Legaia 2: Duel Saga Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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Gamesmania.de (Dec 03, 2002)
Für Rollenspielfans ist Legaia 2: Duel Saga fast ein Pflichtkauf. Zwar präsentiert sich das Spiel zunächst nicht eben sehr eindrucksvoll, entwickelt aber sehr schnell sein Potential, denn hier waren Entwickler am Werk, die ihr Handwerk verstehen. Klar, es gibt nichts, was man nicht schon mal irgendwo anderes gesehen hat, aber das Spiel ist mehr als die Summe seiner Teile. Gelegenheitszocker sollten sich den Kauf allerdings überlegen und möglichst einmal Probespielen, denn ein Final Fantasy X bekommt man hier nicht.
PSX Extreme (Nov 11, 2002)
If you were to sum Legaia 2: Duel Saga up in two words, it would be "plain" and "fun". Everything about Legaia 2 screams generic but despite that fact, the game proves to be a fun romp. A solid title, Legaia 2 is worth the time if you aren't looking for something fancy or flashy. Home-brewed goodness at its best.
Game Over Online (Dec 02, 2002)
With a novel approach to combat, branching plotlines and plenty of unique party sequences, Legend of Legaia 2 takes a new spin on RPGs. The Tactical Arts System, along with the introduction of Origins and the inclusion of menial tasks like gardening and cooking provides an inimitable gameplay experience. However, graphical and sound flaws might dissuade newcomers to the genre, most likely keeping it a game for diehard role-playing veterans or Legaia fans.
GameZone (Oct 21, 2002)
This is an enjoyable game that is combat laden with nice looking graphics and evolving storyline. Legaia 2: Duel Saga is a nice match for the PS2, and fans of RPGs, especially the older style of games, will enjoy this outing in the Legaia universe.
IGN (Oct 15, 2002)
In spite of all my criticisms, Legaia 2 is a nice change of pace from the usual turn-based RPG fare. Much more interactive than the typical genre entry, there's enough ingenuity and exploration here to persuade fans to give it a try. It's a shame that more development time wasn't spent with this actually, as a closer view to the action and an adjustment to the battle frequency would have done wonders for the sheer playability of it all.
4Players.de (Dec 12, 2002)
Auch wenn Legaia 2 der führenden Genrekonkurrenz technisch teils hoffnungslos unterlegen ist, ist das Gameplay durchaus konkurrenzfähig. Zwar muss man auch hier auf den ein oder anderen Komfort sowie grundlegende Innovationen verzichten, aber die verwendeten Zutaten fügen sich vor allem im späteren Spielverlauf zu einem schmackhaften Rollenspiel-Cocktail alter japanischer Schule zusammen. Sowohl das Kampf- als auch das Item- und Skill-System laden zu motivierenden Experimenten ein und auch sonst wird es dank auflockernder Minispiele, angenehmer Handlungsfreiheit und skurriler Charaktere trotz ausgelutschter Story so schnell nicht langweilig. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad setzt allerdings geduldiges Aufleveln und die fehlende Lokalisierung solide Englischkenntnisse voraus. Wer rundenbasierte Fernost-RPGs mag und bereit ist, bei Präsentation und Spielkomfort Abstriche in Kauf zu nehmen, wird jedenfalls gut unterhalten und das sogar ohne die ansonsten üblichen PAL-Balken.
Gaming Target (Nov 14, 2002)
Not that the music is bad, but it’s just not as enchanting or unique as his past work. Instead of creating something with ingenuity like Chrono Cross and the Celtic themes, Duel Saga’s music seems to be created with basic orchestral instruments. No matter, the music fits the moods and environments and is more than completely sufficient for the game, or any game at that.
Legaia 2: Duel Saga hardly breaks any molds, but it does manage to conform nicely to our expectations of a console RPG. It deals out an epic storyline, lots of characters and an innovative combat system, but fails to break any new ground. The graphics are acceptable, but barely scratch the surface of what we’ve already seen in Final Fantasy X, and the storyline is reminiscent of most other RPGs. The combat does shine, but there are a lot of surrounding elements that, while perfectly acceptable to the hardcore RPG crowd, will turn off newcomers or those who’ve come to expect the more cinematic experiences put together by Square.
Jeuxvideo.com (Oct 21, 2002)
Encore un RPG qui ne séduira que les puristes du genre, tant ce titre est dépourvu de tout ce qui pourrait attirer l'oeil du grand-public. Une réalisation moyenne, pas de traduction en français, de nombreux temps morts dans l'aventure, l'absence de voix en dehors des combats, tout cela gâche un peu la découverte de ce jeu. Même les inconditionnels du genre auront du mal à s'emballer, quand on voit que le système de combat n'est pas non plus aussi riche et captivant que celui d'autres RPG disponibles sur la même console.
GameSpot (Oct 16, 2002)
Legaia 2 is a good game that can be recommended to hard-core fans of console role-playing. But it's suitable only for that crowd.
GameCola.net (Sep, 2003)
Overall, the game is fun to play if you can deal with the constant encounters, and although it isn't based on pirates or even piratey at all save for one part, it still has enough pirate juice in it to make you let out half an "arrr."
GamePro (US) (Dec 05, 2002)
Altogether, Legaia 2 shapes out to be a weekend rental. Though the story has a great moral, how it's shown through gameplay and style doesn't earn this RPG big points.