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Legend of Legaia - Staff Retroview

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edited May 2013 in Latest Updates
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There is a disco in the game - totally appropriate.
It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.

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  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    edited May 2013
    Ironically, I had gotten this game in the mail the other day from Amazon, only to find out they sent me the demo instead of the full game. I'm actually sending the game back to them today with hopes that I can get a trade for the actual game. Because I rather enjoy this one, if only for the battle system.
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  • PawsPaws BEARSONA RPGamer Staff
    edited May 2013
    I think Jumes and I will never be on the same page in game tastes. I'd probably give this a 2.0! XD
  • kazrikokazriko Member Full Members
    edited May 2013
    This is one of the 4 physical disc PS1 titles I still haven't finished from my backlog. I should bump it up the list and polish it off.

    (Tronne Bonne, Megaman Legends 2, and Lunar 2 are the other 3.)
  • RandvekRandvek Member Full Members
    edited May 2013
    kazriko said:
    This is one of the 4 physical disc PS1 titles I still haven't finished from my backlog. I should bump it up the list and polish it off.

    (Tronne Bonne, Megaman Legends 2, and Lunar 2 are the other 3.)
    Legend of Legaia is a good play, but bump up Lunar 2; it's even better.
  • riulynriulyn Member Full Members
    edited May 2013
    I remember having a fun time with this game and that I did consult a FAQ on a few battles. I didn't remember much of the plot. Anyway I would probably be more annoyed with the load times if I went back to the game now, but for the late 90's it was definitely the norm. I liked it more than the sequel which felt less interesting in every way except the graphics were better.
  • TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff Healer RPGamer Staff
    edited May 2013
    I really like Legend of Legaia. It is unique, quirky, and fun. It really shows the signs of the limitations of PS1 3D, but at the time I was amazed by simple things like characters who actually changed their looks based on what they were equipped with (even if it was only in battle). I still think the entire premise of the Seru and the Ra-Seru characters was pretty great. It's a shame the sequel didn't bring those things back.
  • Endless DespairEndless Despair New Member Full Members
    edited May 2013
    I had a lot of fun with legend of Legaia. Hard battles, Flashy combos, and a story that didn't want to end. Granted the game did have its flaws, but for one my first 3D JRPG's, it rocked.
    Objection! That's so fun to say.
  • watcherwatcher Veteran RPGamer Full Members
    edited May 2013
    Legaia is one of those, play through once and never play again type games for me. I'd rate it a 2.5 and that's generous considering the graphics were bad even for the time.
  • Rya.ReisenderRya.Reisender Member Full Members
    edited May 2013
    It was a pretty solid RPG. I think the 3.5 score is fair.

    @watcher
    Sure it's a never play again type of RPG, but the fact you actually played it to the end already warrants a 3.5 (unless you were a reviewer and thus forced to finish it).
  • SlayerSlayer Member Full Members
    edited May 2013
    I remember almost finishing the import for this game.
    I did finish the US release, later. I liked it.
  • scorpio_7scorpio_7 Tactic's Ogre I choose u! Full Members
    edited May 2013
    I remember really enjoying this game. Looking at the screenshots it certainly has not aged well lol. But as stated before there were a lot of uniques aspects to this game that were very enjoyable.
  • watcherwatcher Veteran RPGamer Full Members
    edited May 2013
    @Rya, it was a rather short game that came out when I had a ton of free time. Finishing it just kind of happened.
  • LordKaiserLordKaiser Under watcher Full Members
    edited May 2013
    kazriko said:
    This is one of the 4 physical disc PS1 titles I still haven't finished from my backlog. I should bump it up the list and polish it off.

    (Tronne Bonne, Megaman Legends 2, and Lunar 2 are the other 3.)
    It's very short so you may finish it in 2 or 3 days.
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  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited May 2013
    Paws said:
    I think Jumes and I will never be on the same page in game tastes. I'd probably give this a 2.0! XD
    I gotta agree with Paws here. I don't mind a challenge, but Legaia was just way too much. I don't know if the enemies scaled or not, but it was a pain even back then. I seriously got to Level 99 and still barely eeked out a victory against the final boss.
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  • watcherwatcher Veteran RPGamer Full Members
    edited May 2013
    No way, MC. Are you sure you're thinking the right game? The final boss was beatable in the mid 40s level wise.
  • TheAnimeManTheAnimeMan Member Full Members
    edited May 2013
    I loved the mini games late in the game
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  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited May 2013
    watcher said:
    No way, MC. Are you sure you're thinking the right game? The final boss was beatable in the mid 40s level wise.
    I must have done something mad terrible then, because OH LORD that game was difficult.
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  • hyperknees91hyperknees91 Member Full Members
    edited May 2013
    The problem with this game is the same as Xenogears, there is no strategic value in having the different attacks or super moves as they are all just a big gimmick (other than birds need to be struck high and creatures on the ground need to be struck low). While a cool concept originally...once you realize it isn't an actual legitimate gameplay mechanic it's hard to appreciate it. Though Xenogears had a top notch story to aid with its tedious battle system, while Legaia...not so much.

    The beginning of the game was kinda cool though, the rest..not so much.
  • Rya.ReisenderRya.Reisender Member Full Members
    edited May 2013
    I think this "gimmick" is what makes both Xenogears and Legend of Legaia great. There doesn't need to be any strategical value, you can do cool and flashy moves and you can decide yourself which one you want to see and don't have to regard monster properties. I like it.
  • hyperknees91hyperknees91 Member Full Members
    edited May 2013
    Well yeah I guess if you don't mind but it does seem to be wasted potential. In Legaia, unless your using a hyper art there's no reason to not using anything but your ra-seru (as it does more damage than kicks and weapons generally). The system is somewhat more refined in duel saga, but still is quite shallow. Same goes for Xenogears, there's no reason not to use your strongest combo all the time (Breath of Fire V and Chrono Cross also took the system and made it much better).

    Though Legaia probably wanted to be an action rpg at a time when action rpgs weren't really easy to make so yeah.
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