ESRB Rating: Teen Release Date: November 2000
3.5 Stars out of 4
Review by Tom Allen
3½ Stars out of 4
The opening montage in Skies of Arcadia assures you that greatness is just around the corner.
The title screen, with its unintended imitation of Pomp and Circumstance, is also representative
of the smoothness of the overall product. The color-changing clouds are a thing of beauty.
But enough minor details! What about the game? Well, let it be known that the heart of Skies of
Arcadia is, well, the skies. Traditional RPG staples like airships and exotic heroes (pirates, in
this case) are mixed with new and innovative ideas. For example, the game features airship-to-
Another innovation is the spirit system. As you fight, you gain spirit points that the party earns
as a group. No single member of the party has spirit points. When you use the Focus option in
battle, you can cast magic by drawing from this "pool of spirit points." This style keeps the
game play simple and swiftly paced.
The graphics are crisp and colorful, and the dialogue is kept at reasonable levels to prevent
boredom. The dungeons are fairly simple, but they are well-designed. You really get the sense
of being someplace, as opposed to walking from map design to map design, if that makes any
The final boss in Skies of Arcadia is a real doozy. Prepare for a battle that can easily last an
hour. Thankfully, the rest of the game does not dare be so tedious. Skies of Arcadia is a must-
buy for RPG fans.
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