Excerpt: Wackiness is hard work. Anybody can come up with a random quip that makes his friends laugh, but true silliness requires almost managerial skill. Humor is an art of incongruities; a good humorist must know them intimately, and fit them together like puzzle pieces or cogs in a machine. Okage: Shadow King is an offbeat game in both senses of the word. While the game can be funny and intriguing, it's often unable to keep up with its own momentum.
Excerpt: Okage: Shadow King uses a graphical style that can best be described as unique--at least in the world of videogames. Anyone who's seen Tim Burton's claymation work--notably The Nightmare Before Christmas , but also James and the Giant Peach --will immediately recognize the spindly-legged style and the very strange mouths of some of the characters.
Excerpt: In the early days of the PS2 good RPGs were tough to come by. Okage: Shadow King was enough to feed starving gamers until the release of Final Fantasy X , but now that the PS2 has plenty of good RPGs, is Okage worth playing? The story follows a young boy named Ari. One night his sister was attacked by a ghost and cursed with the “Pig Latin Curse,” which forces her to forever speak in Pig Latin.
Excerpt: Okage: Shadow King is a quirky tale about a young boy by the name of Ari whose shadow becomes possessed by Stan, The Evil King. From this point, he must help Stan locate the imposter Evil Kings from other towns so he can regain his powers and finally leave Ari's shadow. While Stan continually refers to Ari as his slave, the young boy's sarcastic nature often undermines the demon's plans.
Pros: Off-beat character design, Good sense of humor, Polygonal towns look good
Cons: Sadistic loading times, Unfriendly camera, Battles are weak and fairly repetitive
Excerpt: Roughly a year after its release, the PlayStation 2 is finally starting to get some quality software. Fans of action games now have Metal Gear Solid 2 and Devil May Cry; survival horror nuts have Resident Evil: Code Veronica; guys who like a more cerebral game have the lovely ICO; racing is well represented by Gran Tourismo 3; and sports fans can pick and choose from a multitude of solid titles.
Excerpt: In the meantime, players with a hunger for a new title may find intrigue with Okage: Shadow King . Unlike the majority of titles which attempt to outdo each other and rely upon assorted special effects and brand recognition, Okage stands in a class of its own. With a heavy emphasis on humor, Okage: Shadow King is one of the uncanny RPGs to be introduced in a very long time, and could very well garner interest for those looking for a unique adventure.
Excerpt: Not to mention you might be in a bit of a budgetary bind and might be looking for a few bargain games to check out. Worry not, this week I have three selections from a few years ago that should be quite affordable for your gaming budget in the here and now.