The original Grandia was released on one console, per nation. The Japanese version was only released on the quickly defunct Saturn, while the US version was ported over to the Playstation. While not as highly recognized in terms of sales, Grandia fared better than well with most critics, and gamers who had purchased this malevolent RPG title. Personally praising the game with a review of 9.4, I found Grandia to be a relaxing RPG experience, that blended the best of Final Fantasy, Xenogears and a touch of Dragon Warrior. Grandia 2 followed on the Sega Dreamcast this past summer, while not exactly as amazing as its original counterpart, the sequel played well and was enjoyable for the most part. But because of Sega's demise [once again!], Game Arts has decided to re-develop Grandia II on the Playstation 2, and Ubisoft will once again be publishing. Included is a full preview as well six PS2 screens of the game in action.
Needless to say these aren't exactly hi-res screenshots, but they still look good and do splendid job of showing how the game looks. There will of course be visual enhancements added to the game, such as higher polygon counts for characters and environments. The characters will now look even more impressive than they did on the DC version, and that's a really good thing! While nowhere near Final Fantasy X's caliber (though let's face it what game really is?), Grandia II showcases pretty character detail, and pleasant scenery detail that is filled with absolutely stunning lighting effects, as did the DC version. Hopefully we're able to score some hi-res screenshots of the game, to show you all.
Grandia II stars a young wonderer by the name of Ryudo. Ryudo is a 'missionary' if you will. He is paid for completing various tasks in the beginning of the game. He is then asked to help bring the princess to the town over, through the forest. He agrees to do so, and when the princess goes to the tower to meet her accomplishes for a religious ritual, the ritual is cut short, as the princess is abducted. I'll stop there as far as story goes, but as you can see, you will have some rescuing to do. Grandia II is somewhat of a breath of fresh air, there are no random battles, so those who have a vendetta against them should look forward to Grandia II. At this moment information is a bit stale on Grandia II, but if you want, you can find a DC (a pre-owned one for $80) and get Grandia II for a mere $30 in many stores. Or you can wait until the beginning of 2002 for the PS2 version to hit shelves. We'll keep you posted on more info.