YMMV / Grandia

  • Anti-Climax Boss: After the tough fights against Baal's last form and the Gaia Core, Gaia's second form is a total pushover as it only attacks the party with low-level spells like Snooze and can be easily bested with normal attacks. Of course, given the hell that the previous two boss fights feel like, it's like a breather after the real challenge, so it isn't that big of a deal.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The soundtrack of the game is full of great music, but especially Theme of Grandia. Just listen to this.
    • The Edge of the World easily rivals the Theme of Grandia in awesomeness.
    • "Duel With Gadwin", which plays when Gadwin tests out Justin's strength for real.
    • Approaching Crisis, the theme mainly associated with Gaia. The first half is used in events associated with it such as the invasion at Zil Padon and when fighting the Gaia Battlers, and the second half is used as part of the Final Boss theme.
    • Farewell to Sue is Tear Jerker in music form, which is played when Sue has to part ways with Justin as she can't continue with him.
    • Any of the standard battle themes, but especially the third one, which replaces the first two in Disc 2.
    • Four Volley Rounds of Tension is a mixture of four separate tracks, the first one being an event theme, the second being the battle theme for the Garlyle Forces, the third one being the game's main boss battle theme and the fourth one being used when Justin and Feena are about to get launched in a catapult.
    • The Final Boss theme is unique in that it's not its own track, but a mixture of several existing tracks in the game, including Gaia's theme Approaching Crisis, which serves as the main basis for the track.
  • 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!" In fact, most of the English voice acting counts due to its generally poor quality, especially when compared to the Japanese voice acting. This might be the reason why the next games had much better English acting.
  • 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.

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