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.