DescriptionJoseph 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.
- "召唤者" -- Chinese title (simplified)
Part of the Following Group
|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||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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TriviaFunny 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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