Summoner

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Developed by
Released
Platforms
Critic Score User Score
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 Entering teh old city
Summoner Windows It's Jesus time!!
Summoner Windows One of the one-time summons on loan from Final Fantasy
Summoner Windows Casting spell 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 (9329)
Absorbing RPG that almost lives up to the hype. Windows Sycada (175)
A very linear but entertaining RPG Windows Mattias Kreku (421)
For a Windows game, it's a half-decent console title. Windows weregamer (157)

Critic Reviews

Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jul 01, 2001 8.75 out of 10 88
IGN PlayStation 2 Oct 24, 2000 8.3 out of 10 83
Macworld Macintosh Oct 01, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Unlimited Windows Jun, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Apr 05, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PlanetPS2 PlayStation 2 Dec 01, 2000 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Nov 03, 2000 7.7 out of 10 77
PC Player (Germany) Windows Apr, 2001 76 out of 100 76
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Jul 18, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Mar 30, 2001 50 out of 100 50

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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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