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  • Summary: (Also known as "Key of Heaven") Kingdom of Paradise is an action-RPG title where players take the role of a young warrior outcast named Shinbu. When one of the five martial clans attempts to disrupt a peaceful balance of power within the land of Ohka, Shinbu seeks to defend his clan and restore equal power to the five clans that once ruled the world. With more than 20 hours of gameplay, players will venture through vast, living worlds and battle mythical enemies in a quest to restore peace to Ohka. More than 150 sword attack styles are available and players can create unique fighting combos by customizing sword attacks and moves gained throughout the game. In Ad Hoc mode, custom-created sword skills can be shared with friends and players can battle in one-on-one matches. Special skills and defensive items, along with an exclusive sword, are available to download via Infrastructure mode. [SCEA] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. A fully fledged RPG for the PSP, nice graphics and customisable combat system give this title depth.
  2. Probably the best fully original title to hit Sony’ Portable since "Lumines." It’s a solid action RPG set against an old Eastern backdrop that bears a resemblance in style to Bioware’s "Jade Empire."
  3. Kingdom of Paradise has somewhat of a steep learning curve and its flashy combat system has a few problems, but the quality of the game's presentation and the generally entertaining battles almost completely overshadow these setbacks.
  4. While the story is a bit cliché, the setting is much better than your typical fantasy or sci-fi fare. It’s unfortunate that the combat gets bland quickly and camera issues abound.
  5. 70
    An annoyingly expansive world, and reams of stilted dialogue, have all been squeezed onto a handheld system -- with nary a load time to be found! -- and that is a feat nothing short of miraculous.
  6. The story never really gets interesting, but the action-heavy combat system is fresh and gets more fun the longer you play. [Jan 2006, p.128]
  7. In between the unsatisfying battles and the go-nowhere story, there's a lot of searching for the right area or person that will trigger the next cutscene, and a lot of wandering back and forth for the sake of extending the game's playtime.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Feb 20, 2011
    The best part of this game is the graphics, there phenomenal, probably one of the best looking games on the system, the voice acting is hit or miss, and the story is nothing you haven't heard before, add some boring and frustrating gameplay, and the fact that it's boring, and you've got yourself a crappy game. Expand

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