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Summoner

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Developed by
Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
84
4.2
PlayStation 2
71
3.1
Windows
73
3.4
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Description

Joseph was a simple boy living in the village of Ciran. One day, a mysterious man gave him a magical ring containing the power to summon demons. When Ciran was attacked by raiders, Joseph used the ring, but could not control its power, and the demon devastated the village. Joseph vowed to never use the ring again. But things change when soldiers from Orenia, a continent ruled by Emperor Murod, attack the town Joseph has settled in, looking for a boy born with the mark of a Summoner. Joseph has to flee and find companions as he realizes that the Emperor must be stopped at all costs.

Summoner is a 3D story-driven role-playing game somewhat influenced by the Japanese variety of the genre, having a linear plot progression and random enemy encounters. The player controls a party of characters who join the protagonist as dictated by the plot. Combat flows in real time, with the player actively controlling only one character. The others can be given general orders regarding their usage of spells, melee or ranged attacks, etc. The controlled character can execute combo chains if the player presses a key at the right moment. At some point in the game Joseph gains the ability to summon powerful monsters to help the party in battles. The game also features side quests and skill-based character development.

Screenshots

Summoner Windows Random Encounters on the World Map
Summoner Windows Casting spell interface
Summoner Windows That's one badass sword!
Summoner Windows Trading interface

Alternate Titles

  • "召唤者" -- Chinese title (simplified)

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User Reviews

Sub-par console effort with few saving graces. Windows Zovni (9344)
Absorbing RPG that almost lives up to the hype. Windows Sycada (175)
A very linear but entertaining RPG Windows Mattias Kreku (423)
For a Windows game, it's a half-decent console title. Windows weregamer (157)

The Press Says

Mac Gamer Macintosh Jun 19, 2001 4 out of 5 80
PC Action Windows May 14, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Withingames Windows Jul 27, 2001 4 out of 5 80
Consoles Plus PlayStation 2 Jun, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jul, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Windows Apr 05, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpot Windows Apr 05, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
Jeuxvideo.com Windows May 25, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Jul 18, 2001 14 out of 20 70
All Game Guide PlayStation 2 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

This is a complete conversion (with a few improvements) of the PS2 title of the same name, which at the time of release, was the only RPG on the system.

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