Kuon PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: The tune of Japanese Taiko Drums and the Dark Hymns of children are heard throughout the night. Residents wander like ghosts, and hungry demons creep in the darkness. The Heian-kyo Period of Ancient Japan where mysticism and magic will require you to reach deep within your soul to uncoverThe tune of Japanese Taiko Drums and the Dark Hymns of children are heard throughout the night. Residents wander like ghosts, and hungry demons creep in the darkness. The Heian-kyo Period of Ancient Japan where mysticism and magic will require you to reach deep within your soul to uncover the mysteries of the undead. A dark 3D adventure that comes to life in stunning detail with atmospheric lighting, shadows, and special effects. Battle Demons in Real-Time combat using magic, summons, and traditional Heian weaponry. Uncut & Uncensored- See the Directors Original Vision of Horror. You are prey to some of the most visually stunning and imaginative monsters ever seen. [Agetec Inc.] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. PSM Magazine
    75
    It definitely makes one hope there's a "Kuon 2." [Holiday 2004, p.92]
  2. Freakiest of all though, are those sunken-eyed ghoulish geishas that pop up every five minutes - more chilling than any slathering zombie. Brrr.
  3. Even in its familiarity, it brings unique style and an incontrovertible Japanese creep to a game market too often overrun with generic zombies and mutants, and too often rooted in the soulless present.
  4. Kuon has a decent premise, and scores well on atmosphere, however it lacks substance and those niggly controls, together with the inconsistencies of the combat system, detract from the overall enjoyment. Ultimately, what could have been a gripping game ends up being a remarkably uninspiring experience.
  5. 55
    About the only thing going for Kuon is the fact that it doesn't have "Resident Evil's" character-relative controls (but then, neither will "RE4"). That, and the story is actually pretty interesting... well, at least I think it is, anyway.
  6. Kuon has considerably limited replay value, and the game is neither ambitious nor unique enough to warrant an especially enthusiastic recommendation. [Dec 2004, p.122]
  7. Overall, despite the admittedly sloppy combat, Kuon manages miraculously to be even less than the sum of all its parts, diminishing and lowering the playability of the game as a whole.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 23, 2015
    10
    This is the most underrated PS2 horror game I can think of. It's got a weird, fascinating story, great art direction, creepy enemies, variedThis is the most underrated PS2 horror game I can think of. It's got a weird, fascinating story, great art direction, creepy enemies, varied weapons, above average graphics for the PS2 era, and a very well done translation. The only issues are clunky combat, limited saves, and three campaigns with only minor differences between. The pros outweigh the cons and yet, it got a bunch of six out of ten scores...Hmm. I said the enemies are creepy and I meant it! While the basic Gaki aren't too impressive, there are a few enemies and bosses that are SERIOUSLY imaginative. Some have complained that this game is too easy, well frankly, the auto-heal button is really convenient and a bit of an anti-frustration feature considering how quickly you lose health in battle. The fact that finding the time to use it in battle is tricky prevents it from become game-breaking. It's actually nice to see an old-school survival horror title that has some level of forgiveness. This is more like a 9/10, but really, I'm giving it a solid 10/10 because this game just deserves some love because in spite of it's flaws, it does so many things right. Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2013
    9
    If it isn't already obvious, this game has aged well for Playstation 2 era hardware and not only that, but provides some insight into theIf it isn't already obvious, this game has aged well for Playstation 2 era hardware and not only that, but provides some insight into the workings of famous developer "FROM SOFTWARE." The game is perfectly paced, features one grandiose location and a mystery worthy of any player to solve. The visuals are gorgeous, the attention to detail on the character models are exemplary given the age of the game, and the animation cycle of the Kimono demon-ass-kicking Japanese ladies is quite lovely. Much like Fatal Frame, players will be battling ghosts, demons and other Japanese lore oddities. The standards controls and timing take some getting used to, but overall they are really well done and make you feel like you could easily be in danger from every perilous ghost or Gaki that wanders this Feudal Japanese manor house. With a really simple spell card magic system, that works a lot like most survival horror games, you will want to conserve your spells and do most damage with your basic sword or fan weapon. This puts an interesting twist on the fight-or-flee mechanics as well since you could roast some Gaki alive with a flame spell card or make a mad dash for the next room after a few quick slices from your basic weapon to stun it. Though appearing to be a slow combat based third person horror title, people often forget that even the Fatal Frame series was built on tension and delivered it very well by building up encounters between yourself and the spooky ghosts. Puzzles all have a relatively decent learning curve and I never found anything too difficult. They made sense within the context of the world of the game and were pretty darn interesting and creepy. Here its obvious things went terribly wrong, theirs a curse running amok wherever you go, and the grisly nightmarish noises of something far more sinister waiting for you. I am utterly confused by the reception to this game though, and even if it isn't as popular as Fatal Frame or Silent Hill, its equally worthy of being played and enjoyed as a solid enjoyable feudal-Japanese take on the horror game genre as a whole. Expand
  3. Nico
    Mar 4, 2005
    8
    As mentioned : great atmosphere, music and graphics. The game is REALLY scary but a little bit slow and an interesting story. If you like As mentioned : great atmosphere, music and graphics. The game is REALLY scary but a little bit slow and an interesting story. If you like that kind of survival-horror game you must buy it!! Enjoy it : ) Collapse
  4. Stif1i
    Aug 20, 2005
    5
    Somewhat creepy but slow battles, frustrating controls and repetitive. a game ought to be fun first before it can be scary.