Skies of Arcadia Legends: My Favorite Game of All Time

Without a doubt, Skies of Arcadia is my favorite game ever. Whether it's epic ship to ship battles or getting your hands dirty on the ground, this game gets played by me at least once a year.

Skies of Arcadia LegendsA long time ago, back when JRPG protagonists weren't whiny girly boys wielding oversized weapons and talking about their feelings, there was Skies of Arcadia. Set in a fantastic world where islands floated high in the sky, above the mysterious world below. Players took the role of the aspiring Blue Rogue pirate, Vyse. Armed with twin cutlasses and a handy clear eyepatch, Vyse was the epitome of everything I wanted to be. Skilled, charismatic, and terrible with women. I could blather on and on about this game, and I'd love to, but let's just nail down the best darn parts of this game. var adunit_index = 4000; if ((adunit_index != 1000 & adunit_index != 1001) || (adunit_index == 1000 && device_category != 'MOBILE') || (adunit_index == 1001 && device_category == 'MOBILE')) { if (active_ad_units[adunit_index] != undefined) { console.log('Dyn Unit Legacy', active_ad_units[adunit_index], adunit_index); googletag.cmd.push(function () { var adunit_index = 4000; if (typeof(pubwise) != 'undefined' & pubwise.enabled === true) { console.log('Dyn PW'); pwpbjs.que.push(function() { pubwiseLazyLoad([gptadslots[adunit_index]], true); }); } else { console.log('Dyn Direct'); googletag.display('div-sjr-4000'); googletag.pubads().refresh([gptadslots[adunit_index]]); } //googletag.pubads().refresh([gptadslots[4000]]); }); } } The Ship BattlesMan, I can't begin to tell you how freaking awesome the Ship battles in SoAL were. Customizing your ship with different weapons, parts, and crew mates was half the fun. Putting them into action was the other half. Hitting the enemy with magic cannonballs, launching torpedoes, and eventually opening up with your biggest baddest gun, the Moon Stone Cannon, was exhilarating.The CastNo zipper wearing, emo haircut pansies here, no sir. Vyse was a boy with a dream, and a heart full of adventure. Accompanied by his best friend Aika, and a mysterious girl named Fina, they traveled the world to help Fina on her quest and have fun along the way. They met with other cool party members. Drachma, the whaler with a dark past. Enrique, the prince of a tyrannical nation. And my personal favorite, Gilder, the chivalrous  Sky Pirate with a heart of gold and a thing for the ladies. That smooth bastard. The over the top crazy special attacksWhether it's summoning the spirit of a dead pirate to bring swift revenge to your enemies, calling the ship to fire on the foe, or the ridiculously long and powerful crew summon, Skies of Arcadia had it in spades. Every party member felt awesome, and their specials even more so. Ground combat was a blast with spells and weapons flying.So there you have it. My favorite game of all time. I hope you enjoyed the read, and if you haven't played this game yet, get out there and do it! I doubt you'll be disappointed, if you can get your hands on a copy.

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Without a doubt, Skies of Arcadia is my favorite game ever. Whether it's epic ship to ship battles or getting your hands dirty on the ground, this game gets played by me at least once a year.

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A freelance crimefighter and player of VIDYA GAEMS, currently sweating like a pig in the Arizona desert.

Published Apr. 4th 2013
  • Critley Lynn King
    Contributor
    Just finished playing Skies of Arcadia last month. It was great. I was really amazed at how in-depth the story was (SPOILER... I truly felt sad when Rhaknam died). And I spent the whole time wanting Vyse and Aika to get together. Overall it was just well done, great story teamed with awesome gameplay.
  • Enrique Hernandez
    Featured Contributor
    This is also one of my favorite games of all time. Probably the only jrpg I like.

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