Not only was it an extreme FF7 knock off
Tell me, how?
I hear this whole "LoD is an FFVII clone" all the time, and it's a load of horse sh*t.
Did Legend of Dragoon have a battle system anything like 7? no.
Did it even attempt to copy the Materia system? nope.
Oh, how about its plot? Surely the plot is similar... oh, nope.
Similar music? Definitely not.
Here are the only three things I can think of that even make it remotely similar to FFVII:
1) bad guy with long silver hair...oh, there's a point we should all rub in! except for the fact that baddies with long silver hair is a staple of Japanese culture. DURRR... (and that "bad guy" turns out to be good in LoD)
2) similar graphics. That only goes for in-game, exploration graphics. FMVs and battles don't look the same at all.
3) it's a PS1 RPG that spans several discs. Oh my.
Shut up. Actually, don't shut up. Instead, tell me how far you got in the game so we can gauge how accurate your judgment is.
Why does LoD get so much hate? It's one of my all-time faves. The story, sure, was nothing much, but it had SOUL, dammit!
The overarching premise and mythos of LoD was decent IMO. The last few hours of the game, especially the last dungeon and boss, made it all worthwhile for me. Oh, and all of disc 3. And all of disc 2. Really, the only downer was disc 1, and that's cuz it was slow. But I'm glad you liked the game!
It doesn't take a lot to keep me entertained, especially with RPGs, so I tend to like a lot of what I play.
Sketch, you're in good company with me. It's hard for me to find major fault in a game...my scores as a reviewer tend to reflect this.
EDIT: also wanted to respond to this fine post:
Maybe Daggerfall. Not so much because I thought it was bad in and of itself, but because the fan community jerks all over every idiotic non-feature it had like it was the greatest thing ever, and acts like Bethesda actually put effort into it. They didn't. It's a crappy, in-house 3D engine, with a crappy, in house random quest generator. There's all of jack and shit going on under the hood. I've checked. We're talking sophomore project at Digipen, here.
wait, people praised Daggerfall? Really? where?
Most people that I know bash Daggerfall and consider it the worst of the four Elder Scrolls titles. Like all of following games, Daggerfall was essentially "Arena" plus some extra frills. Of course, the graphical excellence and larger scope of Morrowind and Oblivion are enough to make you want to play them more than the oldschool Arena. But if I have to choose between Arena and Daggerfall...well...I think the choice is pretty obvious, even with the ugly pixelated NPCs. Arena ftw.