Klonoa 2
Genre Action -> Platform
Today's Rank 0
Date N/A
Publisher Namco
Date 2001-11-09
United Kingdom Retail Box ArtThe original Klonoa for the PlayStation was a critically acclaimed 2-D platform game, but it was mostly ignored by consumers. Gamers passed on it partially because of its unfamiliar and unusual lead character, Klonoa, a furry critter with a giant pair of ears tipped with extremities. Hopefully PlayStation 2 owners will not suffer from a similar aural phobia because they'll be missing a fine game in the sequel. Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil takes the excellent gameplay of its predecessor and puts it in a 3-D world; the game offers a nice mix of graphics, gameplay, and sound--albeit for a relatively short time. Fans of games such as Sonic Adventure and Crash Bandicoot will love this title. It plays similarly to those games, but with superior camera control. Although the graphics are technically impressive--excellent use of lighting effects, particle effects, and cel shading--it's the style that really stands out. The bright and playful graphics give off a feel-good vibe without being puerile. Unfortunately, all these lovely aspects are found in a game that most players will finish in fewer than 10 hours; sure, there are some secrets and puzzles, but nothing that's truly challenging. It's a brief experience, but one of the best on the PlayStation 2. --Raymond M Padilla
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