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  • Summary: Folklore is a unique, dark fantasy adventure inspired by western fairy tales. Set in the mysterious town of Doolin, two strangers, Keats and Ellen, are drawn together to uncover a mysterious legend in a remote village that exists on the border between dreams and reality. They soon learn thatFolklore is a unique, dark fantasy adventure inspired by western fairy tales. Set in the mysterious town of Doolin, two strangers, Keats and Ellen, are drawn together to uncover a mysterious legend in a remote village that exists on the border between dreams and reality. They soon learn that the town serves as a gateway to fantastic realms, full of creatures, spirits and monsters. In order to solve the mystery of the town, and their past, the pair must journey through these worlds to uncover its secrets. [SCEA] Expand
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. Evoking a sense of otherworldliness is, I am assuming, the reason Folklore exists, and it succeeds at this in an almost heartbreakingly beautiful way no other game ever has. [Oct 2007, p.70]
  2. Folklore is one of those games that might seem familiar on the surface, but rest assured there's nothing like it on the PS3. The story might take a while to unfold, but the payoff is there.
  3. The combat is engaging and unique, and the storyline is compelling enough to keep you coming back for the duration.
  4. The key to Folklore's quality is that the game is endlessly rewarding - there's a constant supply of new Folks, quests and the ever evolving story is as good as it gets in video games; there isn't a stage in the game that we didn't enjoy playing through, and the difficulty curve is perfectly balanced.
  5. Add to that the slow pace at which both the gameplay and story move, and Folklore just doesn't work for me, despite its refreshing premise. [Dec 2007, p.148]
  6. Too linear, but one of PS3's most charming and satisfying adventures so far. [Nov 2007, p.118]
  7. Folklore is one of 2007's biggest disappointments. A PlayStation 3 game that at first seemed promising, but explodes in a fiery wreck, thanks to annoying dialogue, bizarre comic book style cut scenes and drab game play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. AdamD.
    Nov 29, 2007
    10
    Astounding visual flair and gameplay that fuses Kirby with Mana, this game represents developers actually taking chances. If you're Astounding visual flair and gameplay that fuses Kirby with Mana, this game represents developers actually taking chances. If you're tired of looking down the sight of an M16, throw your support behind this gem. Expand
  2. DavidN.
    Oct 4, 2007
    10
    Beautiful artwork and addictive gameplay
  3. RasmusB.
    Oct 23, 2007
    10
    Just simply amazing storytelling and awsome grapics, one of the best games on consoles for this year.
  4. DrakeM.
    Oct 3, 2007
    9
    A wonderful game, in sixaxis use, story, atmosphere, and other aspects. It's linear nature is a downfall, but made up by the other A wonderful game, in sixaxis use, story, atmosphere, and other aspects. It's linear nature is a downfall, but made up by the other terrific aspects of the game. Expand
  5. AndyK.
    Oct 5, 2007
    9
    Great title with beautiful graphics, groundbreaking design and gameplay.
  6. Viper7seven
    Oct 27, 2007
    9
    This game is really difrend from many games that have been relased in nextgen platforms, it gives the player chance to explore the mysterious This game is really difrend from many games that have been relased in nextgen platforms, it gives the player chance to explore the mysterious and beatifull village of Doolin and the 7 neatherworlds. The story is filled with mysterious twists and it keeps the player interested well trough the game. The battles in the neatherworld which are roughly 75% of the game are really enjoyable, altho there are difrend oppionions on to it as well. I suggest to play trough the demo to get the feeling. Ofcourse the demo doesnt offer as much when it comes to strenghtening your folks and your character but it gives good image of the battle system. The games linear maps are the only downside of this game, Visualy folklore is one of the most beatifull game ever made, its not that it has top notch graphics but all the folks, sceneries and places are really well made and artistic which generaly makes you slowly walk around the village or the neatherworlds once in a while you play the game. Expand
  7. MH
    Jun 20, 2008
    3
    Terrible. This is not a game, it's slightly more than a movie; meaning, this game is way too linear: no exploration whatever. The game Terrible. This is not a game, it's slightly more than a movie; meaning, this game is way too linear: no exploration whatever. The game forces you to go from A to B. I wonder if the creators ever played games like Kings Quest, or Gabriel Knight, or even Zelda. Those are what video games must have: Exploration. The point is to be able to freely roam and interact on a more than superficial level. If I want to be led around on a leash, I'd watch a movie. Also, the fact that the characters don't talk, except in cut-scenes, is a huge minus. Had there been more interactivity, this might be overlooked. Wow, I could not get past the first 20 minutes. Folklore is that bad Sony: while improved graphics and colors are an important direction to go towards, if you completely rip out the sole of games, all meaning and enjoyment is lost and the product becomes a MERE LURE for hard-earned money to be thrown into a bottomless PIT. How any professional reviewer can, in good conscience, give this game more than a 6 becomes evident when $ is promised. Expand

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