Reviews and Problems with Rengoku: The Tower of Purgatory
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Rengoku: Tower of Purgatory
The Armchair Empire
11 March 2010
Conclusion: As players make their way to the cybernetic wiseman of the tower, they will have to traverse eight randomly generated dungeons. Usually when a game has dungeons like this, the gameplay is very stop-and-go since players have to stop to go through a battle sequence, and then get back to the business of exploring the dungeon. Since Rengoku has a more fast-paced, action-oriented stance, the game may provide players with a more frenetic experience for this sub-genre.
Excerpt: Rengoku: The Tower of Purgatory is a science fiction action game where you take the role of A.D.A.M., an android that can attach various weapons to himself as he looks to discover the meaning of his existence. The game comes from Jun Suemi who takes the story concept straight from Dante’s Divine Comedy. The basic concept of Rengoku sounds intriguing and you would think it would be a very good idea, but the game doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Conclusion: Rengoku: Tower of Purgatory is an action RPG, but it barely fits the genre, as the game is far more about combat and weapon management than role playing or story. Rengoku has an amazing item management system, a very hip new control scheme, and some damn sexy android designs... and that's about it. As far as gameplay goes: kill, get items, climb tower, rinse repeat.
Pros: Amazing android designs by famed artist Jun Suemi, Unbelievable amount of weapons, armor and combinations, Unique head and right/left arm attacks assigned to each button, Amazing android designs by famed artist Jun Suemi, Unbelievable amount of weapons, armor and combinations, Unique head and right/left arm attacks assigned to each button
Cons: Dismal textures/level design, Very repetitive gameplay, Virtually no story, Dismal textures/level design, Very repetitive gameplay, Virtually no story
Excerpt: I have been catching up lately on all the “Buffy the Vampire” episodes I missed out on in the past, and something about Rengoku: The Tower of Purgatory struck me as familiar. Remember that bad guy in “Buffy” who was built out of all these random parts from different demons? Adam? Season 4? Well, when I saw that the main character in Rengoku is a cyborg named A.D.A.M. who can attach pieces to himself from the enemies he fights, I was like (in best Keanu voice), “Whoa!
Excerpt: Another original PSP title from Konami, Rengoku is a free-roaming adventure, utilising an imaginative science fiction scenario, and extensively illustrated with stunning visuals designed by renowned Japanese illustrator, Jun Suemi. Suemi-san's trademark dark and foreboding style brings to life Rengoku's fusion of East and West sci-fi elements, as the player is drawn into a dark and distant future and cast as a finely-tuned battle android. Cybernetic fighter A.D.A.M.
Excerpt: Note: I was not able to try out the multiplayer, an aspect of gameplay that looks to greatly add to the enjoyment of the title. While I cannot say directly how much it would affect the review, it is something to consider.
Excerpt: Rengoku has got to be one of the ugliest
games I've witnessed on the PSP. This game is riddled with flaws, yet I
cannot put it down. Something is working behind the scenes here.
Something Sinister. Something I have no control of. Whatever it is, I
hope it keeps working its magic.
Excerpt: Robots. Robots are cool. So cool that they’re almost as cool as ninjas, so anything dealing with robots must be cool by default. That’s just the way of the world and if you can’t accept that, then you’re just wrong, because everyone knows that robots are awesome. Just don’t bring up Rengoku because for the first time in history, something has made me not want to be a robot.
Excerpt: I'm not sure what Rengoku means exactly, but "tower of purgatory" is a reference to the game's main location. Players control an android named Gram, who, after killing thousands of human beings for his unknown masters, decides to seek out the reason for his existence by scaling a 10-story tower. The tower is filled with other androids, which Gram has to defeat on his way to the top.
Conclusion: Plain and simply this game, as with games similar to this, have been done better so many times before that I think it makes this game look even worse. While I was playing this game I felt that I was not only wasting my time but that I was seeing the action genre take a huge step back. The action in this game was sub-par to say the least, and the visuals didn’t help the game out either.