The whole experience is great, but nothing special comes out of it.
loco6al wrote this review on .
Well, it's not that great. It's a good game. It would have been a great game if it was release 2 or 3 years before June 2000. But the fact is, there was a lot of RPG releases on PS before this time, so it's almost certain that a RPG gamer would have play an RPG similar to The Legend of the Dragoon (LOD).
I mean, one of the greatest game on PS was Final Fantasy 7 (FF7). It was release in September 1997 and was considered as a pioneer in 3D game. Then, SquareSoft (now it's SquareEnix) put out FF8 in September 1999, another great game which is another RPG with better graphics and all. (personally I prefer FF7 though ^^)
So, when LOD comes out, there is a big chance that a RPG fan did play one of those previous game. Then it's easy to compare and see that it is very similar to FF7. The graphics are maybe a little bit better, but it's nothing if someone compare to those of FF8.
LOD story was good, but it was nothing as captivating as FF7 and FF8. Something that might helped FF games, was the atmosphere. I really was wondering what was happening in some scenes in both FF game. Some scenes were gloomy and felt like a Resident Evil game where there were blood all over the places and I didn't know what happen. Maybe I did wonder with LOD, but usually the atmosphere was not as rich and I usually found the answer pretty quickly or it was obvious where the scene was going. Actually, there were not scenes or moment in LOD who have marked.
FF games battle system are pretty classic (in the PS era) and doesn't really try something new as does LOD. It's fun for a while, but after a time I got bored by it. But, LOD is not the 1st game to try something different in the battle system, there was other RPG that did it before like Thousand Arms.
Even though, the battle system of LOD is not as rich as FF. Yeah, Dragoon powers doesn't bring a lot to the battle system.
Then, when I finished the game, I didn't want to play it anymore. There were no specials quest to dig in or extra level to unlock. No, once it is over, it's over.
Still, I seem to find the game boring, it's not. But there was better RPG game on the market at that time. I enjoyed the game, but I had play with more original RPG game before that one.
It could have been a good game to play while waiting for FF9 which was released a few months later.