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Grandia III

Platform(s): PlayStation 2
Genre: Role-Playing
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Game Arts

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'Grandia III' (PS2) - 35 New Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 6, 2006 @ 12:09 p.m. PST

Grandia III will use an all-new engine, N3, allowing for larger and more detailed environments. In Grandia III you play as Yuuki, a 16-year-old boy who dreams of being a pilot. When Yuuki meets Alfina, an elven shaman who can talk to holy beasts, he gets involved in a mission to find her brother Emilious, turned evil and wants to conquering the world.

GRANDIA III delivers a new RPG experience through the "ultimate action battle system", an advanced combination of strategy options, combo attacks, and special effects.

In the series which made its North American debut six years ago, this latest entry by Game Arts engages players in a dynamic story and rich world, arming them with a devastating array of
weapons, destructive aerial combos, and an innovative command wheel. Take to the skies and experience a highly detailed and cinematic world through the eyes of an ambitious young pilot,
whose allies join forces to create an entirely new dimension in offensive and strategic collaboration.

Sky Captain Schmidt was a legendary flyer who flew faster and further than anyone in the world. Although he has faded from the memories of most, he is still an inspiration to a generation of
aspiring young pilots.

On a small island in the middle of the sea is Anfog, a quiet and peaceful village. Tucked away in a corner of this village is a simple garage, from which the sounds of hammering can be heard.
Inspired by tales of Sky Captain Schmidt, a young man named Yuki is building his own airplane. “Someday I’ll leave this village and fly over the sea, all the way to the mainland,” he thinks. His eyes
grow distant as he imagines the vast sky stretching out in front of him.

In the woods not far away, a young girl rides alone on a horse-drawn carriage. Her name is Alfina, and she is a Communicator, one of the few who can speak with the Guardians, the giant
beast-like gods that protect the citizens of this world. She is hurrying to the temple at Arcriff to take the place of her brother, who has disappeared.

Fate brings these two young people together just as the world is about to fall apart.

FEATURES

  • Romp through vibrant and colorful fantasy locales and natural environments
  • Stunning cinematic sequences are animated by hand without the use of motion capture
  • Scan surroundings to look for search points or treasure chests
  • Ply the skies by plane to journey from one place to another
  • Use your sword in the “random encounter free” field to destroy objects or stun enemies before attacking
  • Seamless transition from field screen to battles with over-the-top animations
  • Semi real-time battle system allows for fast paced action and strategizing with a Command Wheel breaks the RPG mold of typical command text windows
  • Perform and link up Aerial Combo attacks for massive damage
  • Multiple auto-battle settings for each character dictate fighting strategy, in addition, utilize the Strategy Advice System for tips during critical moments in battle
  • Control conversation flow during special event scenes.

GRANDIA III, rated “T” for Teen, is scheduled for a February 2006 release.

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