Selected by: tankMage
Grandia was the first game I reviewed for this site way back in 2015, so it’s only fitting that it’s the first to earn the title of Retro Game of the Month. To be honest, I was not terribly impressed with Grandia when I first played it, but there’s something special about the cast and story that made it grow on me. Justin’s (the main protagonist) positivity and enthusiasm is infectious. He’s also kind of flawed despite being so well meaning, which was evidenced in some of his relationships. At the same time, Justin grew as a character and the ending is probably one of my all-time favorites.
The gameplay itself is pretty good, though it’s ultimately a standard JRPG at the end of the day. There’s a few parts that drag and the inventory system sucks. In fact fiddling with the bad inventory is one of the other things that stick out in my memories of Grandia. Luckily the gameplay is good enough that its flaws are outweighed by the things that make it fun, so give this title a go if you are looking for a lesser known PS1 RPG.
Would you like to see your favorite game win Retro Game of the Month? Leave a comment below and it will be considered for next month’s award! Each winner will be entered into a contest for Retro Game of the Year in December and announced on the third week of the month.