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[PSX] King’s Field II by Marriott_Guy - 03/21/2007
Developer - From Software
Publisher - ASCII Entertainment
Platform - Playstation
Release Date - 31-Oct-96
The second US release in the King’s Field series, King’s
Field II for the Sony Playstation, published by ASCII Entertainment
and developed by From Software, perfected the FP RPG genre
set in it’s predecessor. True to form, you are free to undertake
this extensive adventure as you deem fit. This may seem somewhat
daunting to gamers who prefer a more linear approach to their gaming experience.
With the kingdom of Verdite once again in peril and the King
having gone insane, this lengthy quest pits our hero (Lyle, son
of the cursed King) in search of the source of terrible evil that
has blighted his homeland. Once again, you are in search of the infamous
Moonlight Sword and the magical power that is contained within.
Fans of the first release will feel right at home when playing Overall,
King’s Field II is an excellent sequel. Most arguably the best in the.
The tried and true format of discovery and exploration are not only intact,
but have been improved upon greatly. Many more weapons, armor, magic
and ancient artifacts are to be found in the vast country of Verdite.
The main difference gamers will appreciate is the much improved environments
that you will explore. The vastness of the outdoors are richly detailed
and in complete 3D full polygonal graphics. Earth tones are
still the dominant color of choice, but have been put on steroids and communicate
effectively the grim nature of the danger at hand.
This time around, interaction with various NPCs (non-playable
characters) is required to complete certain facets of the game. Do
not worry though – they still sport the same ghastly, undefined faces as
in the original. This may be a disappointment for some, but
it does add to the dreamlike tone of the game. Significant differences
now include the ability to review past conversations you have had with
these individuals. This does assist when trying to complete certain
side quests for that special set of armor that you have been searching
Another welcomed addition is the ‘Pixie’ map that you can acquire,
rather early on in the game. This is extremely helpful in your navigating
the various areas, and saves a great deal of time in unnecessary back-tracking.
Monster AI has been improved upon as well, but employing ‘strike-back up-move
forward-strike again’ tactics are again effective. Enemies will utilize
different strategies against you, but the main advantage (or disadvantage)
is the level of hit points they have compared to yours.
The FP game play rate hovers around 15-30 FPS, depending upon the amount
of activity at any given time. The World is seamless and huge – there
are no loading times between various sections of the country. As
in the original King’s Field, an almost surreal atmosphere prevails
during game play. Levels/sections of the homeland are varied and
unique, with a strong sound theme accompanying each. Again, sound
samplings for the creatures and actions are perfect and well utilized,
both in the time used and comparative sound level to other ambient music/effects.
The control is excellent, using the D-Pad to navigate/move/look
at this richly detailed world. Executing attacks and other actions
are intuitive and easy to perform. Your progress through the various
sections is impeded by the level of the fiends that you encounter, right
from the beginning of this saga.
Overall, King’s Field II is an excellent sequel. Most
arguably the best in the series, King’s Field II is still not for
everyone. The game play is still rather slow, even being compared
to the standards utilized when it was released in 1996. However,
the solid game play and overall presentation rate this game high amongst
its contemporaries. Arm yourself with patience and diligence
– this is an epic journey. This is a definite must-have for any fan
of the RPG genre.