Legend of Dragoon, a game despite with a very large fanbase, to this day is claimed by many to be an obscure or hidden gem. It begs the question of how obscure or how underrated this game is when it’s consistently listed as one of the top games on the original Playstation or even among the best RPG’s of all time. As of 2007, the game sold close to a million copies (hell by now it probably has sold a million copies), so it’s even commercially successful. With all this, it seriously makes you wonder how “unknown” this game truly is.
Well let’s explore this alleged obscurity involving this game. Back when the game was first released, it was Sony’s attempt at trying to cash in on the Final Fantasy VII craze on the Playstation. When it came out, it received very mixed reception from game critics, many of which heavily derided the game, claiming it was highly generic or tried too hard to be Final Fantasy VII. This is probably the root of the claims towards the game being underrated, though gamers ignored the critics leading to its commercial success.
Though that doesn’t solve the question of many claiming it to be obscure. It’s definitely quite puzzling with how many people owned (or still own) the game. It seems like everyone and their grandmother who owned a Playstation owned a copy of this game. Did everyone that owned the game just never talked about owning it until recently? It’s easy to assume that, since every time the game is mentioned people say “there’s this game nobody has ever heard of, it’s called Legend of Dragoon” and there’s a score of people responding back “omg you had that game too?”.
It’s still a mystery with not only how many people bought the game, but with how it’s still considered obscured, despite still being talked about constantly by RPG and Playstation fanatics and being on countless top 20 and top 10 lists.