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Alundra 2

video game review video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Alundra 2 Publisher: Activision
Category: Role-Playing
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Teen    Release Date: February 2000

Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3½ Stars out of 4

Yes, we're crazy. Alundra 2 has horrible graphics and average game play, but it absolutely excels in terms of characters and story.

The story is so well-written and woven among game play scenarios that RPG fans really shouldn't miss out. Truly fantastical moments occur in this game, as seen by the mysterious horned whale early in the game. What a sight! What a flight of fantasy!

While there are portions of text in the game, a good amount of material is delivered through voice-overs, especially when some sort of action is involved. Earl Boen and Cam Clarke, who I raved about in Sword of the Berserk, also lend their talents to this game, as does the late Mary Kay Bergman of South Park fame. (She sung the Oscar-nominated song "Blame Canada.")

Controls are completely customizable. I am especially thankful for this because I hated the designation of the action button to the circle button. I changed it to the X button.

Game play is basic, but it captures the Zelda-ish flavor of the original Wild Arms. Many areas are filled with traps or obstacles such as steam pipes (don't get too close!), bombs, and block puzzles. One area of the game features a "roller ball" that provides a nice Indiana Jones moment emphasized by the camera angle.

Alundra 2 doesn't do anything you haven't seen before, but the story and characters, complete with great comic timing, are just too charming to resist. Any game that has someone accidentally interrupting you while you're conducting business in the outhouse has to get my vote.

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