Skies Of Arcadia Legends Review
Skies of Arcadia Legends is a turn based RPG that was released on the Gamecube in 2002, but was originally a Dreamcast game released by Sega in 2000.
The game can be hard to get hold of now but totally worth it if you can find a copy, just expect to pay a lot for it.
It was re-released with better graphics and less random battles, as the Dreamcast version had way too many. But having said that there is a ship upgrade later in the game, that allows you to avoid battles a lot of the time if you need to.
You play Vyse; a sky pirate with a good heart. You team up with your friends Aika and Fina.
Later on in the game you get a fourth member which is interchangeable from a choice of three as the story progresses, each with their own special attacks.
The main premise of the game is you travel around in an airship, to floating islands.
The map is huge and there are dozens of islands to discover, some of which contain dungeons with a boss at the end.
As I mentioned the battle system is turn based and you can choose from normal attacks, magic attacks and special attacks.
The special attacks give you a cut scene, which you can skip, but personally I don’t as they look amazing even now.
You can also save your SP points to fill up the bar at the top and unleash a devastating attack on the whole enemy party.
You can buy things like healing items, upgraded weapons, bombs and cannons for your ship. An item called Moonberry, which can be found in dungeons allows you to unlock more special attacks or defence moves.
The battles can take place on land and on the ship deck.
Occasionally you will get into a ship battle randomly or on certain boss encounters. These can be a little long winded but fun once you get the hang of it and later when you get the powerful moonstone cannon .
This is also turn based and you must pay attention to the battle squares to see which round you have the advantage.
About half way through the game you get a new ship and you can start to travel around the world and recruit new ship members, which all add a new ship attribute/attack.
Each member adds something a little extra to the ending of the game too so try to find them all.
The game has a strong storyline offering between 50-100 hours of play. There are also many side quests, bounties to defeat and things to discover.
As the story progresses you also get your own island where your crew members stay when you’re not on the ship. Some of them will open stalls there.
You can also remodel the islands landscape and sleeping quarters, and you can choose from different flags to use on the island and ship.
The only thing I can see being a down-point to the game is some of the dialogue is cheesy and some people might find that annoying. But I think it adds to the fun and adds an endearing quality.
The game has great replay value, you’ll want to experience the unique story over and over again.
I score this game 10/10
Written by Victoria Thorley (Head Admin of Nintendo Haven on Facebook).
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