Excerpt: Published by: Activision Developed by: Players: 1 Memory Card-30KB Analog Controller-Vibration Function ESRB Rating: Teen Orphen: Scion of Sorcery This kid's got such attitude and lip you're either going to hate his character or love him to pieces; no wonder his name is Orphen, he was probably abandoned by his parents when he was able to grasp his first vocal skills and so eloquently told his folks where they could stick that pacifier.
Excerpt: Orphen: Scion of Sorcery was the first PlayStation 2 game to really amaze me with its graphics. Sure, I noticed sweet things in other games: physics, realism and detail PlayStation could never pull off before. But for a complete package showcasing the PS2's ability to push polygons, Orphen gave me the open-mouth-in-awe feeling I'd been waiting for.
Excerpt: At first glance Orphen: Scion of Sorcery looks like it could be a worthwhile game. Unfortunately, looks are so often deceiving. Based on the popular anime Orphen , the game had plenty of potential to be a decent action-RPG, but the resulting game was just a mess.
Excerpt: Orphen is about a smart ass sorcerer with a big mouthed blonde, and a weakling apprentice sorcerer on a quest to help out the lives of a pinkhead dancer, a big mercenary, and a young musician who all seem to have some common goal to visit Choas Island. It’s your pretty typical RPG huh?
Conclusion: Wrap Up: Overall Orphen is the type of game you'd buy and play for at least a month or two and then put back on the shelf that is if you're a hardcore rpger, but if otherwise you'll put this game up within a day or two.
Conclusion: What kills Orphen is the simple fact that it does nothing to make players care about the characters or their plight. They are all so one dimensional that the game is a chore to complete, making players simply try to finish it out of principle, not because they actually give a damn about helping the characters achieve their goals. On top of this there are three different quests in the game, each completed one after the other. Talk about a test of patience.
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