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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 In the end, this would-be epic is nothing more than a series of lock-and-key puzzles - the same outdated concept that developers have been shoving down our throats since the first "Prince of Persia."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: 16 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. phz
    Jan 3, 2014
    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. CameronS.
    Mar 16, 2004
    Perfect voice acting, class worlds, amazing story. Only the slightly repetitive fighting lets the side down slightly. This game rocks. Whoever gave this game a zero really needs their head checking!! Expand
  3. Feb 29, 2012
    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
  4. STUU.
    Apr 19, 2003
    Fighting is okay but if more time had been spent on developing this aspect of the game it would get 10 out 0f 10 from me!!! :)
  5. May 10, 2014
    A lovable adventure that any fan of the genre could like. The only reason I don't give this game a 10 score is because it has some glitches that sometimes affect the gameplay, like the "falling out of the world" glitch (don't save there, restart from last save point or use the scene selector) and some tardiness to perform certain actions. The combat is alright, perhaps an introductory tutorial was needed to get the hang of it, just keep in mind is based on combos. Learn the right timing for blocking and making combos and you'll be fine. Other than that, it's a great game with outstanding production values for its time. Anyone looking for an adventure game on the PS2's catalog should at least give Primal a chance. Expand
  6. Feb 6, 2012
    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
  7. SheanL.
    Apr 12, 2003
    Not only is the game boring, drone, uninspired,slow,tedious,confusing,worthless, but it is also not one i own. THANK GOD i didnt buy it due to the demo. it tries to be violent on the demo, puts you to sleep on the whole game. score: zero. rent it and see, actually. run if you see it. it is the WORST GAME ON PS2 EVER. Expand

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