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Skies Of Arcadia (Old DC Game)
Member Name: pbyron
Skies Of Arcadia (Old DC Game)
Date: 29/04/01, updated on 29/04/01 (40 review reads)
Advantages: Fantastic graphics and a nice storyline
Disadvantages: Combat can sometimes be repetative
When the Dreamcast first arrived, people complained that there weren't any good RPGs. They kept on complaining until games such as PSO and Grandia II came out. Now the console is getting the games it deserves and the next fantastic title to soar across the DC skyline is Skies of Arcadia.
The game starts with a dramatic attack on the evil empire, who have just kidnapped a strange girl (Fina) in their giant metal sky ship. Sounds familiar? Well it reminded me of the first few minutes of Star Wars and has that same epic feel to it. Pretty soon you'll find yourself, as sky pirates Vyse and Aika, attacking the imperial guards and making your way into the heart of their metal sky ship to confront the prince and rescue the girl. Your father, the captian of the pirate ship, helps you get aboard and after a short while you will be wondering around challenging all-comers to a battle.
From this point on you can get used to the control system of both the players and the pirate ship as you sail a course for home and fight monsters that attack you on the way. Soon enough you'll find your way to the lovely Pirate Island and your mother, who welcomes you home with open arms. Of course, things don't go as planned and the Empire soon catches up with your friends and family on the island, as you return home from a mission to rescue a piece of moonrock, you find the place burnt down and your father missing. It's your job to rescue Fina and your father from the evil empire and find your fortune as a pirate on the high skies.
The game plays magnificently, combat being similar to the Final Fantasy games, with magic and special attacks producing some wonderful graphical displays. Wondering around is straightforward and the clear graphics make finding things a doddle. Puzzles start of easy too, letting you slowly get into the game, then increase in difficulty at a nice steady pace. The whole game just oozes quality and you'll find yourself
immersed in the characters and storyline straight away, wanting to find out more and more as you progress through the game.
The ships, which can be bought and customised, are your main form of transport in the game, letting you travel great distances and combat your foes in the air. The only problem you may find is that air travel can become repetative, especially if you haven't planned your journey well and get lost. Fighting lots and lots of monsters can get on your nerves after a while, but it's good practice and you often get new spells to learn or special moves from it.
Travel to many lands and meet people who can help you out, while increasing your pirate status to Swashbuckler through a series of decisions. There are huge monsters to fight and lots of friends to meet and the whole scale of the game is just overwhelming at times.
This is one truly epic game and will have you up to the small hours just finding out what happens next. There are some neat ideas and the whole game just oozes quality. Fantastic stuff.