Excerpt: Climax, the Japan-based developers of Landstalker, not the UK-based developers of Sudeki, tossed out their first PSP attempt this year with Kingdom of Paradise, titled Tenchi no Mon in Japan. As the first Japanese-styled Action RPG on the platform to hit North America, Kingdom of Paradise didn't have any shoes it needed to fill. Unfortunately, Kingdom of Paradise is an entirely forgettable experience. That's not to say that Kingdom of Paradise is without worth, though.
Excerpt: Eastern mythology and lots of great-looking swordplay combine in Kingdom of Paradise, an exciting and action-packed 3D role-playing game exclusively for the PSP. It's worth noting right up front that Kingdom of Paradise would have been a solid console game if it weren't portable, so the fact that you can carry this full-fledged, graphically remarkable RPG with you wherever you go is an impressive feat.
Pros: Great setting inspired by Eastern mythology and martial arts, Fantastic-looking combat and some excellent character design, Searching for new fighting moves is addictive fun, Meaty quest will keep you busy for many hours
Cons: Quest objectives sometimes confusing, and the world map can be hard to read, Combat heavily favors chi attacks, which makes all the swordfighting feel weak, Voice cast butchers Japanese words
Excerpt: In its short life span, the PSP has seen a healthy offering of games from every genre except RPGs. While it can certainly be argued that the genre really don't lend itself all that well to portable gaming, there are still die-hards who want a little RPG action on the go. This lack of RPGs makes Kingdom of Paradise a tempting offering for PSP owners craving a portable RPG. Visually, Kingdom of Paradise squeezes everything it can out of the PSP.
Summary: Kingdom of Paradise for the PSP is a
surprisingly deep RPG that allows players to create a great number of attacks.
The swordplay system allows you to create your own style of attacks using
special moves and potions to increase your skills. The game follows most
role-playing conventions otherwise as you traverse a large map of different
areas, facing off against dozens of enemies in real-time battles.
Excerpt: Like Tecmo's Tokobot , a PSP game I recently reviewed, Kingdom of Paradise is one more brand-new project (as in, not a port, offshoot, or sequel of a PS2 game) with a criminal amount of missed potential. I don't know exactly what's going on, but there seems to be an epidemic plaguing Sony's shiny black handheld. Is there a technology-based virus infecting development houses that prevents perfectly good ideas from coming together?
Excerpt: Developer - Climax Entertainment Publisher - Sony Computer Entertainment Features Wireless Multiplayer (ad-hoc) Online Capable (infrastructure) – download items only With very few RPG's available for the PSP, Climax and Sony have released a great action RPG in Kingdom of Paradise. However that's not to say there is no room for improvement, but with the lack of RPG's available for the system Kingdom of Paradise provides an entertaining game.
Excerpt: There’s something about the mix of swordplay and Eastern environments that speaks of a great backdrop for a game. Maybe it’s the fast paced hacking and slashing by skilled swordsmen or going up against numerous opponents at the same time that’s perfect for action titles. Perhaps it’s the undercurrent of magic and channeling chi, or exploring a lush, sprawling countryside that works well for RPGs.
Excerpt: Kingdom of Paradise is a legendary adventure similiar to Jade Empire. While it's not without its flaws, it's an engaging and addictive RPG experience. You are Shinbu, a disciple who gets kicked out of his clan for sneaking a peek at their secret magic. This actually works out to your advantage, because shortly after your exile, your clan is destroyed, leaving you and one other person to start from scratch.