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An enhanced update of 1999's acclaimed swashbuckling role-playing title, Skies of Arcadia Legends makes its GameCube debut with a refined battle system, new characters, alternate side quests, and a host of other features designed to make it the definitive version the developers originally intended. For those unfamiliar with the earlier Dreamcast game, players assume the role of a young treasure hunter named Vyse who, along with female companions Aika and Fina, charts a course for adventure in a sleek airship. The party is pitted against legions of the tyrannical Valuan Empire and its Imperial Armada. There are also marauding Black Pirates to contend with, scalawags known for preying upon any ship daring to fly near them.
Players explore the world of Arcadia in the air and on the ground. A total of six moons are available to visit, each possessing its own set of villages, buildings, and dungeons. Battles taking place on the airship involve steering near enemy vessels, firing laser cannons or other projectile weapons, guarding against attacks, and possibly fleeing the scene. Airship and on-foot battles are presented in a traditional turn-based fashion. Each character is skilled with a specific weapon, whose power can be enhanced by finding and equipping Moon Stones. Moves characters can perform during combat are dependant on the number of the party's Spirit Points, which diminish with every spell cast in battle and advanced technique performed (called S-moves).
As players attempt to acquire fame and bounty at the evildoers' expense, they must prepare to defend their ship at every turn. The world of Arcadia is largely uncharted territory, so players must thoroughly explore both the land and in the air to discover new areas. Side quests include seeking out wanted lists or bounties for boss characters, where players can battle villainous pirates to reap a prescribed reward. There are also pets to care for and develop into more powerful creatures, such as catching flying moonfish and feeding them to an item-giving bird. Perhaps the most significant addition to the GameCube game is a female bounty hunter who will constantly pursue Vyse and his party throughout their journeys. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide