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The Legend of Dragoon (PlayStation)

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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 The intro FMV is well-done - and is one of the very few such videos in the game
The Legend of Dragoon PlayStation Mid-game battle in a forest. Check out my new companions - and see how two of my guys are poisoned...
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 See Meru do a little victory dance after having defeated an enemy

Alternate Titles

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

User Reviews

While technically good, this is an uninspired, generic Japanese RPG אולג 小奥 (168610) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
A wonderfully exciting and captivating fantasy adventure. Brielle Taylor (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Before I knew the console RPG clichés… Ocram (8) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Great graphics, story, and battle system....what more do you want? Redwall (28) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

The Press Says

WomenGamers.com Aug 17, 2000 9 out of 10 90
PSM Aug, 2000 4.5 out of 5 90
Power Unlimited Feb, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
4Players.de Jan 17, 2001 84 out of 100 84
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 18, 2000 15 out of 20 75
Video Games Jul, 2001 74 out of 100 74
RPGamer Jul 03, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Super Play Feb, 2001 7 out of 10 70
IGN Jun 13, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution Jun 01, 2000 C- 42

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msl (335) added The Legend of Dragoon (PlayStation) on May 25, 2001
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