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King's Field 2

by ASCII
PlayStation
Teen
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B00002STPC
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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King's Field II - the hour of destiny is at hand... Your kingdom is once again under attack by the ruthless minions of evil. This time they have possessed King Alfred himself! As the King's son Prince Lyle you must bring forth the tide of change that will effect the universe from now until the end of time. The fate of the world is in your hands! Re-enter the realm of King's Field for the most explosive debut on the Playstation yet...

Review

King's Field II never deviates from its precursor's tried-and-true formula. Those familiar with King's Field will instantly feel at home in this second installment of the slow-moving, 3-D fantasy role-playing adventure.

Our story takes place fifteen years after the events of the first King's Field. Without warning, a terrible storm decimates the kingdom of Verdite, spiriting away the protective Moonlight Sword and the King's very soul in the process. Only Lyle, the son of the possessed King, has the ability to locate the source of the evil tempest and retrieve the Moonlight Sword and restore the kingdom.

The game's leisurely pace remains wholly intact, as do its fighting and role-playing elements. To progress through King's Field II, however, players must rely more on communication with friendly characters (vs. the hack-and-slash original). Unfortunately, the conversations remain entirely noninteractive and are presented through onscreen text, not speech. However, King's Field II makes up for this shortcoming with striking, ambient sound effects and a respectable music score.

Virtually every object in King's Field II is expertly rendered in three dimensions. The fully polygonal graphics move at a relatively slow frame rate, much like the first game, but improved texture mapping, more vibrant colors, and an eye-popping menagerie of wicked beasts make the overall visual presentation considerably more appealing. Combat proves to be considerably more challenging and enjoyable this time around. The enemies better cover their flanks and recoil only from Lyle's most powerful attacks, although their increased abilities are offset by the treasure trove of new weapons and awesome magic spells available to the player.

Ultimately, King's Field II does not surpass the original sufficiently enough in terms of aesthetics or gameplay to make it a truly remarkable offering. The graphics and soundtracks, though better than before, lack new style or direction. Certain problems with the previous title are also retained, like an inability to quickly center the view after looking up or down. Nonetheless, players hoping for more of the same in King's Field II won't be disappointed.

The first King's Field was an excellent game, and its like-minded sequel is even better. This is an exciting, non-linear journey filled to the brim with swords, sorcery, and secrets. It is also a captivating, challenging, and lengthy role-playing game, and fans of role-playing adventurers should take it for a spin. --Greg Kasavin
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange, dreamlike, "rpg" quake-like game. November 20, 1999
By A Customer
In this sequel, Ascii Entertainment added a journal feature that allows you to look back over everything that anyone has said to your character before during the game. Just as in the original, the pace is slow and dreamlike. The real-time first-person perspective makes the game feel like some sort of twisted nightmare, and the slow pace allows you to get a good look at all of the strange 3d-rendered enemies as they kill you. All of the enemies are rendered 3d objects, which adds to the twisted realism. I have never seen any game similar to this one except for Kings Field [i]; you should probably try it out before you decide to buy it. I haven't found any Save Crystals yet, so I don't know how many blocks a save uses. The game loads the surronding terrain continuously after it starts up (which takes about 10-15s, if I remember rightly), so you will not have to wait around after you begin playing. The rendering in this game is really beautiful; so far I can't remember having seen any polygon tear while playing it. The slow pace and bizzare plotline will probably make this game unsuitable for some younger players; it is near Resident Evil on the Absolute Terror/Shock gauge. Really twisted game; every PS-X owner searching for the strange and unusual should try it at least once. If you like this game, be sure to get Kings Field I as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent example of Action RPG done right! November 29, 1999
By A Customer
The graphics of this game were well-done, and the music and sound lent a very dark, foreboding atmosphere to the game, which fits perfectly with the storyline. Getting the hang of the battle system for first-timers may take a bit of work, but you quickly learn the value of the strafing buttons.
The dungeons are incrediably complex. You will find yourself revisiting them over and over again to use the items or new abilities you gathered to open up that other section or so. Add to that the complexity of the traps and the dozens of hidden rooms and monsters, and you could easily spend hours in each dungeon.
The storyline and character development are excellent, and you will quickly find yourself absorbed into the game, just wanting to get that one last area... And then find out that there's multiple endings.
Easily worth the money. Get it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very addicting. November 14, 2003
By A Customer
I've read many reviews on this game, and they're all divided. But, here's my review. The graphics are very good. Detailed enough to see what's what. The music is cool because it changes depending on the area that you are in, which serves as a guide to help you remember where you're at. Items like the Pixy Map, and others really, really help. The pace of the game is extremely slow, but what keeps you involved is the fact that you can raise your HP and MP levels to make you stronger, faster, and a more powerful Spell caster. I really like the enemies. There are a good variation of them. Bloodworm, Skeletons, Blobs, Spider-Women, Golums, Mummies, etc. I like the fact that you really have to raise your experience levels before attempting to go to new areas. Because, you'll know once you get there if you're not quite ready for those creatures. I like to open the chests and get items. That's fun because most of the items really aid you on your quest. While others, like coins, sometimes don't bring as much satisfaction as, let's say, a sword, shield, or Fire Crystal. This game is not a very action oriented game. It teeters on action and strategy. You need to learn which weapons work best for certain creatures. The only thing I didn't like about the game is the characters you talk to move too, too slow and they have no facial features whatsoever. Also, you need to read what they're saying. I'm sure they could've used real voice actors. That would definitely make it more interesting.
As my title says, "Addicting". I finished the game. But, I was so bent on finishing the game that one time my memory card failed me and I lost my game. I actually started over from the beginning and was careful to save two copies of the game, that way I always had a back up!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining! February 20, 2000
By A Customer
I enjoy this game as much as any RPG I have played. Haven't finished it yet, but it is more entertaining than the Final Fantasy Series of VII and VIII, toward the end they get very repetitive and time consuming to defeat the big guys. This one so far seems more practical in it's progression to the top levels. At top levels you will be able to defeat the bad guys in a reasonable amount of time, more with skill than with luck. Learn the movement techniques and the right weapons and you will be successful. Final Fantasy VIII results seem more dependent on luck of the draw. Sometimes your best spells are used, sometimes not. King's Field I seem to be able to control the outcome more. King's Field I can play without purchasing a Stragedy Guide, Final Fantasy is impossible without one. So give it a try, there are many interesting things you will have to figure out and some really determined monsters to cope with. Graphics are terrific, nice looking, you move fast from cave to dungeon to mazes. I love creeeping around those narrow walkways over the lava river underneath! One really nice ability is to recall conversations you have had with anyone you ever talked to, that has been a real help, you don't have to write anything down and can review them anytime you wish. Improvements? - 1. I would like the ability to save more convenient, and, 2. when I have been killed I would also like the game to start over at the last crystal screen where I saved it. 3. The map of Verdite is virtually unusable/unreadable, useless!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible graphics
Published 2 months ago by melton barksdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic old dungeon crawl. Music should be sold seperately.
Epic dungeon crawl. Most people will need to play it in 30-60 minute sessions since the running and 360 camera angels in first person can make some people up-chuck. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lillypain
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best King's Field!
I love this game. I play it over from time to time. Really fun to play over and hardly ever get bored.
Published 14 months ago by A. Christianson
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing game
I remember this game from when I was a kid. It was my first ever Role Playing game and needless to say I was hooked on RPG's from then on out. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars Old School but AWESOME!
This is an AWESOME game!! The graphics of course are old, this was from back in the day! But the concept is cool! Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by ebrannen1
5.0 out of 5 stars Best King's Field EVER!!
And I thought the 1st King's Field was great! King's Field 2 was one of the best sequel's ever. They took what people loved and improved on it. Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by Adam D. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Only RPG hardcores need apply.
I first test drove this game at the local game shop when I was 14.I'd been playing titles like FF3(Yes,I know it's really FF6 but I was rocking SNES. Read more
Published on December 9, 2010 by Death_Metal_Chef
5.0 out of 5 stars Kings Field 2
An excellent game with a wonderful story line. It is one I have played before and I will play again. It NEVER gets boring.
Published on October 22, 2008 by J. Daughtry
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
It's just typical. That's the word of the day, it seems. Typical. Too many similar games available these days. Read more
Published on November 6, 2006 by B. E Jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars stepping backwards
while Kings field held me enthralled, while I adapted to the combat system and overlooked some small flaws. the second outing completely dissapointed me. Read more
Published on August 6, 2004 by lucifer32
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