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Legend of Legaia

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Publisher: Sony
Category: Role-Playing
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: March 1999

Overall Rating: 2 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4

With Legend of Legaia, from the producers of Wild Arms, Sony scores another success in the role playing department, following such hits as Final Fantasy 7. Legaia may be selling well, but unfortunately, we role playing fanatics are unimpressed. The game falls right into that slightly above average Tales of Destiny-level of quality. It's a decent game, not a bad buy, but certainly not a must-play.

The big story in Legend of Legaia is the battle system. The menu-based controls are modeled more after fighting games. Combos can be entered for devastating physical attacks. This feature has been celebrated in the gaming media, but we've seen this before. It's not revolutionary. Sabin's character in the classic Final Fantasy III had the same abilities. The only real difference is that all characters can use combos in Legend of Legaia.

Legaia's plot is not exciting but passable. A mysterious evil mist has spread over the earth. Humans turn into strange creatures called Serus whenever the mist touches them. Only the magical Genesis trees throughout the land can break the pervasive mist.

The story is dragged down by inconsistent dramatic interest, unattractive cinema scenes, shoddy graphics, and laughable animation. The 2D graphics of Wild Arms are much more appealing. One minute you're told to gather people around a Genesis tree, then you end up telling them to stay in their houses without any explanation. Then, once you pass a story beat, the original goal is restored.

The first hour of the game involves two scenes at the beach. The first is merely a battle training session; the second is a remarkably evocative funeral scene with outstanding shots of the soft-colored sky.

The game has a few musical scores which are absolutely beautiful; the rest are mediocre.

We have a few hints to get you started. Once the battles become tiring, you can perform combos without actually entering each command. All you have to do is select Auto Fight, then press X several times in sync with your character's blows to the enemy. A random combo -- one you've already learned -- should be activated.

Lastly, you can get a list of all the combos by going to our website at Otherwise you would have to experiment for quite a bit of time before discovering the correct combinations. Again, you will find a list of combos at

If Legend of Legaia had a better story and a more cinematic, graphically rich feel to it, we'd recommend it. If you have nothing else to do, feel free to pick up a copy, but if you're still working on other games, the last thing you want to do is add an incredibly long RPG to your slate. Legend of Legaia gets C's in control, difficulty, and Overall.

Not all combos will be available at once to learn.

3-Tap Combos:

Up, Down, Left
Up, Down, Up
Down, Right, Up
Left, Right, Left
Left, Left, Down
Right, Right, Left

4-Tap Combos:

Up, Up, Down, Down
Up, Down, Right, Left
Down, Down, Down, Up
Down, Up, Up, Up
Down, Up, Up, Left
Left, Right, Up, Left
Right, Right, Down, Left

5-Tap/7-Tap Combos:

Right, Down, Left, Down, Left
Up, Down, Up, Up, Up, Down, Up
Left, Right, Left, Left, Down, Right, Up
Down, Right, Up, Down, Up, Down, Left
Down, Right, Up, Down, Left, Left, Down


Up, Down, Right, Left, Left, Down, Up, Up, Left
Right, Down, Left, Up, Left, Up, Right, Down, Left

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