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Shadow of Destiny

by Konami
PlayStation2
Teen
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews) 78 / 100

Price: $55.00
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  • 1 Player
  • Digital Control
  • Analog Control
  • Vibration Function
  • 10 Massive Chapters

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B000059Z7W
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,874 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Experience the unique adventures of Eike who is given the ability to travel through time, alter his fate, and prevent his own murder! Travel through changing time periods and use clues from the past to change the dire destiny that awaits. With stunning true-to-life graphics, full character voiceovers, multiple story paths, and a riveting tale of mystery, Shadow of Destiny defines the next generation of adventure games.

Features:

  • Multiple scenarios that change dependant upon the actions taken
  • Multiple endings to the story line
  • Nine chapters with additional scenes when the game is re-played
  • Solve puzzles while searching for clues about your killer

Review

Imagine you were able to turn back time and prevent your own death. Now imagine that in doing so you forever altered history and have to jump back and forth through the dimensions to put the world right again. Welcome to Shadows of Destiny.

Described by Konami as an "interactive novel," the game's plot follows the fortunes of lead character Eike, a man knifed to death in a quiet German town by an unknown assailant. Eike must now save his own life and in the process discover why he was murdered in the first place.

Eike can wander this full 3-D world in a number of different time zones, ranging from the present all the way back to the middle ages, with suitable graphical treatments for all. It's standard adventure game fare, with the usual array of objects to collect and use in the pursuit of altering history. The graphics are well above average and convey a real sense of place. The atmosphere is heightened by the utterly superb 3-D sound, which makes a major mark on the gameplay, thoroughly enhancing the atmosphere in a manner rarely seen in console games.

There are only really two things that prevent Shadows of Destiny from being a top-of-the-line PS2 title. The first is the length and frequency of the cutscenes. In the first 45 minutes or so of play, there's so much scene setting that the player has precious little to do except watch--which is frustrating for impatient players. The second is the short playing time--around seven hours to complete one of the game's half dozen paths. It's just not long enough for the serious gamer and does the title no justice.

However, if you can get past these hurdles, Shadows of Destiny is a wonderful game. The plot is intriguing enough to keep players arguing continuously over the identity of the killer while trying to keep up with the game's temporal puzzles.

Shadows of Destiny certainly won't be to everyone's taste. Its unusual mix of heavy storytelling and adventure action seems a little odd at first, but perseverance is the name of the game, and the player who sticks with it will be rewarded with an engrossing experience. --Chris Russell -- Amazon.co.uk


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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Storytelling, Flawed Gameplay March 16, 2001
Shadows of Destiny, hands down, has the most engaging story of any game I have ever played. Probably a third of the game is CG movies--which are great at moving a story. The voice acting, if not perfect, is well above average for a video game. The graphics, as other reviews attest, are simply top-notch, making this game a visual feast. Indeed, it is interactive cinema, if I have ever seen it.
The premise is that you are being murdered, over and over again, and that you need to flit through time (from the 16th century to the present) to tweak events to prevent the possibility of your murder. This involves puzzle solving, such as the use of ropes, ladders, discussing possible movie topics (no joke!), borrowing keys, eavesdropping, and, of course, making weird use of the legendary Philosopher's Stone (if only Harry Potter was along for the ride). Sounds great, right? Well, aside from its not really engaging deeply with the implications and paradoxes of time travel, the story is. The puzzles are not too easy, but you won't need a clue book, either--this isn't Myst.
For all you technical types out there, there is occasional pop-up and slowdown, but it didn't bother me.
The real problem is game play. There is no action in this game. No jumping, no punching, no epic boss battles, no strategy, no practicing your Crouching Tiger day after day. You can walk, talk, and manipulate objects in the most basic way. Anything more (including most object manipulation) is handled by the cut scenes. So the game basically alternates between walking and talking on the one hand, and cut scenes on the other. The story emerges beautifully (I have finished the game) chapter by chapter.
So what do you do when it is over?
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible game, few flaws. A surreal mystery game. March 9, 2001
By Raven
You find yourself in Germany. You take a step out of the cafe you just ate in and glance down at your watch. 2 PM the hands read. You start to walk down the road. It's quiet and empty. The next thing you realize... you've been stabbed in the back. You fall forwards and the view gets hazy. Then you awake, in a surreal surrounding, with an unseen speaker talking to you. You have a second chance, you can change your destiny and fight fate. Do you have any choice but to accept?
This is probably one of the most amazing games. There are 10 chapters you work your way through, and 5 possible endings. You go through time, avoiding death several times, and you have to try to change the timeline as little as possible. Can you find Dana before you have to return to your original time? Are you able to stop Ekard's wife from being murdered? How many times are you going to die, then return and find a way to avoid it? The game has one main path, but there are many variables you must take in mind. The slightest action you take might change the future forever. I hope you enjoy this game as much as I did... there were few flaws, only really that you could only really save at the end of a chapter. You could use a special type of save so that you could save your place at any point so that you could stop playing the game for a bit, but it was erased once you loaded it, so trail and error things couldn't work. There is one small thing I should tell you... in the game do not come in contact with yourself. Since it is walking a thin line existing in a time and place where you already exist, if you touch yourself or come in contact with yourself (realizing who it was), you will no longer exist.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating. January 1, 2002
Whether it be a book, movie or even a video game, there are some stories that just stay with you. I'm talking about those stories that fascinate you so much that you are thinking about it months later and still saying "Wow" to yourself. Eiche Kusch's adventure in "Shadows of Destiny" is one of those stories. It is, hands down, the most fascinating game I have ever played.
The premise: Eiche is murdered by an unknown assailant. He is brought back to life by an enigmatic being who calls himself "Homunculos" and given the opportunity to go back in time to prevent, and solve, his own murder. But it's not quite that simple. Having prevented your murder once, the killer will strike again, prompting you to travel back to another time to prevent it, and so on and so on. As Eiche travels further back in time to prevent his demise, he uncovers dark secrets and insights as to why he is being marked for death in the first place. To say anything more will give it away.
This very unique plot allows for some very nifty time-travelly puzzles, especially in the first few chapters. The only problem with the puzzles is that, as clever as they are, they are very easy to figure out. In some cases you are practically told in giant neon letters what you need to do. It's kind of a let-down, and I wish the puzzles were a bit harder. But in a way, it's also a good thing. Since the puzzles are easy, you can move through the game at a steady pace and they don't get in the way of the story.
One of the core criticisms of this game is that you spend more time WATCHING it than actually PLAYING it. This I agree with, but I don't think it's a bad thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars is really bad, unengaged gameplay
This game, is really bad, unengaged gameplay, a lot of plotholes, terrible voice acting. But I love it! It's my biggest guilty pleasure, it's so bad it's good! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Alan Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
I love this game and wanted to replay it. A few days after ordering i recieved it and it works great no scratches.
Published 9 months ago by erikad8303
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
I love this game. This is actually a replacement buy. The time travel and puzzle solving aspect along with preventing your own death make this a very fun game.
Published 15 months ago by idlehands505
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpexted Fun
This game is full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat! for this price its a must buy especially if you like mystery's and games like Heavy Rain. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lufia123
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game
This game was cool. The plot was amusing, the gameplay was ok. It was a nice game tho, made me remember how gaming used to be, with good story, intriguing characters and cheesy... Read more
Published 21 months ago by BunnyDigital
4.0 out of 5 stars Like old
The game is based on ps2 launch graphics but is a great thriller mystery. Compare to today's games its very dated but still fun imo.
Published 22 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
Great price for a rare game now. Great game with puzzles! The many endings will keep me playing! Great buy.
Published on December 11, 2012 by Chelsea Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the worst games I've ever played
- I am a gamer
- I've been playing games since the NES
- I am a developer
- I did not finish the game because it was too crappy. Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by Tekk
1.0 out of 5 stars EVILLLL!
I remember playing this game when I was very young at my brothers friends house, and I was addicted to it. Read more
Published on June 13, 2011 by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of Destiny--Ahead of Its Time?
Shadow of Destiny came out on the PS2 in 2001--long before the revival of the popularity of the point-and-click adventure genre on the DS (games such as Phoenix Wright and Time... Read more
Published on May 27, 2009 by Feelah the tigress
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