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Written by  :  MAT (214279)
Written on  :  Apr 05, 2004
Platform  :  PlayStation 2
Rating  :  3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars

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Courageous as Snake, destined as Sora, and gorgeous as Rayne makes the essence of Jade.

The Good

One of those games I run away from ever since the first time I heard about it. Yet this game shares a lot in common with another game I approached with same method, only to accept it as masterpiece once I opened the package, Kingdom Hearts. This is probably the only (or at least one of a very few) game that I didn't have any sound problem when playing, must be 'cos it didn't feature any cinematics with typical movie format, but I was pleasantly surprised nevertheless. The world is quite detailed and creates a feeling like the one in Anachronox, enough to explore, yet every step makes a new adventure. Only this time, main protagonist is really a beautiful gal if I do say so myself, Jade's the name. Along with her friends, and a handful of jokes, she'll drive you forward like no game before it. Controls are really nicely balanced for PS2 controller and work real nice without giving you trouble of memorizing too much stuff to do. This game makes a unique experience mixing stealth, arcade, adventure, with a nice touching yet simple story.

The Bad

The main title of this game is simply beautiful but is scarcely used in the game itself, think they should've released a single with several different version of that tune along with the game, would be a great plus. Making of featurette under extras looks like patched up fast and finishing before it started with not much to offer. On top of all that, ending wasn't that delightful, especially with 'so called' open ability for a possible sequel.

The Bottom Line

Features you may expect to find in this game:
  • a sci-fi fantasy story that is quite shorter than is rather simple, but the way it was told makes it worthwhile adventure you'll remember
  • great music throughout the game, especially when it comes to minigames
  • you get to use your camera a lot, and believe me, one would never consider it to be such a fun shooting all those species and stuff
  • a dynamic trio with a great relationship and funny attitude that works really well
  • lots of fun with minigames in a way of Shufflepuck Cafe, and hovercraft races
  • great controls whether you're in command of Jade, hovercraft, or a spaceship
  • a huge conspiracy to break up to your own amazement in the ultimate end
  • even more sneaking than in Metal Gear Solid
  • lots of characters that create a feeling of Star Wars cantina
  • unforgettable adventure experience right alongside with Jade