FolksSoul: Ushinawareta Denshou / Folklore (Sony Playstation 3, 2007)

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Stylish but lacking substance

Jun 18, 2008
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Pros:Graphics are interesting and stylish, storyline is interesting

Cons:Graphics lack detail, dual storyline can become repetitive how it is handled

The Bottom Line: The only only marginally earns recommendation. It is a role-playing game, and they tried to handle things creatively. Still, the overall outcome is just not as much fun as.


Folklore is an ambitious title for the Playstation 3 and one of the first games I acquired when getting the system recently. The idea is interesting - take two characters through the same storyline, each with their own overlapping perspective of it. Capture certain creatures and then wield those powers against other creatures in this netherworld to unravel a handful of mysteries in a small village.

Graphics: This is something of a mixed bag. Character models and backgrounds look nice enough. Most creature effects are underwhelming. The art direction is pretty unique. Most of the story is told through comic strip types of scenes. They are not amazingly well done, but they are interesting in how they are handled. Cut scenes look really good and sharp.

Sound and music: The music is appropriate for the scenes, though in places a bit appropriate. The sound effects are also quite fitting for what is taking place, but again most of the creature attacks just feel like they should carry a bit more umph. That said, nothing else to complain about.

Game play: The characters handle fine for the most part, though I would sometimes like to see them moving around a bit faster. Some of the attacks are a little clumsy as well. My least favorite aspect is navigating menus. They should not be as complicated as they seem to be in this game - at least to start. With some practice I started to get around fine, but it was a clumsy interface during the early hours.

Intangibles: The storyline is interesting, but the two-character vantage point could have been a bit more diverse. There is a fine line with a presentation like this between neat and redundant. It leans toward neat for me, but I can see where it would feel like the latter to less patient gamers - I happen to be one of those people who tries to find every nook and cranny in a game. Still, the game is very atmospheric, and there is an interesting storyline to be had there. The game tries to do some new things, and I fully support that.

Overall: I like this game. There is a real lack of role-playing games for the Playstation 3, and this fills that particular void decently. I enjoyed it, but it was not quite what I was hoping for either. The game felt like untapped potential, but is still a good story and a worthwhile play. I would score it as 3 out of 5 stars


Recommend this product? Yes


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