Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. 80
    While some who prefer more traditional gameplay might not like Orphen's action adventure twist, it still has a compelling storyline, interesting characters, and a good dose of fun.
  2. The story that drives everything along comes across splotchy and haphazard.
  3. The disjointed nature of Orphen is unfortunate, because it's easy to envision great gameplay experiences being the product of its game system.
  4. Lack of character development, consistency, good voice acting, and any sort of entertainment makes Orphen an abysmal experience. It has decent graphics and is nice to look at, but it certainly isn't any fun to play.
  5. There are some phenomenal graphics here, but unfortunately a lot of the game's visuals can be repetitive and the experience becomes hampered with clipping problems.
  6. Unfortunately this battle system doesn''t help the fact that Orphen has average written all over it.
  7. There is more bad than good here. Just when the game starts to become tolerable, something poor comes along to rain on the parade.
  8. It's got minimal replayability, awful voices and a mixed bag of goodies, but it's strangely addictive and not too hard on the nugget when it comes to planning and strategy.
  9. Those who enjoy lackluster game values, cliched dialog and a motley collection of sophomoric characters will find this a competently produced title that won't be hard to get through.
  10. The story is un-engaging, in no small part due to the unsympathetic characters, the nail in the coffin for any second-rate adventure/RPG.
  11. While including enough varied modes of gameplay to set it apart from most RPGs on the market, Orphen's inconsistent presentation and oftentimes stale gameplay make it one of the Playstation 2's more forgettable launch titles.
  12. 45
    The fun of the occasional epic battle is crippled by the dozen mind-meltingly dull conversations you have to sit through to get to it.
  13. Worst of all is the voice of Volcan, an anime reject who unfortunately happens to be everywhere. Imagine Spritle from "Speed Racer" with a limitless supply of sugar and caffeine--and a bad cold--and you get the idea.
  14. The storyline for this game is dull.
  15. A poorly translated, and obvious first generation RPG. It doesn't stand out at all, and will be buried by plenty of other RPG's on the system.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. KyleS.
    Dec 10, 2002
    This game is is a great action/adventure game with about 8.5 graphics, gameplay 9.5, and sound 8,a nd so all in all i would defientally give this game 10/10. Its a gotta get game. Full Review »
  2. JJthejetplane
    May 24, 2004
    I mostly agree with kyle the game rocks and some of these critics are fucking retards i hate it one an actally good game or one of your favorites gets a bad rating. Full Review »