Specific Ratings

Learning CurveA-
Replay ValueD

Pros and Cons

  • Decent Graphics
  • Somewhat unique gameplay
  • Weak Storyline
  • Can be repetitive

Eternal Ring (PlayStation 2)

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Not bad if you liked King's Field



Genre: First Person Action RPG

Eternal Ring, a game about a boy who journeys to an evil island in search of an almighty and powerful ring, which just happens to be called the Eternal Ring. This is not a bad game, but its not really that great of a game either.

This is the worst part of the game I think. Not too much here. A boy goes to an island in hopes of finding a ring, while along the way creating new rings with gems that are found; that's about the extent of it. There are few attempts at creating a deep storyline, but they didn't work out very well.

The graphics in this game can be breathtaking sometimes. I remember one scene in particular of some ruins in a great sea. The layout was beautiful and the whole picture was awesome. The downside of the graphics include two things: the attack animation and water. Attacking is like watching your arm fly off with a sword in it and then having it reattach afterwards. The water is usually made up of a few layers of blue textures moving in various directions. Overall, though, the graphics are pretty good.

Not bad, but a few of the songs get monotonous occasionally. The songs are standard fantasy/pseudo-classical RPG music. Overall, though, not bad. One downer of the sound/graphics category is some of the people. Sometimes the voice acting is decent, other times I could act better than them while at the dentist with numerous metal objects in my mouth with a few Xylocaine injections. Also, the lips never move right because this game was originally Japanese and the creators were lazy.

Decent gameplay. For anyone who has ever played one of the King's Field game, that pretty much sums it up, except you actually attack at a decent speed in this game. There still is a time/charge-up bar, but it's only used by magic, not attacking.

Replay Value-Moderately Low
Not much worth in replaying the game, unless maybe you want to try and get all the rings.

Overall, this game is pretty fun, just don't play it for a whole day or you'll never play it again. It can get tedious after awhile, but is fun to play when you're taking a break from a better game or something.

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