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  • Summary: Switch between two playable characters at will. A unique pairing of characters: play as the modern-day heroine Jen as she acquires powerful demon form and abilities, or the watchful gargoyle Scree, who can possess statues and cling to walls. Work individually or as a team, applying each character's unique abilities to solve puzzles or overcome obstacles. Experienice worlds of exceptional size, beauty, and detail... with no load times thanks to fully dynamic streaming technology. [Sony] Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. This title's great story, realistic visuals and immersive game play will keep you glued to the screen for hours.
  2. What will keep you going through much of this game is the original story with well written and even better voiced characters and graphics that push the envelope of the PS2.
  3. Other than a lack of truly finger-busting battles for die-hard action fans, long-winded cut scenes are Primal's only real concern. The rest of the experience, in all its brain-teasing, high-resolution glory, is a terrific combination of gothic underworld exploration and movie-quality scripting. [Mar 2003, p.46]
  4. Primal is more like "Soul Reaver" meets "Ico." And let me tell you, it works.
  5. A pretty face may get you in the door, but interactive ignorance will get you thrown out the window.
  6. In the end, this would-be epic is nothing more than a series of lock-and-key puzzles - the same outdated concept that developers have been shoving down our throats since the first "Prince of Persia." [May 2003, p.80]
  7. It's sad. It boggles the mind to think that this much time was spent on presentation and backstory when none of it resonates in the slightest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. phz
    Jan 3, 2014
    10
    this game was one of the best i played when i was young on ps2
    still love it and i hope a sequel is in progress i dno what other ppl had in
    the past but this game is awsome Expand
  2. Feb 29, 2012
    10
    A great forgotten PS2 gem. This game is now on the playstation store in USA for 9.99 as a ps2 classic. Good choice, and its been rated 33 times on there so far, with still a 5.00. This games second chance, is really looking up. If a sequel is made, everyones happy. Expand
  3. Feb 6, 2012
    9
    A solid experience, and one of the best on PS2. Although it is very restrictive and prevents you from taking your weapons out for the hell of it (enemies need to be around for them to activate) you get so lost in the worlds that you don't even realize. Love it. Expand
  4. Nov 21, 2013
    9
    Primal is my favourite game of all times. The combat's lack of depth is its "only" sin. As for the rest, if you get this game, expect a great story, fantastic soundtrack, superb voice acting, puzzles puzzles puzzles, settings you will never forget, and characters you will love forever; because that's exactly what you're going to get. Expand
  5. Jan 24, 2013
    9
    Probably one of the most gorgeous games on the PS2. Lush visuals, great soundtrack, interesting and creatively designed characters, great voice acting. To be honest though, I did find some the handling a little clumsy at times, but this is really just a minor point as the game keeps you engrossed enough to not notice. A real shame that it wasn't longer. It isn't a short game but it is just so well designed and so excellently paced that you just crave more and more. Overall: One of my favorite games on the PS2 and I hope that someday a worthy sequel gets made. Expand

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