How good is Vagrant Story? At a time when Square was releasing Final Fantasy VII through Final Fantasy IX, Vagrant Story was the only original PlayStation game to receive a perfect score from Japanese video game magazine Famitsu. That's how good it is.
The game, which actually takes place in the Final Fantasy Ivalice setting used in the tactics titles and Final Fantasy XII, follows the story of Riskbreaker Ashley Riot as he investigates the link between a cult leader and Duke Bardorba of Valendia. It's a solo dungeon crawler that relies on weapons crafting and modification rather than the random shopkeepers scattered across most RPG worlds.
It's an exquisite experience, and according to the latest European Square Enix newsletter, forwarded to us via Kotakuite Emilia, it's coming soon to the PAL PlayStation Network.
Way back at the dawn of time (better known as the year 2000), a certain video games company called SQUARE made a game called VAGRANT STORY, which stormed the charts, became a genre-defining classic and, amongst other things, garnered a perfect score from Famitsu magazine - so pretty much business as usual for character design god Akihiko Yoshida. But the great news is that SQUARE ENIX are bringing it to the PS3 and the PSP on the 12th November!
Note that Square Enix has clarified since the newsletter was released that the date given is incorrect, and the title is coming soon. Hopefully this means we'll be seeing the game released in North America soon as well. It's a PSone Classic I would purchase without hesitation if I didn't have the original sitting on a shelf behind me.