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Summoner

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
84
4.2
PlayStation 2
71
3.1
Windows
74
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 The ressurection of Flece
Summoner Windows The tapestry-like prerendered cutscenes...
Summoner Windows ...and their engine-rendered counterparts
Summoner Windows Want to buy something?

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 (9366)
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

PC Games (Germany) Windows May 12, 2001 81 out of 100 81
PSM PlayStation 2 Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Apr 05, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Withingames Windows Jul 27, 2001 4 out of 5 80
PlanetPS2 PlayStation 2 Dec 01, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Gameplanet PlayStation 2 Feb 07, 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gamezone (Germany) PlayStation 2 Apr 26, 2001 6.5 out of 10 65
ComputerGamers.com Windows Apr 29, 2001 63 out of 100 63
Super Play Windows Jun, 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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