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GF Rating
7.3

5203 ratings

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

YES

posted by havochaos (BOONE, NC) Apr 9, 2010

Member since Jan 2010

6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is awesome, turn-based battling, anime styled graphics, lots of searching but its easy not to miss stuff, EPIC BOSS BATTLE MUSIC!, i could not stop laughing at the boss battle music, great game, play it for at least 30 minutes to see what the game is all about before you mail it back because if you play it for about 30 minutes it will turn into hours, that's what happened to me when i played it, time flies with this one, WARNING, VERY ADDICTIVE, rent it, buy it, you can't go wrong

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Hopefully First of many great Japanese RPG's

posted by Sorbid (Junction City, KS) Dec 8, 2007

Member since Dec 2005

17 out of 18 gamers (94%) found this review helpful

If you're a fan of Japanese RPG's or Japanese animation, Blue Dragon is a great first RPG from the creators of Final Fantasy. The characters and storyline are very unique and interesting. The game was so popular in Japan that they created an anime series which is actually quite good. Some compare the anime to being as good as Dragon Ball Z. There's also some great musical scores. It's obvious that Mistwalker Studios wanted to create an impact with their first RPG foray on the 360.

I especially liked the easy menu system, and the ability to save anywhere on the outside overhead map area. Also, being able to warp anywhere to another warp device is awesome. No tedious running for hours. However, there tends to be some slow down in frames-per-second (FPS) in some battles and areas where there are multiple enemies on the screen at once. It can be quite frustrating at times when you're trying to use your charge meter correctly. One moment it's very slow which makes it easy to hit the "sweet spot". Then the next time you go to use it the FPS is back to normal and the charge meter will zoom right to the end.

Overall this game is well worth getting into for any RPG or Japanimation fan. It will provide hours and hours of fun, and it's few shortcomings are easily overlooked.

Pros:
- Great graphics
- Extremely deep game (easily over 100 hours if you tried to do everything and max all levels)
- Non-Linear
- Tons of side-quests
- Lovable characters
- English voice acting is surprisingly good

Cons:
- Annoyingly low FPS in some areas
- Not very challenging (however there is a free download called "New Game +" that gives a better challenge)
- Same monster, different name syndrome. Lots of similar looking monsters that just get a new name and progressively harder as you go along.

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GF Rating
7

Good

It's pretty at least

posted by P05TF03TU5 (NEWBURY PARK, CA) Sep 7, 2007

Member since Feb 2005

44 out of 52 gamers (85%) found this review helpful

Don't get me wrong, I like this game. I even bought it off gamefly for rather cheap, but the gameplay is rather unsatisfying for next gen. With all the hype surrounding this title I was really expecting something with more substance. I will admit I love all the cute pixar-like graphics and well paced cutscenes, which occur practically around every corner. The enviroments can be great, but at most times are large and empty, which resembles the combat for the most part. The only saving grace about the combat is the job system. The job system definetly kept me encouraged to keep playing to unlock new abilities.

Pros:
Very nice graphics, great use of depth of field
Some interesting and unique character and enviroment designs
Features a new job system and intuitive customization
Multiple language tracks (play this in japanese)
Plenty of cutscenes (really the best part about this game)
A good 40-50 hour point A to point B RPG without too much level grinding required (took me 48 hours to complete)
Practically everything gives you gold, items, or experience (kinda good, kinda bad)

Cons:
The story isn't new or well structured nor do the characters have any depth
Very traditional turn based fighting, in other words, yawn
Occasional tearing during combat moves
Most special attacks are way too long and deliver nothing special
Most areas are large, empty and uninteresting

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