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Skies of Arcadia: Legends

aka: Eternal Arcadia Legend

Critic Reviews 86% add missing review

Pixel-Heroes.de (10 out of 10)

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 LuftkĂ€mpfen. Dies ist aber alles ErbsenzĂ€hlerei. Die musikalische Kulisse ĂŒberzeugt dagegen auf ganzer Linie und dĂŒrfte wohl auch den letzten Unentschlossenen bekehren, denn "Skies of Arcadia" stellt definitiv einen von Segas HöhenflĂŒgen dar. FĂŒr 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. :)

Feb 2nd, 2010 · GameCube · read review

Diehard GameFan (10 out of 10)

Innovative, yet familiar gameplay make this game stand out above so many other games, and made it one of the most popular games on the Dreamcast. If you liked the original version of Skies of Arcadia, you will like this one too. If you’ve never played it, but like RPGs, you will fall in love with the rest of us. If you like games in general, give it a rent, and you’ll see what’s so great about it. The game isn’t perfect, but they’re saving that for the sequel.

Feb 9th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

Legendra ( )

MĂȘme si l'on avait espĂ©rĂ© une petite refonte graphique et des combats par rapport Ă  la version Dreamcast d'origine, le jeu reste fidĂšle Ă  lui mĂȘme: excellent, en incorporant de nombreux ajouts intĂ©ressants. Skies of Arcadia Legends est un jeu exceptionnel qui s'impose sans problĂšme sur une Gamecube en manque de RPG. Magique, tout simplement.

Jan 14th, 2007 · GameCube · read review

Gaming since 198x (5 out of 5)

Sorti Ă  une Ă©poque oĂč il Ă©tait dur d'exister entre les divers Final Fantasy et Dragon Quest 7, Skies of Arcadia a rĂ©ussi Ă  renouveler le genre pour se faire une place parmi les plus grands dans le monde select du RPG japonais. TrĂšs joli Ă  l'Ă©poque, avec un scĂ©nario super cool, un gameplay sans dĂ©faut, une grande libertĂ© hors de la quĂȘte principale, des musiques collant parfaitement Ă  l'ambiance et une dimension poĂ©tique 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.

Nov 23rd, 2009 · GameCube · read review

GamersMark (10 out of 10)

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.

Feb 12th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

Oldies Rising (19 out of 20)

Aux quelques dĂ©fauts de ce remake, se rĂ©sumant Ă  des combats souvent trop lents et Ă  une qualitĂ© sonore ne faisant pas honneur Ă  la version d'origine, s'opposent tellement de qualitĂ©s que l'on oublie rapidement ces fausses notes ! Skies of Arcadia Legends est donc un pilier du RPG, reconnu en tant que tel par tous les fans de la discipline et je ne peux que vous encourager Ă  vous le procurer mĂȘme si son prix sur Gamecube est aujourd'hui trĂšs Ă©levĂ©. Guettez donc la bonne affaire, amis lecteurs...

Apr 16th, 2014 · GameCube · read review

RPGFan (95 out of 100)

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.

Feb 24th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

RPGFan (93 out of 100)

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.

Feb 5th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

Consoles Plus (93 out of 100)

Novateur et original, Skies of Arcadia fut l'un des meilleurs RPG de la Dreamcast. Il en sera de mĂȘme sur Game Cube.

May 2003 · GameCube · read review

RPG Land (9 out of 10)

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.

Nov 25th, 2004 · GameCube · read review

Factornews (9 out of 10)

Si vous aimez les RPG ou tout simplement les bons jeux, jetez vous sur cette rĂ©Ă©dition de Sega qui apportera enfin un vrai jeu du genre Ă  la console de Nintendo qui en a bien besoin. Skies of Arcadia Legends est un jeu Ă  faire figurer Ă  cotĂ© des grands classiques tels que Final Fantasy 6 ou Xenogears. MalgrĂ© son aspect technique un peu dĂ©suet, il possĂšde un rĂ©el pouvoir de narration ainsi qu’un systĂšme de jeu Ă  toute Ă©preuve ; la marque des grands en somme.

Jun 25th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

GamesCollection (9 out of 10)

SOA era un gran gioco giĂ  sul Dreamcast. Sul cubo le aggiunte non sono molte (sono state integrate alcune sub-quest scaricabili dalla rete), ma la piĂč grande aggiunta Ăš proprio il gioco stesso. Se come me, ve lo siete perso alla sua uscita originale, recuperatelo ora. Non ve ne pentirete, parola di pirata!

Nov 25th, 2008 · GameCube · read review

GameZone (9 out of 10)

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.

Feb 5th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

GamePro (US) (4.5 out of 5)

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.

Jan 27th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

RPGFan (89 out of 100)

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!

Feb 5th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

GameSpy (88 out of 100)

You may have noticed that I've spent a lot of this review complaining. As I said, Skies of Arcadia is strange. It's really easy to pick apart certain elements, but each of those disparate pieces matters less once you glimpse the complete picture. Skies of Arcadia has that "X" factor: It's more than the sum of its parts, so it's surprisingly easy to look past trifles like an uninspired battle system when you're in the middle of one of the most rousing RPG adventures in years. Whether you're an RPG enthusiast who missed it on the Dreamcast or just want to revisit Arcadia to say "hi" to your old friends, Skies of Arcadia Legends is likely to please.

Feb 5th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

N-Zone (88 out of 100)

Skies of Arcadia Legends ist das bis dato stĂ€rkste Rollenspiel fĂŒr den GameCube. Die fantasievolle und gleichermaßen fesselnde Story ist das HerzstĂŒck des Spieles. Auch das tolle Kampf- und Magiesystem machen das Abenteuer um Vyse und Co. zu einem der anspruchs- und gehaltvollsten Rollenspiele fĂŒr den WĂŒrfel. Löblich ebenfalls sind die vielen Änderungen bzw. Erweiterungen, wodurch auch fĂŒr Kenner des Originals neue Reize entstehen dĂŒrften. Leider ist das Ganze technisch sehr enttĂ€uschend.

Jul 7th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

64 Power / big.N / N Games (88 out of 100)

(PAL version)
Noch immer gestaltet sich das Spiel trotz fehlender Sprachausgabe und betagter Optik als absoluter Zeitfresser. Das gelungene Gameplay, die sympathischen Charaktere und die stets interessante Story machen geradezu sĂŒchtig. Die deutsche PAL-Version ist vollstĂ€ndig ĂŒbersetzt und leistet sich keine erwĂ€hnenswerten Schnitzer. Die musikalische Untermalung rundet den phantastischen Eindruck der Spielewelt wunderbar ab. Wenn du dich nur ansatzweise fĂŒr Rollenspiele interessierst, solltest du dieses zumindest einmal anspielen - loskommen wirst du davon so schnell nicht mehr.

Apr 2003 · GameCube

64 Power / big.N / N Games (88 out of 100)

Wer mit diesen Knittereien leben kann, bekommt ansonsten eines der besten Rollenspiele ĂŒberhaupt geboten. Wenn Vyse und seine Freunde die Weiten ihrer himmlischen Heimat erkunden, um die sagenumwobenen sechs Mondkristalle zu finden, gibt es Unmengen zu entdecken. Es macht einfach Spaß, immer weitere Teile der Karte zu erschließen und sich ins nĂ€chste Abenteuer zu stĂŒrzen. Dank der sich stĂ€ndig wendenden Story, der liebenswerten Charaktere und der tollen PrĂ€sentation dĂŒrfte Skies of Arcadia Legends selbst Rollenspiel-Muffel bekehren können.

Feb 2003 · GameCube

Netjak (8.8 out of 10)

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.

Apr 10th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

SegaFan.com (8.7 out of 10)

Pasar de ser un mero grumetillo al marino mĂĄs famoso de Arcadia puede llevar en torno a unas 50 Ăł 60 horas, tal vez algo mĂĄs en funciĂłn de lo que se entretenga uno en los objetivos secundarios. Una longevidad mĂĄs que interesante, aunque se echa en falta la posibilidad de seguir navegando una vez finalizada la historia principal.

May 7th, 2007 · GameCube · read review

4Players.de (86 out of 100)

Aufgrund der nicht mehr ganz zeitgemĂ€ĂŸen Technik und PrĂ€sentation bleibt Skies of Arcadia Legends der Platin-Status des Originals zwar verwĂ€hrt, aber dennoch kann es sich rĂŒhmen 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 fĂŒr lange Zeit an den Bildschirm und die herrliche Abenteurer- und Piraten-AtmosphĂ€re dĂŒrfte selbst Genre-Abstinenzler in ihren Bann ziehen. Die etwas kindliche PrĂ€sentation und stereotypen Charaktere werden zwar den ein oder anderen abschrecken, der abwechslungsreiche Spielverlauf und die enorme Handlungsfreiheit lassen darĂŒber allerdings gerne hinwegsehen. Zudem gibt es ein Reihe neuer Aufgaben, Story-Elemente, Items, Charaktere und Geheimnisse sowie deutlich kĂŒrzere Ladezeiten, wodurch auch die etwas biederen ZufallskĂ€mpfe an LĂ€stigkeit verlieren. Freibeuterherz, was willst du mehr?

Jun 9th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

Nintendo Difference (17 out of 20)

Sans doute le meilleur RPG de la Dreamcast (avec Grandia 2 trĂšs proche) et peut-ĂȘtre 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 connaĂźtre
 malheureusement pas sans dĂ©faut. J’ai bien hĂ©sitĂ© entre 16 et 17, mais le 17 l’aura emportĂ© grĂące Ă  la pĂ©nurie de ce type de jeu en Europe, Ă  une adaptation qui est loin d’ĂȘtre bĂąclĂ©e comme trop souvent et grĂące aussi Ă  son prix rĂ©duit (50 €).

Jun 12th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (17 out of 20)

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 ?

May 30th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

IGN (8.5 out of 10)

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.

Jan 28th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

Jeuxpo.com (8.5 out of 10)

Vous l'aurez compris,Skies Of Arcadia Legends est un des meilleurs jeux de rĂŽle sur GameCube (Zelda est un action RPG). Le systĂšme de combat revu Ă  la hause, l’histoire, le charisme des personnage,etc... vous scotchera devant votre Ă©cran de TV. C'est du grand SEGA. Si vous l'avez terminĂ© sur Dreamcast, Ă  vous de voir si vous souhaitez retomber dans le monde d'Arcadia. Pour les autres, c'est... indispensable !

2004 · GameCube · read review

Gamezine (17 out of 20)

Skies of Arcadia Legends plaira a tous bons fans de RPG, un titre bel et bien incontournable. Un gameplay incroyable (systĂšme de combat vraiment gĂ©nial), une Ă©norme durĂ©e de vie, SoA a beaucoup pour plaire. L’esthĂ©tique du jeu commence Ă  datĂ©e (2 ans, c’est pas Ă©norme, 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 Ă  redire pas rapport au premier Ă©pisode, sauf en jugeant d’aujourd’hui. Si vous aimez le RPG, avec ses airs de FF7 (oui, le jeu me ferait plutĂŽt penser Ă  FF7 qu’à d’autres) Skies of Arcadia Legends est un excellent titre Ă  possĂ©der sur Gamecube !

May 31st, 2003 · GameCube · read review

GameCola.net (8.4 out of 10)

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.

Jun 2003 · GameCube · read review

Defunct Games (82 out of 100)

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.

Mar 20th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

Gamesmania.de (82 out of 100)

Es ist nicht schön, aber es ist gut! Und wer sich auch nur ein bisschen fĂŒr 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 fĂŒr euch rechtfertigen.

Jul 2nd, 2003 · GameCube · read review

Super Play (Sweden) (8 out of 10)

Skies of Arcadia Legends har sina problem, men historien i sig Àr sÄ fÀngslande och skön att man kan ha överseende med icke perfekta strider oh störande utrop frÄn huvudpersonerna. Om du redan Àger originalet till Dreamcast Àr det tveksamt om det hÀr Àr nÄgot 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 Àventyr i allmÀnhet bör du vÀlja nÄgot annat. Men för oss som gÀrna förlorar oss bort med ett rollspel lite dÄ och dÄ Àr det underbart att ta med sig Vyse, Aika och Fina och ge sig ut pÄ himmelska Àventyr.

May 2003 · GameCube

Eurogamer.net (UK) (8 out of 10)

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.

Jun 19th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

RPGDreamers (8 out of 10)

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.

2003 · GameCube · read review

Insert Credit (8 out of 10)

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 clichĂ© filled) stories in recent memory.

Apr 4th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

Archaic.fr ( )

Skies of Arcadia reste un RPG culte. Mais pas culte dans son histoire et dans la gĂ©nĂ©ralitĂ© de son systĂšme de jeu. C’est plutĂŽt dans son background et ses quelques subtilitĂ©s toutes personnelles qui fera que le RPG d’Overworks rentrera dans les cƓurs. Entre l’exploration et ces sensations aĂ©riennes, les batailles aĂ©ronautiques, ces doux rĂȘves cristallisĂ©s qui titillent avec beaucoup de sensibilitĂ© notre fibre enfantine que notre cƓur d’adulte cache bien au fond de lui, l’aventure Skies of Arcadia marquera Ă  plus d’un titre. Et ce, malgrĂ© ses dĂ©fauts et la modestie de sa technique et autre ancrage dans un classicisme Ă©culĂ© du J-RPG. Car des nombreuses heures que l’on passera sur ce jeu, que ce soit la trentaine que dure Ă  vue de pif la quĂȘte principale qu’au-delĂ  des 70/80 heures si l’on veut creuser le moindre petit annexe, c’est enjouĂ© que l’on ressort de cette aventure.

Nov 23rd, 2015 · GameCube · read review

SEGA-Portal.de (8 out of 10)

Skies of Arcadia war wohl eines der besten Dreamcast Rollenspiele. Diesen Staus behĂ€lt es auch nach zwei Jahren auf dem Gamecube, denn alt heißt nicht zwangslĂ€ufig schlecht. Texturen, Animationen, sowie Polygonanzahl bei Gegnern und Protagonisten sind zwar nicht zeitgemĂ€ĂŸ, aber was sollÂŽs. Skies of Arcadia ist ein super Rollenspiel mit liebevollen Charakteren, toller Story und einem ordentlichem Umfang von rund 50 Stunden. Und den Vergleich mit GenregrĂ¶ĂŸen 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!

Sep 20th, 2009 · GameCube · read review

GameSpot (7.5 out of 10)

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.

Jan 28th, 2003 · GameCube · read review

The Video Game Critic (B)

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.

Aug 23rd, 2004 · GameCube · read review

Games TM (7 out of 10)

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.

Mar 2003 · GameCube

Computer Bild Spiele (2.82 out of 6)

Ein geradliniges, solides Rollenspiel, trotz technischer SchwĂ€chen reizvoll, aber insgesamt doch nur „befriedigend“.

Aug 2003 · GameCube

Total Cube (6 out of 10)

Une entrée en matiÚre sympathique pour ceux qui n'ont jamais fait de RPG avant

Aug 2003 · GameCube · read review

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The Good
Originally a Dreamcast title. Skies Of Arcadia, or Eternal Arcadia in Japan, was a traditional RPG. After the unfortunate death of the Dreamcast.(I still have nightmares about it.-MM-) The game was ported to the Gamecube, where it enjoyed further success.

Being billed as a “director’s cut” of the game, it features new quests, characters, and weapons. But is it actually worth it? Or just a cheap re-hash?(Like Final Fantasy Anthology-MM-)

In Skies Of Arcadia, you assume the role of Vyse. A young man who dreams of traveling the world. And being captain of his own ship. He along with his childhood friend, and cutie-pie, Aika(I love redheads, who doesn’t?-MM-) are Blue Rouges. One of two factions of pirates. The Blue Rouges are more Robin Hood types, they only steal from the empire, and never kill or harm innocents. There are also Black Pirates, these scurvy dogs will attack anyone, and have no problem with death killing.

Did I mention that these pirates are not the sea-faring variety? The world of Arcadia is actually a bunch of islands floating in the sky. And the sky serves as the sea.

On one fateful day, the Blue Rouges take on an Imperial vessel.(All fantasy worlds are inhabited by an evil empire, don’t you know!?!-MM-) And the find a beautiful girl, in strange clothing on board. This chance encounter will take them around the world and into epic adventures. And Vyse will realize his destiny.

The world of Arcadia is unique in more ways than in it’s sky ocean. It also takes place in a 16th century kind of setting. The age of discovery. So unlike most JRPGS it is more steam punk than cyberpunk. More Arcanum, and less Bladerunner. All the airships look like gallons and sloops and whatnot. Great design choice, I think.

Arcadia has many different regions as well. Each region differs as it is under a different moon. The Valuan Empire is reminiscent of 16th century Spain, and under the yellow moon. The lands of the blue moon are similar to Asia. Where as the green moon has an area not unlike the new world. It’s so refreshing after all the JRPGS with non-descript regions.

The weapons also have a 16th century look and feel. From the cutlasses to the flintlock pistols. And cannonballs and all that good stuff.

Each character in interesting as well. Vyse actually acts like a hero and is a natural leader. It is easy to see why so many people are willing to follow him.(Unlike most JRPGS of recent years.-MM) Fina, fills the role of the beautiful and mysterious woman. Gilder, is a skirt chasing rouge and a dead shot with his guns. And Drachma, is the grizzled old captain with a vendetta to settle.

And did I mention that in Skies of Arcadia, you have an airship at your disposal right from the start. No waiting till the end of the game, when you have already been everywhere and it is moot. And upgrades allow access to new areas. The only other JRPG with this kind of freedom is Panzer Dragoon Saga.(And if you do not like that game, I don’t want to know you.-MM-)

Eventually, you get your own, ship and base. You get to collect crew members all over the world. And upgrade you base and ship. Finding and recruiting all the potential crew members, unlocks special moves usable in battle.

Combat is turn-based. With attack, item, magic and skills all available. Fighters move on screen and stay in place, none of the jumping around crap found in some games. And when it is not their turn, fighters doge and wheeze attacks.

But the most unique thing of all is the spirit meter. As the battle rages your meter fills. You can also charge it manually. It is used to unleash spells, and special attacks. The special attacks are largely over the top but fun to watch. And can be skipped. Pirate’s Wrath, and Gunslinger, being just a few of my favorites. There are also combo or crew moves. These do mega amounts of damage and are interesting to look at.

Some claim that this game is not original, but these are shallow, bitter people. And besides if ship combat is not original, what games are they playing? Occasionally you fight in ship to ship combat. Or your ship must take on massive monsters.(Eat your heart out, Shadow Of The Colossus.-MM-) During these you can fire cannons, magic cannons, etc. There is also some strategy involved. As your choices will enable use of a special doomsday weapon. Beware however, as you opponents can do the same thing.

There are many side things to do. Aside from completing quests. You can find discoveries. And then sell them to the Sailors Guild. Beware, that there are others in Arcadia looking for these, and they can beat you to it! The discoveries also help sell the whole age of discovery thing. And provide little tidbits about the world of Arcadia.

The new content adds some 10 hours of game time. There are new quests. My favorite being the bounty quests. These are unique boss fights in which you play bounty hunter and take out criminals for an lot of cash. And these fights can be quite challenging. There is also new story content. This is hit or miss. And there is a new discovery. This one you can actually land on, and explore.

The graphics are improved over the Dreamcast original. And are generally smoother. And more crisp. Which is nice, considering that the original game still looks damn good.

I love the score in Skies. It sounds great, and is actually memorable. The addition of full voice acting would have been great, Alas, it is still limited.

The Bad
Some of the new storyline is dubious. As it involves typical Jap-Crap, of mistaken identity. And really makes little sense. With out giving to much away, I will say, who is that goddamn stupid? Answer: Only people in Jap-Crap! Why can’t all the new content be as good as the new quests?

And why no full voice acting. As in Shenmue, another brilliant Dreamcast game. It mat have made the game multi disc, but it would have worth it. Or at least meet me halfway and have voice acting in the important scenes.

Standard battles can get old after a while. Especially if you are just looking for a town of discovery of something. In the latter stages of the game these can be largely avoided by flying above the clouds.

But what is worse is how battle can be drawn out. And a fight that should only tale a few minutes takes much longer.

The new quests could have better rewards. It is usually just a monetary one. When it could be new weapons of other cool shit.

The Bottom Line
Overall Skies of Arcadia is still a great game. And a must play for JRPG fans. It is one of the games that helped re-spark my love, in this genre which seemed to be going downhill fast.

While some may bitch and moan about it’s lack of originality, let’s remember that MOST if not ALL JRPGS lack originality. I mean it is all pretty much the same ideas being reused. But every once and a while they add and idea that is fresh. Whether, that be setting, or gameplay, or once in a great while story.

So put your predetermined ideas aside, and play this game. You will be glad you did.

May 9th, 2009 · GameCube

Plus 30 player ratings without reviews

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Critic reviews added by Riemann80, Alaka, Alsy, kurama, Jeanne, nyccrg, Wizo, Patrick Bregger, Big John WV, Parf, Tim Janssen.