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Kingdom of Paradise [PSP]







At first you would think that a first year psp game would be a total let down, but this goes in my top 3 of psp games

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

the story starts 'in medias res'
you play as shinbu, a former seiryu disciple
who comes back home to find his entire clan murdered by the central kirin
he than goes protect the 4 swords of the clan lords... AND THE STORY GOES ON AND ON
despite what the internet said about the story, I thougt it was pretty good, not FFVII good, but good.
It has some unexpected features in it and is a little bit classic, which I like in a game.

When it comes to gameplay, the game is pretty innovative.
You have these things called bugei scrolls, which need kenpu gained from enemies to complete.
You can even create your own bugei (freestyle scroll)
The fighting style is really addictive, however the chi arts make it a little bit easy sometimes. I love howevere how you can never really run out of chi, you can always power up on chi during or after the fight.

The bosses in the game might seem a little bit hard in the beginning, but with the right combo of attacks and chi arts, they all come down eventually.

Overall, this game is a bonus to every gamers collection!







Kingdom of Paradise is one of the best action-RPGs on the PSP. It offers 15 hours of solid interesting gameplay.

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Underappreciated"

Summary

Kingdom of Paradise is an action-RPG very reminiscent of Jade Empire.

The core gameplay revolves around designing combo weapon attacks and mixing in the use of magic. It's simple, but it's well-executed. There are many techniques to explore and a reasonable variety of enemies requiring differing strategies.

The graphics are quite good - not up to the standard of Crisis Core, but still above average for the PSP. The character designs are pretty much average, but they serve the purpose. Likewise for the voice acting. The backgrounds are exceptional at times. The musical score is just about perfect and evokes the mood and world.

The plot is also fairly interesting with a few twists and turns.

The main problem with the game is that it's frequently very obtuse. The in-game note system is frequently useless and you'll often need to circle the continent figuring out where exactly the game wants you to go (or use a walkthrough). This is especially glaring for a portable game where you'll often step away from the game for weeks at a time.

Overall those are small complaints. Kingdom of Paradise is very much worth playing.

Playtime: 15 hours
Disc Space Required: 1.3gb




It got me bored soon

6.0

Fair
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Disappointing"

Summary

This game seemed very good when I got it. But now I am thinking the opposite.

I must say the graphics are very good, and combat is satisfying. But there is one major problem.

When you are moving, you can't move the camera. That is enough to make you not like the game; if you can't move the camera, you can't explore your surroundings. So, there is no use of it being a 3D game, if it looks like a 2D, side-scrolling game. The world my seem very vast but if you can't look around, it's nonsense.

If you are a fan of classical RPG games, I wouldn't recommend buying this game. It is more focused on martial arts than on RPG elements. However, if you like chinese culture, you may like it.

It has a boring tutorial too, where you have to learn a lot of weird chinese words you won't understand.

So that is why I am giving a 6.5/10 score, i just think that 8/10 is overrated.




Ahh yes paradise... A Kingdom of Paradise. Where we can all sit back and relax while playing this beautiful game.

8.5

Superb

Summary

We have a warrior. He finds a lady friend. He goes to save the world. Not very effective the first time we saw it either, huh? This game will be forgotten over time and we probably won't hear for a second. The battles are quite entertaining, playing with combos you collect, or later in the game, create. The first time through, the game doesn't tell you very well where to everything is located (only the name of the place being mentioned.) The combo creation is the most memorable and awesome part. With seemingly endless possibilities, you will need to have a few up your sleeve to get the full effect.
The shoping could have been better, throwing in over and under price items. In my opinion it is a great game, and I would recommend getting it. The exploring is the worst part. It is too slow (by foot), and you find yourself wandering in circles. Overall a good game




A wonderful JRPG for PSP,influenced by Chinese culture.

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Grows on you"

Summary

Kingdom of Paradise(AKA Key of Heaven and which I'll abbreviate as KoP)was a very enjoyable action RPG experience for me.I found many things to like about the game,such as the stunning scenery(with beautiful waterfalls and stunning land formations and it's nice use of Chinese cultural elements)and it's fully real-time combat system that has a good array of martial arts style attacks with nice fluid body movements and the nice use of Chinese cultural elements in them.

The combat system in KoP revolves around Bugei scrolls,Kenpu and Chi.Bugei scrolls and Kenpu are required for Shinbu to perform melee attacks.The Bugei scrolls are the types of attack style Shinbu can perform and Kenpu is how many hits he can perform in a combo for a particular Bugei.Bugei is mostly earned as you progress through the story while Kenpu can be gained from winning battles or can be found in chests,boxes and other breakable objects.Chi is magic and to use chi,you'll need to charge up your chi and press the chi command again to unleash the type of chi attack you have selected.The types of chi you can use are wood,water,fire,metal and earth.You begin being able to only use wood chi but the other chi's become available later on(I'm not sure if it's after you reach a certain level or pass a certain story event).But 4 out of the 5 chi's can be used for either most or much of the game,but one of the chi's(I won't say which one)doesn't become available until near the end of the game.As you would expect,certain chi's are more/less effective against certain other chi's.Interestingly,different bugei styles have different chi elements to their attacks which make them more/less effective against certain enemies.

The battle system doesn't have any mana points or anything like that,so you can use chi as much as you like,as long as it's charged up.Charging up your chi can take between 1 to 3 and a 1/2 seconds.You can spend longer charging up your chi if you want to unleash a more powerful magical attack your you can charge up your chi for about 1 second and be able to unleash a weaker,but still very powerful magic attack.However,the player can exploit the chi system and kill enemies from afar by running away from enemies and charging up the chi when they're a distance from their enemies and then use a powerful chi against any enemy/boss and you'll beat them without much trouble.I found the combat to be very fun though.

There is no random enemies,you see every non-boss enemy before you fight them and you'll fight enemies in the same environment you encountered them,so that means there's no loading times for loading battle screens and you can easily flee a battle by running past enemies.The enemies will respawn when you enter areas and there's lots of enemies to make it easier for you to do level grinding if you wish or simply to make the environments you'll travel through be filled with lots of action(battles),but like I said,if you don't want to fight the enemies you can run past them.Another reason I like the battles being fought on the same environments you encountered the enemies is because you'll have to deal with obsticles that are in the environment you encountered the enemies,such as having to manuever around environmental objects or being pinned against the edge of a cliff while enemies are throwing bombs at you or the fact if you encounter an enemy near a lake or near a bridge means you can battle in the lake or over the bridge gives the battle a more realistic feel that I like.The player only controls Shinbu but the AI controls other party members.

I'm not sure if the game has any sidequests because I can't remember if I encountered any,but the towns are quite big and are filled with lots of people you can talk to and have lots of places to explore and even the natural surroundings can be big or have multiple paths or hidden areas where you might find useful items and kenpu,so you're encouraged to explore the world.

The story for the game is quite interesting,a bit hard to follow but it has a nice blend of clan warfare and Asian mythology and uses influences of Chinese/Japanese culture to make it have a nice Eastern feel.I won't spoil the story for you,but I'll say the story has Gods and magical items and a bit of romance.

I've mentioned how the game has beautiful locations,I also want to say the world's regions have a nice diversity to them,such as traditional style towns as well as towns that look like ancient cities that are on/near paved areas and that have sophisticated structures/monuments near them or even a seaside village that's built on giant wooden foundations,as well as forest,grassy plains,mountains,dungeons,caves,rivers,beautiful landformations and waterfalls etc.I like how when you travel over a mountain,you'll see beautiful scenery of the sea or of mountainous land formations in the background and it looks stunning and when you go near a cliff you'll see beautiful scenery in the background and I don't want to spoil it for you,but you'll see it at the game's opening scene.

The dialogue is nicely done for the emotional moments and I like how the game has a Japanese voice acting option.The music for the game has a nice traditional Chinese style to it and it's quite peaceful.

The game took me 22 hours to beat,but I did lots of level grinding and got lost a bit and spent lots of time trying to save up money to buy an expensive item that regenerates Shinbu's health.But I've heard the game should take around 15-20 hours to beat which is a pretty decent length for a portable game.

Overall,Kingdom of Paradise is a wonderful experience and and should be played by any PSP owner who likes JRPGs.

8.0

Superb
7.2