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An RPG not worth missing
posted by NoweMinuki (MILWAUKEE, WI) Jun 21, 2006
Member since May 2006
11 out of 11 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The characters are robust and interesting, such as Vyse's dashing fearlessness, willing to dive into any situation and tackle the problem even if he's at a disadvantage. Then there's Aika, the crazy femme-pirate that accompanies Vyse throughout almost the entire game, along with Fina who shows up not long after you start the game. Both are distinct contrasts to each other, Fina being very timid and shy, while Aika is very loud and boisterous. Both make for some very funny moments between the three.
Two different fighting styles, one on foot against opponents, the other with actual ship battles, makes for some diversity in the game that really changes things up from what I'm used to, along with finding landmarks. The concept of everyone existing on floating land masses is a nice one, one that intrigued me into renting it in the first place, as I'd heard of it before.
Music is wonderful, it all fits the game perfectly, especially the boss fights. A little quirk to boss fights that I found, the music changes depending on whether or not you're struggling, kicking the boss's butt, or you're about even with him, helping to set the mood.
Controls were smooth and precise, never had a single problem with them, and character designs were diverse and plentiful, not to mention pretty. A lot of the artwork in the game really gave it that anime feel.
This game, despite all it's grand wonders and an excellent storyline, would've been perfect ONLY if they would've included some kind of teleportation spell. Oh well, nothing's perfect....
Sail the friendly skies
posted by JCDenton (FREEDOM, NH) Jan 8, 2007
Member since Mar 2006
6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Looking for a classic RPG?
posted by rwrrudy68 (LYNNWOOD, WA) Jul 24, 2006
Member since Oct 2003
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Skies of Arcadia Legends
posted by Gandalf (KENNEWICK, WA) Apr 16, 2006
Member since Dec 2005
8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful
Great Game but still no Voice Actors 4 cut sceenes
posted by jemnai (CHANDLER, AZ) Feb 20, 2007
Member since Dec 2005
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Why I gave it a 9 out of 10 because the game is basicly the same execpt for no pinta's quest that got replaced with moonfish fishing. Plus there is the bounty hunting/ Pistola quests.
Now why it missed the perfect game. I thing No voice acting I mean come one this game screams the need to give real life to the characters since we hear lil after battles but it all the same dialog over and over.
posted by Nubius06 (Bronx, NY) Apr 25, 2006
Member since Jan 2006
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
It's still got it!
posted by The_Antagonist (STATESBORO, GA) Apr 16, 2013
Member since Apr 2013
The idea of pirates in the sky was ingenious and sets up for many possible locations, some of which borrow cultural aspects from countries today.
I played this when the Nintendo Game Cube was in it's prime and I wanted to replay it so badly that I started my Gamefly account solely to replay this gem of a game. This is probably the only was to play this game nowadays unless your lucky enough to have copy yourself or you are fortunate enough to find it in a garage sale.
As for the game itself (with no plot spoilers), the main characters are pretty much young adults with the inclusion of the fourth character which changes as the game progresses which is great because it freshens things up by changing personality and battle strategies. Combat is random encounter so it could get tedious sometimes but hardly something to lament over. Personally I think the music for this game fits it like a glove and never got old except for maybe the battle song but seriously what battle song doesn't? Probably the best reason this game is amazing is it's free roaming world. You don't have to walk a line to every objective and there are many boss battles that would be skipped if you stuck solely to the main objective. I should mention that there's two types of combat one on ground with the characters and another with your current airship. Both offer strategies unique to their scenario and this ensures combat doesn't become tedious quick.
The golden reason why this game blows my mind is the fact it was made for Sega before the Game Cube existed and it still outshines stuff I play today. Oh yeah so that means no voice acting for the main dialogue but you will still hear the characters say key phrases inside and outside of battle.
I honestly think you wont be disappointed if you got this game for your Wi
Great Game, Better Story
posted by catsamurai (GROVES, TX) Mar 11, 2012
Member since Oct 2010
The characters are lovable and fun. Not really any voice acting, save for a few phrases and grunts, but the fit.
The story his long and winding. The twists and turns are cool and interesting. I recommend this game to loves RPG's. everyone
posted by max22193 (VALLEY GRANDE, AL) Jul 24, 2010
Member since Jul 2010
A Great GameCube RPG
posted by MetalMario (PITTSFIELD, NH) Apr 15, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
Easily the worst I ever attempted to play
posted by musicmangd (PORT CHARLOTTE, FL) Aug 31, 2009
Member since Aug 2009
Suprise And Conquer
posted by ViviMaster (JOPLIN, MO) Jul 1, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
posted by Iamnobody (AMHERST, MA) Jun 11, 2009
Member since Jul 2008
I wouldn't do justice to the rest of the game if I attempted to explain the story's base in only 2,000 characters, so it's best to read the IGN review for that.
Now, the rest of the game. Unlike most RPGs, SoA has two battle systems. The first is for land battles. At first look it is pretty straightforward: enemies and allies attack in an order based on speed, special attacks require SP, etc. The difference here is that all weapons can be assigned to one of six elements, changing both the damage that enemies take and what spells the player will learn next. More importantly, all characters share the same SP pool, meaning that battles can require a significant amount of strategy.
The other battle system covers air battles. Different ships are used at different points during the game, but the base mechanics stay the same. Aerial combat begins by assigning each of four characters an action slot, in which they will fire a cannon, use a spell, etc. It's similar to the land system, but with larger battles and enemies.
SoA also features a huge world with dozens of "discoveries" to make. You are rewarded for finding things like new continents, natural wonders and the like. When wondering on the map, players have the option of finding "moonfish" for increasingly good rewards.
SoA's epic length (about 60 hours) allows for one of the best stories I've seen in a game, as well as countless other innovations that I don't have space to list here. The game is a true classic and should not be missed by any fan of RPGs or Adventure games.
Fun, bottom line!
posted by Juice13 (Bradenton, FL) Apr 16, 2008
Member since Apr 2008
One Of my very favorite game indefinitely infact.
posted by emerys (NICKERSON, KS) Feb 29, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
Almost legendary... Almost
posted by cubegamer (PRESQUE ISLE, ME) Oct 29, 2007
Member since Oct 2007
After playing the game, I have to say I am both impressed and slightly disappointed at the same time. The graphics and core gameplay is the same as the original DC version and that is not at all a bad thing as the original had some really good graphics for the time (and still do in many ways).
The only thing I feel suffers is the sound. Somewhat weak voices and effects in many parts of the game; also the music was changed in some of the less important parts in the game (finding discoveries, using healing magic, ect.).
I just wish that they would have spilt the game into two discs and that way they could have been able to put more content. But some of the new stuff is really fun but unimportant and is not too big a deal but none the less is worth checking out.
If you own the original version, it's worth renting it once to see what is different and how the Gamecube fares but if you never had the chance to play the original and can't get that version; by all means rush to find this classic (it's just a shame that this game seems to have the worst luck in systems).
One of the Greatest RPG's for the GC
posted by TheBigZ14 (FRIENDSWOOD, TX) Sep 3, 2007
Member since Jul 2005
Best game ever made!
posted by Hrothgar (ASTORIA, OR) Aug 7, 2007
Member since Jul 2007
The best RPG ever
posted by veelaunch (GLENDALE, UT) Jul 31, 2007
Member since Nov 2006
It was terrible, I loved it
posted by Comajama (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Apr 30, 2007
Member since Jul 2006
The story and the colorful characters have you smiling here and there. It really is a good game.
If you enjoy a good story, I think you'll enjoy this game. Expect to spend a week or two doin nothing after work but killin mobs and nuking battleships.
Definitely rent it.
as close to perfect as possible
posted by billsnizzl (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) Sep 2, 2006
Member since Aug 2006