Yes, the fan favorite Legend of Dragoon!
For those not familiar with the game, this is a JRPG published and developed by SCE and released June 11, 2000 in the states. Sony went hard on this one in the hopes of creating a Final Fantasy contender. This was a full AAA effort with a budget of $16 million dollars in 1999. Things…did not go as planned. It seemed as if most outlets and consumers found the game to be mediocre at best.
The game did not perform as well in Japan as Sony would have liked, selling only 280,000 copies. Thankfully overseas sales were strong, with 960,000 copies being sold in the U.S., and Sony was able to recoup their budget costs thanks to those sales.
If you ask me the game is best known for three things.
1.) Beautiful pre-rendered backgrounds.
2.) The ever divisive “Additions” combat system; a combat system where you must time your button presses in sync with multiple concentric squares as they rotate and eventually overlap, hitting “x” as soon as they do so.
3.) The best video game menu music ever.
Prior to this game I never really appreciated or enjoyed my time with JRPGs. My frame of reference was turn based JRPGs such as the Final Fantasy series, and to be honest at that point in time I found that to be a mind numbingly boring system (I no longer feel this way). None of those games could hold my interest, not even the beloved FFVII (yawn). So what made this game different for me?
That Additions system!
The additions combat system is still one of my favorite JRPG combat systems of all time. It may even be my favorite. Having to engage in combat its self was a gamechanger for me. No selecting attack and waiting. With each attack I had a role to play in the success of said attack. Finally…something to do!
But aside from that I just legit loved everything about the game. The combat, the music, the characters, the artwork, the story, the FMVs, the shitty voice overs for the moves! It was a perfect package im,o and thanks to it being such a great experience it pushed me to give traditional turn-based JRPGs another chance.
I last completed the game at launch @ 13 years old. Now I am playing through it again at age 31, with my wife as my sidekick! Time flies!
I’ll pop in to this thread from time to time to provide an update on our quest. We are currently at the end of the Limestone cave and are about to battle Urobolus! Ain’t no thang But that battle will be another day!