A lone fighter, a brash sorcerer, a hot-tempered rogue...
Three warriors, brought together by an unexplainable force,
must embark on a fateful journey that will continuously test
their battle skills. Take control of all three, switching
characters on the fly to battle an onslaught of enemies from
beyond this world...
must admit to having mixed reactions when I started playing
Demon Stone. Firstly, I was totally blown away by the
beautiful video sequences. This amazement turned to delighted
surprise when I realised that the actual game was almost as
good as the cut sequences. However, that soon turned to disappointment
as the gameplay started to unfold. At first, due to the fact
that all I was doing was progressing down a predetermined
route picking off bad guys by the dozen, I thought that there
wasn't much to this game. It appeared that all you had to
do was fight your way through the charging demonic armies
by simply pressing the "X" button.
how wrong I was. Sure, the opening level is not very challenging,
but there is a very good reason for this. As you progress
through the levels you pick up more abilities and moves. You
also meet the other two characters you can control and getting
up to speed takes time.
story, as it unfolds, is quite a complex and engaging one.
So, it will come as no surprise to learn that New York
Times best-selling fantasy writer and Star Wars
novel author, R. A. Salvatore was responsible for the storyline.
It's also worth noting that the vocal talents of Patrick Stewart
and Michael Clarke Duncan are slipped into the narrative.
did have issues with the game's A.I. in places. For example,
at the start of level three you must prevent a portal from
being opened by controlling the sorcerer. However, the fighter
and the rogue can sometimes be seen wandering around looking
for something to do while you are being attacked by a group
of baddies. But, on the whole, the ability to switch between
the three characters works really well.
problem, be it slight, is the inability to skip the intros.
This can mean that you have to watch the same cut sequence
over and over again when you are killed, or you fail in your
mission. But, these smallish moans aside, Demon Stone
is impressive on every front.
possibly the most impressive thing about this game is that
it pushes the graphics capability of the memory starved PS2
to the max. Add to that the fact that there are no seriously
long waits during the loading of each level, and you know
you're onto a bit of a winner.
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