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Created: 02/18/08

Plenty of good gameplay mired by a few problems

Illusion of Gaia is Enix's semi-sequel to Soul Blazer, and while the two games don't share the same story, they share the same core gameplay. Gaia takes place from a top-down view, Zelda-style. As you progress through the game you level up, go to new towns and dungeons, etc. Unfortunately, there is little variety in the abilities and items that you'll get, you won't be learning any spells at all, and you'll only learn a few extra attacks besides your basic sword strike, it's hard to figure why they didn't put more items and attacks into the game. The real-time control during combat is excellent, though, making battle pretty fun, and the game will throw many clever puzzles at you despite the scarcity of different items and abilities. In between dungeons you'll be reading many lines of slow, boring text, and interacting with your "friends", who follow you around the world but never seem to help you in any way. The story is bland and pretentious, and it never really amounts to anything.
Still, the game is sharp and well-produced, with good music and nice graphics, that, coupled with some good puzzles and control, keep the experience afloat. If you can overlook the poor story and the endlessly repeated songs, you might like this game a lot, i just think they should have scrapped the story and spent more time making items and some spells.

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Created: 07/13/08

Well worth your money!

Illusion of Gaia is an overlooked classic for the SNES system. It is the second in the Soul Blazer series (Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia both released in the US, and then Terranigma, released in the UK in PAL format).

The story is interesting yet simple. You're a young boy named Will who was with his father on an expedition at the Tower of Babel. After his father disappeared, he woke up in his hometown not remembering anything. A few years later the game begins and Will, with his new psychic powers, starts off on a quest to find out what happened. What results of that is traveling through ancient ruins, battling challenging bosses, and losing and gaining friends, ultimately finding that he is the only hope for the world. You may even learn a song or two. ;)

The gameplay is almost like the original Zelda games. You have an attack button and some special skills like moving objects with your mind and your flute. Let me say this now; the game will appear very easy up until the first boss. Boss battles are very difficult and require all of your skill to complete. This game is not for your average RPGer. You go through each ruin and a few towns collecting secret Red Jewels, Mystic Statues, and items as you travel.

The graphics are really high for the SNES system and are just beautiful and stunning. The music is very well done, up to par with Final Fantasy III (VI).

I highly reccomend this game to anyone looking for a unique RPG experience by ENIX, the creative minds behind STAR OCEAN and VALKYRIE PROFILE. You won't regret getting this game at its current Ebay price~

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Created: 02/06/07

Illusion of Gaia, Super Nintendo.

This is the second game in the series of action / adventure / role playing games by Enix created for the Super Nintendo console ( the first being Soulblazer, also released for the SNES ). This game is truly fun for all ages, with a solid storyline, great gameplay / graphics for the time of its release, and many challenging puzzles and extras hidden throughout the game. A truly unique game at the time of its release. So far, this game has stood the test of time - that being that i had this title when i was younger and sheepishly gave away my SNES upon receiving the acclaimed Nintendo 64. I only recently picked up a brand new SNES ( due to my love for 'old school' RPG's, and SNES had some of the greatest )and i rebought this title remembering how much fun i had with this game. My memory did not fail me, and it is exactly how i remember it to be - challenging, rewarding, and above all - FUN! Often overlooked, don't make the same mistake that many already have. Pick yourself up a copy!

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Created: 05/01/11

Fantastic game. Definately a classic SNES RPG.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

This game is just as great now as it was 15+ years ago. This game is an unofficial sequel to the game Soul Blazer. If you are a fan of the Zelda games, or Secret of Mana, than this game is right up your alley.

Its not a very long game, maybe 30 or 40 hours to complete. But the story is good, you get to control 3 different characters (the main character has 2 alternate forms who have different special powers).

Good level design, some of the bosses are fantastic, such as the very first boss. Not a very difficult game, but definately a gem if you are an old school gamer.

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Created: 03/26/07

An overlooked gem

Let me just say, the item came in near perfect condition.

Not many people know about the great Illusion of Gaia. Somehow this was one of the great RPGs of the SNES era that got overlooked, and I don't know why. The creators "Enix" sure did an outstanding job on this one. As many of you all know a few years later after the release this game, "Enix" joined with the mighty "Squaresoft" and created "SquareEnix".

Now let me get to the actual game itself. The gameplay itself is simply close to amazing, greatly comparable to that of "Link to the Past". The overall gameplay was a great experience, like the challenging puzzles and the somewhat different plotline than most RPGs out there. They also spiced things up with some really unique features that really let the game stand out, for example the ability to transform into another character avatar. The graphics are one of the best I've seen on the SNES, greatly comparable to FFIII(FFVI).

There really isn't much missing in this game I'd say. If you are a fan of Adventure/RPGs, are a fan of old "Zelda" games, and miss the SNES days. Now is your chance to check out Enix's Illusion of Gaia for the Super Nintendo.

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Created: 06/19/06

Another great RPG from Enix

Well Enix has done it again. First it was Soul blazer now Illusion of Gaia. Man this game just kept me going. Switching for the boy to the knight, the puzzles you had to solve, the graphics were great, the story line was solid. When I started to collect the SNES games again I started to look for this game but couldnt win it, but by luck I got it on a second-chance bid. Enix has been making great games for years. And this game is proof.

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Created: 08/09/07

Illusion of Gaia: A Retrospective in Retro-Gaming

I bought this game because I played it when I was younger, renting it from the local All the Best Video store in the town I grew up in. I'd play it all weekend just wanting to get the next Gem, or get a new Power-Up Jewel. Being an avid retrogamer--SNES, NES, Gameboy--this game was perfect for me because of the memories it surfaced. Nostalgia is a second factor; sometimes you just HAVE to have something because it has a place in your heart, even if it IS just a videogame. What I liked about this item the most was that it is one of the better-made SNES games of the Action-RPG genre, comparable to The Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past. Specifically, the item I won came complete, precisely how I prefer my older videogames to be: with the game, box, inner carton, manual guide, and a dual-sided map/monster-chart. Not having all of the papers and information has proven an irritation in the past, but I was greatly satisfied with the quality of the item I won.

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Created: 11/07/06

Illusion of Gaia

Being a collector of all RPGs, especially for the SNES i decided to pick up illusion, having heard good things about it. The game itself starts off like many RPG's a boy whos lost his father, and is sent on the quest to save the world. I decided to pick this one up to not only add to my collection, but to taste something a little bit different, this one acts alot like secrets of evermore, however the gameplay lacks the indept battle system that secrets of evermore offers. This is a good title with alot of positives for RPG fans out there.

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Created: 09/02/06

This game is a classic!

If you like the Zelda games then you'll like this game. It's an action/adventure/RPG game from Enix (Dragon Quest series). The graphics and sound are very good for a SNES game. The story is pretty cliché; you play as a boy who somehow acquires special powers and has to save the world from evil. The gameplay is very addicting and fun. Overall, this game is excellent (even after 12 years!)

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Created: 01/19/06

A classic rpg that is pure pleasure.

I had so much fun playing this game. I played this game not to long after I had played Secret of Evermore. I was so glad to have found yet another super fun rpg.
I remember liking the story line; finding out what happened to the lost expedition and saving the world from the comet. The game has different and distinct looks in the world from all types of towns and villages, to a castle, along with different terrains. I liked gathering the information to advance in the game it wasn’t so hard that you would get frustrated to much, like in Chrono Trigger I had to take lots of notes. Taking a breath and thinking about something would get you past the issue. For that matter, I do not remember the puzzles being too hard or leveling up being difficult. I do not remember much backtracking like in some games. If you have ever played Secret of Evermore, Final Fantasy III or Secret of Mana this game is along those lines. I don’t think it is as large as the previously name games, but it is long enough to put a smile on your face. I played this game for over 40 hours. I am glad I found and played this game.

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