Grandia III

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Grandia III

NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
ESRB rating: T (Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Use of Alcohol)
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SLUS-21334 & SLUS-21345 & NPUD-21334
Japanese: SLPM-65976 & SLPM-65977 & SLPM-85976 & SLPM-85977 & NPJD-00073
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21334 (Disc 1)
SLUS-21345 (Disc 2)
NPUD-21334 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: February 14, 2006
July 19, 2016 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: 5B657DAD
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-85976 (Disc 1)
SLPM-85977 (Disc 2)
SLPM-65976 (Disc 1)
SLPM-65977 (Disc 2)
NPJD-00073 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: August 4, 2005
January 21, 2015 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: 5B659BED
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Game Arts
Publisher(s): Square Enix (JP, US), Game Arts (JP)
Genre: RPG
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: GameRankings79/100, Metacritic77/100
Game description: Grandia III is the latest installment in the long-running Square Enix role-playing series and the sequel to Grandia II. You play as Yuuki, a 16-year-old boy with aspirations of being a pilot. When you discover that a powerful adversary is bent on world domination, it is up to you and the members of your party to find and stop him. Grandia III adds new combos and options in battle, and it also streamlines the magic system from earlier versions.
Set in a fantasy world where technology has allowed man to fly in magic-powered aircraft, a boy named Yuki is determined to become a great pilot like his idol, the Sky Captain Schmidt. When he and his mother encounter a girl named Alfina who has the ability to communicate with the spiritual guardians of the world, they become involved in the plot to discover the secrets of the world's past and face an evil rogue guardian named Xorn. Despite the success of the previous games, there was no European release for Grandia III.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • AMD Phenom X4 9850 @ 2.50 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 6870
0.9.9 (r5277) GSdx (r5304)
  • SPU2-X (r5259)
  • LilyPad (r5258)
BIOS: USA v2.00, HACKS: MTVU: Improves FPS greatly with 3-core+ CPU. Wait Loop Detection: Provides noticeable FPS improvement. VU Cycle Stealing: Set to 1 this can provide a significant FPS increase. Higher settings provide no additional benefit. DFLX
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 (r5480) GSdx SSE41 (r5442)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs at 200% speed.
NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)
  • Intel Core i5-4670K @ 3.40 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 7850
1.3.0 (git 648) GSdx AVX2
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
6GB DDR3-1333, FMV cutscenes will have glitches when using Direct3D9 & 11 (Hardware) Renderers. Press F9 during these scenes to switch to Software mode, or enable the manual gamefix: "Switch to GSdx software rendering when FMV plays" under Config > Emulation Settings > Game Fixes. Other than that, the game does run great with no noticeable drop in frame rates. Ryudo
NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
  • Intel Core i5-4690K @ 3.50 GHz
  • Palit GeForce GTX 760 2 GB
v1.5.0 (dev-1834 g096c931) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad
BIOS Japan v02.20, Perfect with 0 problems. (info added February 7 2017) stratos


  • Original names: グランディアIII (SLPM-65976)

Known Issues

Shadow Artifacts

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Artifacts appear in shadows during cutscenes and in battles if Renderer is set to either of the "Direct3D (Hardware)" options.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings and set the Renderer to "OpenGL (Hardware)", or any of the "(Software)" options. Or press the F9 key while playing to temporarily switch to Software mode during cutscenes and battles.

Glitched FMV Margins

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Strobing, glitched graphics above and below FMV when using any hardware renderer. Actual video is unaffected.
  • Workaround: Use a software renderer, or enable "Switch to GSdx software rendering when an FMV plays" under Config > Emulation Settings > Game Fixes.


Public compatibility forum links