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  • Summary: Step into the shoes of Eike, a man with the ability to travel through time. With this power, you must travel through changing time periods and use clues from the past to prevent your own murder. The actions you take affect your story path, resulting in one of multiple endings. Once you unravel the mystery in nine chapters, you can experience additional scenes. With multiple story paths and a variety of puzzles, Shadow of Destiny puts your dire fate into your own hands. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
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  1. Largely ignored by the mainstream gaming press, this fabulous epic of a game will draw you in with both its warmth and its ever-increasing tale.
  2. As pure an adventure as you'll find on any console. Apart from a few timed segments, it's completely free of the action elements normally associated with "adventure" games on these systems.
  3. Gamers willing to invest the time required to unravel the title's mysteries will discover one of the PS2's most enjoyable games and one of the most original adventure games to grace a console.
  4. The lack of action deals a heavy blow to this otherwise polished adventure.
  5. The game's brevity and lack of real suspense or horror make for a mellower game than anticipated. It's worth playing.
  6. Great visuals coupled with great atmosphere and music makes this a must-have for fans of the genre.
  7. It is a bit on the short side, but the upside is a fantastic plot that has numerous side stories to it that cannot all be experienced in a single play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. LeeC.
    Dec 23, 2001
    I thought the game was excellent, it was a short game, but it was unique. It was different from every game on the market which makes it 10 times better. A game just doesn't need good graphics, it needs a good story line too, and that seems to be the problem with game now, is that games will have incredible graphics but the story line will suck or vice versa. This game has both and it was a very exciting game. I was wondering if someone could email me (Train3030@webtv.net) about any info on if there is gonna be a Shadow of Destiny 2? Please email me soon, thank you. Expand
  2. AlexK.
    Jul 1, 2001
    A very good adventure game with a fantastic premise, spoiled largely by the poor voice acting of the main character. Man, he could have been so much cooler. But in the end Shadow of Destiny proves to be a cerebral story with fun but basic adventure gameplay. I found the lack of interactivity not nearly as vexing as many of the game reviewers did, partially because I think that the various plot twists, multiple endings, and subtle details make SoD better billed as an "interactive movie" than a game. But on that front it's a great cinematic achievement--the best yet on any system--and well worth it for anyone who loves a good story. Expand
  3. Aug 21, 2012
    this game is far away from perfect, it has mediocre graphics, cause it was a very early title on the PS2 and it has a gameplay not everyone will like, cause it's more like an interactive novel, but the story & atmosphere was so great that this one has burned itself into my brain. will never forget this one. Collapse
  4. StefC.
    Feb 17, 2002
    Great storyline and overall a very original game. I just have 2 complaints: first of all, it wasn't very interactive. It was just too easy to figure out what you were supposed to do there was too much instruction. A 3 year old could beat this game no problem. My second complaint is that it was too short. I beat it in a few hours. But still this game is worth playing and I suggest you at least rent it, if not buy it. Expand
  5. DanA.
    Nov 19, 2007
    Shadow of Destiny is a bittersweet gaming experience to say the least. On one hand, in such an early PS2 lifetime it produced solid visuals, and pushed the storytelling aspect of games to a level still unseen to this day. But on the other hand, the control feels robotic enough to give Resident Evil a run for it's money, and the game doesn't spend enough time keeping you engaged to the point where the next twist was actually THAT exciting. A good game, but nothing I would do more then rent. Expand
  6. Jul 31, 2014
    It looked really interesting and had a lot of potential with the story it was going for but the graphics were outdated even for its time, the main character was horribly proportioned and apparently retarded as well. Although I don't base how much I like a game off of how it looks or how the characters look, the main reason I didn't like this game was that the main objectives were not clear...AT ALL. There is no direction on what you need to do or where you need to go and although that may be fine if you've played the game before and don't need it but as a first time player it's very off putting. Likewise, due to this I didn't get very far before getting SUPER frustrated. I hate using guides/cheats to play my games but it was the only way I could figure out how to complete the first area. I'm a girl who plays lots of puzzle games and platforming games so I'm typically good at figuring things out on my own but.... geezus, this game had ZERO direction or clues so I spent my time that I had basically wandering around not sure what to do. I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone unless I want them to pull their hair out in frustration. Expand
  7. CurtisS.
    Dec 20, 2003
    This game is absolutely, without a doubt, the worst game I have ever played in my life!! I'd rather watch a damn Olsen-Twins movie 100 times in a row than play this game again. The only good thing I can say 'bout this game, is that it has good graphics, and that the storyline is complete and tied together niceley. But the storyline itself sucks! I can't believe someone wasted time making this game. Expand

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