King's Field: The Ancient City Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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GameZone (Apr 09, 2002)
I’m giving this a definite “must buy” score based on my personal experience with this game … due largely in part to my confession that I am about to make. I have never been a fan of any King’s Field game in the past. I’ve played them, but haven’t thought much of them. This title has really made me a loyal fan, and I will be going back to play previous titles which were released.
However, that's no reason to pass up the experience of trying something new, if you're curious and up to the challenge. King's Field: The Ancient City definitely qualifies as a unique role-playing experience for those willing to try it, and longtime fans will definitely be pleased. Rent it first if you're willing to experiment, and you'll more than likely be pleasantly surprised at just how good this game really is.
GamePro (US) (Mar 26, 2002)
So don’t go in expecting something new or different something that will radically change your world view, or even your opinion of the King’s Field franchise. King’s Field has its fan base; this will keep them loyal. The Ancient City harbors more of the same, but in a good way.
Game Critics (May 29, 2002)
I think there's really something to be said for the slow, moody and incredibly involving approach to adventuring that King's Field: The Ancient City takes. Its substance and sensibility are so unique and so far removed from the normal content of what the term "Role-Playing Game" has come to represent that I think most people simply don't know what to do with it. Therefore, very few people give it the chance it so richly deserves. This game comes with my highest recommendations if you have patience and are willing to take an open-minded attitude toward what the game has to offer. The experience youll have is quite unlike anything else on the console market.
IGN (Mar 27, 2002)
King's Field: The Ancient City is an okay venture into the world of first-person role-players. Long and challenging (although not necessarily for the right reasons), desperate adventurers could find a lot to like.
GameSpot (Apr 22, 2002)
King's Field: The Ancient City will strongly appeal to a small subset of RPG gamers, fans of From Software's similar endeavors in particular. Although it would require serious dedication to replay The Ancient City, and although the game offers only a few more innovations than the previous titles, the lengthy journey will be well enjoyed by those who can appreciate the style of gameplay. Many more players will find this game unforgivably slow, overly difficult, and dull. For them, the game will be a total waste of time, if not emotionally scarring. Several hours with the game should let you know which group you belong to, and a rental is definitely advised for those who are not already familiar with the series.
King's Field is essentially a first-person shooter that plays like a point-and-click adventure. You truly must be a hardcore role-playing fanatic to get into this series. Buyers beware.
35 (Apr 17, 2003)
Das Haltbarkeitsdatum von King`s Field 4 ist längst abgelaufen und das sowohl spielerisch als auch technisch. Das Spieltempo ist so gering und das Gameplay so zäh, dass Euch selbst zehn Tassen Kaffee nicht vor dem Einschlafen retten. Zudem gibt es nichts, das auch nur ansatzweise interessant oder originell wäre und selbst einfachste Rollenspielelemente wie Sammeln und Leveln sind eher lästig als motivierend. Nicht einmal die Story kann überzeugen und das obwohl man sich sogar unübersehbar bei Tolkiens Herr der Ringe bedient hat. Darüber hinaus ist die audiovisuelle Präsentation an Tristesse kaum zu unterbieten und die katastrophale Lokalisierung ist einfach eine Frechheit.
25 (Feb 19, 2003)
On n'attendait pas grand-chose de ce quatrième volet de la série King's Field, mais le résultat est encore plus affligeant que ce que l'on pouvait imaginer. Un jeu laid doté d'animations désastreuses et pourvu d'un gameplay dénué de tout intérêt qui rendent les parties apocalyptiques.