Excerpt: PoPoLoCrois was originally released in Japan way back in 1996 and now ten years later, the game is making its long overdue western debut and on the shiny and significantly smaller screen of the PSP too. You play the role of the ten year old Prince Pietro. About a decade before the opening events, Pietro’s Mother: Queen Sania had transformed herself into a Dragon to save her kingdom from the imagitiveley named Ice Demon, sending the bad guy to the equally creatively named...
Excerpt: I've said it before and I'll say it again—life's too short for mediocre role-playing games (RPGs). Unless God him (or her)self comes down and tells me for a fact that there's life after this world, I have to assume that we're all eventually going to end up as dust in the dark, with nothing afterward. If this is the case, then there simply isn't enough time to play games that serve no purpose other than to be long and dull.
Excerpt: The first RPG for PlayStation that really blew me away was Final Fantasy VII , and the second that I remember was Lunar . Especially considering all the dazzle that was Final Fantasy in those days, how did a retro RPG title manage to make such an impression on me? There was story, creativity in design and fantasic music for starters. Then, underneath was a great engine for gameplay and battles and a huge world to explore.
Excerpt: The land of PoPoLoCrois was attacked by the Ice Demon and his four evil wizards, leaving PoPoLoCrois an icy wasteland. The people of PoPoLoCrois were utterly powerless to stop the attack, until a beautiful dragon came from the skies to protect them. The dragon fought tirelessly with the Ice Demon. The Ice Demon was eventually defeated and fell into the world of darkness taking the dragon with him.
Excerpt: References to candy are used often when discussing media such as video games. For example, high quality graphics and stylish visual design are referred to as "eye candy." It is with this candy mentality in mind that I review PoPoLoCrois for the PSP, because PoPoLoCrois is like a Marshmallow Peep candy. Peeps look teeth-rottingly cute and are somewhat fun to eat with their gooey texture but are ultimately an empty calorie snack without any discernible taste to them.
Excerpt: There are still a lot of holes in the PSP library at this stage in its young life, but none more gaping than the void in RPG titles. One of the first attempts to fill this void comes to us in the form of PopoloCrois, an RPG in the traditional Japanese style. Can RPG fans finally stop passing the time playing racing and sports games and finally get their role-playing groove on? Well the answer to that question is a firm “it depends”… Your father the king.
Excerpt: When you have a system that’s got a full library of games that consist of extreme sports and driving titles, it’s nice to see some variety in the form of an RPG once in a while. Especially when you're competing against the rather RPG-heavy GBA. PoPoLoCrois lends itself to being on of the few RPGs available for the PSP and while it may not be a 3D powerhouse, it harkens back to a time when RPGs were simple, easy to follow, and random encounters were plentiful.
Excerpt: When announced for release in the UK by Ignition, I'll readily admit that my heart wasn't set on fire, nor did my hands ache to get a firm grip on the review code. Still, in the interests of fairness and the ongoing struggle to broaden my gaming horizons, I gave PoPoLoCrois my full attention.