Makai Kingdom PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 7.5
Sound 7.6
Value 7.0
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
G8+
Review Date:
November 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

7.0


Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome

Finally a turn-based RPG that breaks the drought on the PlayStation 2, thanks to Nippon Ichi (Japan One) that transform the gamer into the role of Zetta, an overlord who is trying to assemble his troops to take over the known world. Although your schemes may sound grand, you must first find a variety of items in order to create your own soldiers and with that said, the gameplay of Makai Kingdom is similar to Final Fantasy Tactics but with a touch of humour and splash of Japanese anime.

What really sets this game apart from other turn-based RPG titles is that it lets the player create their own soldiers from a variety of different objects that are found in the gaming environment. The battle system of Makai Kingdom also allows the gamer to make good use of their creations and brings them one step closer to taking over the world, unfortunately the menu system of the title is a little perplexing and difficult which draws out the battles that should of been a simple achievement.

As with similar turn-based RPG titles, Makai Kingdom allows the player to perform a variety of manoeuvres that include melee attacks, spells, healing and using objects. You can also summon new fighters throughout the battle as long as you stay within the battles overall fighter limit. So if you’ve got a limit of eight and bring six people to the battlefield when you start, you can bring up two more people in total for that battle. A nifty feature is that you can also kick out unwanted players or enemies from the screen in order to bring another fighter in.

Graphically, Makai Kingdom is a bit of a hit and miss on the PlayStation 2 that contains high resolution character art with average looking sprite animation. However, the title does contain a variety of special effects like lighting and water effects that do go a long way in immersing you into the gaming world.

The voice acting of Makai Kingdom is great and is "pure" Japan which actually suits the title perfectly and everything sounds too forced and contrived, like a bad SEGA game which is pure magic. The musical score is also brilliant and once again adds to the wonder of the title, match that with a plethora of battle sounds and you have one impressive sounding game.

In conclusion, Makai Kingdom is a cute game that features great Japanese anime art, moderate to difficult gameplay and an entertaining storyline, unfortunately the menu system of the title makes the battle a little long and will probably jeopardise the replay value. Recommended to turn-based RPG fans!
 






 
 



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