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Shadow of Destiny

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox
63
3.2
PlayStation 2
77
3.7
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Description

A young man named Eike Kusch strolls through the quiet patriarchal German town Lebensbaum. Suddenly, a tremendous blow darkens the sight of his eyes, and the next thing he can see is a very strange room filled with bizarre objects, and a voice talking to him from nowhere. A mysterious being known as Homunculus tells Eike that he has been stabbed to death. Homunculus gives Eike a time-travelling device and brings him back to life a short while before his murder took place. From that moment on, Eike's miraculously acquired second chance turns into a constant race against time, as he tries to escape from his destiny. In order to alter the course of events, preventing the unknown person from carrying out his murder, Eike will have to travel back in time as far as the 16th century, meeting people closely connected to his own existence and changing the fabric of reality.

Shadow of Memories (Shadow of Destiny in North America) is an adventure game. There are no action elements in the game, and the protagonist has no health bar. Each chapter has a time limit, during which Eike has to find a way to prevent the murderer from killing him. This is mainly achieved by traveling through time to different hours, days, years, and even centuries. Obtaining a crucial item, having a conversation with a specific character, or performing another action in the past will prevent Eike from getting killed. Time-traveling requires energy units, which can be found by exploring the town. If Eike fails to achieve the goal at hand within the allotted time and prevent his murder, the chapter must be restarted.

During the course of the game the player will have several choices and opportunities to change the future in various ways. Due to the time-traveling feature, many objectives can be accomplished in non-linear ways, branching the storyline and eventually resulting in eight different endings, six of which can be achieved during the first playthrough, and two others unlocked after having reached the other six.

Screenshots

Shadow of Destiny Windows Establishing Shot
Shadow of Destiny PlayStation 2 If you ever get lost, check out the map. Note that map will be different if you're in different timelines.
Shadow of Destiny PlayStation 2 When you encounter cinematic you previously saw, you will, but only then, be able to skip it.
Shadow of Destiny Windows Your ingame screen after about 10 minutes of in game cinematics. Finally you get to do stuff!

Alternate Titles

  • "Walpurgis no hiru to yoru" -- Working title
  • "Shadow of Memories" -- Japanese and PAL title

User Reviews

What should I do before I get killed?.. PlayStation 2 Oleg Roschin (164813)
Not since Blade Runner have I seen so many different endings! Windows Jeanne (75634)
To move to the future...sometimes we must look at our past PlayStation 2 Nad Budgen (2)

The Press Says

IGN PlayStation 2 Mar 06, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Super Play PlayStation 2 Mar, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Windows Jul 23, 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
Gamezone (Germany) PlayStation 2 Apr 26, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
All Game Guide PlayStation 2 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 26, 2003 64 out of 100 64
Gamesmania Xbox Nov 08, 2002 58 out of 100 58
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 2003 57 out of 100 57
Gamekult Xbox Oct 10, 2002 5 out of 10 50
Thunderbolt Games Windows Mar 02, 2005 5 out of 10 50

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Oh my god... 3 hydra9 (3853)
Dec 19, 2008

Trivia

There is a sub-quest in the game which involves you bringing a kitten from the present time to a girl who lives in the beginning of the 20th century. If you bring her the kitten, and then return to the same house in the present, the whole place will be full of cats ;)

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Contributed to by Kartanym (10785), Kabushi (116470) and Xoleras (66269)