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Saiyuki: Journey West is loosely based on one of the four classical novels of Chinese literature, Journey to the West (Chinese: Xi You Ji) by the 16th century writer Wu Cheng'en. This tactical RPG lets the players take the role of the novel's hero who is also a historical character, the 7th century scholar and Buddhist monk Xuanzang (Japanese pronunciation: Sanzo) and his monster companions, including the famous monkey Sun Wukong (Japanese pronunciation: Son Goku), as they travel to India. The game takes quite a few liberties with the original tale, including allowing the player to change Xuanzang's gender, giving each monster a more powerful "were-" form, and tying each character, save Xuanzang's, to an elemental affinity.

The real meat of the game is the tactical battles, where careful unit placement and use of each monster's unique special abilities determine the outcome of the battle.


Saiyuki: Journey West PlayStation The title screen
Saiyuki: Journey West PlayStation World map
Saiyuki: Journey West PlayStation You have less options in Wereform..
Saiyuki: Journey West PlayStation Characters can hold their "were-form" only for a short time, but it makes powerful attacks accessible

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Random Access Nov 24, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2001 8.75 out of 10 88
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Aug 24, 2001 8.1 out of 10 81
Consoles Plus Oct, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Legendra Aug 07, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PSM Sep, 2001 8 out of 10 80


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TheLetterM (327) added Saiyuki: Journey West (PlayStation) on Jan 28, 2008
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