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« on: August 03, 2005, 07:23:48 AM »

I never understood why some retail outlet can always get the pre-ordered shipment 1~2 days ahead of release date.  Surely Square-Enix can't be happy with this.



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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2005, 09:29:13 AM »

The game has one of the best logos I've ever seen for a game.  Hopefully, now that the Japanese version is out, we'll get a US release date soon.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2005, 10:16:06 AM »

Yeah, I was hoping that Square-enix would perhaps announce a release date at their conference thingy in Japan that went on a couple of days ago.  And then I got to thinking, "Why would they want to announce an US release date there?"

Anyway, I want to hear word of a release date soon
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2005, 03:04:38 PM »

That's some gorgeous cover art.

Let us know how the reviews turn out over there.  Grandia 2 wasn't exactly that, you know, good.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2005, 03:11:04 PM »

I'm so happy for Japan that they're seeing releases of Shadow Hearts 3 and Grandia 3 so close together.

So happy...

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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2005, 03:21:10 PM »

that cover art is gorgeous.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2005, 03:24:43 PM »

snippets from the famitsu review:

Combat and events continue in the Grandia tradition.
Combat is fun, particularly trying to figure out what the enemies are going to do next, but it’s a bit chaotic and hard to figure out what’s going on.
Difficulty seemed high at first, but I got the hang of it after playing more.
Some battles and events were too long, and the tempo drops off in places. The battles are fun when everything is moving along quickly. The field map is easy to use too. Your freedom of movement is limited in battle.
At first, I found it difficult but the support system is good.
Short on exploration and puzzles. No dramatic changes but it gets more and more fun the more I play.
Uses a fixed camera in the field sections.

Feels appropriately epic. Lots of enemy encounters, but fighting is fun.
Overall feel is close to the first installment(s). Story is very true to the Grandia tradition. The combat is multi-faceted and doesn’t get boring, at least not so far.
Presentation is stunning, and quite moving.
Feel is close to the original. Quite a few of the non-interactive cut-scenes are on the long side, which some might find off-putting.
There is a whole movies’ worth of cut-scenes. Gets back to the basics in the best way.
The story, an epic tale of friendship, really stands out.

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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2005, 06:43:18 PM »

NO PC VERSION?
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2005, 07:11:00 PM »

Grandia 2 was the only Grandia game ported to the PC. It wasn't released until about 1.5 years after the dreamcast version.

Grandia 3 isn't even out in Japan yet. Regardless, i wouldn't hold your breath for a PC conversion.

 ps, WHY THE HELL ARE YOU SHOUTING?
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2005, 07:22:34 PM »

I never got the opportunity to really play Grandia II. :/  I should go back and pick it up to prep for this one...you know, in my spare time.  :roll:
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2005, 08:01:32 PM »

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Grandia 2 was the only Grandia game ported to the PC. It wasn't released until about 1.5 years after the dreamcast version.

Grandia 3 isn't even out in Japan yet. Regardless, i wouldn't hold your breath for a PC conversion.

 ps, WHY THE HELL ARE YOU SHOUTING?


OH. I meant to pick up grandia II while back, but i said to myself i will buy it later and now its gone.  :lol: I hope to find a copy of the game soon tho.

And i'm not shouting, i just forgot to turn off caps.
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2005, 08:42:34 PM »

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I never got the opportunity to really play Grandia II. :/  I should go back and pick it up to prep for this one...you know, in my spare time.  :roll:


It's got my favorite quote:

"I dunno, I guess I didn't expect the epitome of all things evil to be so...giggly"

1 was great (played it on PS1), 2 was cool but I never finished it (DC version).
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« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2005, 09:04:23 PM »

That looks awesome, great graphics, art, etc. Hope we get it here soon!
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« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2005, 10:30:29 PM »

I played through the PC Grandia II game.  It was fun, although, I didn't think it was one of the best RPG games I've ever played.  Though, it did have a good deal of charm and the battle system was interesting enough.  I just really think that, if done right (and it seems like it has been), Grandia III could be a really great game.

Nice quote Dreamshadow!  That is pretty funny stuff!
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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2005, 01:01:27 AM »

Never played Grandia I, but I didn't care much for Grandia II.  It wasn't necessarily bad, it was just one of the most bland, cliched RPG's I've ever seen.  There was literally nothing unique about it at all.

Grandia III does look pretty intriguing (from what I've seen), and that Famitsu review makes me really hope it gets released here.
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« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2005, 01:05:25 AM »

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I never understood why some retail outlet can always get the pre-ordered shipment 1~2 days ahead of release date.  Surely Square-Enix can't be happy with this.


Sometimes the store has the game in stock well before release date (Halo 2, for example, was in stores days if not a week before release).  That way you can actually sell them on the release day.  This is more important with big releases.

Sometimes they are dropshipped to the stores on the day of release.  Preorders are often shipped early so they arrive on the day of release.  If UPS or FedEx brings it early then lucky you!

If a store breaks street date there can be hell to pay.  See the threats regarding the latest Harry Potter book, which was in stores before the release date.

If it's a good game then I doubt S-E will be as upset.  If it was awful and word got out before people rushed out to pick up a copy they would probably be very upset.
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« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2005, 02:02:58 AM »

As stated above, Grandia III receives a very high score from Famitsu (the same issue where they review Shadow Hearts 3).   This is the reason why I was worried about SH 3 last week.  Given limited discretionary income, people are going to put the money on safer bet from big company like Square-Enix, e.g. Grandia III.  Of course, if SH3 didn't do well, then it's even less likely that we are going to see a North American release.

I am pretty sure that Grandia III will see a NA release.  However, given that 3 major titles are already on SE's released schedule later this year, e.g. Radiata Stories, Dragon Quest 8, Kingdom Hearts 2, they may seriously consider moving Grandia III to next year.  Afterall, the fear of affecting the sales of other titles is THE REASON Square-Enix gave for delaying Final Fantasy 12.   :wink:
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« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2005, 06:02:15 AM »

My worst fear has come true, see SH3's sales volume in the other thread.  Midway executives are probably having a big laugh now over "I told you so, Aruze"!
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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2005, 12:03:17 PM »

I swear, I cannot play RPG's anymore but that one looks cool as hell.

GRANDIA 3 GET!
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« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2005, 12:17:33 PM »

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My worst fear has come true, see SH3's sales volume in the other thread.  Midway executives are probably having a big laugh now over "I told you so, Aruze"!

When I saw that a little piece of my heart withered away and died.

And Gratch - I agree.  Grandia II really was a cliche-fest.  But I had a fun romp with it.
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« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2005, 04:53:50 PM »

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I swear, I cannot play RPG's anymore but that one looks cool as hell.

GRANDIA 3 GET!


You can't play RPG's anymore? WTF is going on?
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« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2005, 09:46:12 PM »

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I swear, I cannot play RPG's anymore but that one looks cool as hell.


I don't know whether to laugh, cry, or just give a big "mwahaha!!"

I'm almost glad to hear it.  Of course we know it won't last, but I wish you the best!  Now if I heard your brother say it then I'd probably strap on the "End is Nigh" placard...
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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2005, 06:29:34 AM »

IGN has posted some impressions and new screenshots/videos here.
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