PS2 PREVIEW: NEOPETS: THE DARKEST FAERIE

My daughter loves Neopets. Seriously loves them. She's on the Neopets website quite often. It's quite the little phenomona, much like Pokemon. The idea is to raise these little pets and fight them. I think. And maybe buy stuff for them. I don't know. I don't pay much attention. I'm sure she'll be pleasantly excited when I tell her about this new game coming from Sony and Neopets Inc. She'll freak when she sees the screenshot of that Neopet fighting the other Neopet and the other screenshot of....the hallway! Way to get us excited Sony. Send a screenshot of a hallway! What a hallway! Woohoo!! Can't wait to visit the hallway!! I hope that hallway is in the game or I'll be mighty disappointed.

From the looks of the press material, it appears that Sony has yanked out everything Neopetish from Neopets the PS2 game and turned it into a fighting adventure game that only stars two characters. On second thought, maybe my daughter won't be that impressed. Come to think of it, I'm not even sure I like that hallway screenshot any longer either.

Story:

Developed and created by Sony Computer Entertainment America, Santa Monica, and Neopets Inc., Neopets: The Darkest Faerie is an action/adventure game available exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system that extends the online entertainment of Neopets.com and provides a fully interactive offline experience. With more than 30 million users, Neopets.com is the fastest growing youth community in the world. Neopets.com is consistently ranked among the top 10 stickiest sites on the Internet by Nielsen Net Ratings, generating more than two billion U.S. pageviews (five billion pageviews worldwide) per month.

In Neopets: The Darkest Faerie, players enter the land of Neopia for the first time in 3D and journey with Neopian characters on an adventure to rid the world from the evil Darkest Faerie. Together they will travel through new lands, meet strange inhabitants and discover a mystery unseen by Neopian eyes. Complete quests, defend yourself against evil creatures under the influence of the Darkest Faerie, collect and use a variety of items throughout the adventure.

Features:

  • A single player 3D action-adventure tale that spans 1000 years of Neopian history.
  • Players can switch between two characters - Tormund or Roberta, to take advantage of their unique abilities.
  • Huge seamless environments for exploring magnificient castles, rugged steppes, swamps, ancient dungeons, overgrown forests, floating palaces, ghost infested ruins and much, much more.
  • Through gameplay, players can equip their characters with swords, wands, shields and armor to defend against the powers of the Darkest Faerie and her minions.
  • Unique "mote magic" system allows players to customize both attack and defense with items found in the world.
  • Petpet power up systems, allows player to select which petpet can follow them and confers special abilities to the player.
  • Explore over 60 areas with 100s of NPCs (Non Playable Characters).
  • Open and explore a whole new realm in the world of Neopia.
  • Battle 12 unique bosses.
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System: PS2
Dev: Sony / Neopet inc.
Pub: Sony
Released: Fall 2005
Players: 1
Preview by Vaughn
RATING (OUT OF 5)
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NA
GRAPHICS
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CONTROL
NA
MUSIC/FX
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