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Forever Kingdom is a tough love of a game. You won't get into it right away, and for the first few hours you'll be finding yourself swearing more than playing. But with a little patience, and a few grains of salt, it becomes a rather fun RPG. Nothing that will ever knock the typical Final Fantasy game from the throne, but an enjoyable game no less.
In a nutshell—not a great game but not horrible either. While the graphics are nice, the music is quite draining to continually listen to. While the control is decent, the frequent bad camera angles often hinder your actions. Being able to switch characters is a plus, but it seems they also get in your way a lot, especially in a heated battle. In essence, it seems for every good point to the game there's also a negative counterpoint in the same category. If you're an action/adventure RPG fan then you'll find some redeeming quality to this game and may enjoy it. I probably wouldn't recommend this game to anyone else however, which is why I give it a score of 75.
As negative as this review sounds, Forever Kingdom is not a bad game. It manages to do many things right, and even has more than a hint of originality. The problem is that the game still has a lot of ground to make up in regards to the many technical problems it contains. Like Evergrace, Forever Kingdom is not for everyone. For those on the fence, this is a definite 'rent first'. But, if you're looking for something just a little different, Forever Kingdom is something worth looking at.
La durée de vie est tout à fait honnête : ni trop courte, ni trop longue. Le jeu étant très linéaire, elle se situe invariablement entre 25 et 35 heures. Pas de quête annexe, impossibilité de se perdre,... Tout est fait pour pousser le joueur à se concentrer sur l'aventure principale. L'essentiel est que l'aventure reste agréable et prenante de tout son long, ce qui est le cas. Pourquoi donc en demander plus ? Forever Kingdom remplit parfaitement son rôle de "bon petit RPG", et c'est le principal... Au moins c'est un jeu qui ne pè... enfin...hum...restons élégants... qui n'a pas de flatulence au-dessus de son orifice fessier (suivez mon regard...).
Forever Kingdom is the perfect example of brilliant ideas marred by shoddy implementation and pathetic execution. Had the developers taken the time to thoroughly play-test the game, they might have realized the injustice they had wrought upon a potentially amazing title. At best, Forever Kingdom is an average game on impressive hardware. Those who enjoyed Evergrace will more than likely find the game accommodating. Those hoping for an enjoyable new action RPG may be better served looking elsewhere, as this one needed at least another 6 months to cook.
Dressing up is fun, and patient action RPG fans will find a lot to discover and a tougher quest than in the original. However, cheap deaths, an average story, and questionable boss balance hold Forever Kingdom back from being a completely satisfying experience.
Not a bad effort on From Software's part. No doubt the combat is tough to master, and the graphics won't make Squaresoft's artists lose any sleep, but Forever Kingdom has an unquantifiable charm that makes it an enjoyable diversion during these cold winter evenings.
Forever Kingdom comes out of left field to present a surprisingly entertaining action-RPG experience, especially considering what a grim affair the King's Field series has always been. It's nowhere near perfect, particularly in the visual department, but the multi-character gameplay gives it a good deal more gameplay longevity than some of the other contenders in this department. Rent it first, perhaps, and you might spend the whole game wondering why they don't make another Seiken Densetsu game, but it might turn out to be quite the rewarding experience. Just remember, though, that the iron pot doesn't suit the Flare Armor in the slightest.
Some players will find that the more unique aspects of Forever Kingdom make it a worthwhile title even though it's merely adequate in most respects.
At a time when PS2 owners can taste sweet RPG candy like "FFX", "Grandia II" and many other similar flavors, "Forever Kingdom" comes across as a sour and bitter pill to swallow (great ambient soundtrack notwithstanding). A rental at best and an underwhelming waste of PS2 technology at its worst, the sequel to "Evergrace" fails to live up to its complete lack of hype and lowered expectations. From Software should stick to what it seems to do best: first-person dungeon crawlers and kick-ass action mech games that don't have analog support.