Okage: Shadow King PlayStation 2

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
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  1. A must for any fan of Tim Burton's style of movies or those of us who like our games to sometimes be a little left of center.
  2. Okage's extreme weirdness does level off after a while into a mostly familiar RPG, but its overall charm and humor make the experience well worth it.
  3. It's a trimmed down and dumbed-down RPG for younger players that just may find an adult audience with its sense of humor and hilarious story line.
  4. Game Informer
    80
    Definitely one of the game's strong points is that it gives you lots of options in the dialogue, so you really feel a part of the story. [Nov 2001, p.106]
  5. A wonderful mix of ironic humor, classic gameplay and gorgeous graphics.
  6. 79
    For anyone who appreciates bizarre characters and storylines, the game is especially appealing. The graphics are fantastic, although the gameplay itself is standard overall.
  7. Eclectic, eccentric, and unconventional...only the gameplay had remained entertaining and the novelty hadn’t worn off – Okage could have easily taken the game world by storm.
  8. Even with its flaws, Okage remains a breath of fresh air for a genre in desperate need of the kind of originality and variety that it provides.
  9. The story itself may not live up to the expectations of an engrossing plot with surprising twists, but the light-hearted humor of the game compensates somewhat.
  10. netjak
    75
    Its also a little short and can be beaten in around 24-35 hours.
  11. 72
    It has a pretty unique feel and does some things that are different than you normally see in the genre.
  12. 70
    The game’s battles look nice and move quickly, but the character animation is stiff, and the menu is too clunky and confusing given the limited number of battle options at your disposal.
  13. Though it has plenty of rough edges, the wacky cartoonish graphics and the bizarre sense of humor compensate nicely. Excessive loading is obnoxious.
  14. If you want to play an RPG that doesn’t pretend to be a dramatic tale or one that won’t require a lot of your time, Okage is a good choice.
  15. Now, once you get into the traditional elements of the RPG such as battle, the comedy continues. While the zany names get old, as well as the dialogue, the game is pretty funny overall.
  16. While visually diverting, Okage is only slightly above average overall.
  17. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    There's one big problem. There's no game here. [Dec 2001, p.170]
  18. Their gameplay was unlike any that came before, and it followed a comfortable rhythm. Okage: Shadow King has its charm. But it is, ironically, too off-kilter for me to consider it a cult classic.
  19. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    58
    Spends too much time trying to achieve a kind of “Nightmare Before Christmas”-level of cool weirdness, rather than keeping the player playing. [Dec 2001, p.244]
  20. 50
    Instead of a gourmet dinner, we get something heated up out of a can; it’s filling, it doesn’t actually taste bad, be we never get that feeling of satisfaction that comes from eating a truly great meal.
  21. The only shadows Okage: Shadow King is going to be ruling at my house are the ones under the stack of other games I'd rather be playing.
  22. It's thin story, shallow characters and less-than-inventive battle system is only made worse by the excessive loading.
  23. 40
    The novelty of the premise wears thin after about an hour. This is not good, especially for a game that takes about 25 hours to complete.

Awards & Rankings

#77 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#12 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. FrankW.
    May 29, 2002
    8
    The RPG genre of home video games has not changed in nearly 20 years, and has become bloated and dull as a result. Okage is merely one more The RPG genre of home video games has not changed in nearly 20 years, and has become bloated and dull as a result. Okage is merely one more RPG, but it has the saving grace of being visually beautiful and having a humorously warped and witty plot. Full Review »
  2. Aug 14, 2016
    10
    Really underrated game.
    It's funny and clever and has a story that get complex beyond what you might spect on a humoristic and absurd RPG..
    Really underrated game.
    It's funny and clever and has a story that get complex beyond what you might spect on a humoristic and absurd RPG..
    So as always the press gives the score they want without taking into the consideration what the game tryies to give. I remember this launched a little before FFX, and some magazines were comparing the games for whatever reasons.
    OSK never wanted to be a FF and will never be like one, it's funny and clever with awesome characters and good music. Yeah, it's simple, but it's the point. So if you like funny games with good characters, plot and music, this game is for you, good challenge in battles also, though i not a game to spend countless hours grinding, so keep that in mind. Then If you want to play a Xenogears kind of game, this is far from that.

    So that's it, this game is very underrated and I hope that if you are into this, you give it a chance.
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  3. Oct 15, 2010
    10
    this game big time real good man, you play big time now man.