Maximo: Ghosts to Glory

aka: Maximo
Moby ID: 5806
PlayStation 2 Specs
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You control the fate of the gallant Maximo, who returns home to find his kingdom in shambles. Your once-trusted advisor, Achille, has wrought evil on the land. Not only is the countryside filled with hordes of the roaming undead, but the four wise (and beautiful) sorceresses have been imprisoned at the four corners of the kingdom, and to make matters worse, your girlfriend, Princess Sophia, has been forced to marry the scoundrel Achille. Help Maximo rescue the sorceresses, restore good to the kingdom and get your girl back.

Maximo: Ghosts to Glory is a 3D action game with an emphasis on combat. Maximo fights using his sword and shield, which can be upgraded and used in various combinations, inflicting damage on different types of enemies. His health is measured by the strength of his armor; once it is broken, Maximo will die from one hit. Coins can be collected and paid in order to ensure the possibility to continue playing the game following Maximo's death.

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  • マキシモ - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 82% (based on 27 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.4 out of 5 (based on 14 ratings with 1 reviews)

Don't be scared off by the daunting difficulty level - Maximo is worth every penny.

The Good
The first level has one of the catchiest songs in video game history since Super Mario Brothers. Don't believe me? Load it up yourself. Maximo is a true game in every sense of the word. In Maximo, the game itself is the most important element. Basically, you play the sword and shield weilding Maximo, and your job is to save the princess and fend off hoardes of evil monsters on the way. If you've ever played Frogger, at no point did it represent itself as anything other than a brilliant game. Maximo, for all of its nifty graphics and humor, is a brilliant game. As you progress in Maximo, you will collect special powerups, such as the ability to perform a more powerful, but slower attack, or making your shield turn into a lightning rod/frisbee hybrid. Essentially, you will inherit a whole slew of cool things you can do with your sword and shield. The unbelievable thing about Maximo is that each and every one of these attacks has a very specific purpose. For every type of enemy there is to vanquish, there is a most effective way to achieve vanquishment, and that way is left to be discovered by the player. What I really appreciate about this game is not that it's particulary complicated (which it is), it's simple enough to be all about the players skill. There is so much more satisfaction in finishing something when you know it was your own skill, not how much experience your character had, that allowed you to overcome that final boss. Maximo has this: a sense of accomplishment. Everything you do right in Maximo is rewarded gracefully and pleasingly, everything you do wrong is punished gently, but sternly. The experience of the game was so much about how good you were at playing it, and so little about anything else (be it "cheap" monsters or AI or "overpowered" weapons), that at some points I couldn't help but smile at how great a job these guys did putting this game together.

The Bad
It's hard. Maximo is the game that drove your three year old cousin to throw a temper tantrum over the PlayStation 2, causing your parents to "take the system away". It's manageable, but younger gamers and light hearted fellows need not apply. The advantage of having a game that requires you to advance with it is that the difficulty level is pretty constant - as you improve, so do your enemies. The downside is that there isn't such thing as a break. Maximo doesn't allow players to stop and breath with an easier part of a level - it's all fire and brimstone in this world, and there's almost nothing you can do to ameliorate symptom.

The Bottom Line
Maximo has an addictive combat system that rewards precision and skill, but it may be a little too much for some gamers. While it certainly isn't a perfect game, had it been at an arcade, your quarters wouldn't go anywhere else for as long as you had enemies left to smite. Maximo has that classic feel, and I bet you'll love it too.

PlayStation 2 · by WJAndrews (32) · 2004

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Maximo: Ghosts to Glory appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Extras

As a promotional item for the game's release, free pairs of heart-patterned boxer shorts, the kind Maximo wears underneath all that armor, were given away prior to the game's release by certain retail outlets.

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During the course of the game, you can buy different kinds of boxers (such as cow spots, heart prints, etc.) One of the kinds of boxers you can get is a "POW" boxer. POW was a power-up in classic Capcom games and can be seen in such games as 1942, Exed Eyes, and Side Arms Hyper Dyne.

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Game added by NeoMoose.

PlayStation 3 added by Charly2.0.

Additional contributors: EddyB43, J. Michael Bottorff, DreinIX, Grandy02, FatherJack.

Game added February 20, 2002. Last modified April 3, 2024.