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Summoner: A Goddess Reborn is not only a wonderful RPG, but it’s an excellent recreation as well. With over thirty hours of playtime and dozens upon dozens of side-quests, it will definitely keep you busy. While it is not without its faults, the camera set-up in particular, it is easily one of the best RPGs available today. If you love role-playing games and own a Cube, why are you still playing Evolution Worlds? A superb story, wonderful gameplay and plenty of playtime are certainly enough for any RPG lover to own this game. A Goddess Reborn is highly recommended over the PS2’s Summoner 2, for the latter’s framerate problems alone. Can Volition continue to improve and make a possible Summoner 3 even better than this? More importantly, will it slide straight to the Cube? Maybe. For right now, check this one out and enjoy. We’ve got a wonderful year of RPGs ahead of us!
The game has some drawbacks, to be certain, but still has to be considered a wonderful choice for fans of the genre and platform. It can suck up a lot of space on a memory card (19 blocks), but this game is a treat for the eyes, ears and mind.
While it may not be the most technically advanced RPG on the market by any stretch of the imagination, Summoner: A Goddess Reborn still manages to break through its weaknesses to stretch your imagination.
Ever since the glorious 16-bit SNES days, Nintendo RPG fans have walked a long and lonely road. The N64 had brought with it a drought of such classics, as few developers could squeeze the lengthy titles onto the restrictive N64 cartridges. But when Nintendo announced the disc-based GameCube system back in 2000, we figured that our favorite console-maker had learned its lesson. Nintendo gamers were filled with new hope for a resurgence of the genre that had been so recently dominated by Sony's PlayStation.
Overall, Summoner: A Goddess Reborn is a good game. It’s not anything special, but what it does, it does well. One down side is that while the game features 3 party members questing together, there is no option to play though the game with multiple players. With the kind of experience this game provides, a multiplayer aspect would be very enjoyable. The story is engaging, though the combat isn’t to the same degree. Anyone in need of an RPG would do good to pick up Summoner, especially considering that the retail price is only $40 USD (as of this writing).
Un jeu qui offre de bonnes sensations malgré l'absence du premier opus de Summoner sur la console de Nintendo. Le soft est équivalent à la version PS2 et ne tire pas pleinement partie des capacités de la machine. Son scénario trop décousu n'est pas des plus captivants et son action trop répétitive devient vite lassante. Espérons que le prochain épisode, si troisième épisode il y a, saura tirer les leçons des deux premiers volets pour offrir un jeu intéressant du début à la fin.
Spurious decisions aside, at its core Summoner is definitely not the worst way you could spend your time if you have a penchant for role playing games. No element of it is exceptionally good, but taken in total the experience is reasonably enjoyable. If you’ve already demolished the far superior Skies of Arcadia Legends, and the dungeon hacking of Phantasy Star Online or Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance doesn’t appeal, this could be your ticket to a leisurely time with the GC. It’s not a game that drove my interest, but it’s a moderately satisfying way to while away the hours.
Into Liquid Sky
Summoner: A Goddess Reborn isn't the greatest RPG. It's not even the best one on the Gamecube. But, for those looking for a good story and a change of pace gameplay-wise, this title proves to be good enough. While the game could have used more time development-wise which keeps it from realizing its potential, it's still a good diversion, especially if you find it for a cheaper price.
Summoner: A Goddess Reborn has come a long way since the original and is headed in the right direction, but I find myself happier with Summoner 2 on the PS2. I disagree with the "improved" character design, feel irked by the hateful camera, and in all, the game has aged in the short time between the PS2 and the Gamecube. Three times a charm, but not this time.
Summoner does one thing exceptionally well in the end. It tells one great story, even though we've heard similar before it. The game will easily last you a good 40 hours, with all the side quests and exploring, which is impressive for the nature of this game. Game Cube owners don't have many Action/RPG's to look upon, but once you've taken on Zelda, and need a new fix, Summoner is better than Darkened Skye. I mean, who cares about the origin of Skittles anyway?
Summoner: A Goddess Reborn taught me that political correctness does not make a game good. I'd much rather play as a horny male chauvinist in an engrossing game than as a strong woman in a bad one. Playing the part of a warrior queen should be fun, but my enthusiasm was gone by the time I beat the game's final boss. "I never have to play this again," I thought. "Thank God(dess)."