The Mark of Kri PlayStation 2


Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    It's the most surprising, and visionary, action-adventure game of the summer. [Fall 2002, p.145]
  2. A sleeper hit that is not only enjoyable on the eyes, but the action, the story, and the maturity of the game really spice up the title. While the game is short, a game that leaves you yearning for more has to be good.
  3. GameNow
    Truly revolutionary...We wish Kri was longer, but it's great while it lasts. [August 2002, p.36]
  4. While the gameplay seems like it’d be perfect for the "kill enemies, wash, rinse, repeat" syndrome, it never gets to that point due to some excellent pacing, not to mention that the fighting never seems to get too repetitive.
  5. Game Informer
    A visceral celebration of action and all that is good about hacking the bejesus out of someone - in style. [August 2002, p.76]
  6. One of the most innovative and intriguing action-adventure games on the PS2. Its very unique and artistic visuals are amazing to look at and watch in motion while you use the very deep and innovative controls.
  7. Smart gameplay blends with furious action to produce an experience that can only be described as "Metal Gear Solid" Goes Barbarian!
  8. 90
    As original in gameplay as it is in visual design.
  9. 88
    It's the best beat-'em-up on the system.
  10. With an innovative gameplay system, and original combo system, The Mark of Kri is one of the best Beat 'em ups I have ever played.
  11. There are hidden cheats and costumes, and plenty to keep you busy, and the joy of the combat, the good intermixture of stealth and tactics, and the sheer style with which The Mark of Kri is delivered make it a true classic.
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    It's right up there with "Metal Gear Solid 2" as the best action the PS2 has to offer. Play it. [August 2002, p.126]
  13. Many wars and battles did Rau fight. Honor and fear were heaped upon his name. In time, he became a legend by his own hand...but that is yet another story.
  14. Don't be fooled by the Disney-esque look of the game - underneath is a brutally violent action game with a lot of depth in the combat system.
  15. MoK’s AI swings between moments of brilliance and shear stupidity like a pendulum. The difficulty and game length make this game one of the shortest adventure games in recent memory.
  16. Dedicating all your time, you can finish the game in about fifteen hours, which includes the completion of all Baumusu’s challenges, unlocking of arenas, and other rewards. This seriously decreases the replay factor.
  17. Despite the surprising replayability, the amazing brutality of the kills, and the excellent targeting system, Mark of Kri is “only” an above-average game. The blandness of the levels really lessens the worthiness of brave Rau’s quest.
  18. Achieves the Holy Grail in the action/adventure genre, by perfectly merging arcade action with sufficient strategy and depth. We loved every moment in the game.
  19. 80
    It has some great fighting elements as well as some of the elements from the Thief series and finally some adventure elements. Add that to a pretty good graphics engine and sound, and you have yourself a darn good game.
  20. 80
    A game that looks like it came from a major animation studio. The fluid movement in this game is no less impressive.
  21. As an engrossing adventure, Kri doesn’t cut very deep, but where quick, visceral payoffs are concerned, it goes straight for the jugular.
  22. Play Magazine
    Has the story and substance to attract the hardcore and masses alike, and the gameplay to appease both - the mark of a truly great game. [July 2002, p.81]
  23. The combat system, storyline, music and effects are too good to be ruined by one bad level. It is a shame, however, to see a game that spends 90% of the whole experience building up stealth and a kick ass combat system only to watch it all fall apart in very basic, repetitive final confrontations.
  24. Awesome combat and a beautiful set of landscapes to do it in put the beat ‘em up back on the road to recovery.
  25. A blast, and for some simple brainless hack n’ slash action you won’t find a better packed or well-presented disc on the PS2.
  26. 78
    A solid action game made worthwhile by moments of inspiration which do a lot to eclipse some rough edges and a host of minor gameplay gaffes.
  27. One of the most original titles ever crafted...But the title misses the mark by a tad.
  28. What could have been an action-packed, combat-intensive game gets muddled down by mechanics that make it frustrating more often than satisfying.

Awards & Rankings

#57 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#10 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. JannoS.
    Jun 14, 2005
    A total underdog, this game is a CLASSIC. it's gameplay is as addictive and grpahics as good as in "god of war" and this game wasA total underdog, this game is a CLASSIC. it's gameplay is as addictive and grpahics as good as in "god of war" and this game was released 3 years before GOW! Full Review »
  2. AlexP.
    Sep 7, 2003
    The engrossing storyline, smooth animation, adrenaline pumped battles and kick-ass combat system makes this game awesome.
  3. Nov 30, 2016
    Sony studios makes a disney mulan god of war with a bara tattooed badass.
    The artistic direction is damn awesome, most cutscenes are speed
    Sony studios makes a disney mulan god of war with a bara tattooed badass.
    The artistic direction is damn awesome, most cutscenes are speed sketches with an amazing disney style that immediately throws you in the ambiance, the loading times are those same speed sketches, colored, and blended seemingly with in-game transition. Fant-tuffin-tastic.
    The gameplay is a mix of crowded melee fights and infiltration (rewarded by gory eliminations) but a bit klunky like most of early ps2 games, if you can see beyond that, you'll have a memorable time.
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