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Vagrant Story
Developer(s) Square Co., Ltd.
Publisher(s) Square Co., Ltd.
Release date(s) JPN February 10, 2000
NA May 15, 2000
EUR June 21, 2000
Genre(s) Role-playing game
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: T (Teen)
ELSPA: 11+
OFLC: MA15+
Platform(s) PlayStation
Media 2 × CD-ROM

Vagrant Story (ベイグラントストーリー Beiguranto Sutōrī?) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square Co., Ltd. (now Square Enix Co., Ltd.) for the Sony PlayStation video game console in 2000. The game was released on February 10, 2000 in Japan, on May 15, 2000 in North America and on June 21, 2000 in Europe. The game was developed largely by almost the same team responsible for the development of Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII. Box art for Vagrant Story. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... Square Co. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Square Co. ... Anthem: Kimi ga Yo(君が代) Imperial Reign Capital (and largest conurbation (population))  Tokyo1 Official languages Japanese Government Constitutional monarchy  - Emperor HIM Emperor Akihito  - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (LDP) Formation  - National Foundation Day Feb 11, 660 BC2   - Meiji Constitution November 29, 1890   - Current constitution May 3, 1947   - Treaty of San Francisco April... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2000 2000 in games 1999 in video gaming 2001 in video gaming Notable events of 2000 in video gaming. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... 2000 2000 in games 1999 in video gaming 2001 in video gaming Notable events of 2000 in video gaming. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 2000 2000 in games 1999 in video gaming 2001 in video gaming Notable events of 2000 in video gaming. ... Video games are generally categorized into genres. ... It has been suggested that computer role-playing game be merged into this article or section. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games and other entertainment software in the United States and Canada (officially adopted by individual provinces 2004-2005). ... The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (or ELSPA) is an organisation set up in 1989 by British software publishers. ... The Office of Film and Literature Classification is a statutory censorship and classification body which provides day to day administrative support for the Classification Board which classified films, video games and publications in Australia, and the Classification Review Board which reviews films, computer games and publications when a valid application... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... It has been suggested that computer role-playing game be merged into this article or section. ... Square Co. ... SQUARE ENIX (Japanese: スクウェア・エニックス) is a Japanese producer of popular video games and manga. ... “SCE” redirects here. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... Four different video game consoles from different generations. ... 2000 2000 in games 1999 in video gaming 2001 in video gaming Notable events of 2000 in video gaming. ... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2000 2000 in games 1999 in video gaming 2001 in video gaming Notable events of 2000 in video gaming. ... May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... 2000 2000 in games 1999 in video gaming 2001 in video gaming Notable events of 2000 in video gaming. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 2000 2000 in games 1999 in video gaming 2001 in video gaming Notable events of 2000 in video gaming. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... Final Fantasy Tactics (often abbreviated as FFT) is a tactical role-playing video game developed by Squaresoft for the Sony PlayStation. ... Final Fantasy XII ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix Co. ...


The game centers around Ashley Riot, an elite agent who travels to the ruined city of Leá Monde to investigate the link between a cult leader and a senior Parliament member. The game's unique feature as a console action/adventure role-playing game is that it features no shops and no player interaction between other characters.[1] The game also focuses on weapon modification and creation, a skill needed to battle the many creatures that hold various aspects.[1]

Contents

Gameplay

In its broadest sense, Vagrant Story is a solo dungeon crawl, in which Ashley (the protagonist) explores the ruined city of Leá Monde and its caverns and catacombs. Crimson Blade knights patrol the streets above, hunting for Sydney (the antagonist); the corridors below are infested with foul beasts, goblins, phantoms and the undead. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Catacombs Paris Catacombs Rome - entrance Catacombs Rome - entrance (detail) The original catacombs are a network of underground burial galleries near San Sebastiano fuori le mura, in Rome. ... Undead is a collective name for mythological beings that are deceased yet behave as if alive. ...

The player's reflexes must be keen to achieve large combo damage to the enemy.
The player's reflexes must be keen to achieve large combo damage to the enemy.

The battle system of the game involves the player chaining different attacks to achieve large combos and deal damage to the enemy. This is done by pressing buttons in timely succession; in this way, combat almost resembles a rhythm game. The player can target different areas of the body, and damage is done according to the part of body attacked and the affinity of the weapon used by Ashley. The longer Ashley fights, the more his Risk raises, making it harder for him to concentrate -- lowering his accuracy but increasing critical hits. Defense abilities allow Ashley to reduce or reflect damage, or avoid status ailments; a variety of spells can be used to attack, heal, buff, and debuff. Lastly there are the Break Arts, powerful attacks that drain Ashley's hit points. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A music video game, also commonly known as a music game or rhythm game, is a type of video game where the gameplay is oriented almost entirely around the players ability to follow a musical beat and stay with the rhythm of the games soundtrack. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with status effect. ... In MMORPG terms, a debuff is an effect that may negatively impact a player character (PC) or a non-player character (NPC) in some way other than reducing their hit points. ... In many wargames, role-playing games, and combat-oriented video games, hit points are an abstraction for the amount of damage an object or player in the game can take before becoming ineffective. ...


In addition to fighting, Ashley can run, jump, and push a variety of crates and cubes to get around impassable obstacles, adding a minor puzzle and platforming element to gameplay. During the course of the game, the player will run into a variety of block puzzles requiring the player to solve them to continue the story. When the player returns to any room containing a completed block puzzle, a time-attack mode called "Evolve, or Die!!" will begin, requiring the player to reach the end of the room, solving the puzzle, in the shortest time possible. A ranking will be given to assess the player's performance in solving puzzles. A puzzle is a problem or enigma presented as entertainment; that is written down, acted out, etc. ... Platforming is nothing but Catalytic reforming using a Platinum Catalyst on Activated Alumina. ...


Vagrant Story's crafting system nearly constitutes a game in itself. In designated "workshop" areas, players can customize and create weapons and armor which have different ranges, strengths, and statistics. All weapons fall into one of three main damage types: the familiar RPG classes of blunt, piercing, and edged. In addition, there are six "creature type" affinities and eight "elemental" affinities. Weapons gain the affinities of the enemies they are most commonly used to attack; armor gains the affinities of attacks it receives. What a weapon or piece of armor gains in one area it will lose in another (not always the case, as gaining is far more common), so no single weapon or shield is equally powerful against all foes. However, powerful weapons and armor can be combined, merging their affinities (and possibly creating a new type of blade or armor in the process). The key to defeating most foes in the game is carrying a weapon of the right damage type; inherent affinities add a considerable bonus but are not as important, as gems that improve affinities or spells that imbue a weapon with an element are readily available.


Like a few other Square titles starting with Chrono Trigger, the New Game Plus option is made available to the player upon first completing the game. In Vagrant Story, starting a 'New Game+' replays the story using the player's end-game weapons, items, and stats instead of the defaults. Chrono Trigger ) is a console role-playing game created by Square Co. ... New Game Plus (usually written as New Game +) is a video game mode that allows the player to start a new game after they finish the game at least once, where certain aspects of the finished game affect the newly started game. ...


Plot and setting

An illustration of Leá Monde.
An illustration of Leá Monde.

Most of Vagrant Story takes place in the fictitious city of Leá Monde, situated within the kingdom called Valendia which has been engulfed by civil war. Leá Monde is described as an old town with a history of over 2,000 years. Located on an island surrounded by reefs, its walls have been the "witness of many battles" and was quoted to be a "fortress stronger than the mightiest forts of Valendia".[2] Leá Monde in its golden years was a thriving community of 5,000 inhabitants, however, an earthquake that struck the town 25 years before the story brought ruin to the city, and its grounds have not been stable ever since.[3] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1224x543, 184 KB)Promotional drawing showing Lea Monde, the setting of Vagrant Story, drawing by Akihiko Yoshida. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1224x543, 184 KB)Promotional drawing showing Lea Monde, the setting of Vagrant Story, drawing by Akihiko Yoshida. ...


The Grand Cathedral and the Temple of Kiltia is located at the center of the dead city. Beneath the ground can be found an abandoned mineshaft and limestone quarry, the darkened labyrinths of an "Undercity", and the dark Iron Maiden dungeon.[2] A maze-like Snowfly Forest, named for the so-called snowflies that can be found within, grows around the city. Other locations include the Graylands, the setting for the prologue event; and Valnain, the city where the Valendia Knights of Peace's Headquarters is located. While Valendia and Leá Monde are fictitious, the game's scenery are inspired to some extent by real-life landscapes of the South West of France, notably the city of Saint-Emilion.[3] Saint-Émilion is a small town near Bordeaux, France that is famous for the eponymous wine region that surrounds it. ...

Promotional drawing showing main characters Ashley Riot and Callo Merlose, drawn and signed by Akihiko Yoshida.
Promotional drawing showing main characters Ashley Riot and Callo Merlose, drawn and signed by Akihiko Yoshida.

Download high resolution version (669x905, 98 KB)Promotional drawing showing Ashley Riot and Callo Merlose from the game Vagrant Story, drawing by Akihiko Yoshida. ... Download high resolution version (669x905, 98 KB)Promotional drawing showing Ashley Riot and Callo Merlose from the game Vagrant Story, drawing by Akihiko Yoshida. ... Promotional drawing for Vagrant Story showing Ashley Riot and Callo Merlose Akihiko Yoshida (吉田明彦) is a video game character designer, that is, he does the drawings that the 3D models or 2D sprites will be based upon. ...

Characters

The protagonist is Ashley Riot, a member of the Valendia Knights of the Peace (VKP) who is in pursuit of a cult leader named Sydney Losstarot. Sydney, the leader of the religious cult Müllenkamp, laid siege on Duke Bardorba's manor in search of a key and kidnapping the Lord's only son Joshua. Selected as Ashley's ally is Callo Merlose, an agent of the VKP Inquisitors. Also attempting to capture Sydney is Romeo Guildenstern of the Crimson Blades, whose mission was made without the approval of the VKP.[4] The story also presents other supporting characters complete with their own backstory. A player character or playable character (PC) is a fictional character in a game who is controlled or controllable by the player. ...


Ashley Riot is a Riskbreaker, a militia division of the VKP responsible to upholding state's security and law. [5] Accompanying him is VKP Inquisitor Callo Merlose, though Ashley decides that she will not accompany him for her lack of combat experience.[6] Merlose, however, ended up being Sydney's hostage and in the process discovers the truth to their activities. Another Riskbreaker, Rosencrantz, also appears during Ashley's trek in Leá Monde, briefing to him the plans of the VKP, Sydney and the Cardinal, and subsequently his take on Ashley's past.


The Crimson Blades, under direct orders of Cardinal Batistum, is part of the Cardinal's Knights of the Cross in charge of seeking heretics and quelling cults.[7] Romeo Guildenstern, their leader, is described as a pious man, deeply faithful to his belief and consequently immune to the Dark's powers. Under orders of the Cardinal, he pursues Sydney along with the unquestioning Samantha, Duane, Grissom, Tieger and Neesa.[8]


Müllenkamp is a religious cult which based itself in the city of Leá Monde.[9] The city suffered a catastrophe where its population was vanquished in an earthquake.[10] The city, now filled with corpses controlled by Darkness is still believed to be cult's stronghold. Sydney and his accomplice Hardin manages to survive the pursuit of the Crimson Blade, hiding in the dead city, though Hardin sometimes doubt Sydney's intentions.


Story

Vagrant Story begins in the Graylands, where Ashley Riot and Callo Merlose were sent by the VKP to Duke Bardorba's manor to investigate the Duke's involvement with the cult Müllenkamp[11] and the Cardinal's interest in Sydney Losstarot.[4] Ashley infiltrated the manor alone and encountered Sydney, witnessing his powers first hand.[12][13] Sydney escapes with his accomplice Hardin and the Duke's son Joshua, leaving Ashley with one clue to his whereabouts.[14] This event was dubbed the Graylands Incident.

Ashley Riot faces a wyvern during the opening sequence.
Ashley Riot faces a wyvern during the opening sequence.

Ashley and Callo arrives in Leá Monde, Ashley infiltrating the city alone through the underground wine cellars. Along the way he learns of Grimoires, objects holding magical power,[15] and the city's power to spawn the undead and a number of fantasy creatures. His trek also introduced him to Guildenstern, the Cardinal's right-hand man commanding the Crimson Blades, and his lover Samantha. Learning of the condition known as incomplete death[16] and the Cardinal's true intention for his pursuit of Sydney: immortality,[17] Ashley faces against a few Crimson Blades, revealing his presence to Guildenstern. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Ashley also encounters Rosencrantz who intends to join him, though Ashley declines.[18] Rosencrantz told him of the VKP and Parliaments' knowledge of the dark powers of Leá Monde, and that the hidden powers deep within a person can be unleashed with the help of the Dark. In his encounters with Sydney, Ashley was shown visions of his past, where Tia, his wife, and Marco, his son, were killed by rogues, though later the rogue turned out to be Ashley himself. In his encounter with Rosencrantz, Ashley learns that they were not his family, but mistaken targets during their mission. Ashley's guilt over their death was manipulated by the VKP so they could turn Ashley into a loyal Riskbreaker.[19] Ashley also begins to recall his hidden battle skills and experiences "clairvoyancy", seeing the progress of the Crimson Blades, which leads him towards the Great Cathedral.

Rosencrantz's scheme was unveiled by Sydney.
Rosencrantz's scheme was unveiled by Sydney.

Sydney had captured Callo earlier and brought her with them. Callo learned that Hardin was skeptical, though loyal, of Sydney's plans.[20] She also begins to experience the powers of "heart-seeing" as they continue their escape deeper into Leá Monde,[21] learning of Sydney's intentions[22] and Hardin's reason to join Müllenkamp and his closeness to Joshua. [23] [24] Sydney left them to stop the others from advancing; taunting Guildenstern and Samantha, and provoking Ashley to follow him,[25] probing his mind to reveal his past. Sydney also secured Rosencrantz's death when the latter forced Sydney to surrender his powers. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


While discussing about the Gran Grimoire,[26] Guildenstern and Samantha discovered ancient Kildean letterings carved upon walls throughout the city. Their encounter with Rosencrantz earlier revealed that the city was the Gran Grimoire. Guildenstern continues on to the Great Cathedral in the center of the city, bringing them to Callo, Hardin and Joshua. Interrogating Hardin about a certain "key" known as the Blood-Sin,[27][28] Guildenstern reveals his intentions in acquiring the Dark's powers.[29] Sydney arrives to teleport Hardin and the rest away, leaving him to Guildenstern. Ashley arrived in the Great Cathedral to learn of Sydney's intention.[30] Guildenstern had killed Samantha for the dark powers, and attempted to persuade Ashley in joining him. The Riskbreaker faces off Guildenstern in the final battle.


Upon Guildenstern's defeat, Ashley, now bearing the "key", carries Sydney out of the city, which was upon collapse. The dark creatures that have spawned within the city began to disappear. Callo, Hardin and Joshua manage to escape the city but Hardin finally succumbs to his injury inflicted by Guildenstern earlier and dies outside of the entrance to the wine cellar shown in the games introduction, Joshua cries and speaks for the first time in the game begging Hardin not to go but as Hardin finally replies he is sorry for making him speak by seeing such terror. In the epilogue that follows, Duke Bardorba's manor receive a visit from Ashley. In a report received by the VKP a week after the Graylands Incident, Duke Bardorba was found murdered, and Ashley became the prime suspect, though Ashley was never found again.


Development

The programming team was largely the same as the team responsible for Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII. Team members include: Final Fantasy Tactics (often abbreviated as FFT) is a tactical role-playing video game developed by Squaresoft for the Sony PlayStation. ... Final Fantasy XII ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix Co. ...

The English localization, credited to Alexander O. Smith, is often considered one of the finest Japanese to English video game translations existing today.[31][32] Yasumi Matsuno (松野 泰己) is a director working at Square Enix (previously called Squaresoft). ... Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy series Hironobu Sakaguchi (坂口 博信, born 1962) was the Director of Planning and Development for Square Co. ... Promotional drawing for Vagrant Story showing Ashley Riot and Callo Merlose Akihiko Yoshida (吉田明彦) is a video game character designer, that is, he does the drawings that the 3D models or 2D sprites will be based upon. ... Hiroshi Minagawa was born in 1970 and joined SQUARE in 1995. ... Game designer Jiro Mifune was born in 1972 and joined Squaresoft in 1992. ... Eiichiro Nakatsu is a videogame character designer. ... Tsunataro Yoshida is a game designer. ... Taku Murata is a videogame programmer, was born in 1965 and joined Square in 1991. ... Hitoshi Sakimoto ) is a video game music composer. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Software localization is a process of translating software user interfaces from one language to another and adapting it to suit a foreign culture. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Audio

The front cover of the soundtrack album.
The front cover of the soundtrack album.

The tracks of the game's soundtrack album have been composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto. The album was first released on two Compact Discs in Japan by DigiCube on March 8, 2000 bearing the catalog number SSCX-10042. The soundtrack album was re-released by Square Enix on March 24, 2006 with the catalog number SQEX-10068/9. The CDs featured 57 tracks, of which two are bonus tracks and did not appear in the game, and packaged with it is a small booklet featuring interviews with the composer. Vagrant Story Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack album of the video game music from the role-playing game, Vagrant Story, produced and developed by Square Co. ... Image File history File links Vagrantstoryost. ... Image File history File links Vagrantstoryost. ... Hitoshi Sakimoto ) is a video game music composer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... DigiCube Co. ... March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in leap years). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... SQUARE ENIX (Japanese: スクウェア・エニックス) is a Japanese producer of popular video games and manga. ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (84th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


The sound effects of Vagrant Story is credited to Minoru Akao, the game's sound programmer and Tomohiro Yajima, the sound editor and engineer. The game's sound effects was lauded as "well done and impressive, straying from Square's synthed noise",[33] and all details such as background sounds of moans and groans created a belieavable world for the player.[32]


Merchandise

The book cover of the Vagrant Story ULTIMANIA.
The book cover of the Vagrant Story ULTIMANIA.

On April 13, 2000, Digicube published the Vagrant Story ULTIMANIA, the official 496-page guide book for the game with the ISBN4-925075-75-6. The contents of the book include staff interviews, the detailed background story and many aspects of the game including information on monsters and items. On July 20, 2006, the book was republished by Studio BentStuff and Square Enix. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 427 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (620 × 870 pixel, file size: 132 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cover of the Vagrant Story ULTIMANIA. All copyrights belong to Studio BentStuff and Square Enix Co. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 427 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (620 × 870 pixel, file size: 132 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cover of the Vagrant Story ULTIMANIA. All copyrights belong to Studio BentStuff and Square Enix Co. ... Ultimania (Japanese: アルティマニア Arutimania) is a series of comprehensive video game guides published by Square-Enix (formerly under the title of their now disbanded publishing subsidiary, DigiCube) in Japan. ...




Reception

During its release on May 16, 2000, Vagrant Story is already known as the 5th Best Selling PlayStation Title in that month. In addition, in the first 20 days of the game's release, 100,000 units were sold.[34] However, due to it being overshadowed by Square's Final Fantasy IX and Chrono Cross, among others which was released during the same season, Vagrant Story did not achieve enough publicity to be as well-known as the above mentioned titles.[1]

Review scores
Publication Score
IGN
9.6 of 10
GameSpot
9.6 of 10
Electronic Gaming Monthly
9.0 of 10
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine
4.5 of 5
Edge
7 of 10

Vagrant Story was the third game in history to receive Famitsu magazine's perfect score of 40/40, an honor held by only six video games to date[35], and the first earned by Squaresoft. It is also the one and only Playstation game to receive such honor. This honor was not even achieved by one of Square Enix's most popular franchises, Final Fantasy, until March 2006, when Final Fantasy XII received a perfect score. Final Fantasy XII was also written and mainly directed by Yasumi Matsuno, making him one of only two directors to have earned the honor multiple times. (The other is Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto.) IGN is a multimedia news and reviews website that focuses heavily on video games. ... GameSpot is a computer and video gaming website that was launched in May 1996 by Pete Deemer, Vince Broady, and Jon Epstein. ... Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is an American video game magazine. ... Official PlayStation Magazine (often abbreviated to OPM) is an international video game magazine published by Ziff Davis Media focusing on PlayStation culture, including gaming on the original PlayStation, the PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3, and the PlayStation Portable. ... Edge is a multi-format computer and video game magazine published by Future Publishing in the United Kingdom. ... Cover art for Issue 1 of Famitsu magazine, June 1986, then known as Famicom Tsūshin Famitsū abbreviated ファミ Fami) is a Japanese video game magazine published by Enterbrain, Inc. ... A video game magazine is a magazine that talks about video games on PC, other computers or video game consoles. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a cultural phenomenon. ... For the first installment in the series, see Final Fantasy (video game). ... Final Fantasy XII ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix Co. ... Final Fantasy XII ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix Co. ... Yasumi Matsuno (松野 泰己) is a director working at Square Enix (previously called Squaresoft). ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... Shigeru Miyamoto , born November 16, 1952) is a Japanese electronic game designer. ...


Reviewers critiques were positive on each aspect of the game. Multimedia news websites IGN and GameSpot lauded the gameplay and story, with IGN describing it as being "so deep and intuitive that it'll likely please fans", [1] with the varying elements in battle system such as Risk Points and Chain Abilities "maintaining a needed element of strategy and balance".[1] Even so, the battle system was described by GameSpot as being too complex for beginner players [33], and IGN pointed out that even with the suitable equipments, enemy character encounters can be more difficult than with boss battles.[1] Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine also pointed out that the game's inventory was too limited for the vast number of customizations that the player can do for their equipment.[36] IGN is a multimedia news and reviews website that focuses heavily on video games. ... GameSpot is a computer and video gaming website that was launched in May 1996 by Pete Deemer, Vince Broady, and Jon Epstein. ... Official PlayStation Magazine (often abbreviated to OPM) is an international video game magazine published by Ziff Davis Media focusing on PlayStation culture, including gaming on the original PlayStation, the PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3, and the PlayStation Portable. ...


Vagrant Story was named the "Best PlayStation Game" in the E3 2000 IGN Awards.[37] It was also nominated in the "Console Action/Adventure" category in the 4th Annual Interactive Achievements Awards held by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.[38] IGN is a multimedia news and reviews website that focuses heavily on video games. ... The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is a non-profit organization that promotes entertainment software, such as video and computer games, with its Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony held annually since 1998. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c d e f IGN Vagrant Story Review http://psx.ign.com/articles/162/162288p1.html
  2. ^ a b Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  3. ^ a b Square (2000). Vagrant Story Ultimania PSX Game Guide Book (in Japanese). Studio BentStuff & DigiCube. ISBN 4-925075-75-6. 
  4. ^ a b VKP Officer: Furthermore, we must find out why the Cardinal sent his blades to deal with this incident without our approval. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  5. ^ Rosencrantz: We were always the champions of justice, true, but a justice that served the state alone. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2006-10-31.
  6. ^ Ashley: An agent with no combat experience would just be a liability. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  7. ^ Ashley: Are cults not the Templars' concern? Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  8. ^ Guildenstern: Grissom, gather our remaining men. Join with Tieger's knights, and crush Müllenkamp. Go! / Grissom: By your command. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  9. ^ Rosencrantz: Leá Monde, however, has strong ties to the Dark, for this is the Dark city of the ancient Kildean priestess Müllenkamp.Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  10. ^ Narrator:At its height, Leá Monde was a thriving community more than 5000 people strong. 25 years ago, a great earthquake brought that chapter in Leá Monde's history to a close.Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  11. ^ Mysterious person: Our Inquisitors have found that Müllenkamp's coin comes from the captive duke himself. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  12. ^ Ashley: What's going on? You were most certainly dead! Leave the back-from-the-grave stuff to faerie tales... Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  13. ^ Duke Bardorba: The fool Sydney used his wyvern. We can't have witnesses telling the world, can we? Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  14. ^ Sydney: I...I'm the one you want. Hardin...go quickly...go...to Leá Monde. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  15. ^ Crimson Blade: ...with a Grimoire, your fattest sow could outfly my swiftest falcon - if ye believe the chroniclers. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  16. ^ Guildenstern: Trapped in purgation, they yearn for life. Thus they seek bodies without souls...and the "corpses that walk" are born. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  17. ^ Guildenstern: There is one who has found the true undeath. Immortality, my love. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  18. ^ Ashley: You must know, Riskbreakers always work alone. And a change of plans mid-mission is unthinkable. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  19. ^ Sydney: You were an assassin and a saboteur in an elite squad. Mistaking them for your target, you murdered an innocent family. For country and justice you would take any life without thinking, until you sent that family to their deaths. The VKP saw the opportunity to turn your guilt to patriotic zeal. They twisted your very soul, Ashley. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  20. ^ Hardin: Were the duke's betrayal, the cardinal's meddling...and a Riskbreaker strong as a bloody titan all part of your precious plan, too, Sydney? Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  21. ^ Hardin: As I can scrye on distant locales, so the talent of the heart-seers has flowered in you. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  22. ^ Hardin: The key-bearer, the duke, will soon die. If he dies without a successor, all is lost. The duke thinks he can cut off the cursed Müllenkamp bloodline, but that must not be allowed to happen. We will assume the legacy. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  23. ^ Hardin: There was an investigation into an incident. I was part of a special team, entrusted with delivering blades to rebels in a neighoring kingdom. Apparently, some did not reach their destination. They claimed some of us were making coppers selling the steel on the black market. ...We were all guilty, I was not the only one. They presented me with an offer. Betray my friends, and I would walk free.Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  24. ^ Hardin: ...I had a brother, half my age. He was gravely ill, and we knew not when he would leave us. I wanted money...I wanted my freedom. I sold my friend, my brother. But they did not set me free. When I escaped from prison, my brother was dead.Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  25. ^ Sydney: I give you he city, Riskbreaker! All its power - all to you! Make haste! Join me! Already, your powers are close to readiness! Come! Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  26. ^ Samantha: The Gran Grimoire...the ultimate codex of sorcery. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  27. ^ Guildenstern: The Blood-Sin, you say? It has a familiar ring... Years past, during the Inquisition of the heretics, the "Rood Inverse" was carved on them, an abjuration of the flesh... Those who bore this tattoo called it the Blood-Sin. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  28. ^ Guildenstern: Good God! Sydney held the key all along! The tattoo on his back, it is the Blood-Sin! He has the key! He has played you false! Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  29. ^ Guildenstern: ...the nobility! They do nothing and blame others for their failure; they steal men's dreams and twist them to nightmares...We must cleanse this corruption. There must be strong, unwavering justice. And there must be fear to enforce that justice. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
  30. ^ Sydney: I wanted to help father, as he helped me when I was born. He wanted the city destroyed, even if it meant his own death. Then, he implored me. Square Co. Ltd.. Vagrant Story. PlayStation. (in English). 2000-05-15.
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The biggest case in point is that Vagrant Story is generally overshadowed by Square's other titles such as Final Fantasy IX, Chrono Cross, Legend of Mana, and Parasite Eve II, when it's arguably one of the best games on PlayStation.
Vagrant Story is filled with an enormous amount of mystery and intrigue and has some amazing twists and turns that are almost as big as the plot twists in recent films The Sixth Sense and Fight Club.
Vagrant Story does not fall into this predicament, as it has met or surpassed all of my expectations.
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An odd blend of action, adventure and RPG gameplay, a lot of Vagrant Story's charm lies in the sheer amount of control the player has in playing what is mostly a linear game.
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While the learning curve is a little high, even for RPG veterans, Vagrant Story offers an experience that's not to be missed.
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