One of my favorite genres of video games is the RPG. I'm not overly attached to the turn-based combat (although I have come to like it over the years): I like the stories, and the bigger RPGs have great composers, like Final Fantasy, or the Mario RPGs. I had at least one RPG on most of my major systems, like the PlayStation, Gamecube, Gameboy etc...but something was amiss.
I had no RPGs for the Dreamcast! And because my current system had no affordable games available at the time, I made it a goal to get at least one good game. Fortunately, my brother had received a gift card to a local retrogaming shop. I had gotten Final Fantasy 7-9 there, so I hoped that they would have at least one good Dreamcast RPG. They had two.
Grandia II won out due to a lower price tag (Skies of Arcadia was almost $50 dollars), and I was hyped. At first, I thought it was a two-disc game, a la some of the PlayStation JRPGs, but it turned out to be a disc of selected game music! We were over at a relative's house, so I eagerly anticipated playing as I previewed music from the game. (One key reason for me playing JRPGS in the first place!)
As of yet, I've only gotten a little bit into the game, but I already like it. The camera is a bit constricted at times, but I like being able to turn it freely. Also, the main character is a bit jaded. But more on that later, as I make more progress in the game.
I'm no expert, but the Dreamcast feels like it would be the best system for RPGs, in its generation. CD based for affordable capacity, good processor, and nice controller. I'm no Nintendo hater, but the Dreamcast controller feels a lot more comfortable and well-designed than the N64's weird design.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to continuing to play Grandia II to see how things turn out for the embittered protagonist and the naive client he's body-guarding. Stay tuned for more updates!
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