Rise of the Kasai PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: The sequel to the highly acclaimed "The Mark of Kri" offers gamers artistically stylized gameplay filled with magic and mysterious spells, an innovative fighting mechanic, and online compatibility with intense collaborative combat action. The main hero, Rau, and his trusted spirit guide,The sequel to the highly acclaimed "The Mark of Kri" offers gamers artistically stylized gameplay filled with magic and mysterious spells, an innovative fighting mechanic, and online compatibility with intense collaborative combat action. The main hero, Rau, and his trusted spirit guide, Kuzo, return for the sequel along with new, stylized characters, including Tati (Rau?s younger, agile sister with a darker personality). Building on the proprietary combat system, two players will be able to team up (online) with the USB headset and defeat enemies together or play alone using an AI (artificial intelligence) controlled character for a unique cooperative gameplay experience. If playing alone, the second character is controlled by artificial intelligence and a cunning player will observe their actions to learn how to best approach the fighting scenarios when replaying the area as the opposite character. Rau has four weapons in his arsenal: battle axe, Taiaha (spear), broadsword and bow and arrow that now acts as a stealth weapon. Tati has twin daggers, a deadly staff with retracting blades, an axe, a proximity-based weapon and the ability to become invisible in stealth mode. Each character has his/her special skills that can be developed along the way. While Rau is able to use Kuzo the bird to scout unknown territory, distract enemies and retrieve items, Tati can "spirit walk" and see through the eyes of the dead. Tati also has the ability to blend seamlessly into the environment and wait undetected, furthering the strategic element of the gameplay. Satisfaction of ending a level is now by way of defeating a boss. Three imposing bosses will make full use of the "Mark of Kri" cinematic approach. [SCEA] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. 95
    I’m elated to see how well done the sequel to Mark of Kri is.
  2. It is, however, one of the best unplugged titles of 2005 yet. Given the problems between the lack of originality compared to the first one and the problematic AI, doesn't level out Rise of the Kasai's success with that of its former entry.
  3. 78
    Working with a partner can be fun, but all too often it's painfully obvious that this is a computer-controlled character and often an awkward one at that. There are also some boss battles, but even these repeat themselves for no good reason.
  4. It manages to do some things incredibly well, such as presentation, story, and sound. Other aspects, like the AI, leave much to be desired.
  5. A bit lean in the gameplay department.
  6. I wish more of the sprawling levels encouraged that kind of teamwork instead of sending you on dull hunts for switches. [May 2005, p.133]
  7. Possibly flat out the worst game of the year.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
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  1. Mar 15, 2016
    10
    my opinion is , that the rise of the kasai have one of the most realistic and awesome combat (no like batman now days,play "o" to win)my opinion is , that the rise of the kasai have one of the most realistic and awesome combat (no like batman now days,play "o" to win) ,wanderful art style and a realy
    interesting story,i realy recoment to play it and see why i like this game
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  2. Mar 12, 2016
    6
    Its ok, just the gameplay is disapointing, mark of kri is better. The design and levels look good, the game never got released in europe andIts ok, just the gameplay is disapointing, mark of kri is better. The design and levels look good, the game never got released in europe and australia, which made this game less popular than mark of kri Expand
  3. AB
    May 23, 2005
    5
    Rise of the Kasai is an extremely disappointing sequel to The Mark of Kri. All of the innovation seems to be gone, and the decision to Rise of the Kasai is an extremely disappointing sequel to The Mark of Kri. All of the innovation seems to be gone, and the decision to release this after God of War was a huge mistake. If you are an action-adventure fan you should play God of War and wait for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess instead. Expand