concerning the graphics, i take into account the background graphics, character models, battle animations, and fps rate. all this i factor in that is relative to the game's release date.
this game gives you the control of a kind of a smart-Alec "twerp" named Evan who by profession is a Ranger which means he can activate and use teleporters found in different areas of the game. Mark Hamil, yes that Mark Hamil [Luke Skywalker], plays the voice of Evan's childhood nemesis who is named Colonel C(K)roitz. Albeit, they could have made the story a bit better, this game has solid gameplay mechanics, massive battles of up to 26 enemies on the battlefield at a time [great for xp and skill grinding], and one of the best soundtracks i've ever heard [Combat 4 in particular]. In my opininon this is the best grandia game ever made. prior to this game the grandia games could only have up to 8 enemies on the battlefield which made XP/skill grinding more difficult and the dungeons were much smaller[Grandia 1 more than #2] which by default made the game much shorter. on top of that each character in Grandia Xtreme can equip multiple mana eggs, which is a huge improvement over the other games in the series, and you could combine mana eggs to make new ones with a chance of getting special buffs to them. plus after you beat the game a bonus dungeon which gives access to awesome skills that can do amazing things i.e. there is a skill that causes your critical hits to hit multiple times, and another one that makes your critical hits hit every thing in an area around your target or everything in a line. and if you don't think that's enough to sell you on the game, it also gives you access to single, double, triple, and quad techs all throughout the game. one triple tech is called Divine Dragon Slash and is required to have Evan, Brandol, and the blonde chick in the party. the quad tech Armageddon requires Evan, Brandol, Jaid, and Ulk which deals massive amounts of damage to everything. I love everything about this game and i highly regret getting rid of my PS2 in favor of a PS3 and PSP.
p.s. Great Graphics mean nothing if the story, gameplay, soundtrack, and replay value all suck. even though this game has average graphics at the time it was made... the story was good, gameplay excellent, soundtrack amazing, and replay value was high. This game imo is much superior to at least 90% of the games on today's market and i would gladly pay $60 for an updated graphics [ps4/wii u graphics] version of the game, as long as they didn't change anything else.
This instalment of Grandia will take you threw the story of a boy mixed up with the local army. Thats about as in depth as the story line is.. literally. It took me about 5 attempts to beat the game. The biggest challenge about the game is to keep intrest threw the endless dungeons. The customization and game engine isnt what you would expect from the other Grandia games. Overall length of the game is directly proportional to how well you are at avoiding battle. This is something i never do in an RPG but this game takes it to an EXTREME with dungeons that can easily last hours from save point to save point with little or no story to keep ones intrest. I sucked it up and put the last 20 hours into the game just to see if it got any better, nothing changed. I'm not saying its bad, its a combat game in and through. If you cant get enough of grandias combat style this is your game. Fun fights and good bosses. I also did not explore any extra content, it was long enough as it was and there wasnt much challenge in the fights themselves. Whatever story there is to this game is what i stuck with. Like every installment from the ps1 on, this game dilivers exceptional music and strangly aluring terain to kill threw. You would probably like it but ive allready sold mine off and wouldnt rebuy it. I think you would agree =)