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King's Field (PlayStation)

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Description

The powerful and holy Moonlight Sword was stolen from King Alfred of Verdite. Prince Alexander, one of the king's closest friends, embarks on a journey to retrieve the sword. During his voyage a terrible storm overcomes his ship, and it sinks to the bottom of the sea. Alexander miraculously survives and is washed ashore on the mysterious island of Melanat. He has to explore the island, aware of the monsters roaming it, and find the sword.

King's Field (originally dubbed King's Field II) is the second game in the series, and the first one to become localized in Western countries. Like its predecessor, it is a first-person 3D action role-playing game with a heavy emphasis on dungeon crawling. The game takes place in world consisting of interconnected areas, which gradually open up as the player acquires keys and other means to enter them. Most of the time the player is free to explore large areas, though he may encounter powerful enemies he is yet unable to defeat.

The player character can attack physically with melee or ranged weapons (bows), as well as cast magic. Physical attacks and spells are each assigned to a different button. Character growth is handled by repeatedly executing the same types of attacks and applying certain items to raise attributes. New in this installment is the learning of magic from special crystals. Most of the creatures encountered in the game are hostile, with only a few offering help such as procuring different types of crystals needed to make healing potions. Every NPC in the game, whether hostile or friendly, can be killed by the player. Alexander can sprint now, though doing this depletes his hit and magic points and he must rest for a while to recover them. It is also possible to teleport between areas.

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King's Field PlayStation One of the game's few eccentric merchants
King's Field PlayStation Wells like this one restore your health.
King's Field PlayStation Finding a fire crystal.
King's Field PlayStation That's a big kracken.

Alternate Titles

  • "King's Field II" -- Japanese title

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No kraken is an island, and every clod is washed by the sea אולג 小奥 (169544) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

Game Revolution Jun 04, 2004 A- 91
GameFan Magazine Apr, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Game Players Mar, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Coming Soon Magazine Mar 15, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Nov 25, 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamezilla 1996 74 out of 100 74
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 19, 2010 14 out of 20 70
GameSpot Dec 01, 1996 6.7 out of 10 67
Play Magazine 1997 61 out of 100 61

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Trivia

Moonlight Sword

One of the key items in the game is the Moonlight Sword, a large blue crystal blade with a golden hilt, which has subsequently shown up (sometimes with a slightly different name) in nearly every other game produced by FromSoftware, including 3D Dot Game Heroes, Armored Core, Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Enchanted Arms, Evergrace, Ninja Blade, Otogi, and Spriggan: Lunar Verse. In most cases it is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, weapons in the game, and it is often hidden accordingly. There was even a King's Field editor released for Windows called Sword of Moonlight.

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