese RPG PlayStation Cor 13 (174142)
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 (78)

Critic Reviews

PSM PlayStation Aug, 2000 4.5 out of 5 90
All Game Guide PlayStation 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
WomenGamers.com PlayStation Aug 17, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited PlayStation Feb, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Legendra PlayStation 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retrogaming History PlayStation Feb 10, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
Video Games PlayStation Jul, 2001 74 out of 100 74
Video Games PlayStation Aug, 2000 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot PlayStation Feb 14, 2000 6.4 out of 10 64
Game Critics PlayStation Aug 10, 2000 5 out of 10 50

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