Folklore Review
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System: PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Game Republic 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SCEA (SONY) 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 9, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

There are seven different environments spread through these interesting chapters, each with their own characteristics, monsters, and creatures that give the realms a life of their own. You'll find yourself dwelling into deep forest, walking around big open fields, or exploring the undersea. You'll meet several amazing bosses and you'll have to figure out how to fight them. Some more advanced creatures require a bit of strategy in order to defeat them. Not all the attacks work against everyone out there; you'll have to use your intuition often to take care of them.

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Folklore is very visually appealing. It's displayed at full force with wonderful HD resolution; it really transports you to another world. Colorful sparkles full of magic decorate the Netherworld. The character design is quite spectacular, and it won't get you bore. Each creature has been designed with care, mixing up the species and coming up with bizarre but highly interesting hybrids of elephants and flowers, seals and dogs, cougars and dragons, or monkeys and hogs. There are also little leprechauns that will give you tips on how to approach the enemies and continue on. Doolin looks exactly like the typical small Irish village from the coast. If you've been to Ireland, you'll agree with me. There's great attention to detail, and if this was followed by real environment interaction, this game would have it all. Well, almost all.

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The game is indeed quite slow, and you'll have to have some patience to get through the first part of the game, which is the prologue. There's no real cutscenes throughout the game, and the lack of voice acting makes the game harder to follow and enjoy. Character interactions are displayed like a graphical novel, bland and static as can be; that bored me. Although the music is totally adequate and fit for the title, it is at the same time too relaxing and produces a dozing effect. Nice and lighthearted piano tunes accompany the characters through the levels, and more engaging and rhythmical music prepares you for action. Mysterious voices and drizzling sounds produce a mystical environment that really sets the mood. Unfortunately, sometimes the mood is interrupted by loading screens placed in every corner; this gives the game an outdated feel, along with the totally non-interactive surroundings.

With all the magic and fairy-tale elements involved, I would highly recommend this title for a Halloween night at home. It's not very frightening but it's definitely sinister and kind of creepy. Only you can decide if this game is for you, but I can at least say it's been made with love and TLC. Give it a try and see!

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

Features:

  • Journey to seven incredibly vibrant realms, all uniquely designed and tailored to fit their distinct personalities. From the ruins of the Undersea City to the never-ending maze of the Endless Corridor, each destination is different from the next.
  • Inspired by western fairy tales, players interact with or clash against a cast of over 100 originally designed creatures, characters, and monsters.
  • Using the Sixaxis wireless controller, the player must battle monsters and literally "shake" them into submission and "yank" their powers from them. The absorbed powers will be used to capture or defeat the monsters that lie ahead.
  • Begin the game as either Keats or Ellen and learn their story and gameplay style. Keats uses traditional direct attacks while Ellen uses strategic methods to trap her enemies. Decisions made in one story line will directly impact the story path of the other.
  • Through Online Dungeon Trials players can design custom Folklore dungeons and share with players online. Populate your levels with creatures you collect during your single player campaign.
  • Will utilize PSN to extend and refresh content and overall Folklore experience.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080p (Full HDTV, Widescreen).

    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.3
    Graphics
    Gorgeous in most ways, but the characters lack expression and energy. More cutscenes should have been added to the equation, to make the game more dynamic.
    3.5
    Control
    It's not much more than button-mashing and limited use of the Sixaxis motion controls.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Beautiful and relaxing piano tunes are mixed up with music that sets up the mood for action. Magical sound effects resonate through the mystical environments. If only there was some voice acting we would have managed to stay awake!
    3.5
    Play Value
    This is a good game to play the first time around, as long as the slow pace doesn't bore you too much.
    3.7
    Overall Rating - Good
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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