4 out of 5
An epic journey through a new world
Grandia II is the sequel to the wonderful game Grandia, each being developed by Game Arts. Game Arts is responsible for creating one of my favorite games of all time - Lunar - and the team behind Lunar was the team behind both Grandia 1 and 2. Playing in the role of Ryudo the Geohound (a form of mercenary in the Grandia world) you begin a long, epic journey through the world, one that starts off as a simple bodyguard mission. Grandia II is a tour-de-force that improves a lot on the first, with better graphics, interesting gameplay mechanic tweaks and awesome music composed by Noriyuki Iwadare, one of my favorite video game composers of all time. It's a classic example of a japanese roleplaying game, with all the tropes and lovable anime styled characters, though the tone of the story and content in Grandia II is certainly a lot more mature than the first one. Though the PC port has it's fair share of technical shortcomings and problems (the only reason this game isn't a 5!) it's worth a look if you are in search of a grand journey through a unique and interesting world.