Okage: Shadow King Reviews (PlayStation 2)
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|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||4.1|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||3.9|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.6|
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|Overall User Score (10 votes)||3.8|
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Gaming Target (Oct 15, 2001)
I love Tim Burton movies, especially the animated ones and Okage: Shadow King makes me feel like I’m in one. Okage: Shadow King is definitely not your ordinary RPG, it’s a getaway from the everyday.
Game Informer Magazine (Nov, 2001)
The gameplay itself is fairly classic RPG, with some minor twists to keep it interesting. While Okage is certainly a treat to look at, it does have some drawbacks, like lots of loads and town scenes that take longer than they should due to Okage’s odd logic. It gets so bad at times, I was tempted to throw this game out the window of our building more than once, but the story kept me coming back. Be warned that Okage is pretty text-heavy – there's plenty of story – but if you're looking for an RPG off the beaten trail, it certainly delivers.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Dec 10, 2003)
While some younger players (and the humorless RPG fans out there) won’t get or appreciate much of the humor and innuendo here, everyone else should give this game a shot. Okage: Shadow King is a more than welcome change of pace from the standard console RPG fare. It’s not as “deep” as the yearly Final Fantasy update, nor does it pretend to be. As a welcome change of pace, it more than gets the job done.
GameSpy (Jan 22, 2001)
While Okage: Shadow King certainly won't rank as one of the best RPGs ever made, it could be one of the strangest. Since role-playing games on the PS2 are scarce and, thus far, unimpressive, Okage does actually manage to be one of the best on the system. For anyone who appreciates bizarre characters and storylines, the game is especially appealing. The graphics are fantastic, although the gameplay itself is standard overall. Just the same, if you're looking for a new and different role-playing experience on your PS2, Okage is a worthy choice.
GameSpot (Oct 01, 2001)
Okage: Shadow King has the same sort of universal appeal that Bugs Bunny cartoons have; there's humor that younger audiences will enjoy, as well as jokes that only older players will understand and appreciate. Okage is a good game for those who have never played an RPG, as well as those who have played too many of them and are looking for something new. If the game had been able to maintain the high quality established early on, it could have ranked as one of the year's best. Yet even with its flaws, Okage remains a breath of fresh air for a genre in desperate need of the kind of originality and variety that it provides.
Netjak (Jun 01, 2002)
I really enjoyed Okage. While it wasn't the next Final Fantasy or Phantasy Star, it was a very enjoyable game and a refreshing change of pace from the RPG norm. Its also a little short and can be beaten in around 24-35 hours. Still, despite the problems it has and its short length, I'd still recommend Okage to RPG gamers. Most hardcore RPG gamers may snuff it, but the more casual RPG gamer or beginner may find it just right. If you have any doubts then I'd advise you at least give it a rental. Great job but it still shows a lot of promise for a sequel.
PlayFrance (Apr 07, 2003)
Boku to Mao est la surprise du mois de Mars. Drôle, et caricatural, les personnages nous apportent de belles séquences de rire. Dommage tout de même car des problèmes de finitions et des donjons un peu ennuyeux viennent gâcher la fête. Reste tout de même un très bon RPG accessible à tous mais que je conseillerais surtout aux amateurs du genre pour l'univers à l'opposé de ce qui se fait habituellement.
GamePro (US) (Oct 02, 2001)
With its wealth of visual inventiveness and whacked-out creativity, Okage is one of those games you really wish were more than just a console RPG starter kit. Don't be surprised if you see Okage walk away with top honors at this year's PS2 Weird Awards just don't expect it to have much of a shot at Game of the Year.
Just RPG (2002)
I would not recommend Okage: Shadow King to anyone. It’s really not a horrible game, but there are better RPGs out there. On the positive side, if you’re interested in playing it, you can probably pick it up for around $15 now, but the real question is whether or not you want to spend 30 hours playing it instead of excellent games like Suikoden III or Kingdom Hearts.
PSM (Dec, 2001)
Quirky and unique, RPG nuts will be able to look past Okage's shortcomings to find a few diamonds in the rough. the game is not without its tedious bits, though...
Game Critics (Oct 27, 2004)
It's an offbeat title not meant for everyone. Still, I've seen offbeat titles done better. Their gameplay was unlike any that came before, and it followed a comfortable rhythm. Okage: Shadow King has its charm. But it is, ironically, too off-kilter for me to consider it a cult classic.
Game Revolution (Oct, 2001)
Okage is certainly a creative attempt, but while it succeeds in looking cool it fails in really making a unique gameplay mark. It borrows art from a popular film and clearly tries to be very funny, but it's distinctions from other RPGs sort of end there. If you have a very innocent sense of humor and are dying for a PS2 RPG, Okage might not be a bad rental. However, the only shadows Okage: Shadow King is going to be ruling at my house are the ones under the stack of other games I'd rather be playing.
Digital Entertainment News (den) (Jul 21, 2003)
Okage: Shadow King's window of opportunity is closing. Over the next couple months, PS2 will see the release of Shadow Hearts, Tsuganai: Atonement, Wizardry: Forsaken Land, and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, not to mention Jade Cocoon 2, Grandia 2, and the mother of them all, Final Fantasy X just around the corner. While visually diverting, Okage is only slightly above average overall; it was great when all those others were still weeks away from release, but will soon be overshadowed. If you don't own it yet, you can probably afford to wait a year for it to end up in the bargain bin.