Legend of Vanadia is based around exploration of a huge world with many locales to visit. While a light hearted game with the theme of Adventure, there are deeper and darker parts. The battle system is based on the Linear Motion Battle System (this particular system coming from Namco's "Tales of Eternia") providing fast paced non stop action.
This game is also inspired by Dragon Quest VIII. I LOVED the epicness of the worldmap and basically I hope to bring to the plate the same epic feel you get traveling in this game that you got in DQVIII. SCALE is the keyword here because everything is to scale. Towns and dungeons on the worldmap are literally ON the worldmap. There is none of that silly "entire town in a 2x2 square on the worldmap" or the "character is a giant in a small world" like many other games.
Vanadia is a planet that is equivalent to 16th century earth. However, there are secret societies which are beginning to learn the art of "Science". In one such "science lab" there is a test subject who is though to have immense power in him. The power is dubbed "God Hand". One day, the test subject breaks out of the facility and kills everything in his way while he is escaping. Now he is wanted by the facility, who have dispatched a band of deadly warriors known as the "Crimson Riot" to capture him.
Vaash is a young man living in the port town of Nimavil. Born in the city of Jem, he went out hunting one day, then got ambushed and knocked out. On waking up, he found himself outside of the Port town of Nimavil with no recollection of how he got there. He made the best of it and started to make a living in Nimavil, hoping to make enough money to get back to his home one day.
Aerin is a student of the world famous "Sky Dragon School". Having no parents, she was found by the master of the school when she was little, The master took her in, and when she was just five years old, she expressed her desire to learn the art of "Dragon Flash", a technique only taught by the Sky Dragon School. Whats more, Aerin does these techniques with a two-handed sword, when it is supposed to be done with a one-handed sword. Even her master is amazed.
Rein is a mysterious figure. He showed up one day to help Vaash, and they've been traveling together ever since. Rein is notorious for being a flirt and telling exaggerated stories, which makes believing what he says a really dangerous task. (Especially for Vaash, who gets slapped by a lot of women because of Rein!)