Summoner 2

Overview

On a storm-swept ship, the sequel begins...

You are the Queen of Halassar. Thousands have fought and died for you. Millions adore you as the goddess Laharah reborn. Your fate is written in the Book of the Prophets. You are the savior of all creation. But your enemies are strong. The King of Galdyr wants you dead. Sinister factions plot your downfall. The armies of Urath march on your borders. You are forced to talk only in short sentences. Below Munari City, the mysterious Unseen weave a dark conspiracy. Thus begins the tale...

Gameplay

With all RPG’s come several different types of stories. Of course some of them can take you in from the start and others you will have to work into and try to figure out exactly what is going on. Summoner 2 is really right between both of them. You start the game with a few brilliant looking cut scenes before you start the Gameplay. You actually begin the game as Maia on a ship that is being attacked from pirates, and so the game the begins and you start your sword slashing adventure.

I am personally not a fan of the turn-based combat system, which have been employed in a lot of previous RPGs. Well, in Summoner 2, you have a nice completely real-time action packed game. This is really one of my favorite parts of the game. You get the best elements of both genres of action and RPGs.

If you haven’t figured it out by the name of the game, throughout the game you can summon some of your friends to help you take on the bad guys. This can easily be done by pressing the R2 button. Once you summon a friend you have full control over that person while the computer takes over the other characters. This is where the problems begin.

The computer AI is not as responsive as one would hope. Usually one of the reasons you summon a different character is because you need help with a tough enemy. Well you summon the character in which could best defeat this enemy but still wanting some backup from your friends. Well that doesn’t always seem to happen. And when it does it’s really not that helpful. They don’t hit the enemies very often and when they do, they usually don’t continue to do so.

So once you do get onto the character you wish to control you can actually use some pretty cool combos, and blocking is also pretty easy with the R1 button.

Those hoping to complete the game in a few days would best stay away as Summoner 2 is s huge game. The extended gameplay also comes with extra baggage, in the forms of long loading times and a few glitches here and there. But you won’t feel cheated by these flaws, as the new real-time combat system and action packed gameplay more than makes up for its shortcomings. Volition seems to have understood the problems with the previous title and have made with great improvements with this one.

An interesting feature from its predecessor is the voice acting. While console RPGs have long been known to spot mediocre voice acting, fortunately Summoner excels in this area. Summoner 2 continues the tradition and provides with a great and solid voice work. All character’s voice matched their personality perfectly, resulting in some hilarious results.

The sound in Summoner 2 was that of what you would expect from an RPG like this one. It sort of flows with the game and can keep you going throughout the game.

Graphics

The first Summoner was really a very poor looking game. It really didn’t have much going for it, so this was something Volition really had to concentrate on this time around, and for some things they did a pretty good job on, but on others it’s just a flashback from the past.

One of the biggest problems of the original Summoner was the character models. In this edition of Summoner the character models have improved but they are still are not perfect. They are much more detailed and well shaped compared to the previous edition, but still lack the sharpness you would expect for a title on the PS2.

Another problem with the graphics would have to be the landscapes. I can understand with a game as large as Summoner you would have to take a little off of it to fit it all on the disc, but I also think they still could have done a much better job with the overall landscapes of the site. They all seem very pixilated and just don’t look very good. In fact a lot of the landscapes start to look the same after a while, which can make you feel like you’re doing the same thing over and over again.

On the flip side however, the animations are very impressive, and it seems like everything seems to flow rather smoothly throughout the game. There are a few minor glitches but nothing that’s going to take you away from the game.

Fun Factor

If you’re a fan of the RPG genre there is really nothing not to like in Summoner 2. You got all the RPG aspects you could want and you get some fast paced real time acting with it what could be bad. The story isn’t the best in the world, but it will keep you wondering what will happen next, so for the most part it gets the job done.

Overall

This is one of the better RPGs on the PS2. While Summoner 2 doesn’t push the envelope in terms of innovations in graphics and gameplay department, it really shines in other areas. You’ll get the feeling of ’been there, done that’ with Summoner 2, but we do recommend that you try it for its action-packed combat and solid voice acting. There is a lot of depth to the game, which can keep you coming back for more for quite some time.

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