Vagrant Story - PlayStation

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Square Soft. Co.: Square
Publishers: Square (US/JP)
Crave (GB)
Released: 23 Jun 2000 (GB)
Unknown (US/JP)
Ratings: 11+, ESRB Teen 13+ (T)


Vagrant Story, one of the most highly anticipated titles of 2000, is a real-time, full 3D RPG from Squaresoft. Reputable for their storytelling capabilities, Square has endeavoured, with success, to make Vagrant Story an individual title not to be compared with its Final Fantasy counterparts.

You play Ashley Riot of the VKP (Valendia Knights of the Peace), who has recently been accused of assassinating the recent Duke Bordoba. Threatened with your life, you run, in a quest to uncover the harsh truth behind this nasty conspiracy.

All those infamous RPG elements are there; hit points, magic points, and other important status elements. The revolutionary element to Vagrant Story is employed in the form of a battle system. Unlike Final Fantasy, battles take place in the 3D environment you wander in, and not in designated battlefields. After confirming an attack, a spherical grid will surround you displaying the range area. Once you have chosen your target, whether it be human or object, you must choose where you want to strike. For example, get an enemy soldier in range, and you can strike any limb within the sphere. The trick is to find the opposition’s weak point.

Vagrant Story may well be a favourite among RPG fans, but this title is more appealing to a wider audience than an RPG usually would be. Give it a go.