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While gameplay is excellent in general, I occasionally found myself disoriented on rare occasions by awkward camera angles. I can't forget to mention the lavish classical score ranging from soaring epic compositions to delicate melodies. It gives the game a dramatic tone and a cinematic flair. Likewise the sound effects of rushing water and crumbling rock are uncanny in their realism. Rygar is one of the most addictive platforms games I've ever played on my PS2. Don't miss out on this one.
Overall, Rygar is a great game. While a 3D platformer at its roots Rygar does away with all of the negative things that are usually associated with the genre and comes away a real gem of a game. With good graphics, great sound, a decent plot, and intuitive gameplay, Rygar is sure to appease anyone looking for a good action game that will occupy you for a good long while. The next time you happen upon a game store or a rental place, pick Rygar up and give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
If Tecmo could have spent a few more months on Rygar the game would have been an instant hit but as it stands it is a testament to the glory days of old. If you can manage to put up with the unintentionally funny dialog and bad sub-titles you will experience a legendary gameplay experience. Let's just hope next time the vision of the series isn't marred by a Holiday rush.
With all of this said Rygar is a fine addition to your PS2 library, the only complaints I have is the shortness of the title and the sometimes awkward camera angles. If you still have a soft spot in your heart for the legendary warrior then by all means give this game a go. If you are a fan of action titles such as DMC you should definitely give this game a whirl. A truly great upgrade to a fine NES classic. Let's hope Ninja Gaiden turns out this well. Highly Recommended!
Tecmo did a great job at bringing Rygar back for the new or nostalgic gamers. With impressive visuals, thoughtful sound, and great game play, Rygar is a game worthy of your holiday money.
Des combats dantesques, une quête longue et une réalisation fine pour un titre qui réjouira les amateurs d'action pure et dure.
Rygar is one of the best action-adventure titles you can currently get for your PS2 immersing you in a wondrous world of fantasy and magic. The Diskarmor is one of the most innovative weapons of all time and with the three versions and dozens of combos and unique attacks the possibilities for creatively dispatching your enemies is nearly endless. If you love action, fantasy, and heroic combat then look no further than Rygar: The Legendary Adventure.
I like Rygar a lot. Its combat is fun, its atmosphere is amazing, and its Greco-Roman stylings are just too cool. It also does a great job of channeling the spirit of the game it's based on, unlike the recent remake of Shinobi. While I would have liked it to be longer, it has decent replayability that will extend its stay in my PlayStation 2. If you liked Devil May Cry or are a fan of Rygar on the NES, then Rygar: The Legendary Adventure probably deserves a spot in your PlayStation 2 library.
All in all, when it comes down to the end, Rygar is one of the best action/adventure titles of the year. The game's incredible atmosphere, coupled with its gorgeous visuals and wonderful gameplay truly makes Rygar an excellent action experience that all fans of the action genre must have. PS2 owners look for a great Devil May Cry-esque fix will find themselves heavily rewarded with Tecmo's Rygar: The Legendary Adventure. As a side note, those who are into deep, engrossing and meticulously performed soundtracks will absolutely fall in love with Rygar's soundtrack. Make sure you give Rygar: The Legendary Adventure a look, it's one of the better game titles of the year, and arguably the sleeper hit of the year.
Respekt! Zwar hat sich Tecmo deutlich bei Capcom-Spielen wie Devil May Cry inspirieren lassen, doch das Endprodukt wirkt durch das ungewöhnliche Setting eigenständig und lässt Dantes zweiten Auftritt gehörig im Regen stehen - auch wenn die Story sich nicht gerade logisch entwickelt. Die nach und nach erlernbaren Fähigkeiten und Kombos locken genau so zum Weiterspielen wie das exzellente und äußerst stimmige Leveldesign. Und die jederzeit passende Musikuntermalung kann gekonnt verschleiern, dass die Soundeffekte zwar gut, aber bei weitem nicht herausragend sind. Einzig die Spieldauer sorgt für Unmut. Profis werden Rygar nach ca. sechs bis acht Stunden beendet haben. Trotzdem: wer nach einer mehr als gelungenen Alternative zur Devil May Cry-Serie sucht, ist mit Rygar bestens aufgehoben und wird sich für eine hoffentlich kommende Fortsetzung wünschen, dass es noch mehr von allem gibt.
On all fronts Rygar is a worthy game, with perhaps its moderately short length being its only drawback. Bolstered with great graphics and a superb soundtrack, Rygar makes up for its weaknesses by displaying an array of gameplay elements woven craftily together in a game that should make any action gamer happy.
Ein schneller Einstieg, rasantes und actiongeladenes Gameplay, gepaart mit ein wenig Coolness und ein paar neuen Ideen machen das Spiel zum Action-Hit! Vor allem die genial vielseitige "Diskarmor" Waffe und die "Summons" im Final Fantasy Stil sind tolle Innovationen. Gerade Fans, die vom zweiten Teil von Dantes Dämonenhatz derbe enttäuscht wurden, finden hier einen süchtig machenden Ersatz mit nur kleinen Schwächen.
Tecmo hat wieder einmal ganze Arbeit geleistet und präsentiert uns mit Rygar ein ausgereiftes und gut spielbares Game ohne Ecken und Kanten. Die einmalige Waffe Diskarmor sorgt für einen ganz eigenen Spieleindruck und dürfte nicht nur die Anhänger der in die Jahre gekommenen 2D Version erfreuen. Dazu bekommt man viele Action-Adventure Elemente geboten die ihren Namen auch verdienen, auch wenn sie nie über das betätigen von Schaltern, in Rygar als drehbare Ikonen realisiert, und das finden versteckter Eingänge hinausgehen. Dafür sieht man dem Game die Detailverliebtheit an mit der es erstellt wurde, denn die Welten sind sehr detailliert und nie langweilig, genauso wie das Design der Level selbst, in denen man sich trotz der fest montierten Kameras nie verläuft.
While Rygar lacks in the replayability department, the overall package is so good, it's a game you really shouldn't miss for the PS2. Even if you've never played a Rygar title before, you'll certainly enjoy this one with its lush graphics, unique gameplay and good sound. Rygar: The Legendary Adventure is a worthy purchase for any fan of the adventure genre.
Of course as far as purchasing the game is concerned, if you liked the Devil May Cry series and are partial to the gladiatorial period, there is one question that may help you come to your decision. If it isn’t broken, why fix it?
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Overall, though, Rygar: The Legendary Adventure is a decent return for one of gaming’s classic characters. With a gorgeous setting, good plot and creative gameplay, Rygar made a good leap forward from 2D into the 3D realm. However, a few graphical and gameplay flaws, as well as its short duration, detract from the total overall experience, making it seem like more of an expansion pack than a full title. But if this is actually the first step in a new Rygar franchise, it’s a definite step in the right direction.
Had it not been for the frequently infuriating camera, and had it not taken so long to get going and proven to be fairly short once it got good (weighing in at something like 10-15 hours play on the regular setting), Rygar could have been significantly more impressive than it already is. But for the most part it's damned good - Tecmo delivers another PS2 treat.
Overall, Rygar was a lot of fun, despite its problems. Unfortunately, with game time topping out at six hours (including a decent amount of aimless wandering) I simply can't recommend it as a purchase. As a rental, Rygar is an excellent game, but just doesn't provide the lasting entertainment value that one expects when spending $50 on a video game. The six hours that I got out of the game were fun, but I was simply left wanting more; while that is the mark of a good entertainer, it is not the mark of an excellent video game. Any fan of action-adventure games and straight-up smashing stuff should certainly give Rygar a shot, but don't let that thirst for destruction harm your bank account in the process.
Rygar: The Legendary Adventure has plenty of drawbacks. The story is weak, the camera forsakes practicality for dramatics, and you'll mostly be fighting different insects throughout most of the game, but Rygar's most stringent issue is its length--the game is only about four and a half to five hours long, making it beatable in about two or three sittings. Of course, it will take you more time to unlock the additional artwork and movies as well as any other items that you may have missed over the course of the game.
Rygar sets out to be an engaging Playstation2 while harkening back to its 8bit roots. Remarkably, Tecmo succeeds on both accounts, including enough of the old game to appeal to old school gamers but enough so that new gamers will not be scared off. If anything, the game is skewed more towards those with no previous Rygar experience, which is probably going to work in the games favor, as far as sales go.
Bénéficiant d'une excellente réalisation et d'un gameplay efficace, Rygar pêche par son incapacité à nous faire oublier l'aspect répétitif du beat'em all, qui se trouve même mit sur le devant de la scène en raison de l'apathie qui se dégage de certains passages du jeu et des affrontements un peu trop simples. Pourtant, c'est idiot, mais Rygar séduit tout de même le joueur s'il parvient à passer outre. Peut-être une intervention des dieux ?
Jag vet att jag tjatar om Devil May Cry, men i det här fallet är det faktiskt befogat. För utan Dantes helvetesfärd hade varken Shinobi eller Rygar: The Legendary Adventure kommit till. Tack vare Shinji Mikamis facination för kompakta actionspel upplever genren nu en ny guldålder. Jag älskar varenda minut av det. Så trots att Rygar: The Legendary Adventure har sina fel och brister, välkomnar jag det med öppna armar.
I realize this review seems fragmented. Perhaps the game inspired that, perhaps not. Don't let that influence your purchase, though. Without a doubt, Rygar: The Legendary Adventure is a perfectly acceptable follow-up to its excellent predecessor, and a good title in its own right (particularly if you liked Devil May Cry and the sequel's release in 2003 seems too far away). With generally impressive visuals and a terrific sense of atmosphere, it seldom goes wrong. However, it's also a game that will be over almost before it begins. And I can't help but feel that it was about to be so much more but Tecmo grew too afraid to take the time. Though it sometimes feels rushed, though, there's no doubt this game is good. Definitely an ideal rental, with a few last-minute attempts to extend the replay value that might warrant a purchase for some people.
On the whole, Dual Hearts is one of the better Action-Adventure games I've played in a while, and it's a shame that it disappeared from shelves without much chance to find an audience. It seems to me that the game was a victim of absolutely terrible timing since it was released right before the "Great Game Flood of '02" as it will come to be known. If released at any other time, I'm sure it would have garnered a semi-respectable cult following with just a bit of PR. If you didn't get it as a gift or buy it for yourself this past holiday season, do yourself a favor and pick it up now. The print run was small, and the price will be right on a used shelf or in a bargain bin (if you can find it). It'll be a fine bit of sustenance to help you through the coming summer doldrums.
Had it not been for these three nuisances, Rygar: The Legendary Adventure would have been placed nicely in my all time top ten. As is stands, in spite of a good deal of graphical refinement and heaps of atmosphere, it falls well short of the mark and to be honest, I can't recommend it to those of you who aren't particular fans of the genre. I just can't see how ten hours of destroying beautifully crafted sculpture and architecture classes as a legendary adventure.
Even with its faults, there’s plenty to like about Rygar: The Legendary Adventure. The gameplay is mostly involving and the graphics are impressive. Though the game is far too short and the lack of variety in the enemies is disappointing, I can’t help but recommend this game. The adventure may not be legendary, but it’s of some merit nonetheless.
In conclusion: All in all, Tecmo deserves credit for showing some originality. Not paying any attention to the story, Rygar: The Legendary Adventure is a nice game that will satisfy both hack 'n slash and platform fans. Diskarmors turned out to be real cool weapons, ideal to kick some demon ass. Unfortunately there are just too much negativo's, like the rather weak A.I. and especially the shortness of the game. A nice game to rent for the weekend, but it just lacks depth and length to score any better.