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Summoner

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
84
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PlayStation 2
71
3.1
Windows
74
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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 Casting spell interface
Summoner Windows Inside Tancards Place - going up
Summoner Windows ...and their engine-rendered counterparts
Summoner Windows Camera control sometimes causes Weird Graphical Effects...

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A very linear but entertaining RPG Windows Mattias Kreku (423)
Sub-par console effort with few saving graces. Windows Zovni (9367)
Absorbing RPG that almost lives up to the hype. Windows Sycada (175)
For a Windows game, it's a half-decent console title. Windows weregamer (157)

The Press Says

GameSpy Windows Apr 16, 2001 82 out of 100 82
Consoles Plus PlayStation 2 Jun, 2001 80 out of 100 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows May, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jul, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Apr, 2001 76 out of 100 76
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 Apr, 2001 76 out of 100 76
GameSpot Windows Apr 05, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
Gamekult Windows Apr 19, 2001 5 out of 10 50
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Nov, 2000 C- 42
Super Play PlayStation 2 Apr, 2001 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Funny easter egg: Click on the credits button, and after they all scroll by (or after you skip them) you'll see a pretty funny movie of the summoner characters playing traditional pen&paper D&D with a guest appearance from Volition's Red Faction. It's hilarous and it's also quite long, not just a 2 sec. skit.

The clip was produced by the Dead Alewives, an improv/comedy group from Wisconsin, and written by Dan Harmon. You can also find the movie in the game's directory as (appropriately named) geeks.bik. In the PS2 version, the movie is named geeks.pss.

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