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  • Summary: (Also known as "Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Akaki Elixir no Akuma") The story begins in Lior, a desert city that Edward and Alphonse visit in the first episode of the animated series. As the brothers are unveiling the secrets of a cult called Leto, they are attacked by shadowy creatures from the unknown. Meanwhile, a frightening phenomenon is sweeping the country; people in many regions are vanishing without a trace. In Resembool, Edward and Alphonse meet an enigmatic alchemist. It seems that he has some connection with both the disappearances and the strange creatures encountered earlier. When Colonel Mustang sends the brothers to investigate a village plagued by these monsters, they meet Arlen, an archaeologist who is studying the ancient civilization of Lebis. Edward and Alphonse soon find themselves headed for the ruins of Siam-Sid, the capital city of Lebis, to discover the truth behind the monstrous creatures and the puzzling disappearances. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Extremely fun to play with fast-paced fights and a great combo system that puts the first game to shame. This latest installment is a huge step in the right direction for the series.
  2. Curse of the Crimson Elixir, despite being ridiculously short and a bit too easy for advanced gamers, delivers a fun, beautiful and enthralling story experience that puts its anime license to perfect use.
  3. It's not without flaws, and it's fairly short to boot, but if you're a fan of both the Elric brothers and over-the-top transmutations, you'll find lots to like here.
  4. 70
    A definite improvement over the original.
  5. It's entertaining enough, even for those who aren't major followers of the show, but despite all it has going for it, the short length and repetitive gameplay keep Fullmetal Alchemist 2 from being anything more noteworthy than a weekend rental.
  6. 65
    It's not a classic game, but Fullmetal Alchemist 2 ably performs both of its intended functions: it's fun for existing series fans, and a decent enough game that those who haven't had contact with the original property will get far enough that the concept could intrigue them.
  7. 40
    Falls into the same sequel trap that many other games tumble into, where the emphasis in development is placed more on improving visual aspects rather than addressing flaws in the gameplay.

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  1. Underdogshadow
    Aug 5, 2005
    its a really great game with tricky gameplay that alows it to get a 10.
  2. Ed
    Mar 30, 2005
    It rocks.
  3. BobbyN.
    Jun 12, 2005
    I thought this game looked cool. I may be 13 but I know a good game when I see it.
  4. Thinkablefire
    Jul 6, 2005
    Anime fans should definitely look into this game. It is surley a better improvement than the first one. Nothing to new but it sure does keep you on your feet. I recommend renting before buying for the storyline is pretty good but..... Expand
  5. DarkShadowC
    Jul 26, 2005
    I really enjoyed the game since im a FullMetal ALchimist fan. But ofcorse you people might think ill say 10 this game rocks but i think people that like this game should say more what they need to improve i mean the story's fun in all just watching the cartoon when ur done fighting but i the makers need to pay close attention on the the fighting like make it more exciting at least cuase when i fight alot in the game it gits really broing when u git used to it for some reason..... I gave it a 7 because they did improved on the game so i give em credit for that and the new combos i liked .. Expand
  6. DragonKnightofFinalFantasy
    Aug 3, 2005
    An improvement of the last FMA game. Now I'm a really big fan of the FMA anime and so far the games are bad (FMA Broken Angel) to very medicore (FMA Crimson Elixier). Which disappoints me and this is from SquarEnix! I mean come on they can do better than this. The graphics have been given a much appreciated overall with new Budokai 2-3 anime style graphics and I liked that. Theres thousands of invisible walls though and that irratated me and the animation for the characters was good and it still had the dumb text boxes and character portaits but at least this time its voice-acted!.....which leads us to the sound department its voiceovers are done by the American voice-actors so thumbs up there its acting is solid overall. The audio itself didn't really grab me but it wasn't that bad and the gameplay is faster and it has combos now but its not much of an improvement overall and it feels pretty similar and you level up to boost your alchemic abilities but its pretty basic really and again Square didn't give you more options with Ed's brother Al the poor chap with his soul stuck in a piece of armor it would've rocked to have more freedom with him or play with him or better have a buddy jump in and play with you. The story follows the anime brother Al and Ed look for the Philosper's Stone to regain Ed's arm and leg and Ed's physical body they lost trying to revive their dead mother using Alchemy a forbidden and unknown use of alchemy. Sadly its pretty short but its midly enjoyable nonethless. Expand
  7. GerardH.
    Dec 27, 2005
    The game is crap. I like FMA but if your over the age of 10 you will hate this game. The most annoying things are: -every 1 min of gameplay=1 min of load time . The loadtime between sections isnt bad but there are a LOT of sections. -EXTEMELY LONG DIALOGUE!!! This wouldn't be bad by itself, except for... -No way to fast forward past dialogue sections, and... -The game has the voices of the characters from FMA read the dialogue but afterEVERY SINGLE SENTENCE you have to press a button to continue the dialogue...WTF?! I can understand the game being designed like that if there weren't voices reading out the dialogue but its so beyond incredibly annoying ( I'm only to chapter 4 and I think there has been about 1 hr of dialogue, compared to 45 min of playing. Imagine that another way. It takes the character about 10 seconds on avg to say their lines. Then a button. 10 more sec of dialogue, then a button. Pretty annoying after a while. If it wasn't the dialogue problems, I would have given this game a 8 out of 10. I should give it a 2 since there are 4 idiots who gave it a 10. I feel bad for my girl since she bought this for me as a christmas gift, but I'm pretty inclined to just return this junk and say I never opened it Expand

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