• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2003
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  • Summary: Plunged into a mysterious world, Kya must seek her way through multiple dangers to find her brother and a way back home. She discovers the Nativs, a peaceful tribe, oppressed by the Wolfens - the menacing army of the evil Brazul. Kya must lead the rebellion of the Nativs for their freedom.Plunged into a mysterious world, Kya must seek her way through multiple dangers to find her brother and a way back home. She discovers the Nativs, a peaceful tribe, oppressed by the Wolfens - the menacing army of the evil Brazul. Kya must lead the rebellion of the Nativs for their freedom. Mastering magical powers, Kya can liberate the Wolfens from their mystical imprisonment and restore their true Nativ identity. Steal your way through or fight head-to-head with hordes of Wolfens using original combat moves and magical strikes. Soar against various vertiginous wind currents on breathtaking flights. Slide down extreme entwined turbulent tracks, through challenging obstacles and lush environments. Journey through unbelievable acrobatic freefalls as you get closer to Kya?s quest to save her brother and defeat the Fortress of Brazul. [Atari] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. You're one of the most satisfying, worthwhile, and excellent platformers I've ever met. Time spent with you was challenging but never frustrating, beautiful but never, ever shallow, and utterly captivating for every moment we were together.
  2. Play Magazine
    83
    If you're the type of person who likes to get lost in fantasy worlds, Kya is your oyster. [Dec 2003, p.78]
  3. 80
    An original game with a well-developed theme and a lot to do. If the fighting and voice acting had received a little more attention, this would surely be a five-star game. As it is, some gamers might have trouble taking the game seriously.
  4. 75
    Despite a lack of polish and the ineptly presented storyline, Kya: Dark Lineage had enough fresh ideas and fun scenarios to keep me pluggin' through to the end. It's not the prettiest game out there, nor the longest, or the coolest. It is, however, fun and original.
  5. Everything about Kya: Dark Lineage is pretty standard and expected, and while most of it is executed quite well it still feels a little recycled.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    58
    The camera can be absolutely maddening at times. [Jan 2004, p.138]
  7. 40
    Unfortunately, Kya is a very difficult game to play as the controls are not particularly intuitive and the camera seems to delight in going haywire during delicate jumping situations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. JeremyG.
    Aug 10, 2007
    10
    One of my very favorite PS2 games. There are several elements in this game that are better executed than I've seen in any other game: 1. One of my very favorite PS2 games. There are several elements in this game that are better executed than I've seen in any other game: 1. Fighting controls are very good and feel like a 2D fighting game while still allowing you to effectively combat multiple enemies. 2. The flying mechanic is (to my knowledge) unique and really fun. 3. The very best intro/tutorial level I have ever seen. When I taught game design, this intro level was the one that I showed to my students. It never breaks the action, always feels tense and like something is happening, and explains several modes of transportation in a way that the player is able to remember. Expand
  2. Tara
    Jan 4, 2004
    10
    I love it I just got done playing it 4 hours in a row , i just decided to take a rest but im about to go play more!
  3. Jun 12, 2021
    10
    The best adventure game I’ve ever played. This game is so unique because of its environment and the things you can do, like; flying, combat,The best adventure game I’ve ever played. This game is so unique because of its environment and the things you can do, like; flying, combat, ride a horse creature, snowboarding... this game was a way ahead of its time, unfortunately due to bad marketing the game was underrated. KDL deserves so much better!! Expand
  4. RonH.
    Nov 22, 2003
    8
    I give this game a high "8" I dont know how anyone can score this game poorly. I have been playing 10 hours straight. I got it with some I give this game a high "8" I dont know how anyone can score this game poorly. I have been playing 10 hours straight. I got it with some reservation due to GamePro's low mark, but I have been having a blast with it and I'm more than happy with the return for my money. It is kind of a cross between Crash Bandicoot & Spyro with a lot of sliding down chutes full of obstacles at a high rate of speed. Another feature that seems new to me is the free-falling and riding wind part of the game, which there is a lot of and is a great innovation. There are also some parts that are puzzles, like hit the rope with your boomerang that is holding the rock that will fall on a switch and open a door. The graphics are a little blocky but I think this was intentional. The characters movements are super smooth as is the sky & clouds. It is hard, but not too hard. A very solid game and a lot of fun. Expand
  5. matrix1004
    Dec 13, 2007
    8
    Even 4 year after it's release I can say that I loved this game. As soon as I started it sucked me into it's world with the simple Even 4 year after it's release I can say that I loved this game. As soon as I started it sucked me into it's world with the simple story. I liked the Wolfen villains, the (slowly learned) fighting style, the well designed levels, the air/wind gliding play control, and I even didn't mind the stealth (something I usually don't care for). It was a fun & enjoyable trip into the world of Kya. Expand
  6. WilliamS.
    Feb 21, 2004
    8
    Yo this is a sweet game ive been playin i dont know how many hours straight and im at the part where ya gotta shoot the spikes on the wolfen Yo this is a sweet game ive been playin i dont know how many hours straight and im at the part where ya gotta shoot the spikes on the wolfen flying thingy so the arms dont blow up the mushroom thingys. My brain is Kyafied. Expand
  7. Apr 6, 2017
    1
    Jeu d'une grande niaiserie qui met en scène plein de plate-formes en 16 couleurs. Heureusement c'est toujours très fluide mais l'espèce deJeu d'une grande niaiserie qui met en scène plein de plate-formes en 16 couleurs. Heureusement c'est toujours très fluide mais l'espèce de jouabilité limitée et répétitive tout en carton nous les casse très sérieusement, à tel point qu'on se croirait dans un Mariol. Au broyeur ! Expand

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