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Vagrant Story PS1

Recognized as one of the most outstanding RPGs released on PlayStation, Vagrant Story abandons the assumptions typical of the Japanese genre. In terms of assumptions and presentation of the action, the title resembles a third-person action game.

RPG | TPP | fantasy | action RPG | jRPG

Sony PlayStation 1
Vagrant Story cover

developer: Square Soft

publisher: Square Soft

Game mode: single player

English language game language: English

game release date for PS1:


Prepared by Squaresoft, the specialists in RPG genre, the production, which at the time was the pinnacle of technological achievements of the PS1 era. The action of the game tells the story of a functionary of the order watchdog in the kingdom of Valendia, who sets out in pursuit of the kidnapper responsible for the abduction of the heir to the throne. The title is an extended RPG with a complex combat system and a difficult story.


The world of Ivalice. There is a civil war in the kingdom of Valendia. The leader of the Müllenkamp religious sect, Sydney Losstarot, kidnaps Prince Bardorba's son and takes him to the city of Leá Monde, destroyed by the earthquake years ago. A member of the Valendia Knights of Peace organization, Ashley Riot, follows in the footsteps of the kidnapper. On site, his plans quickly become complicated when Callo Merlose, who accompanied him, is abducted and other Sydney racers, including Romeo Guildenstern, who belongs to the Karmazyn Blades, and Rosencrantz, another Ashley colleague, appear on site. With time, new secrets concerning Riot's past, as well as the intentions of the parties participating in the civil war, come to light.


Vagrant Story is an RPG game in which the action is presented from the perspective of a third person. While exploring successive segments of the city and surrounding areas, the player-managed hero has to cope with agility and logic challenges, as well as duel with the opponents he encounters. Squaresoft has developed an original combat system in which players move in real time, and the passage of time stops only during the selection of one of several actions. When you press the Attack button, a sphere appears around Ashley symbolizing its range, which varies depending on the weapon you have. The hero can use ordinary attacks as well as special abilities and spells gained during the game. The blows can be combined in combinations to finish the start faster and not expose oneself to counter-attack. With each attack, however, the Risk Indicator increases, which lowers the accuracy and defensive effect of the hero. You can reduce its level by drinking special concoctions and suspending the offensive for a certain period of time.

Game developers have prepared an extensive module for creating weapons and armor. PS1 owners can choose from a dozen or so materials and weapon types to create the perfect weapon for a variety of situations, such as the one that is effective against undead or poisoning the enemy on hit.

Vagrant Story The "New Game+" module allows you to continue playing after the adventure has been completed. Players keep their inventory items and can go to previously inaccessible places and face more difficult enemies.

Technical issues

The production is distinguished by a specific style of graphics, a perfectly tension-building soundtrack, as well as a difficult and touching plot. Many people previously involved in the creation of Final Fantasy Tactics, such as scriptwriter Jun Akiyama, composer Hitoshi Sakimoto or director and producer Yasumi Matsuno, took part in the design of the game. The authors were partly inspired by the design of Leá Monde's location in the French city of Saint-Émilion.

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Game score 9.1 / 10 calculated out of 26 players' votes.  

Age Rating

age requirements: 16+

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