Okage: The Shadow King
Satan King And I...oh wait sorry, OKAGE (which means...?), Sonys
newest RPG for PS2. hrm.. how to start with this review.
By now youve probably seen screens and heard about the game. a boy
begins in a normal, ordinary town to find that his sister is posessed
by a ghost and now speaks piglatin. only way to save her is to summon
up the powers of a demon trapped in a jar. this is no ordinary demon
though! It is Stan (Satan!), the King Of All Evil! and in order
to save his sister, the boy exchanges his sisters ghost posession
for his soul...well not exactly. he has agreed to let Stan take
over him and tag along in his adventures, hoping to eventually gain
power and...(you guessed it) RuleTheWorld! but the task is not so
easy. there are other imitators of evil out there now rising to
power, and poor stan can do nothing. nothing Himself; but with the
heros help, his unwittingly cool remarks, and twisted sense of evil
humor; he hopes to gain back the power Stan once had and take over!
along the way you meet other adventurers set on getting rid of this
evil (as well as Stan!) too.
Game is played simple. almost tooo simple really. most environment
is totally UNinteractive. Like in FinalFantasy9, youll notice little
!Exclamation! points on things you can investigate/talk to, unfortunately
there isnt much to look at. During some dialogue sequences, youll
be able to say one of three (somewhat) funny lines. each one does
pretty much the same thing. like saying "Can you tell me your
dimentions" instead of "Thanks" to the female parasol
girl yields the same result. The battles aren't very impressive
either. choose command, attack, win, its over. so special combo
system or any innovation at all really. and worse, you dont choose
who to fight. if theres enemies "SquareRhino x 6" and you fight
them, itll just hit one at random instead of a specific one. this
part of the game was a real letdown.
Characters have to be the games strongest point. Every person in
the game is different. some silly looking, some hideous, and some
super-cute. the character-look was definately inspired by TimBurton's
"A Nightmare Before Christmas", and it shows. a lot of the humor
in the game comes from Stan. while he tries to terrorize and frighten
everyone he meets, people never take him seriously and just end
The game is not final Fantasy. Heck...its barely even
up to par with Evolution on DC. but its a solid RPG and might be
really good as a rental. not a buyer though. Wait for FFX and play
this game on a rainy weekend.
Replay Value: 3
you enjoy badly translated RPGs and have absolutely no desire
for anything new in a videogame; this ones for you!"
Stan! At least find some way of getting people to rent the
game! Can't you posess someones soul whos more exiting? and
whats with those queer pink shadows?
Fear The Mighty King Of Shadows! Whos the person who renamed
this game! I'll take over HIS soul!