Grandia (PlayStation)

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The ancient Angelou civilization has ceased to exist centuries ago, and technology in the world develops rapidly. General Baal, the head of the militaristic Garlyle Forces, organizes an excavation of ancient ruins, apparently for philanthropic reasons. Meanwhile, Justin, a young boy from the nearby town of Parm, decides to investigate the ruins in search of the Spirit Stone, an artefact that once belonged to his missing father. A mysterious holographic image tells him that he should travel to faraway lands to discover the stone's true power, and he embarks on the most dangerous adventure of his life without hesitation.

Grandia is a Japanese-style role-playing game. The characters are represented by 2D sprites which are moved around over 3D backgrounds in towns and dungeons. The game makes use of anime-style cutscenes to advance the story. Combat is initiated by coming into contact with enemies on the screen, rather than through random battles. Battles occur in pseudo-real-time, using an 'IP Gauge' to determine when a character takes action. Striking at the right time or with the right ability can even delay or cancel an enemy's turn.

The characters in the game gradually advance in level as they gain experience points for killing monsters. Characters also gain experience based on the weapon (e.g. sword, mace, whip, etc.) or magic (e.g. fire, water, etc.) that they use, powering up their spells and learning new ones from continuous usage. There are a large number of spells, weapons, and other items to use throughout the game.


Grandia PlayStation Item shop. Those icons destroy the atmosphere, in my opinion
Grandia PlayStation As opposed to the fairly bland dungeons, populated areas in this game often have a cozy, colorful, almost "creamy" vibe
Grandia PlayStation Impressive entrance to a hangar - you'll have to visit this place quite a few times
Grandia PlayStation This is Parm, the first town of the game, and probably the biggest one, too

Alternate Titles

  • "格兰蒂亚" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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GameSpot Oct 25, 1999 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamezilla Dec 15, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Legendra Jul 23, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamePro (US) Nov 24, 2000 4.5 out of 5 90
Consoles Plus Apr, 2000 87 out of 100 87
RPGFan Apr 23, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Gameplanet Sep 10, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
games xtreme Apr 19, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Thunderbolt Games Jan 20, 2005 7 out of 10 70
RPGamer Sep 19, 2000 6 out of 10 60


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Due to a lazy translation there is actually a rude swear word if played by someone in the U.K. When Justin and Feena are shot into the volcano by the catapult and they land Feena says "I hit my fanny". In the U.S. this is a nice word for the bottom or ass but in the U.K. fanny is a fairly strong slang word for the female genitalia. What makes it even more funnier in the fact that she does land on it. They probably just did a straight copy and paste job from the U.S. translation for the European release and neglected to realise what fanny means in British English.

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