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Hey Sony, Reboot The Legaia Series

When you ask role-playing fans about the classic RPGs they most want to see rebooted or re-imagined, they usually answer with a Final Fantasy title. Other popular responses are Legend of Dragoon, Parasite Eve, and the Chrono series.

But you know, for me, there are a couple JRPGs that didn't get anywhere near enough acclaim and attention, and both of them had "Legaia" in the title. The original Legend of Legaia launched in 1999 on the original PlayStation and I had a ball with that game. It was a turn-based fantasy RPG that focused on Arts, which are essentially combination attacks selected from a menu. They were similar to the combos you would find in a fighting game, except this was a totally different mechanic. So combining Up, Down, Left and Right in certain ways would result in various Arts that dealt big damage.

It was a really great system, and I think it hit its stride with Legaia 2: Duel Saga on the PS2, which released in 2002. It was an even longer adventure with an even better story, and I distinctly recall both games featuring fantastic pacing, a beautiful world map, and plenty of variety in terms of enemies, locales, and characters. Neither game really scored off the charts with critics, but I maintain that especially in those days, many JRPGs not called "Final Fantasy" received the short end of the stick. Checking user reviews from fans of the genre tells a very different story.

I'd really love to see a redone Legaia. Of course, there's no chance it would be turn-based; they'd take the Arts and make them real-time, which would completely destroy it for me. But even so, one can dream.

4/12/2013 Ben Dutka

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:12:58 PM
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I liked the first one and somehow never even knew about the PS2 one until way after it was too late. I didn't know Sony owned the rights.

Even if it isn't Legaia I'd like to see Sony have it's own JRPG studio, it wouldn't even have to be for huge AAA titles but as a sub-genre creation machine they would have a built-in audience ready to buy anything they put out since all the JRPG buffs have stuck with Sony all these years in hopes of a renaissance.

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Rogueagent01
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 1:54:54 AM

That settles it, we need to find a way to get you a job with SCE. We need thinkers like you in the industry, its not a matter of you not being a programmer it is more that you have the ideas they need at the moment. I have always found myself to be an idea person for games, but lack the programming and arts side to actually be in the industry. However I have had the opportunity to sit and talk with devs many times during betas and they seem to love talking to me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 2:42:44 PM

Thanks Rogue, I have tons of ideas all day long that I think could be of benefit. I just find it utterly easy to take the pulse of the people and then relay a useful way to take advantage of that. Of course since I don't have a degree in it like Mr. Pachter nobody would listen to me.

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BlinkBoy
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:40:52 PM
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I agree with this, maybe Sony should help keeping JRPG genre warm.

Not sure what JRPG titles they own, but Wild ARMS could make a come back in HD. I remember the first Wild ARMS the most since it was one of my first JRPGs i played on PS1.

Dark Cloud was fun, could hire Level 5 for another one in that series.

or just start a whole new series, I wouldn't mind that.

JRPGs is sort of my "home" genre. and i am looking more back on old titles then forward, for obvious reasons.

So do anyone want to get a team together and make some JRPGs?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 11:42:49 PM

Love to but I'm no programmer

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BlinkBoy
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 12:16:41 AM

Well there is also concept drawing, story and character back stories to be done.

With the right tools as well, one do not need to do much programming yourself.

At least for Unity which I am just starting with there are RPG tool kits, where you basically just add the visuals and everything else you are going need.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 1:12:09 AM

That's pretty sweet. I used to do epic Doom mods. One of my best was a From Dusk Till Dawn conversion.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 4/13/2013 1:13:04 AM

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Rogueagent01
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 1:50:54 AM
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This is one of the few JRPGs that I never had the time to get to. I would love to see a reboot just so I could experience it myself.

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dmiitrie
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 2:48:35 AM
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Never played Legaia. If somebody ever did reboot, I'd have to rectify that. However the JRPG series I most want to see restarted is Lufia! The first two fir the SNES were fantastic, but after that, they just withered away on mobile platforms.

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olicapone
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 3:06:59 AM
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Thank you Ben!!! This is my favorite game of all time and it does not get the credit that it so sorely merits. A phenomenal game with an innovative battle system for the era and an incredible story to boot this game has it all. I love it and suggest that any love of the JRPG/RPG genre should give this game a go.

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___________
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 6:43:06 AM
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medievil, one franchise that really needs to be revived!
still own the license, and the studio who created it is still open and owned by $ony.
the getaway another, but sadly that will never happen $ony much rathers hiring ferrari to create a leggo car, than hiring ferrari to make a supercar!
come on team SOHO are some of THE most talanted best developers out there!
so they can 2 AMAZING looking games, one in the ONLY franchise to EVER stand up to GTA, THE biggest franchise in the industry!
and for what?
a crappy kidds game!
WTF!?!?!?!?!?
yea, eyepet is much better use of the best developers in the world than freaking the getaway!
next they will be taking ND, canning the last of us and uncharted, and forcing them to work on a sports champions sequel!
rolls eyes........

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daus26
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 2:03:28 AM

Time out, Sony is not as bad as Microsoft. One of the reasons I hate Microsoft is how they ruined the RARE group, which now make games for Kinect and well known for Dance Central. If you don't know RARE, they've made legendary Donkey Kong and Banjo Tooie games. Ever since the N64 days, I've never seen another 3D Donkey Kong or Banjo game.

Just an example how to screw over a group of talented developers. If Sony treated ND the same and force them to make Move games, then that would put Sony in nearly the same class as I put MS, and that's pretty bad.

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___________
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:13:03 AM

no, $ony are worse!
M$ did not can 2 games which were almost finished, and rare are not half as talented as what team SOHO were!
SO many franchises have tried to take be a competitor to GTA, so many have tried to go toe to toe with it, and only one franchise has EVER even come HALF as good as GTA!
so $ony decide to cancel the franchise, when the title was almost finished!

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Nlayer
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 9:30:36 PM
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I remember playing Legend of Legaia right when it came out. My brother, father and I would spend hours and hours on the game playing through. I never won it myself, but I watched my father win it. One of the best moments I had as a child with my family actually. The game continues to be one of the biggest inspirations to me.

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amonte64
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 5:30:51 PM
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Agree.

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