YMMV / Grandia

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Gaia's second form, as it only attacks the party with low-level spells like Snooze and can be easily bested with normal attacks.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The soundtrack of the game is full of great music, but especially Theme of Grandia. Just listen to this.
    • "Duel With Gadwin", which plays when Gadwin tests out Justin's strenght for real.
  • Game Breaker:
    • The ultimate attacks of Justin, Feena, and Rapp (Heaven and Earth Cut, End of the World, and Neo Demon Ball, respectively), ESPECIALLY when used all at once.
    • Justin is a one-man army full of incredibly powerful special moves, has access to the best equipment, can make himself invincible, amazing stats, and a wide variety of magic only surpassed by Feena and Liete. All for the small price of using axes (which grant strength and HP boosts) and maces (which grant HP and defense boosts). His Dragon Cut is also not only a very powerful attack that hits all enemies, but it makes training his weapons, Fire and Earth magic a breeze.
    • Although Sue doesn't remain in your group for long, you can have some fun with her! Give her Fire and Earth ASAP, and learn her "Fight!" Cheer (it is the only Fire+Earth+Mace skill she has). Spam this over and over and over again (since the skill is used on allies and not enemies, it always skills up the same amount, and isn't subject to diminishing returns like offensive skills are) to end up with a Sue (Mary Sue?) that can one-shot nearly anything. Since "Fight!" Cheer levels Fire, Earth, and Mace skills, she gets all of the stat bonuses from that, plus the added attack power of having a ridiculously high weapon skill. Also, her Defense and HP will be so high, that nothing will actually be capable of KOing her until she leaves your party.note 
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One of the dungeons is called "The Twin Towers." Ring any bells?
  • Narm: Plenty of the attack shouts, especially Justin's "Alright you guys, this is it! WAUAUGH!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Abandoned Laine Village. We get a taste of what Gaia can do with the Petrified Forest and the Tower of Doom, but once the party walks into the Abandoned Laine Village, they learn what Gaia is really capable of. The entire place no longer resembles a something that should even exist. The space of the area itself has become warped, with doors leading to different locations in the area entirely through what are essentially portals. The petrified bodies of those who weren't able to escape before Gaia arrived are encased in floating, spinning crystals that are eternally suspended above a dark void.
    • And Gaia itself.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The third battle theme has some similarities with "Rupert's Travels", an instrumental track by the British rock band Gun.
  • That One Boss: Nana, Saki, and Mio are easy when alone, but when together they're quite a challenge.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Justin in the promotional art can be easily mistaken for a girl.