Bujingai: The Forsaken City

Overview

Creating a great hack and slash game can be one of the most difficult things to do. Many games that have attempted to do so and have come up with games that are fun to start with but they all seem not to mix it up enough or have enough depth to make a great "complete" game. Well BAM Entertainment teamed up with Taito in there attempt to make a great hack and slash action game in Bujingai: The Forsaken City for the PS2.

Gameplay

Most of the successful games that hit the market these days are the ones we have been hearing about for years on in. And other games hit the market either heard of a little or never heard of at all. Many times these quiet sleeper titles end up being some of the most intriguing titles of the year. Bujingai: The Forsaken City had the potential to be one of those titles. So is it the Sleeper hit of 2004? Well, not quite, but it’s still a surprisingly good game.

You play the part of Lau Wong, a martial arts expert who defiantly knows his stuff. The game is set in the very distant future where supposedly about 70% of the world will be annihilated. And what is even worse is that Lau’s best friend is the one at the center of the action. Well as many of you probably could guess Lau must go after his old best friend to stop this future destruction of the world. The story behind Bujingai: The Forsaken City isn’t one of the best in the world, but it does stay true to the theme of the game and stays somewhat interesting throughout.

You have four main abilities in which Lau has in his arsenal: spinning, jumping, attacking and spell casting. One of the nice features involved in the game is the ability to connect any of these abilities into a combo. What is really nice about this is that it allows a number of different combos in which you can pull off. This gives you plenty of options and leads to plenty of diversity in the game.

Many will think when they start Bujingai: The Forsaken City that it’s an easy game which really doesn’t have enough difficulty to it. But don’t speak too quickly because the game steps up the difficulty level as you go through the first levels of the game. Many will find the huge jump in difficulty to be quite overwhelming at first, but the more you play the more you will become accustomed to having both a good offense and a good defense.

By far the best aspect of Bujingai: The Forsaken City is the countering system, which proves to be extremely fun throughout the game. If you time your sword slashes to the right time then you will see some serious damage being dished out to your enemy. The countering system adds an element of depth and strategy to the gameplay, which is always a welcome addition to the game.

The magic in Bujingai: The Forsaken City is also very important in the game. Although you only start out with a fireball attack you will gain more and more as the game moves on. These spells become extremely important in the later levels of the game and are a blast to watch happen as well.

Unfortunately not all is great in the game, because there are some problems that hold back the game from its true potential. Although the enemies do get more and more difficult throughout the game, they still aren’t really all that hard. You will also start to get the feeling that you are facing the same enemies over and over again, and that can wear you down as well. The game also starts to feel a little too simple at some parts, as the game (on default difficulty level) seems rather easy and simple.

With all of this being said Bujingai: The Forsaken City still has some great combos and a solid countering system, but it just isn’t enough to make this game great. Instead we are left with a rather decent hack and slash playing action title that has the potential for greatness.

Graphics

Most of the hack and slash titles to-date have been great looking games with high resolution graphics. So can Bujingai: The Forsaken City graphics stand up against the other good looking hack and slash games out there? The answer is yes.

Bujingai: The Forsaken City is a game that has some great action sequences that look great. The action on screen is very impressive and has plenty of detail with an interesting visual style that works well with the game. The character models are pretty good, nothing fantastic but work rather well with the game. The main character, Lau, which was modeled after Japanese rocker Gackt looks great, and certainly adds to the selling points for the game. The environments are more of a mixed bag then anything. There are some in the game that look great and others that don’t do as well.

Overall you are looking at a game that’s not fantastic in the visuals of the game but isn’t half bad either.

Fun Factor

At the beginning of the game I would have given this game a very high fun factor rating. But as you progress more and more through the game you will find that the game loses its flair. You will find that many times throughout the game you will feel like you are doing the same thing over and over again. With this being said throughout the game you will have plenty of action and plenty of enemies to take out.

Overall

Bujingai: The Forsaken City is a good hack and slash title but not a great one. The lack of variety to the game hurts it in the long run. Unless you are a fan of the genre this one will make a solid rental.

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