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Mark of Kri Review

Brian_Gee By:
Brian_Gee
08/01/02
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Sony 
DEVELOPER Sony 
RELEASE DATE  
M Contains Blood and Gore, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

Tread lightly and carry a big sword...

Between the fall of Atlantis and the rise of the Playstation 2, there existed an Age shrouded in mystery. And unto this, the great warrior Rau, destined to discover the secret of the Mark of Kri, would do battle against a timeless evil that sought to destroy the earth.

It is I, his chronicler, who alone can recount his saga. Let me tell you of the days of action and high adventure!

Long ago, an evil spell was created that would envelop the Earth in darkness and bring demons into the world of men. But before the spell could take effect, it was broken into six pieces and hidden throughout the land. Time passed and soon mankind forgot all about the demons that threatened to invade their world. Even more unfortunate was the fact that the demons had gathered their power and were preparing to return.

And thus began the legend of Rau.

Well versed in the art of combat, Rau would unknowingly become the sole hope of the people. His unique methods of fighting had never been seen before and his skill with the sword, spear, bow and battleaxe were unmatched. Rather than just attacking enemies one by one like the heroes of old, Rau had the ability to lock-on to several targets at once with a beam of light from his right thumb stick. Each locked target would carry one of the ancient symbols of Square, X, and Circle; by pressing the corresponding buttons on his fearsome controller, Rau could handle several adversaries at once with ease.

Combination hits seemed limitless and allowed Rau to handle different enemies in different ways with different weapons. This style of fighting was most impressive, and all who had a chance to behold it were struck with awe.

Some, though, felt that it was sometimes hard to follow. Rumors of a mysterious floating eye called a 'camera' surfaced, and most were not very pleased by its struggle to keep Rau's exploits chronicled smoothly. Was it witchcraft? We may never know.

Rau was indeed a fearsome warrior, but it was not just his fighting skill that made him great. He knew that the song of steel was not always the sweetest. Unlike most men his size, Rau was able to use stealth to his advantage. My lord would often sneak around walls or on rooftops to take his enemies by surprise and slay them with no mercy. One enemy. Two enemies. It mattered not.

Aided with the ability to see through the eyes of Kuzo, his hawk spirit guide, Rau was able to scout out the road ahead and plan his attack accordingly. In addition to this sight, Kuzo also helped Rau by locating special items and tripping switches for doors. Who would guess that a mere bird could be such a threat?

As Rau began to help the people in need, he started to realize his sense of worth. He mattered. In time, his victories could not easily be counted and the blood of his enemies ran the ground red. Rau may have been a benevolent protector, but to those who would call him enemy, my lord was like a demon possessed.

When facing his opponents, he showed no mercy. One minute he would have his sword buried to the hilt in a bandit and the next he would be cleaving a man clean in half with his battleaxe. It has been surmised that perhaps my lord was like a wild animal that had been kept too long. Perhaps. The time to unleash his bloodlust had come, and though the world in which he roamed was colorful and childlike, his actions were decidedly contrary.
The contrast between Rau's violent behavior and his cartoon world was a sight to see.

But my liege was not always so...unapproachable. Far from it. In between every adventure, Rau would stop at the inn of his hometown and chat with anyone who happened by. It was here that he met the ancient Sage, who would show him the prizes and secrets in his future. By completing certain challenges during his quests, Rau would gain access to several fighting arenas to further test his skill. Completing challenges in the area would yield access to new outfits as well as the works of art created by local artisans.

By now you must realize how good a warrior Rau was. Too good, in fact, for he could slaughter a countless number of enemies in just nine hours or so. A stout fighter needs a much longer challenge, or at least one that bears repeating. My lord's trials and tribulations were very, very short. There is no doubt that Rau could have used a few more adventures, for his blades still called for blood.

So did Rau defend the Mark of Kri. And having no further concern, he and his companion sought adventure in other lands. Many wars and battles did Rau fight. Honor and fear were heaped upon his name. In time, he became a legend by his own hand...but that is yet another story.

B+ Revolution report card
  • Unique fighting system
  • Nice combat/stealth mix
  • Combos galore!
  • Violent enough for the most discriminating barbarian
  • Way, way too short
  • Camera issues
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