Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. More than any other single factor, the story and scripting are what make Summoner stand apart.
  2. Summoner isn’t flashy or revolutionary, nor does it try to be these things – it’s just a fun RPG with a strong story and engaging gameplay.
  3. 82
    It offers a lot of character interaction and an interesting storyline that will keep you guessing. Even a quirky camera system, a few minor graphical glitches, and flawed character logic can't bring this title down.
  4. A very competitive RPG, if not quite up to BioWare caliber. [July 2001, p.65]
  5. Even with its shortcomings, it's a fun fantasy romp with plenty of hacking, slashing, and casting.
  6. Beautiful locations, excellent gameplay, and, basically quite a good RPG.
  7. While keeping the very essence of RPG without having to learn all the nitty gritty details, Summoner can give you a good show for your gaming money without causing beginners to take Gaming Math 101.
  8. The greatest tragedy that befalls a game is not inconsistent visuals, as these can be easily overcome by compelling gameplay, but rather, poor direction.
  9. If you can tolerate its problems (inadequate camera options, its unreliable party-member AI), you'll find that Summoner is a game of hidden depth; a game with an interesting combat system, an intriguing story, and an enjoyable multiplayer mode to boot.
  10. 76
    For all its solid gaming, there's one big problem with Summoner, however. The bugs. Oh, the bugs.
  11. Its plot is dramatic and ambitious, its gameplay involving, and it features some absolutely fantastic locations.
  12. The particle effects for the spells and treatment of the landscapes are well done, but graphics alone don't make the game.
  13. Summoner's biggest fault is the party AI. Sometimes your party members seem incredibly intelligent; other times they seem to have trouble outthinking the average lab monkey.
  14. The design is visually engaging. The character and combat system are simple but with enough detail to give the player a sense of control. And the side quests keep things from getting too linear.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 13, 2014
    10
    The game in my eyes was very well done as the glitches can be bypassed by regular saves. Then the story line is well done and though theThe game in my eyes was very well done as the glitches can be bypassed by regular saves. Then the story line is well done and though the sequel Summoner 2 was less impressive in my eyes. The A I was horrible for allies but could be very useful when used as a benefit. Also who cares if they took something from another game such as fight method. If it works it works. Full Review »
  2. Ben
    Aug 8, 2004
    7
    Solid plot and graphics, with a neat engaging Combat system. Plenty of interesting things to go-but the bugs are numerous and kill the game. Solid plot and graphics, with a neat engaging Combat system. Plenty of interesting things to go-but the bugs are numerous and kill the game. How can you play Summoner when it crashes every 20 minutes??? Full Review »
  3. Giovanni
    Jul 15, 2001
    5
    Apparently, a lot of these magazines and .com critics are blind to the senses. I look upon the ratings that were given for this game and I Apparently, a lot of these magazines and .com critics are blind to the senses. I look upon the ratings that were given for this game and I feel possessed with contempt. This game was very poorly thought-out considering its slew of bugs, but that isn't saying much considering THQ's history of pathetic games; the one exception I would say is "Wrestlemania 2000," a shocker to say the least. Getting back to Summoner, the fact that the fighting engine was pretty much 'jacked' from "Vagrant Story" and the intro music sounding very familiar to "Unreal Tournament's" intro casts some doubt to THQ's sense of originality and any semblance of creativity. To make a long critique short, I would urge anyone who would consider buying this game to think long and hard. Why not check out something else worth your while, like "Diablo II" or any other Blizzard game? Full Review »