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Eternal Ring - PlayStation 2

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  • Play the young magician Cain on a quest to find the ultimate magic ring in this exciting role-playing adventure
  • Fight numerous beasts and find ancient magical items supposedly buried long ago
  • Enhanced polygon graphics offer an excellent first-person perspective of a 3D world filled with giant dragons and enemies
  • Features real-time atmospheric effects like time of day and weather

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Includes Game and original case. NO MANUAL. Disc may have a few small scratches but nothing that affects gameplay. Case may show average wear from age and usage. All CassicGameStore games are tested before being placed into inventory.

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Eternal Ring marks From Software's first attempt at the first-person action-RPG genre for the PlayStation2. The game's opening sequence begins with the main character - an adventurer named Cain Morgan - walking through a palace surrounded by water. He notices a glowing object on one of the pedestals and picks up a ring. A dragon immediately swoops down out of the sky, preparing to attack. Cain raises his arms high above his head to ward it off, and the ring blasts the dragon with tremendous force, destroying it utterly. Yes, you're going to want to get more of these rings.

The game itself begins with a narration introducing the character Cain and a background story using a series of pictures that are drawn in a style reminiscent of medieval art. After the narration, you see Cain on a sailboat heading toward an island. Cain and the boatman begin a brief conversation, which you expect to be voiced-over since the narration featured voice, but unfortunately they aren't. Instead you just see characters opening their mouths and moving their lips as the dialogue text scrolls on the bottom of the screen. Despite some lackluster sound effects and the absence of voice-overs, the game's soundtrack does manage to set an appropriate mood and atmosphere of the game.

Eternal Ring runs at a faster frame rate than From Software's previous first-person RPGs (King's Field, King's Field II, and Shadow Tower), which clocked in at 15 to 20 frames per second. In the beginning, your movement is relatively slow, but once you obtain a special object from the first boss, you're able to move faster, and the rate becomes satisfactory.

The graphics in Eternal Ring are a leap from its PlayStation predecessors, but there is still room for improvement. Considering that some of the most recent PS titles (such as Vagrant Story) have been visual marvels, one can't help noticing that the graphics on this PS2 game could've been better. For instance, the faces on many of the characters are very plain. On the other hand, the environments, though not incredibly populated, are really well done. The waterfall inside the caverns and the transitions from daytime to sunset to nightfall really are very impressive looking. The biggest mistake in the game's graphics is the collision detection. When enemies throw projectiles like a stone or even magic spells, your instinct is to hide behind a wall or an object to avoid getting hit. Unfortunately, these projectiles or magic spells go through walls, so you still get hit by them.If you have played From Software's previous first-person RPGs, you'll have an idea as to how Eternal Ring plays - for the most part. The game uses a first-person perspective, and you, as Cain, use a variety of weapons and magic spells to defeat your foes, though more of the latter than the former since the only weapons in this game are swords and you will not come across a whole lot of them. Instead, the game focuses more on the usage of magical spells. While you had a gauge for both weapons and magic spells in King's Field, only magic spells are available in Eternal Ring. The gauge indicates the charge time to cast spells. Magic spells can be obtained by equipping up to ten rings. More than 120 different kinds of spells can be created by producing different combinations of the rings' elemental jewels. Other rings may not provide you with magic spells but instead may enhance your abilities, such as increasing your stats. There are countless combinations for creating rings that have magic spells, and you could spend endless hours trying to complete the entire set. In that sense, there is potential for replay value.

The Dual Shock 2 controller features analog buttons, including the D-pad. The default setting in the game has the analog buttons turned off, and the sensitivity is on 5 (on a scale of 1 to 10). It's really quite necessary to have the analog button turned on and the sensitivity at 1. This makes movements much smoother and faster during gameplay, and you don't have to press the buttons as hard as you do in the default setting. Tapping the attack button during a fight supposedly induces lesser damage compared with pressing the attack button, but the difference was hardly noticeable.

The gameplay though has not changed much since the creation of King's Field, and if you are an expert at the game, then the usual routine of strafing around enemies in a circle and slashing enemies as you approach them still works in Eternal Ring. If you have experience with previous From Software titles, you will probably finish the game in 10 to 15 hours. As you may expect from this genre developed by From Software, there is a good story integrated into the game, but somehow your character, Cain, lacks personality and the ability to interact with the rest of the characters in the game. For instance, in one case Cain watches a man getting killed by a monster and doesn't react in any way.

With more development time, From Software could have polished this game much more, but instead it has arrived feeling rushed. Eternal Ring is definitely a leap from its previous title Shadow Tower and is promising what King's Field IV may offer in the future, but it's certainly not the type of game that pleases every gamer. Avid fans of King's Field and Shadow Tower will likely love Eternal Ring, but others may want to try the game out first.--Ike Sato--Copyright © 1998 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review


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ASIN B00004YKHU
Release date October 18, 2000
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3.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
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If you like to grind, then you will drool over this for days. Yeah it's kinda short if you play in 12 hour sessions, but it should take a couple weeks if you only play a couple hours a day. This is a dungeon crawl that is very rewarding. Probably too rewarding, but it was a blast while it lasted. The bonus dungeon(sealed labyrinthe) is more hard than the storyline, and it's where I spent most of my time. I killed the sealed labyrinthe eventually, but it took awhile. Died quite a bit, and got lost even more, but eventually you remember which way to turn and make it to the end and then die after earning tons of stuff. It can be pretty annoying. There is several tricks in this game for item collection and farming xp. If you like to grind then this is probably one of the most fun games for that for the ps2 just because all the item drops. You will not make all the spells in your first playthrough unless you play it for a very long time. Lvl cap is 99, but elemental attriutes go infinitely as far as I know. Peace.
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It is almost unforgivable for a Live Action Adventure RPG to have difficulty in turning to face an on coming enemy, this game limits you to only the direction pad, up to go straight, down to go back, left to turn left, and right to turn right, but there is sever lag in turning right. Also you have to use triggers to look up and down, and some enemies are above and some low to the ground and you have to look at them to hit them, it gets confusing, Interacting with treasure chests and people also can be somewhat difficult as the interact button sometimes fails to be recognized, over and over. There is at times little sense of direction, and very few hints on what to do next. However I think this game may still bring some fun, so I can't rate it horrible even though it does have some of the worst controls for the style of game it is that I have ever seen.
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This game was not very well thought out. Other than the talking characters, the game play feels really cheap. Feels more like a PS1 game than PS2. King's Field II is way, way better... so was the first one. I was expecting this game to be like King's Field since it was made by the same company. Other than the first person view/feel, attacking, and picking up items, it is nothing like it. The music is cheap, alot of the rooms look the same, there is no map, and the gameplay is too fast and rushed. I'm in a poison area where you have to keep activating your Protect Ring to keep yourself safe. I'm trying to fight monsters and whatnot. Having to constantly use this item and waste magic doing it instead of being able to use your other rings is a pain. The game was not very fun to play to begin with, so I don't know why they threw in that poison area. Don't get me wrong, the game isn't the worst I've played, but it's definitely not what I expected or even remotely close to it.
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I'm a huge RPG fan, and got this immediately for the PS2. You are Cain, son of a noble father who wishes to help the King. A typical beginning, and unfortunately the first-person shooter graphics are also of Playstation-One quality, hardly taking advantage of the speed and power of the PS2.
The cut scenes are uninspiring, with mouths moving much longer than it takes to get through the text. The monsters, like tadpoles and wasps, will drop water gems and feather gems for you to collect. The graphics are reasonable, but not up to some of the other PS2 game levels. Really, though, what you seek are the rings.
There are tons of rings in the game, and by equipping combinations of them you can create yourself a great number of spells or powers. Gameplay in this sense is quite intriguing - you can easily get caught up in gathering rings, figuring out which items work best for your style of gameplay, and fight to the end. Combat is reasonably interesting.
In general, though, I play RPG and action games not just to shoot hordes of monsters, but to really get involved with the characters. I just can't care about Cain - he has no personality, and it often seems like just a dungeon crawl (i.e. killing anything in your path) instead of a real game. I think they might have rushed this one to get out in time for the PS2 release, and hope that their next release will spend more time in development.
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By toddisit on September 21, 2014
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This is okay, does not have the atmosphere or engaging play of King's Field, never finished the game, had some bugs that threw me right back to the start, and well, it's not the type of game you want to start over and go all the way back where you were, so I don't know if I will ever finish it. Not a bad game, not a great game.
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I was not going to write a reviewbecause the reviews of some ofthe other reviewers were on target.This game was pretty well thoughtout. If you enjoyed the Kings fieldseries, then you would definitleyenjoy this game. The sealed Labyrinth toward the end of the game provides added thrill and challenge, as you seek to obtainthe AWESOME eternal sword, andspecial unique secret rings thatreally add blossoming effect toyour power and attribute. Thelimited imperfections are really not worth noting. I hope Amazonwill be selling "Kings field IV-The Ancient City" expected out forPlaystation 2 at the end of March.After reading a review of thissoon to become available title,There is much anticipation, especially after completing thisenjoyable eternal ring Quest.
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