Reviews and Problems with Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
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Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
20 October 2012
Excerpt: Talking animals, magic and a massive cuddly bear make it easy to dismiss Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom as being a Last Guardian for kids, but that would be doing the game a disservice, since the game is much more than it appears, and deserves more attention than it has been given. At its heart it is a classic action adventure game of a variety not often found in this console generation.
Summary: Despite some repetitive combat and unresponsive controls, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom's evocative visuals, epic bosses and neat puzzles provide more than enough reason to witness the relationship between a thief and a giant magical oaf slowly flourish
Pros: The lush environments and brilliant cut-scenes, The intelligently crafted environmental puzzles, The epic boss battles, which add some depth to the otherwise basic combat
Cons: The repetitive combat, The unresponsive controls, The the relationship between the thief and Majin feels underdeveloped
Summary: Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is a brilliant premise held back by poor execution. An open-world adventure between a boy and his giant, it's a well designed game with thoughtful puzzles and a wonderful team mechanic. Unfortunately, groan-worthy writing, acting and clumsy controls drag the overall experience down.
Pros: Clever puzzles and level design, Companion system works well, Lots of different ways to approach situations
Cons: Dreadful dialogue and voice-acting, Sloppy controls, Shoddy production values, Cliched story