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The Granstream Saga (PlayStation)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Extremely mediocre RPG. Rogee (506) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.2
Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 2.9

The Press Says

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GamePro (US)
The Granstream Saga seamlessly blends classic RPG elements (puzzle solving, spells, saving mankind) with those of the action/fighter genre, making it a must-buy for gamers seeking a fun, challenging adventure. If you’ve got the guts to stand up to evil, step into Saga the sinking world is waiting.
Consoles Plus
Un action-RPG très original, surtout lors des phases de combat. La finition est nickel-chrome. Granstream Saga est un grand jeu d'aventure.
All in all, since I am a newfound RPGer, this game was pretty fun. I spent quite a few hours in from of the TV but unfortunately a majority of those hours were reading the text. I really liked the real time 3D combat sequences and the overall story really kept my interest level. The sub-plots were also interesting but never got over involving. If you want to check out a decent RPG, this might be worth it for you.
Absolute Playstation
I loved the bright, colorful polygon environment. It made a pleasant change from the usual 2D animations. If you are into RPG's then give it a whirl... at least it will pass some time until Final Fantasy VIII has been translated.
Power Unlimited
jawel, het einde van het tweede Millennium is nabij en ook de gamedeveloppers van THQ zien het einde van de wereld naderen. Een aardige RPG voor de herfst van de 20e eeuw? Best wel.
In summary, Granstream Saga is a game that had a chance to be great but the developers ignored the surrounding pieces of the puzzle. It is a game based on an innovative battle system and anime cut scenes. Both are well done and make the game worthy of notice as something a little different. But this game really shows the difference between the great developers and those that haven't learned their lessons yet. Every part of a game should be treated with the same importance as the parts that make it unique. Granstream Saga only focuses on those unique aspects and merely fills in the blanks for the rest.
You know you've got it bad when you need to cut chunks off your home to slow it from sinking into the sea. That's the predicament facing Eon, the hero of Granstream Saga, whom you must help discover a means to save his floating homeland and its neighboring continents from a deadly descent into the ocean far below. But good graphics and an intriguing premise aren't quite enough to make Granstream Saga succeed. This hack-and-slash action/role-playing game is pleasant, but it just doesn't live up to its ambition and ends up feeling small and empty.
Game Revolution
So that's The Granstream Saga in a nutshell. The combat system is the best I've seen since Kings Field II, and I'd really like to see it in future RPG's. There are plenty of weapons, spells and stuff to satify any RPG junkie, and the graphics are great. However, even all that isn't enough to justify the mind-numbing hours of total non-action. With more monsters and a less intrusive plot, this could have been a real winner.
The Granstream Saga posee un título muy rimbombante para ser el juego que realmente es. No es un mal juego, de hecho sus combates son divertidos de jugar, sus secuencias de vídeo son dignas de ver y su banda sonora es una delicia, pero no han prestado atención a cosas importantes como unos movimientos mejores para los personajes en pantalla así como rasgos faciales (que vaya tela, personajes sin cara), una historia más interesante, una dificultad algo más elevada, una duración más larga y una traducción en castellano. Con este panorama, sólo podemos recomendar este juego a aquellos que busquen un juego sencillo con el que pasar el rato y que no les importe que esté en inglés. Los fanáticos de los Action RPG que no se despeguen de Alundra.
Au final, The Granstream Saga est bon petit jeu. Ce n'est certes pas un hit mais il a au moins le mérite de divertir ce que beaucoup de RPG oublient parfois... Il souffre d'une grande linéarité et d'autres défauts mineurs mais amusera probablement les personnes voulant s'y essayer avec un scénario solide, une réalisation loin d'être mauvaise, des combats rythmés et des dessins animés de bonne facture.
Though somewhat short in length (around 20 or so hours for an average player), the game does sport enough redeeming factors to draw the gamer in for awhile. Beautiful cinemas, a straightforward quest and an innovative battle engine may hook some RPG fans in for a spin, but don't expect a flawless experience.
Super Play
Om ma när ute efter att spela ett nybörjar-RPG eller bara känner för att testa någonting riktigt medelmåttigt är Granstream Saga ett okej alternativ. Men har man plöjt igenom Final Fantasy VII, hittat alla 108 karaktärerna i Suikoden och klått slutbossen i Alundra kommer man definitivt inte att nöja sig med ett så simpelt äventyr. När japanska PlayStation-marknaden är fylld till bredden med gedigna rollspel känns det underligt att Sony har valt att satsa på Granstream Saga, som inte ens har fått någon vidare uppskattning i sitt hemland. Varför ska vi köpa ett medelmåttigt RPG som detta?
Dire que The Granstream Saga est une déception est un euphémisme. Venant de la part des créateurs de la "trilogie Soul Blazer", on pouvait s’attendre à un bon petit jeu, fourmillant d’idées, et dont les nombreuses qualités parviendraient à faire oublier les quelques défauts. Hélas, leur incursion sur PlayStation n’a donné naissance qu’à un jeu moyen, pas désagréable ni vraiment mauvais, mais passablement ennuyeux et bancal. Si l’on sent les bonnes intentions de ses concepteurs, cela ne suffit pas à occulter tous les défauts. Depuis, on n’a d’ailleurs plus vraiment entendu parler de Quintet… Un titre malheureusement oubliable, à ne faire que si vous avez du temps à tuer.
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