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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 See Meru do a little victory dance after having defeated an enemy
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation At least since <moby game="final fantasy vii">Final Fantasy VII</moby>, no Japanese RPG is complete without heterosexual childhood friends who share ambiguous somewhat-romantic scenes
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 No Japanese RPG is complete without extended scenes from your companions' pasts

Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

While technically good, this is an uninspired, generic Japanese RPG PlayStation Cor 13 (174144)
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

Absolute Playstation PlayStation Feb, 2001 95 out of 100 95
PSM PlayStation Aug, 2000 4.5 out of 5 90
WomenGamers.com PlayStation Aug 17, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Video Games PlayStation Jul, 2001 74 out of 100 74
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Feb, 2001 7 out of 10 70
RPGamer PlayStation Jul 03, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Gamezone (Germany) PlayStation Apr 26, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Video Games PlayStation Aug, 2000 7 out of 10 70
IGN PlayStation Jun 13, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Game Critics PlayStation Aug 10, 2000 5 out of 10 50

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