Sudeki Xbox

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 75 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 75
  2. Negative: 1 out of 75
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  1. Action fans might balk at what sounds like a standard role-playing game opening, but Sudeki soon bursts into the most intense, bone-crunching combat you'll find on any platform.
  2. Despite being set in another dimension, Sudeki feels believable and somehow real.
  3. 90
    I found it difficult to play it for more than an hour or so until I was four hours into it, due to just the awkward feel to the controls and game. Once you get over the hump, though, then you start being able to spend hours playing without realizing it.
  4. Sudeki tries a new path and gives us real time combat instead of the normal turn-based style which works. Sudeki plays like an eastern role-playing game, with western combat ideas.
  5. 90
    A great game that isn't given the justice it deserves. There was a lot of hype surrounding this game when it was first announced and as far as I am concerned it has delivered.
  6. 90
    A solid mix of story, action, and adventure, Sudeki does just about everything one would expect. The main quest could have been longer -- it clocks in a bit shy of 20 hours -- but the length is more than made up for by the complete immersion factor of the world.
  7. The monsters are determined to destroy the characters' home world, so players will need to perfect various combos and team attacks in order to survive.
  8. Despite having a few rough edges, Sudeki is a very good game that will keep you playing (over and over). There's so much to see and the story plays out like a good movie that keeps you entranced to the final credits roll.
  9. Sudeki's graphics are really impressive, both in terms of technical and artistic achievement. The world of Sudeki is one continuous experience, slicing a swath from vast location to location is seamless.
  10. I think that it should have at least been a co-op game. Controlling four characters at once in a real time combat situation is just nuts. I could compare it to Might and Magic without the turn based system. It's manageable, however, I would have preferred to share the burden with someone else.
  11. The combat system really shines in Sudeki. This is not another slow turn-based RPG.
  12. it's not going to be game of the year or even in the top five RPGs either but Sudeki still offers something worth playing and given enough time, most will come to appreciate the innovation and unique RPG it offers.
  13. Playing through those 30 or so hours is one of the most enjoyable Xbox experiences around, as the game can be played at the player's own pace. There's no rushing to meet timed events or missing out on special items that only appear for half an hour.
  14. Provides some of the best action oriented combat sequences we have seen in a while on the Xbox with a touch of RPG elements thrown in for game depth. Vast and varied environments, unique special attacks and lively characters bring Sudeki to life but several small oversights become apparent as your progress.
  15. It obviously tries to emulate Japanese style console RPGs, but it fails to deliver the story depth or puzzle challenge common to those games.
  16. Solid in all departments. It has some great RPG elements but nothing that is going to catch the gaming market's eye quite like "Knights of the Old Republic."
  17. In addition to being easy, Sudeki is ridiculously short, clocking in at twenty-five hours max. For a game that was purported to be the first real epic RPG on Xbox, this is almost incomprehensible.
  18. 80
    Although the water textures could have used a bit of work, the engine for the water makes it all look breathtaking as you watch the waves come in from offshore.
  19. 80
    The graphics are fantastic, particularly in the later stages, when some of the epic battle scenes are rivaled only by what goes on in your local trailer park.
  20. Another aspect of the game that proved a massive disappointment was the fact that all the game's boss fights were 1 vs. 1. Normally you have a party of 4 characters, so why change that for boss fights?
  21. While it's not as deep or as long as "Knights of the Old Republic" or "Morrowind," credit should unquestionably be given to Sudeki for its brisk pacing, deceptively flexible character management and unique, engaging combat system.
  22. 80
    More fun than frustration. Its beautiful environs and great combat system outweigh the less critical problems, and make the title a solid action-rooted RPG.
  23. Sudeki is a competent debut, but, despite the oriental touches, it isn't in the epic "Final Fantasy" league.
  24. The combat and user interface is nearly flawless and the high level Spirit Strikes are on par with the flamboyancy of the "Final Fantasy" series. The problem is that the story takes so long to get interesting that most gamers may become bored and not venture on.
  25. The combat system is totally unique but flounders in some clunky timing issues. The skill strikes are cool but few in number and lose their "wow factor" about six hours into the game.
  26. Sudeki is a unique blend of dazzling, frantic combat and high adventure, albeit a short one.
  27. 78
    An RPG that manages to create an absolutely balls-on fantastic combat system only to stifle it with some very plodding, predictable, and overall uninspired RPG elements.
  28. For all its faults, something kept bringing me back to Sudeki, most importantly the cool and extensive ways you can keep upgrading your character - which is really the heart of any RPG experience. [Sept 2004, p.114]
  29. In the end Sudeki is not without its disappointments, but it also has its moments. Unless you take particular objection to the stylistic setting, it's still worth a throw of the dice.
  30. The camera is terrible. It jumps around more than a group of moshers at a punk-rock concert. As enemies surround the area and you retaliate, the camera jerks in various directions. Sometimes it will zoom out for no apparent reason.
  31. The surround sound may be great, but bad voice acting is bad voice acting, no matter how many channels it comes from.
  32. Just as "Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy" was an enjoyable but slightly two-dimensional platformer, Sudeki is its insubstantial RPG equivalent. [GamesMaster]
  33. netjak
    75
    If you're looking for the next great RPG, look elsewhere; Sudeki won't satisfy you. One the other hand, if you want a fairly light game that's heavy on combat with just enough puzzle solving to keep you engaged, then Sudeki may indeed be the game for you.
  34. 75
    The combat is fun, and you're allowed a pretty satisfying level of leeway as to how your characters develop. But it ends there. All the other things that make a great RPG are absent. No memorable characters, no clever dialogue, no rousing story.
  35. If Climax had put more effort into deepening the storyline, expanding the economic system, and aging up the content then it would be a must-have title. Sudeki is a good game; it just seems aimed at the wrong audience.
  36. As an RPG it is only slightly above average, though considering the anemic state of the Xbox platform in terms of this genre fans have little choice but to dive in and experience it for all that it is worth.
  37. A fun and entertaining game but due to its length I would recommend this as a thoroughly entertaining rental.
  38. If it wasn't for the recycled ideas plucked straight from a Japanese RPG back catalogue, along with some very poorly written NPC interactions and weak storytelling, Sudeki could have been a much more impressive and memorable action/RPG.
  39. One thing's a certainty: you clearly can't fault Climax for their creativity or for trying something new. Unfortunately, too many console RPG players will probably be very critical on Sudeki as it doesn't do anything truly special or innovative for the genre.
  40. With its blend of combat and fantasy Sudeki has certainly cast its spell on me, RPG fans rejoice – a new era is upon us.
  41. A game that won't appeal to fans of traditional role playing games but is very much suited for those who want to get into the genre without being defeated because they didn't use a particular style of armor or haven't leveled enough.
  42. Play Magazine
    75
    One of the prettiest games I've ever played...With any luck, the role-playing elements in "Sudeki 2" will match the integrity of the battle system and visuals. [Sept 2004, p.67]
  43. But the problem with the game is just that the story doesn't really do much to excite, in fact, it can be kind of dull.

Awards & Rankings

#18 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
#4 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Nov 10, 2012
    8
    A fun and challenging RPG. It combines multiple genre's together to create a unique RPG that's worth your time. It's got some issues to keepA fun and challenging RPG. It combines multiple genre's together to create a unique RPG that's worth your time. It's got some issues to keep it from reaching true greatness. The story is weak and has one of the worst endings of all time, probably the worst ending for an RPG, but the main characters are really likable so that's something. I also found the melee combat lacking thanks to a lack of any lock on system and the fact that enemies constantly stop your combo in the middle when they swarm you. The game takes some getting used to thanks to the awkward camera. It's got flaws for sure, and while the story doesn't pull you in the gameplay will. I found myself getting lost in this games unique world for hours at a time. So if you are looking for a great RPG for you original Xbox you should look this up. Full Review »
  2. Aug 9, 2015
    0
    Developed by Climax. Women dressed as cock-teases... It's no coincidence. Advertising this game with the phrases "full frontal assault",Developed by Climax. Women dressed as cock-teases... It's no coincidence. Advertising this game with the phrases "full frontal assault", "you're going to love her killer moves" and "will leave you breathless" is crass and pathetic. What sells? Sex. Who buys it the most? Het guys. No doubt this stuff made many people feeling like vomiting, and then mailing it to he developers. It's an attempt to really manipulate the majority of gamers, and an insult to those of us who are not obsessed with sex. Full Review »
  3. Vicissitude
    Jan 24, 2007
    8
    This game surprised the hell out of me! Great game! More FPS-RPGs please! The melee combat is pretty meh, and the art style is a bit This game surprised the hell out of me! Great game! More FPS-RPGs please! The melee combat is pretty meh, and the art style is a bit questionable. Overall though, very fun! Full Review »