Kingdom of Paradise PSP

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2005
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
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  1. Although there are annoyances that will deter some, Kingdom of Paradise is still fun enough that it's worth playing past the rough spots to get to the good stuff.
  2. 70
    The bugei gimmick is really clever, and kept driving me to play more. I can't say as much about the actual gameplay and story, however.
  3. 70
    The game almost seems to negate the use of combos at points, which is thanks, in large part, to the infuriatingly poor blocking system.
  4. 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.
  5. AceGamez
    70
    With more thought put into a deeper control system for the combat, and more effort in the sound department, Key of Heaven could have been one of the best handheld RPGs to date. As it stands however, it's best suited to those with a lust for Anime and a craving for a hearty adventure with a typically Japanese storyline.
  6. Game Informer
    68
    Like a pair of pants that make you butt look big, the tedious exploration and flimsy story just highlight too many unflattering curves to make the adventure truly worthwhile. [Jan 2006, p.156]
  7. 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]
  8. An ambitious RPG title that ventures into new territory with customizable combat combos and a full 3D environment. Although using these ambitious features comes at the price of bad camera angles and a lackluster control scheme.
  9. PSM Magazine
    65
    A fun-action RPG with a heavy emphasis on the action. [Jan 2006, p.86]
  10. 65
    Just what the PSP needs. An original RPG and a template for what other developers should strive for. Too bad it doesn't quite hit the mark in certain respects.
  11. PSM3 Magazine UK
    62
    Satifactory in plot and longevity, while pleasing to the eye thanks to the 3D game engine. But so what? it's not special. [Sept 2006, p.85]
  12. A game best-enjoyed in short sharp bursts. That way you can appreciate the views, have some fun creating an offensive strategy on paper before briefly hammering it out on the field.
  13. 60
    The lack of any camera controls is somewhat annoying, but seldom intrusive, and the ability to save at any time is especially welcome.
  14. It’s really a shame that a game with so much depth in its combat system turns up so thin everywhere else. It’s the exact opposite of Untold Legends, but that doesn't make it a great deal better.
  15. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    50
    Playing Key of Heaven is a little like repeatedly thrusting your arm into a lucky dip filled with equal numbers of gold and emperor scorpions. [Mar 2006, p.95]

Awards & Rankings

#32 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#21 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Feb 20, 2011
    3
    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 orThe 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. Full Review »
  2. NathanQ.
    Aug 30, 2007
    10
    Great game, tons of moves that you can put together to form your own combos and sweet spells for you to level up!
  3. annomous
    Aug 3, 2007
    4
    im not sure what i missed, but i must first state that i play a fair amount of RPG's to know that the story in this game is horrable. it im not sure what i missed, but i must first state that i play a fair amount of RPG's to know that the story in this game is horrable. it has substance and i give the game credit for that, but after you have spent hours of wandering around, not know that you could walk this path, or not knowing where the heck you are, then you have no choice but to give up and move on. The combo system works, but not the way i expected. you can put any combo that you wish to put together, but you need freestyle scroles in order to do that and i think that there are only 4 of those. oh and don't forgett the constantley respawning enemies. in the beginning its fine because you can tare through them with ease, but later in the game, you encounter over sized beast that seem to have an infinant amount of health. and to add insult to injury, they come in numbers!! this game is fun for a while, but with little to ride upon, then this game isn't worth picking up because its a "good game". but if you should so happen to decide to buy a new game for a familly member or friend, then choose this one because its pprbly dirt cheap. oh, and after your friend or family member begins to hate you for the rest of ur life, you can make it all better for them by buying them a copy finall fantasy 2 and a lollie pop to make it all better. ps, this game is perfect for long trips because it will help you get some shut-eye. Full Review »