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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 This is not a dragon transformation, but rather a dragon spellcasting in progress. Dart is ready to inflict some fire-based damage
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation Each chapter opens with such screens
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation The intro FMV is well-done - and is one of the very few such videos in the game
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation Title screen

Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

While technically good, this is an uninspired, generic Japanese RPG PlayStation אולג 小奥 (168604)
A wonderfully exciting and captivating fantasy adventure. PlayStation Brielle Taylor (3)
Before I knew the console RPG clichés… PlayStation Ocram (8)
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
GamesCollection PlayStation Jun 23, 2010 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide PlayStation 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Legendra PlayStation 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Dec 18, 2000 15 out of 20 75
Gamekult PlayStation Jan 25, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Gamezone (Germany) PlayStation Apr 26, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Super Play PlayStation Feb, 2001 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot PlayStation Feb 14, 2000 6.4 out of 10 64
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun 01, 2000 C- 42

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