Spotlight Game of the Week: Legend of Dragoon

The Playstation One has a magical library. It really covers every single genre that you could imagine and satisfies every craving that you have – and some that you didn’t even know you had. There is an arguable amount of Playstation One titles that could be considered underrated just because of the big sellers they were overshadowed by, but some games get forgotten despite the fact that they themselves were gigantic in own day.  Legend of Dragoon is one of those titles.

The battle set-up was similar to other RPG classics of that time.
The battle set-up was similar to other RPG classics of that time.

Legend of Dragoon was a Sony creation back in 1999. This was back in the day before 11 different companies had to come together to make one game – for some reason. In all respects, Dragoon is a perfect RPG. It pulls you in with beautiful animation and cut-scenes accompanied by an awesome soundtrack full of wicked guitar solos and synth riffs. Then you have the protagonists, that are admittedly classic archetypes but without feeling like they rely too much on overused tropes: The mercenary, the noble knight, the magic girl, the mysterious one and so on.

The actual battle mechanics forced you to perfect your timing for various combos, unlike many RPGs of that time.
The actual battle mechanics forced you to perfect your timing for various combos, unlike many RPGs of that time.

The highlight of Legend of Dragoon is without a doubt its story line though. It’s based upon a very simple premise of revenge that branches off into the fantastical and unknown unexpectedly and often. With twists and turns that will leave you so stunned you won’t have any choice but to keep playing to find the true answer.

It really seemed then that Legend of Dragoon was Sony’s answer to the Final Fantasy success on the Playstation One; and in so many ways they went toe to toe with Squaresoft’s goliath franchise and came out pretty equal. I don’t think enough people would admit to that, but if you played any of the Final Fantasy games and then Legend of Dragoon, I can guarantee you would walk away with these main points from both titles: Memorable and lovable characters, amazing storyline, interesting battle mechanics and a fantasy realm so well done that it feels real. That’s with all dialogue translation blunders aside on both accounts of course.

Dragoon transformations made your characters much more powerful and were a crucial strategy for beating difficult enemies.
Dragoon transformations made your characters much more powerful and were a crucial strategy for beating difficult enemies.

Now if that sounds like you’re kind of game than you need to seek out Legend of Dragoon. I know for a fact that your time in Seles won’t at all be a waste as you fight alongside the Dragoon warriors in a battle as old as time. When it’s all said and done, I can also guarantee the tale of Dragoon will stick with you for a long, long time.

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