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King's Field: The Ancient City – Consumer Guide

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According to ESRB, this game contains: Violence

Parents have nothing to fear. There is no gore or blood to be seen, nor any nudity, sexual situations or questionable language. The player will be killing lots of monsters that disappear by slowly fading out of existence, but otherwise its totally harmless. Be aware that the game has a SIGNIFICANT difficulty, and is not at all approachable by anyone younger than the early or mid teens.

Gamers in general will want to avoid this game since the requirements for completion are the patience and meticulousness of a dungeon crawler combined with the brainpower and creative problem solving of a free-thinker. You'll also need tolerance for the games control quibbles. In all honesty, this game is not for the gamer in general. Role-Players will be in for a treat unlike any other, as long as they can read my comments for Gamers in General and not run away screaming.

Fans of Final Fantasy will want to look elsewhere. Kings Field: The Ancient City is probably the closest a game can possibly come to being the complete and utter opposite of what the big blockbuster RPGs are like. No flashy explosions, no turn-based battles, no movie-like CG and no cute anime girls are in this game.

Fans of Kings Field will be treated to the best-looking, most well-crafted and most immersive Kings Field ever. Its shorter and more linear than the previous games, but only in the best ways. Most of your favorite equipment returns as well—Yay TripleFang! However, be aware that the game is merely a more polished version of the previous ones, and does not offer a significantly new experience.

Deaf and hard of hearing gamers will have no problems here. The game offers full text for the entire game, and there is almost no spoken dialogue throughout the disc.

Category Tags
Platform(s): PS2  
Developer(s): From Software  
Publisher: Agetec  
Series: King's Field  
Genre(s): Role-Playing  
ESRB Rating: Teen (13+)  
Articles: Consumer Game Guides  

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