What Is It?
Seeing the unprecedented success of Final Fantasy VII, Sony set forth to develop their own big-budget cinematic role-playing game. It took a team of a hundred workers more than three years to develop what they hoped would be a Final Fantasy killer. It wasn't. But just because it didn't make the world stop thinking about Square's long-running franchise, that shouldn't keep you from experiencing this solid RPG on your PlayStation 3, PSP and "soon" on the PS Vita.
You play Dart, a veteran warrior on his way back home after five years of fighting abroad. In true RPG fashion, our hero discovers that his city has been burned to the ground and sets off on an adventure to, you guessed it, get revenge and save a childhood friend. Before long he and a wide assortment of companions take on a grand adventure battling monsters and dragons.
Sony attempted to liven up the usual turn-based combat by adding a fun rhythm game mechanic. In order to get the maximum hit, players have to hit the attack button at just the right moment. This makes the combat a little more interactive, something that players were still coming to grips with at the turn of the century. With multiple battle modes and an interesting story, it's easy to see why so many people are excited about the SEN release of The Legend of Dragoon.
Does It Still Hold Up?
You can't talk about The Legend of Dragoon without bringing up the stunning cinemas. Much like Square with Final Fantasy VII and VIII, Sony put a lot of emphasis on making certain parts of this game look as good as possible. Unfortunately, the rest of the game looks incredibly dated. The game's story is painfully cliche, undermining some of the emotional moments amongst the characters. On the other hand, this is a solid role-playing game that still holds up despite a few outdated mechanics.
Is It Worth The Money?
Did you know that The Legend of Dragoon is the first PSone Classic developed by Sony in close to two years? Sony has been more than content letting Square, MonkeyPaw and Koei release their best role-playing games. Now that we've had a chance to digest the Final Fantasies, Arc the Lads, Parasite Eves and the rest, you can settle on playing through The Legend of Dragoon. It's not at the same level as the best of Square, but also not as bad as Beyond the Beyond and other early RPG attempts by Sony. Fans of the genre will enjoy some of the fresh ideas found in Dragoon, even if the story could use some sprucing up.