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  • Summary: Plunged into a mysterious world, Kya must seek her way through multiple dangers to find her brother and a way back home. She discovers the Nativs, a peaceful tribe, oppressed by the Wolfens - the menacing army of the evil Brazul. Kya must lead the rebellion of the Nativs for their freedom. Mastering magical powers, Kya can liberate the Wolfens from their mystical imprisonment and restore their true Nativ identity. Steal your way through or fight head-to-head with hordes of Wolfens using original combat moves and magical strikes. Soar against various vertiginous wind currents on breathtaking flights. Slide down extreme entwined turbulent tracks, through challenging obstacles and lush environments. Journey through unbelievable acrobatic freefalls as you get closer to Kya?s quest to save her brother and defeat the Fortress of Brazul. [Atari] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. You're one of the most satisfying, worthwhile, and excellent platformers I've ever met. Time spent with you was challenging but never frustrating, beautiful but never, ever shallow, and utterly captivating for every moment we were together.
  2. If you're the type of person who likes to get lost in fantasy worlds, Kya is your oyster. [Dec 2003, p.78]
  3. Its gameplay is tight and varied at times to keep you involved and challenged but not frustrated.
  4. 75
    Despite a lack of polish and the ineptly presented storyline, Kya: Dark Lineage had enough fresh ideas and fun scenarios to keep me pluggin' through to the end. It's not the prettiest game out there, nor the longest, or the coolest. It is, however, fun and original.
  5. Dropping the boomerang in favor of the stronger hand-to-hand combat or some other model might have been a good idea, but it's nice to see the extreme sports influence integrated into the fabric of a totally non-sports title.
  6. The camera can be absolutely maddening at times. [Jan 2004, p.138]
  7. 40
    Unfortunately, Kya is a very difficult game to play as the controls are not particularly intuitive and the camera seems to delight in going haywire during delicate jumping situations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. JeremyG.
    Aug 10, 2007
    One of my very favorite PS2 games. There are several elements in this game that are better executed than I've seen in any other game: 1. Fighting controls are very good and feel like a 2D fighting game while still allowing you to effectively combat multiple enemies. 2. The flying mechanic is (to my knowledge) unique and really fun. 3. The very best intro/tutorial level I have ever seen. When I taught game design, this intro level was the one that I showed to my students. It never breaks the action, always feels tense and like something is happening, and explains several modes of transportation in a way that the player is able to remember. Expand
  2. BaudetS.
    Dec 8, 2003
    This game is great and deserves a better ranking! BUY IT!
  3. Tara
    Jan 4, 2004
    I love it I just got done playing it 4 hours in a row , i just decided to take a rest but im about to go play more!
  4. RonH.
    Nov 22, 2003
    I give this game a high "8" I dont know how anyone can score this game poorly. I have been playing 10 hours straight. I got it with some reservation due to GamePro's low mark, but I have been having a blast with it and I'm more than happy with the return for my money. It is kind of a cross between Crash Bandicoot & Spyro with a lot of sliding down chutes full of obstacles at a high rate of speed. Another feature that seems new to me is the free-falling and riding wind part of the game, which there is a lot of and is a great innovation. There are also some parts that are puzzles, like hit the rope with your boomerang that is holding the rock that will fall on a switch and open a door. The graphics are a little blocky but I think this was intentional. The characters movements are super smooth as is the sky & clouds. It is hard, but not too hard. A very solid game and a lot of fun. Expand
  5. matrix1004
    Dec 13, 2007
    Even 4 year after it's release I can say that I loved this game. As soon as I started it sucked me into it's world with the simple story. I liked the Wolfen villains, the (slowly learned) fighting style, the well designed levels, the air/wind gliding play control, and I even didn't mind the stealth (something I usually don't care for). It was a fun & enjoyable trip into the world of Kya. Expand
  6. WilliamS.
    Feb 21, 2004
    Yo this is a sweet game ive been playin i dont know how many hours straight and im at the part where ya gotta shoot the spikes on the wolfen flying thingy so the arms dont blow up the mushroom thingys. My brain is Kyafied. Expand
  7. Mae
    Jan 18, 2004
    The ideas behind this game are cute, but Kya has to be one of the weakest and most pathetic heroines I have seen in a game in a long time. Her weapons don't even phase her enemies and if you even sneeze wrong she drops dead. The best things about this game is the wind travel and the boarding. Expand

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