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  The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian
Overview
In an original story inspired by the blockbuster film, the Akkadians were a tribe of warriors unparalleled in the deadly art of assassination. Their skill is put to the ultimate test when a dark lord named Magus is determined to harness the powers of the Underworld. Play as The Scorpion King using all of your wits, training, and weapons to defeat Magus before he unleashes an army of bloodthirsty creatures on mankind.

Game Play
In The Scorpion King, you start out in a village, were you are trying to get to your King. In order to do this, you must first pass through a variety of battles, which are used to show you the controls. Each battle shows you a different attack/ability. The one thing that I found annoying about this method of familiarizing you with the controls is that a screen comes up telling you which move you are supposed to practice on this particular opponent, but in the mean time (while you are reading) your opponent is hitting you.

The perspective of the game is done in third-person, and your control of the is one of my biggest let-downs for this game. While you can control the camera angle with the right analog stick, you do not have 360 degrees of motion, at least not all the time. If you are near a wall or other object, you cannot turn the camera in past that direction. This can make it kind of awkward sometimes to see what’s going on, and will leave you constantly adjusting the camera angle during a fight.

The Scorpion King is typical of the action/fighter genre in that most fights are fast-paced and take very little brain power… just keep swinging until nobody gets up anymore. Some battle can get pretty intense, but for the seasoned fan of this genre, you will find that your success in battle all depends on your weapon. There are four classes of weapons that you can use, each with 5 weapons: your fist (with gauntlet), one-handed swords, two-handed swords, and the staff/spear class, and you can switch between these classes and weapons throughout the game as you collect more and more of each type. There are a few puzzles sprinkled amidst the beatings throughout the game, but I use the term “puzzles” loosely. Much like the genre of movie that The Scorpion King game has been tailored after, you will not need to think too much to get through it. All missions can be accomplished through the use of brute force.

Summary
Even though I am admittedly not a wrestling fan (I could care less about “The Rock”), and had issues with the camera angles, I did enjoy playing The Scorpion King. As much as I found it a repetitive dose of fast-paced arcade-style hack-and-slash, I just couldn’t seem to stop playing it. The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian cannot stand up to many other games for the PS2, and I feel that only dedicated fans of this genre will truly appreciate this game. However, if you do enjoy bouts of mindless arcade entertainment, you might just wanna rent this one.

Review ID Number: 487
  Product Details
Universal Interactive
Review Date: 2002-10-25
Reviewer: Shawn Sardy
Rating: 7 out of 10
 
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