Neopets: The Darkest Faerie PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2005
Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
Buy On
  1. A surprisingly strong game that does so many of the fundamental things right. Smooth, colorful graphics, a respectable score, a working camera (I can't stress this enough), and a 15-20 hour action-adventure quest are good points for which almost any game should strive.
  2. Older gamers will likely get bored with the repetitive gameplay that is seemingly void of any overarching sense of achievement. Younger fans will probably have fun going through the world, collecting items and seeing their favorite Neopets.
  3. Even though some things were annoying or repetitive it is still a good game. As far as graphics, sound, and gameplay I was quite pleasantly pleased.
  4. 65
    Simple, clean, straightforward and bland, Neopets is a baked potato without fixings, a bed without blankets, a cake without frosting, or a chair without cushions... It's a minimalist's action adventure.
  5. A much stronger license than it is a game, as it's plagued by overly expansive environments and poorly realized combat sequences.
  6. Many of the game's elements are dated, while others are just annoying and problematic. If you’re looking for a children’s game or you’re a die-hard fan of the Neopets, then you might find some enjoyment within this game. Otherwise, steer clear!
  7. It’s an average action/adventure game for the Neopets fan; everyone else is strongly discouraged from playing.
  8. Everything seems like it was created four years ago, shelved and brought out on a rainy day when a semi-popular license could be bended around it.
  9. 40
    When it comes down to it, The Darkest Faerie plays like a Zelda knockoff and looks like a Spyro ripoff. Save for the mote system, there really isn't anything interesting going on, which would be fine if the execution were better.
  10. If you’re a fan of Neopets, you’ll probably end up wanting to check this out because, well, you’re a fan. However, for the majority of the gaming populace, avoid this game like the plague. There’s no fun to be had here.
  11. Riding on the popularity of the Neopets online game, the video game version turns out to be just an average action title, with some platforming thrown in.
  12. Play Magazine
    80
    The complete adventure package and then some, and it's not as sticky-sweet as you might think. [Jan 2006, p.48]
  13. If you’re a fan of Neopets you will like this game.
  14. Neopets: The Darkest Faerie’s standout flaw is that it isn’t very exciting. It should’ve been with its Zelda-inspired combat, massive worlds, lots of scavenger hunting, etc., among other interesting and highly promising features.
  15. Too average of an adventure game to be interesting. The uninteresting story and gameplay are disappointing, especially since the game is based off such a popular franchise as Neopets.
  16. Its gameplay mechanics are at best, boring, and at worst, snooze-worthy. If you enjoy Neopets, you may want to give this one a tentative rent, but that’s the most that I can suggest to anyone.
  17. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    Good practice for aspiring Final Fantasizers. [Jan 2006, p.99]
  18. 60
    There's not enough action/platformer fiber, and even the young'uns may find themselves longing for the mini-game galaxy of Neopets.com.

Awards & Rankings

78
#78 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jul 27, 2017
    5
    Now to be fair before I start this, I have only played about the first hour or 2 of the game, so I can't say how the whole game is. Anyway, INow to be fair before I start this, I have only played about the first hour or 2 of the game, so I can't say how the whole game is. Anyway, I really tried getting into this game, but it was kind of bland and boring to me. Well, not all of it. There was moments that I felt could have been pretty good...if the voice acting was a bit better and the cut scenes weren't so bad looking. The graphics are meh, but the frame-rate of the cut scenes are bad. The frame-rate for the game itself is pretty good though, it's just too bad the game overall (at least from what I played) was...meh. Maybe it gets better later on, but from what I played, it just wasn't too appealing. Full Review »
  2. May 14, 2016
    10
    Many people don't want to play this game because of the trade mark Neopets and all stereotypes that come with that name. But given the chanceMany people don't want to play this game because of the trade mark Neopets and all stereotypes that come with that name. But given the chance this game will impress. The plot is not the most complex of things, but it is intriguing nevertheless, especially in how the two main characters stories intertwine. There is much land to explore with fun side quests and treasures to find. The enemies prove challenging but not overly so and the main quests are fun and unique to the game. Full Review »
  3. Sep 17, 2015
    8
    let's go ahead and get the flaws out away: the game lacks a lock on system which makes combat annoying because you mess. ESPECIALLY with thelet's go ahead and get the flaws out away: the game lacks a lock on system which makes combat annoying because you mess. ESPECIALLY with the "standing back up animation" during this animation where if you get knockback, hit, or thrown they'll sit down then Stand back up and enemies tend to spam attack you during his animation. This is annoying because during animation you can't block or attack or move out of their way you have to wait till the character is back on their feet.

    THE GOOD: the game has a wonderful somewhat open world of Neopia. The story was quite unique, and the best part, THERE IS NO UNNECESSARY LOVE INTEREST between the two main characters. I honestly expected there to be some stupid love interest between Tor and Roberta, because with this type of story when to heroes, male and female, journey together saving the world they end up falling in love which is kind of what happens and most children entertainment what that kind of story. despite the flaws I pointed out this is still a very entertaining game.
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