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Maken X

by Dreamcast
Sega Dreamcast
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • •Play as a supernatural sword with the ability to "brainjack" characters
  • •Includes 20 levels of action running at 60 frames per second
  • •The story features seven possible endings

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  • ASIN: B00004RBOV
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,524 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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With exciting first-person sword combat and an engaging storyline with multiple endings, Maken X is one of the most unusual action- adventure games to hit the Dreamcast. Players assume the role of Maken, a supernatural entity that can "brain-jack" the minds and bodies of other characters to utilize their particular strengths and knowledge. Not a bad skill, especially given the evil and gruesome baddies that Maken must overcome. Using a unique lock-on system that targets an opponent's weakest area, Maken takes advantage of a variety of hand-held weapons. As the story unfolds through 20 massive levels, your specific actions will decide your gaming route (as well as which ending you'll uncover).

First-person shooters--the kind of game where you run around shooting everything in sight from a first-person perspective--are commonplace on most gaming consoles, except (for some odd reason) on the Dreamcast. Maken X is one of the few first-person shooters for the system, but it is so unconventional that it ultimately deserves a category all its own.

In this game you play Maken, which is best described as a futuristic sword that has the power to possess people. The characters you control run around the graphics-rich levels, slashing their way through countless bizarre enemies as the plot unfolds. As the game progresses, Maken can "brainjack" some of the other game characters, and that ability to possess others and play the game from their viewpoint is Maken X's real draw. Another strong point is the game's capacity for multiple endings. The conclusion is determined by the character that you choose to follow, which allows you to play through the game several times without the gameplay feeling stale.

Characters are very easy to control, which is a big plus given that most combat takes place within sword range of an enemy. At times, it feels like the game would play better from a third-person perspective, but the first-person gameplay is easy to get used to. --T. Byrl Baker


  • Beautiful graphics that are free from slowdown
  • Multiple endings
  • Unique gameplay
  • Horrendous voice acting

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise Favorite January 11, 2001
I recently picked up Maken X, intrigued by the unique character art and generally good (though rarely great) reviews of the game. It has quickly become one of my favorite "First-Person Shooters", right next to Half-Life and the old Doom.
Maken X melds a relatively deep (if sometimes badly translated) storyline and unique emphasis on close-range attacks with Dreamcast-caliber graphics and impressively "whacked" artwork and characters.
Even experienced players will be challenged on later levels. Better yet, even when finished, you're not really so...the game has multiple branching paths which sometimes make a huge difference. I've finished it once and immediately started a fresh game--not only have some storyline elements been modified, but two new brainjack characters have shown up.
"Brainjack"? Yes, you "brainjack" characters to take over their bodies and weapons (sometimes one and the same). A different way of aquiring more weapons, but much more interesting than "shotgun <> railgun". And if only using close-range swords and such sounds limited, it is not. You can actually charge up weapons for different long-range (limited use) attacks ranging from puppets laden with explosive, to stomach parasites (!), to quad flying discs, all depending on what character you have. Heck, just seeing a new whacked-out sword design waving in your hand is interesting enough.
Highly recommended, especially to those like me annoyed by the lack of story elements and single-player fun in Quake III and other new FPS's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Having more in common with hack and slash classic such as Ninja Gaiden and Strider than the more stealth oriented first person shooters of today, Maken X weaves an intriguing game world with hints of an impending apocalypse, machine gods that are trying to seize power, and the excuse to simply get down to business & slash through an army of mutated brainwashed ninjas. With its decidingly old school play mechanics, Maken X excels in the actual combat system that is employed - a lock on feature (much like Z targetting in Zelda V) allows for manueverability in a 3D environment, blocking, jumping, and strategy involved in the battles. While most first person games tend to stick with gun fighting thus being far range fighter, Maken X is all about close in fighting with a blade, thus making the game so much more than a simple mindless shooter - strategy must be used to survive the latter levels where enemies are incredibly powerful and skill is of the upmost importance. The graphics are the usual Dreamcast quality, unbelievable with the occasional slow down - the entire design of the game is incredibly good save for some questionable character designs (some of them can only be desribed as wacky, but it is a Japanese game). The sound track and effects are all top notch, the presentation of the game from in game cinemas to the level selection screen all are very well done. The only stumble in the presentation is that the voice acting is incredibly weak, drawing the player out of the storyline (which is a dark, deep matter) with its bland lines, horrendous vocal pacing, and just bad acting. The voice acting is so bad that it lowers an otherwise excellent game into the mere realm of good. I recommend Maken X though, its presentation is top notch, the action is fierce and extremely smooth as well as harkening the genre back to the days of Strider and Ninja Gaiden, so it can't be all that bad, can it?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Try before you buy October 19, 2002
... Maken X truly is is a mixed bag. There are some intriguing gameplay elements (first person shooter with a sword, and the ability to Brainjack), and the game is fun at first, but eventually Maken X gets boring, repetitive, and undeniably frustrating (not to mention the horrendous voice acting). However, Maken X is not a bad game whatsoever, it's just more of an aquired taste. It's not a bad pickup at a cheap price, but try it before you lay down your hard earned cash for it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A moderately fun game. September 18, 2001
This game is fun to first and then after awhile it gets very boring and frustrating. I did like the close up action and having to fight off an enemy thats right in your face. I bought this game after reading reviews saying how good it was,I perhaps was a little hasty. The brainjacking feature makes this game truly unique. Rent this game first,you will be glad you did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Doom-a-like with twists April 29, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I rented this game and now am going to buy it. The cut scenes are a bit wordy and long (and you can only abort them one phrase at a time which really interrupts game play and is tesious which is why -1 star) but the concepts are cool, gameplay is fun, graphics are good, and contol is well done (although it took a a coule of minutes to get use to it works great). Maken X is basically a first person Doom style game (except so far I only have swords) with a rich story, and the ability to 'brainjack' (take over and control) other characters. The levels are balanced well with an occasional 'don't just kill the enemy' puzzle, where you have to manipulate the enemies to do something for you (like open a door). Each level is in a different city and looks completely different. I'm not sure how far though the game I am but I get the impression it has a lot of levels and depth left.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOULD BY FROM THEM ALWAYS
Published 1 month ago by Erving
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Own Dreamcast Game
Maken X is a must own game if you own a Dreamcast, not just for fun unique gameplay, but also because of this games style and hilarity. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by TyGuy1882
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated game...You're not playing!!!!!!!!
First off, let me tell you about Maken X. It's truly a fantastic game. It contains a unique experience of gameplay I've never seen in any video game. Read more
Published on August 13, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
I am not a big fan of corridor shooters. In fact, I kinda can't stand them! No matter the system, the frame rate is always lousy; anything but smooth! Read more
Published on March 2, 2001 by Matsugawa J. Andrews
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear God Help!!!!!!!!
This game is so very, very, very, very, very, very, boring and quite stupid!
Published on January 26, 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best of the best!
Tons of characters to find in the game. All sorts of weapons and special attacks. You have to fight against a hord of mutated ninjas and tons of bosses that are playable like... Read more
Published on July 1, 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars WEAK AND REPETITIVE
When I read and heard things about the campy, demented Maken X,I was tempted to buy it. Wisely I chose to rent instead. ThankGod. Read more
Published on June 8, 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars DISSAPOINTMENT
This game was a huge letdown. When I heard about this game's "brainjacking" technology, I was ready for a futuristic romp similar to the extremely fun Messiah. Read more
Published on June 1, 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars A TERRIBLE BORE!
This game is basically a boring, lamer version of DOOM. In the first person, you walk around with a sword and hack at enemies. Blah, blah, blah. Read more
Published on May 25, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars hmmm beautiful woman or commercial airplane pilot........
This is one game I've wanted for some time. I bought it and now I must say it is great. What I really love about this game is it's style and design. Read more
Published on May 19, 2000
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