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Skies of Arcadia: Legends (GameCube)

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.3
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall MobyScore (29 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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100
Legendra
Même si l'on avait espéré une petite refonte graphique et des combats par rapport à la version Dreamcast d'origine, le jeu reste fidèle à lui même: excellent, en incorporant de nombreux ajouts intéressants. Skies of Arcadia Legends est un jeu exceptionnel qui s'impose sans problème sur une Gamecube en manque de RPG. Magique, tout simplement.
100
Gaming since 198x
Sorti à une époque où il était dur d'exister entre les divers Final Fantasy et Dragon Quest 7, Skies of Arcadia a réussi à renouveler le genre pour se faire une place parmi les plus grands dans le monde select du RPG japonais. Très joli à l'époque, avec un scénario super cool, un gameplay sans défaut, une grande liberté hors de la quête principale, des musiques collant parfaitement à l'ambiance et une dimension poétique et culturelle sombrant beaucoup moins dans le kitsch que chez la concurrence, c'est le RPG que tout amateur du genre se doit d'avoir fini au moins une fois.
100
Pixel-Heroes.de
Somit habe ich alle wesentlichen Aspekte erfasst, die "Skies of Arcadia Legends" auszeichnen. Negative Kritikpunkte wollen mir nicht einfallen, weil sie einfach nicht vorhanden sind. Gut, der eine oder andere mag sich bestimmt an der veralteten Grafik anstoßen, genauso wie an den zu langwierigen Luftkämpfen. Dies ist aber alles Erbsenzählerei. Die musikalische Kulisse überzeugt dagegen auf ganzer Linie und dürfte wohl auch den letzten Unentschlossenen bekehren, denn "Skies of Arcadia" stellt definitiv einen von Segas Höhenflügen dar. Für mich persönlich ist es sogar eines der besten Rollenspiele aller Zeiten. Nun stellt sich aber die Frage, wieso es dann keine Fortsetzung zu einem derart beliebten Spiel gibt. Ganz einfach, man kann es drehen und wenden wie man will, etwas Besseres wird dabei nicht herauskommen. Ich denke, dass auch Sega zu genau dieser Einsicht gelangt ist. :)
100
GamersMark
As excellent as it’s ever been, but better. A must-buy for almost any RPG gamer, you will not be let down with this game. Pick it up and love it. One of my favorite games ever, and the number one game ever of many. Go for it, and pick this puppy up.
95
RPGFan
Overall, Skies of Arcadia Legends was a total blast to play. However, it should only be purchased by two types of people. If you've never played the original version on Dreamcast, run out to get it as soon as possible. If you're a hardcore fan, you should probably pick it up at some point. Those of you who played the DC version already, but aren't obsessed with it, should probably just pass, as there's nothing here to make you turn into a SoA fanatic. For the aforementioned two types of people, however, this game is pure bliss. Every RPG fan simply must experience it at least one time in his or her life.
93
RPGFan
All in all, Skies of Arcadia has held up quite well in the two years since its initial release, and it, along with its enhanced port, still ranks among the finest traditional RPGs ever released. With its familiar yet fresh gameplay, nice visuals, and a truly impressive soundtrack, the GameCube's first epic RPG is one that should please nearly all RPG fans. This one gets my highest recommendation.
90
RPG Land
All in all, Skies of Arcadia Legends keeps what made the original version a classic. There are minor technical fallbacks, but the great story, unique battle systems (yes, that’s plural) and lovable characters haven’t changed a bit. It can’t be a 10 like the original, but SoA is still amazing.
90
Factornews
Si vous aimez les RPG ou tout simplement les bons jeux, jetez vous sur cette réédition de Sega qui apportera enfin un vrai jeu du genre à la console de Nintendo qui en a bien besoin. Skies of Arcadia Legends est un jeu à faire figurer à coté des grands classiques tels que Final Fantasy 6 ou Xenogears. Malgré son aspect technique un peu désuet, il possède un réel pouvoir de narration ainsi qu’un système de jeu à toute épreuve ; la marque des grands en somme.
90
GamesCollection
SOA era un gran gioco già sul Dreamcast. Sul cubo le aggiunte non sono molte (sono state integrate alcune sub-quest scaricabili dalla rete), ma la più grande aggiunta è proprio il gioco stesso. Se come me, ve lo siete perso alla sua uscita originale, recuperatelo ora. Non ve ne pentirete, parola di pirata!
90
GameZone
There are hardly any quality RPG’s on the GameCube, plain and simple. Skies of Arcadia: Legends helps fill the void to give players a change to feel what a true RPG on their system of choice feels like. The main problem with this game is that it feels a little dated, especially when you compare it to FFX or other games coming out shortly. Other than that it is a great game to play, and any person who likes to play RPG’s should pick up a copy.
90
GamePro (US)
Skies of Arcadia Legends is the same game as the Dreamcast original with a few gameplay tweaks and a lot of extra story content. Like before, you play as air pirate Vyse as his merry crew fights the Valuan Empire; this time, though, you'll get more background story on most of your party members. There's a gallery full of rogue pirates you can hunt down for cash, plus Sega has thrown in a couple of extra collection quests for variety, too.
89
RPGFan
Skies of Arcadia Legends is an excellent RPG in its own right. However, as a re-release it fails to offer anything of note to returning gamers. There just simply isn't enough here to warrant a purchase again; so the game is scored according to how it should as a stand alone title. My warnings to gamers curious to know if the "extras" are worth it have seen what I have to say. However, anyone who missed out on the original title won't want to miss out on this release: the age of exploration has returned once again!
88
Netjak
While Skies of Arcadia is not a paramount of technical achievement, the substance is worth buying. Great story and great gameplay elements are the very meat of this title. If you have not played Skies of Arcadia yet, I suggest you go out and get this right away. If you already have the Dreamcast version, this is more up in the air. I was personally happy pay for the upgrades, but it may be up to the individual. Still, this title is a classic that belongs on any RPG fans shelf.
88
N-Zone
Skies of Arcadia Legends ist das bis dato stärkste Rollenspiel für den GameCube. Die fantasievolle und gleichermaßen fesselnde Story ist das Herzstück des Spieles. Auch das tolle Kampf- und Magiesystem machen das Abenteuer um Vyse und Co. zu einem der anspruchs- und gehaltvollsten Rollenspiele für den Würfel. Löblich ebenfalls sind die vielen Änderungen bzw. Erweiterungen, wodurch auch für Kenner des Originals neue Reize entstehen dürften. Leider ist das Ganze technisch sehr enttäuschend.
88
GameSpy
Skies of Arcadia Legends follows the adventures of a kid named Vyse and his childhood friend Aika. They and their people are Blue Rogues, members of a clan of air pirates that plunder armed ships to help the disadvantaged -- Robin Hoods of the skies. Adventure comes knocking when the Rogues raid a particular Valuan warship, rescuing a strangely clothed girl named Fina. Fina's wanted very badly by the Valuan government, but she can't or won't say why. To keep this short, one thing leads to another, other stuff happens, and suddenly Vyse, Aika, and Fina are on a grand quest to stop Valua from taking over the world.
87
SegaFan.com
Pasar de ser un mero grumetillo al marino más famoso de Arcadia puede llevar en torno a unas 50 ó 60 horas, tal vez algo más en función de lo que se entretenga uno en los objetivos secundarios. Una longevidad más que interesante, aunque se echa en falta la posibilidad de seguir navegando una vez finalizada la historia principal.
86
4Players.de
Aufgrund der nicht mehr ganz zeitgemäßen Technik und Präsentation bleibt Skies of Arcadia Legends der Platin-Status des Originals zwar verwährt, aber dennoch kann es sich rühmen nach wie vor ein Topp-Titel und zur Zeit das mit Abstand beste GameCube-Rollenspiel zu sein. Die strategischen Luftschlachten, sowie die Erschließung unbekannten Luftraums fesseln für lange Zeit an den Bildschirm und die herrliche Abenteurer- und Piraten-Atmosphäre dürfte selbst Genre-Abstinenzler in ihren Bann ziehen. Die etwas kindliche Präsentation und stereotypen Charaktere werden zwar den ein oder anderen abschrecken, der abwechslungsreiche Spielverlauf und die enorme Handlungsfreiheit lassen darüber allerdings gerne hinwegsehen. Zudem gibt es ein Reihe neuer Aufgaben, Story-Elemente, Items, Charaktere und Geheimnisse sowie deutlich kürzere Ladezeiten, wodurch auch die etwas biederen Zufallskämpfe an Lästigkeit verlieren. Freibeuterherz, was willst du mehr?
85
Nintendo Difference
Sans doute le meilleur RPG de la Dreamcast (avec Grandia 2 très proche) et peut-être meilleur RPG sur une console 128 bits tout simplement (sans parler de divers titre PS2 qui n’existent qu’au Japon ou aux USA comme Star Ocean 3, Tales of Destiny, Xenosaga ou Suikoden 3). Bref un des meilleurs RPG en version PAL que l’on puisse connaître… malheureusement pas sans défaut. J’ai bien hésité entre 16 et 17, mais le 17 l’aura emporté grâce à la pénurie de ce type de jeu en Europe, à une adaptation qui est loin d’être bâclée comme trop souvent et grâce aussi à son prix réduit (50 €).
85
Jeuxpo.com
Vous l'aurez compris,Skies Of Arcadia Legends est un des meilleurs jeux de rôle sur GameCube (Zelda est un action RPG). Le système de combat revu à la hause, l’histoire, le charisme des personnage,etc... vous scotchera devant votre écran de TV. C'est du grand SEGA. Si vous l'avez terminé sur Dreamcast, à vous de voir si vous souhaitez retomber dans le monde d'Arcadia. Pour les autres, c'est... indispensable !
85
Jeuxvideo.com
La GameCube accueille son second meilleur RPG avec The Legend Of Zelda : The Windwaker. Faire l'impasse sur ce jeu serait une grave erreur tant Skies Of Arcadia Legends, intégralement traduit en français, est parfaitement calibré à tout point de vue. Dites messieurs de Sega, vu que mon anniversaire approche à grand pas, vous ne pourriez pas m'offrir une suite à ce grand jeu ?
85
Gamezine
Skies of Arcadia Legends plaira a tous bons fans de RPG, un titre bel et bien incontournable. Un gameplay incroyable (système de combat vraiment génial), une énorme durée de vie, SoA a beaucoup pour plaire. L’esthétique du jeu commence à datée (2 ans, c’est pas énorme, mais l’évolution graphique, ça augmente vite). Mais le jeu est beau, si-si, les mauvaises langues peuvent dirent ce qu’elles veulent, c’est vieux mais c’est en forme ! On a pas tellement de choses à redire pas rapport au premier épisode, sauf en jugeant d’aujourd’hui. Si vous aimez le RPG, avec ses airs de FF7 (oui, le jeu me ferait plutôt penser à FF7 qu’à d’autres) Skies of Arcadia Legends est un excellent titre à posséder sur Gamecube !
85
IGN
Overall, Skies of Arcadia Legends is certainly nothing revolutionary in the way of RPGs -- in fact it's downright formulaic in many ways -- but what it does, it does well. It's also the only truly great turn-based RPG that GameCube has at the moment. The point is, if you haven't played Skies of Arcadia yet, this is the perfect addition to your GameCube collection, despite its age.
84
GameCola.net
If this doesn't whet your appetite, I don't know what will. I suggest that everyone who has access to a GameCube makes an effort to play this game. It is definitely a game worth experiencing.
82
Gamesmania
Es ist nicht schön, aber es ist gut! Und wer sich auch nur ein bisschen für Rollenspiele, rundenbasierte Spiele, oder Fantasy interessiert, darf ruhig einen Blick auf Segas Remake werfen. Wer die Dreamcast-Version besitzt, sollte sich erst mal noch weiter im Detail schlau machen und eventuell ein Testspiel machen. So könnt ihr recht einfach sehen, ob die Änderungen auch einen erneuten Kauf für euch rechtfertigen.
82
Defunct Games
It's easy to write off Skies of Arcadia because it's not as good looking or as deep as other RPGs, but it is a fun game, and brings back a lot of the classic game play elements we loved in classic adventure titles. It's not ground breaking, but it is 40 hours of exciting, pirate-y goodness.
80
SEGA-Portal.de
Skies of Arcadia war wohl eines der besten Dreamcast Rollenspiele. Diesen Staus behält es auch nach zwei Jahren auf dem Gamecube, denn alt heißt nicht zwangsläufig schlecht. Texturen, Animationen, sowie Polygonanzahl bei Gegnern und Protagonisten sind zwar nicht zeitgemäß, aber was soll´s. Skies of Arcadia ist ein super Rollenspiel mit liebevollen Charakteren, toller Story und einem ordentlichem Umfang von rund 50 Stunden. Und den Vergleich mit Genregrößen wie Tales of Symphonia braucht es auch nicht zu scheuen. Wer jedoch schon das Dreamcast Original besitzt muss nicht unbedingt zugreifen. An alle anderen Cube Besitzer: kauft es euch, ihr werdet es nicht bereuen!
80
Insert Credit
So port or not, this one of the more important games in recent years to come out as something that manages to be more than just a game, even if as a game it’s barely above average, it should be in any serious gamer’s library. And at the least, for those who can’t rid themselves of the ridiculous addiction that is console R.P.G’s, you have one of the most strongly presented (and one of the most cliché filled) stories in recent memory.
80
RPGDreamers
Overall this is a very good to great rpg game. One of the advantage that this game has is that it's on the Gamecube. Very good rpg games can be found on the Playstation 2 quite frequently. But on the Gamecube where rpgs are rare to begin with, very good rpg game are hard to come by. Heck, even bad rpgs are hard to come by on the Gamecube. That tells you how dry the rpg games are on the Gamecube. So what does that mean? With less rpg competition on the Gamecube as oppose to the Playstation 2, Skies of Arcadia literally becomes the must have rpg game for Gamecube rpg fans. Honestly, if someone were to ask me what rpg games are good to get, the only ones that would come to my mind right away is Skies of Arcadia and Legends of Zelda: Wind Waker. That's the kind of position you want to be in when people recommend you over everyone else. And right now Skies of Arcadia is one of the must have rpg for the Gamecube.
80
Super Play
Skies of Arcadia Legends har sina problem, men historien i sig är så fängslande och skön att man kan ha överseende med icke perfekta strider oh störande utrop från huvudpersonerna. Om du redan äger originalet till Dreamcast är det tveksamt om det här är något att köpa, men för er som missade det rekommenderar jag verkligen Gamecubeversionen. Vet du med dig att du absolut inte klarar av slumpstrider och japanska äventyr i allmänhet bör du välja något annat. Men för oss som gärna förlorar oss bort med ett rollspel lite då och då är det underbart att ta med sig Vyse, Aika och Fina och ge sig ut på himmelska äventyr.
80
Eurogamer.net (UK)
If you're looking for an enjoyable but fairly traditional RPG with a cracking storyline and likeable characters, Skies of Arcadia Legends comes about as highly recommended as any game can. Fans of the Final Fantasy games might find it a little primitive, and if you don't like Japanese style RPGs, this is quite distinctly not for you. It's great to see wonderful but under-rated games like this given a new lease of life on the Cube - but it's a bit sad that it's such a wasted opportunity, in ways. Given a fresh coat of digital paint on the graphics and a little tweaking of the battle system, this would stand up right alongside the best RPGs ever released over here. As it is, it's a pleasant diversion (and should last you about 60 hours of playtime!) but it falls just short of true greatness.
75
The Video Game Critic
SoAL's music and sounds effects are crisp and clear. Only two flaws are apparent with the game. First, although you can change the color of your weapon to deal more damage to certain monsters, it's mainly guesswork as to which color to use. Secondly, instead of full-blown voice acting, the developers combine text dialogue with cheesy sound effects like "Uh-uh", "Yay!", "Yes!", etc. I recommend Skies of Arcadia Legends for any RPG fans, but its simple gameplay will accommodate any gamer who appreciates a good story.
75
GameSpot
Role-playing game fans who never got a chance to try the original are in for an engaging (though somewhat superficial) storyline with many great characters and some unique bits of gameplay as well.
70
Games TM
The real question is: is there enough here to warrant buying and playing Legends again if you already did on the original format? In all honesty, we think there probably is. The more cynical among you may not be interested in all the little extras that have been included for this re-release but, like a good film, this would have been worth experiencing again if it hadn't been enhanced in any way. New players too should revel in the fact that the GameCube now has a title that merits some quality time, and while it may not be the prettiest game to hit the console, it's certainly among the most compelling and enjoyable. If it weren't for a heavy sense of déjà-vu and its outdated appearance, the final score may well be a figure or two higher, but as it stands, a lot of the impact has been lost second time around.