SKIES OF ARCADIA
Dreamcast Pal | 2001
From Overworks comes one of the Dreamcastís many RPG titles and a true
showcase title for the system.
Set in the world of floating islands and ships that travel between them, you play the
role of Vyse Ė a young member of The Blue Rogues who are air pirates. The story
kicks off when you rescue a young girl called Fina held by on the Armada Flagship
of the Valuan Empire. This leads into a quest to locate Moon Stones and stop the
empire from harnessing the power of the Rains of Destruction.
The gameplay mostly consists of traveling from location to location, making
discoveries and exploring. Throughout these trips will be plenty of battles (plenty of
them random) involving people, creatures and ship to ship combat. A magic system
is on hand to help.
The visuals in the game are outstanding. There is so much detail in the
environments and characters. Colours are rich and vibrant. The game is presented
mostly in 3rd person and generally everything moves smoothly.
Once the game gets going it's engaging. I'm not really a fan of RPG but 'Skies' is
turning me into one.
Skies was later updated in 2003 for the Game Cube. Skies of Arcadia Legends add
more game content, more characters and slightly improved graphics.