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Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom - PlayStation 3 Standard Edition

by Namco
Platform : PlayStation 3
Rated: Teen

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  • Forge an alliance: Partner with the powerful monster to cooperatively battle the forces of darkness and creatively solve massive puzzles
  • Discover a whole new world: Journey though the mysterious fallen empire full of adventure, creatures and puzzles and seamlessly explore the lush forsaken kingdom
  • Diverse gameplay action: Experience the perfect gameplay mix combining stealth action, problem solving, platform navigation and combat
  • Legendary developer talent: Directed by Yoshiki Okamoto, whose previous works - Resident Evil and Street Fighter II series have reached critical acclaim and sold millions
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  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • ESRB Rating: Teen Teen
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
  • ASIN: B003BE6OYS
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 113 g
  • Release Date: Nov. 23 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,053 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3

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To Save the Kingdom, the Greatest Alliance Between Man and Monster is Forged! Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is the modern incarnation of inspired partnership gaming, seamlessly integrating problem solving, combat and an engaging story line in a fluid cinematic experience like no other!

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Save the Kingdom by working together with the most unlikely partner.
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To Save the Kingdom, the Greatest Alliance Between Man and Monster is Forged!
Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom™ is the modern incarnation of inspired partnership gaming, seamlessly integrating problem solving, combat and an engaging story line in a fluid cinematic experience like no other!

Key Game Features

  • Forge an alliance – Partner with the powerful monster to cooperatively battle the forces of darkness and creatively solve massive puzzles
  • Discover a whole new world – Journey though the mysterious fallen empire full of adventure, creatures and puzzles and seamlessly explore the lush forsaken kingdom
  • Diverse gameplay action – Experience the perfect gameplay mix combining stealth action, problem solving, platform navigation and combat
  • Legendary developer talent – Directed by Yoshiki Okamoto, whose previous works – Resident Evil and Street Fighter II series have reached critical acclaim and sold millions
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Fight foes as a team!
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Travel to other strange worlds.
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Solving tough puzzles together.
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A little help from a big friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Franklin on Jan. 8 2011
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
Ico meets Demon's Souls, this game was a very very pleasant surprise. The giant is adorable and the story is great. I felt very connected to the characters. The puzzles and platforming are excellent and the world is ever-changing. I don't understand why this game didn't get rave reviews. I recommend it wholeheartedly for fans of games like Castlevania: SOTN and Shadow of the Colossus.
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By abasu1979 on May 10 2015
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
For many a game, I read numerous reviews, scrutinize various screenshots and view the odd video before finally deciding whether to acquire the title or not. Not so with Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom: upon seeing one trailer, I instinctively realized that this game was for me - and indeed, it was.

At its core, Majin is a celebration of the joy and power of cooperation - between man and monster. The former is represented by Tepeu, a lithe young thief with the ability to communicate with animals, thanks to his upbringing in the forest. The latter is embodied by Teotl, a giant lumbering humanoid, known as the guardian of the kingdom and called the Majin (devil's servant) by its detractors, who is capable of unleashing a number of natural forces. The game revolves around the endeavours of this dynamic duo to liberate their desolate land from a mysterious darkness that has submerged and corrupted it for a century, notably by restoring and utilising Teotl's powers. (To avoid confusion, the word Majin will be used solely to refer to the game, whilst the guardian himself will be referred to as Teotl.)

Though it contains some minor RPG elements (experience levels, different costumes with different skills), Majin is essentially an action-adventure title, whose gameplay is primarily comprised of combat and puzzle-solving. Both aspects are extremely well done, and make it a delight to play: each deserves to be addressed in some detail.

Throughout the game, one controls Tepeu and commands Teotl, who is otherwise controlled by the AI. In battle, this system works remarkably well, with the player not having to worry much about Teotl's state, but being able to invoke his various powers when required.
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Platform for Display: PlayStation 3
First congratulation and thanks to NAMCO BANDAI to give us that MASTERPIECE OF ART That game can be compare to those famous WIND WAKER (zelda) (ICO) (SHADOW OF COLOSSUS)Discovering A pure relationship from both of the heros Tepeu and the Majin is incredible The Majin is powerful like King Kong with a heart of a 5 years old child no vicious mind just compassions loyality and love Tepeu is also the same talking with animals and ingenius and wise like a fox About the game ton of donjon to explore ton of puzzle to solve ton of item to found have to be very attentive to they advise all the animal give to you

Here a special thank to SUPER [...] that give a helpful walkthrowto to pass throw the game easier 33 hours for my Helpful complement of images to every nook and crany on that vast land lots of trick and tip Thank Again

ZELJOY
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By Alex Laszlo on Jan. 26 2015
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3 Verified Purchase
Excellent game. I bought on the lowest possible price. Thanks!
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
I don't understand some reviewers Nov. 29 2010
By Unhappy - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3 Fun:   
I have been gaming for a long time. I am 30 years of age, and I have my share of systems. From the Atari 7800 to the Wonderswan so I know gaming. Also, I am a developer to boot.

With that said, I think this game is a great game for any adventure lover. I myself, love adventure games like The Legend of Zelda series as well as Ico. I am not saying that this game is up there in terms of quality, but I will say that this game doesn't deserve the negative review scores that some sites have given it.

I have just finished the second boss battle, and let me tell you, it has my full attention now. Some sites were talking about the backtracking in the game....that's bull. If you are a person who wants every treasure there is to collect, then you will back track a lot. I am that person so I can verify the back tracking aspect.

I will admit that the combat has not changed that much, but you will be so enthralled with the game that you will not notice the repetitive combat. Put it this way, if you play fps's, then all you do is shoot right? Not all fps's are like that, but most of them are. This is not a jab at fps's, I am just giving another prospective to the term repetitive.

I am 7 hours and 36 minutes into my adventure and like I stated above, I have just beaten the second boss and now headed to the next area. I will give you a little insight on the second boss fight. Majin has acquired the electricity ability so you will use this to fight this boss. What happens is you will have to line some electrical conductors up to get the Majin to strike it with it lighting ability. When you have them lined up the way you want, you get the Majin to hit the gong to make the boss come towards the sound. When he comes over, you have to get the Majin to use his electric ability on the conductors. This is a vague description, but I just wanted to explain a little bit of the game.

Lastly, I want to say something about the voice of the Majin. When you start to get into the game and learn more about the story, you will come to love this guy. I genuinely care what happens to the big guy. He has such personality, and that is whats lacking in todays games. You will start to care about the Majin and the annoying voice will become a joy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Feel Good and Fun-Filled Adventure Game Feb. 16 2011
By C. Mahlstedt - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3 Fun:   
There are very few products that give me the desire to write reviews about them; however, this game has inspired me to write quite possibly my first review.

I'm somewhat new to the PS3 world...or just the Playstation World in general. Prior to being a playstation gamer, I was only accustomed to PC games and my dad's old Atari. Thanks to my brother, I'm slowly getting into the modern world of gaming. Most of the games that I've been introduced to are all first person shooter. Don't get me wrong, I like shootin' down a Nazi Zombie here and there, but I was interested in finding something more adventuresome with a great storyline.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is a game that at long last has quenched my thirst for a good adventure. It has an incredible, though cheesey at times, storyline. The storyline doesn't wander, nor does it become complicated. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is the story of an unnamed and unlikely hero who finds both a partner and friend in the Majin. Together the two outcasts grow in friendship as they fight enemies and solve puzzles to save the Kingdom from the Darkness.

The graphics, in my opinion, are pretty incredible. If there was any complaint to be made in regard to the graphics, I suppose it would be that when the Majin follows you too closely, you can't really see his body--just his yellow glowing eyes. This was literally my only complaint in the graphics department and to be honest I wasn't even sure if it was an error or if it was just one of the Majin's traits.

One of the greatest things about this game is that it is challenging, but is not an unbeatable game. This game does require thought and dedication, so if puzzles are something that leave your head spinning with ease, then I would avoid it. True, there is a bit of back-and-forth in the game, but only a little. Just as other reviewers mentioned there are secret chests, memory shards, armor and such that can be obtained only by backtracking. The Majin has certain powers that he acquires from eating different types of fruit. As the game progresses, the Majin will gain more abilities and become more powerful. There are certain areas where the secret chests, memory shards, armor, and such can only be obtained after acquiring a new power further ahead, then returning to the area with the newfound power to grab the goods.

I suppose the only major complaint that I would have is the actual closeness of the Majin when he follows you. Sometimes, I would be trying to climb up a ladder or jump onto something only to have the Majin blocking the way. This, however, is a simple fix. I just had to instruct the Majin to wait in a spot that would not cause him to block where I needed to jump or climb.

Overall, I gave this game five stars, because I felt it really deserved it. A star for not losing my attention; a star for great graphics; a star for great puzzles; a star for all the achievements; a star for the playful humor between the main characters.

I just finished playing this wonderful game only moments ago and wanted to share my review with others.

Never once did the game lose my attention. While the Majin appears to be a magical beast capable of great strength he his truly just a big kid at heart. I became enthralled with the relationship between the hero and the Majin. As the Majin's story grows, I sort of found myself loving him more and more. It is clear that the Majin has a huge heart and as I played the game, after being captured into the adventure story, I fought not just to save the Kingdom, but to protect that huge and loveable heart of his.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic and unique adventure game overlooked by many Dec 24 2010
By Neil - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3 Verified Purchase Fun:   
Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom isn't a linear action game or an open-world sandbox game and because of that it appears very different from all of the games that have been released this year. In fact it feels more like Metroid or Zelda LITE. You control a human thief as you journey through expected gaming locations (forests, caves, deserts) while defeating different sizes tar pit covered enemy monsters, finding hidden treasure chests, unlocking armor pieces, performing some light platforming, solving environmental puzzles all with the aid of your buddy and the central character in the story - Majin.

Majin is, at first glance, archetypal of a friendly yet dopey monster that talks like Barney. He also fights enemies, can heal you, learn new magic powers, solve puzzles with you and is actually a pretty good AI companion. Both of you level up stats as you fight and work together and you really must work together as a team in this game to survive. You can attack enemies on your own but you are generally underpowered and even though there are times where you can sneak up on enemies and kill them in one strike you'll still want to work with Majin as he can take out a crowd of enemies with one or two punches. At any time you can pull up a simple command menu in real-time and tell your Majin buddy to wait, follow you, cast magic, or perform specific actions on enemies or environmental objects. You'll be using the command menu often but you never feel the need to babysit Majin as he will take on enemies on his own or heal you when you are low on health.

This co-op dynamic really shines with the games boss encounters. After meeting certain requirements in a realm you'll eventually unlock a door that leads to a giant bosses lair. Your first instinct is to start whacking away at them but you soon realize that you have to figure out its attack pattern and solve the environmental challenge in order to reveal its weak point. You'll be scurrying away from attacks and dodging potential pitfalls while simultaneously commanding Majin to perform certain tasks in the bosses lair. The whole process is fun and you feel very satisfied after defeating them. Afterward you are rewarded with a cutscene and story elements that reveal more information about Majin and the events that lead to the current state of the games world.

The story is interesting as far as game stories go. They do a good job at revealing only snippets at a time so you'll definitely want to know more about the world. You'll have these chances as Majins memory begins to come back over time which are told in nice 2d animatics. One of the powers that your main thief character possesses in the story is the ability to talk to animals. You'll often come across birds and rodents in game and they give you gameplay hints or background plot elements. This is where one of the games few weaknesses is highlighted; most of the voice acting is horrible and is no doubt some of the worst you've heard in any game. Thankfully you can disable voices in the options but on the downside you then miss some of the admittedly memorable off the cuff remarks from Majin in-game.

Just like with Majin, after you invest some time with this game the world and its characters start to grow on you. It's about a 12 to 15 hour game but if you want to gather all of the collectibles and backtrack to old areas like I did then it's roughly 20 hours long. I was surprised how much I ended up enjoying this game and its unfortunate that it being overlooked due to not conforming to popular genres. I highly recommend this game to anyone that wants more exploration and problem solving in their adventure games or more strategy and teamwork in their action games.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best Kept Secret Oct. 13 2011
By Angleo - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3 Verified Purchase Fun:   
I Can't believe I just found out about this game. It came out last year and flew under my radar! I stumbled upon this game on the PlayStation Network as a playable demo and IMMEDIATELY found it on Amazon. This game has GREAT Graphics and a real nice story line. The relationship between the two main characters is very believable and moving at times. The Powers gained as you level-up and discover more fruit and special chest are super fun. I love this Game. I wish there was a part two!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Feels Like An Unreleased PS2 Cult Classic Remastered in HD, and it's Good! April 10 2011
By B. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: PlayStation 3 Verified Purchase Fun:   
Although my game collection contains everything from racing and fighting to FPS, I've always been most entertained by Action-Adventure/Puzzle Solving Titles.
God of War, Ico, Tomb Raider, Uncharted and other similar games offer a medley of platforming, combat and discovery to bridle monotony.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom was a title I overlooked at the time of its release due to a multitude of lackluster review scores. As I began to search for more of my favorite genre, Majin was one of the few unplayed PS3 games that held promise. I purchased this game based solely upon two factors: the positive reviews I read here on Amazon, and the $25 pricetag. Even though I gave this game 3/5 stars which equates to 7.6/10, I want to stress that this is still a fun game that holds a place in my collection. I can safely say that your enjoyment of this game will be directly correlated to whether or not you are also a fan of the adventure/puzzle genre.

In short, this game looks and plays like a PS2 cult classic that has been remastered for the PS3. Graphics, Platforming, and Level Design all feel slightly archaic compared to other current releases. Yet, despite these drawbacks, Majin is still a whimsical fantasy with a light story and charming nature. My scoring is a result of this discrepancy. If you are somebody interested in the genre as well as HD remakes of older games (ICO Collection/Tomb Raider Trilogy/ God of War Collection/Prince of Persia Trilogy) then I believe you will find Magin a pleasant surprise.

THE DATED (neither excellent nor terrible , just....well...a bit dated by today's standards):
Graphics - Most animations including jumping, walking, talking, and interacting are stiff and cartoonish. Environments are atmospheric, colorful and well lit, but not wholly diverse or detailed. The Majin (named Teotl) visually "evolves" as you progress, but some details can be hard to discern due to lack of polish. Weather, water and particle effects for sand can similarly look like refined reincarnations of code from older PS2 games.

Level Design - Puzzles are quite easy and corridors are straight forward. Almost every area or boss fight (more like boss puzzle) utilizes a power upgrade in the form of a "Giant Berry" that the Majin consumed within the immediate vicinity. Furthermore, lock-on targeting for interactions always causes Teotl to use the correct power for the situation. Everything feels somewhat like what you would expect from a 2002-2005 adventure title limited by the hardware. Not to say it's bad, just not as far-reaching or grandiose as possible on today's consoles.

Enemy AI - Non-boss enemies attack in set patterns and react in a handful of specified ways. When you are out of the line of sight they often return to what they were doing, allowing you to sneak back up on them. Returning to an area causes enemies to respawn unless they are lower level monsters destroyed by the Majin (this allows you to level up your friendship and character stats for more powerful combos). Bosses are visually intriguing and unequivocal. Lesser enemies are not as distinct or varied.

THE BAD (- ):
Voice actors for various animals (mostly birds and mice) sound like people using accents in a play for 3rd graders. Thankfully these segments are easily overlooked, and you can even walk right past most of the animals without speaking to them!

Combat becomes a bit repetitive and it helps to vary up the Majin's powers to hold interest. Your character can only do a few moves, and you have to rely on your combo moves to spice things up.

and finally
THE GOOD (+):
Characters - The relationship between the two main characters is believable and endearing. The Majin looks, sounds and acts a LOT like Bluto from the movie "the Labyrinth." This muppet-esque persona prevents his childish and somewhat repetitive shouts (i.e. "Fly Away!" or "I Make Lightning!") from becoming grating. In the end, it is Teotl's innocent nature that ultimately becomes the pivotal backdrop for an epic finale. Your own character (given the name Tepeu by Teotl) is a proficient, albeit slightly weak, thief who suitably fits into the duo's narrative. Teamwork is the key to success in the Forsaken Kingdom, and thankfully the strengths and weakness of both characters work together to great effect.

Exploration - Finding all of the collectable items (memory fragments, upgrade berries, treasure chests with clothes and upgrade gems) is good ol' fashioned fun, and there's a ton to find in well hidden places. All of the areas have a map legend to tell you what you missed, so it never becomes frustrating to find them. I discovered 100% without using any guide and never felt frustrated. The best part is that finding most of these items gives you a better ending. The ending of the game also carries that cult-classic nostalgic feeling from an old favorite.

Sound - Excellent sound effects and an orchestral (take note Nintendo) score complements the scenery and action very well.

Button Layout and Teamwork - Giving commands to Teotl is very simple due to an accessible layout on the PS3 controller. More importantly is that he will quickly follow your most recent input. If you want him to disengage from a fight and follow you, just hit the "follow" prompt after he finishes another action.
Power based combat and puzzles using both characters is not always difficult, but still provides a sense of satisfaction when you do something well. AI for the Majin is predominantly helpful and rarely results in hand-holding escort segments. More often than not you will find yourself hoping for the Majin to come save you rather than vice versa!

Overall Majin is quite a good game. The graphics can't hold a candle to other recent titles, the voice-acting sometimes comes across like a B-list movie and puzzles aren't the mind-benders of something like Portal, but there's still magic in the Forsaken Kingdom. A charming story, competent mechanics, whimsical score and great exploration all work towards something more than mediocrity.

Imagine this title as a a PS2 game found in a basement and remastered by Game Republic and I guarantee you will have more fun than any critical reviews made you believe. (7.6/10)

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