|System: PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Flight-Plan||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Atlus||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 11, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In addition to the battle sequences, there are a few entertaining mini-games that you can play to unlock new stages and items. One of the first that you will encounter is a peg-board style game that challenges you to solve patterned puzzles similar to what you would see in an IQ-testing book. Although this mini-game isnt that exciting, it is a nice departure from battle grinding, and provides a nice challenge.
The graphics in this title are surprisingly good for a title on an aging system. Cutscenes are animated very well, and character models are close to current-gen quality. However, in-game graphics and environments are nondescript, and you can expect to see a lot of repetitive elements throughout the battle stages. Still, this title stands head and shoulders above most other PlayStation 2 titles and looks very good overall.
Sound in this title is fairly good, with some great voiceovers and nice background music to go with it. The voiceover is entirely in English, and, unfortunately, there is no option to switch to the original Japanese. However, the voiceover is still very good, and stars like Johnny Yong Bosch (best known for his work as Nero in Devil May Cry 4 and as Ichigo in the Bleach series) do an excellent job lending their voices to this title. The music in Eternal Poison is also very good and features some nice thematic tunes for each level. Although it is interesting to note that despite the games very dark and gothic appearance, the music is quite upbeat.
Controls are fairly standard as far as menu-based RPGs are concerned. Controls only consist of using the D-pad to navigate command menus and move around and using the X button to confirm menu selections. There are no advanced controls, and if you have ever played a turn-based RPG, youll be able to jump right into this title quite easily.
Overall, I have to say that Eternal Poison has to be one of the most entertaining RPGs I have played all year. Although it sticks firmly to genre conventions in terms of general gameplay mechanics, the overkill system is interesting enough and adds a new (albeit simple) dimension to the battle system. However, Eternal Poisons real strength comes from its multi-faceted story, and you might be surprised how quickly you can be drawn into this title. If youve got a PlayStation 2 thats begging for some action, Eternal Poison will fit the bill nicely. While it wont appeal to everyone, it will definitely satisfy those looking for a solid RPG with a great story to tell.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor