PROS: The graphics are stylized and beautiful. The character and Folk monster designs are excellent and well-animated.
Best use of the Sixaxis motion control I've seen on a PS3 game so far.
Good 15-20+ hour playtime depending on how many extra quests you do.
Two fully developed, playable characters with different strengths and weaknesses.
The story is intriguing (a bit convoluted though) and pays off nicely. It has some mature themes and dialogue about life, death and regret that you usually don't see in games.
Game is divided into chapters so you're not stuck playing longer than you can.
The game is still being supported on the PS Store (as of Jan 11, 2008) with downloadable content such as extra quests and costumes.
You can tell the developers put some thought and heart into making the game.
CONS: Playing the same areas as Keats and Ellen can be repetitive.
The graphics don't push the PS3 to its limits except during the boss battles and in some Netherworld environments. If you played this on a SDTV, you might think it's a well-polished (no jaggies), high-res PS2 game.
Plot might be too slow and piecemeal for people used to instant gratification games. It plays out almost like the TV show Lost.
Environments are mostly static and not interactive.
The camera is generally okay, but never seems to stop moving. You wish it would be either a fixed camera or the game would give you complete control over it. It can be particularly frustrating when battling flying Folks who often hit you from behind. It's hard to adjust the camera quickly enough when you have four fast Folks beating you up at once.
The load times are not bad if you do the Install option, but still irritating. Every time you enter and exit a house in Doolin, you'll see a 3-4 second load screen. This could have been resolved with a bigger Install option or game optimizing.
Overall, I really enjoyed playing Folklore and I could look past the flaws. I'm glad I played it!
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I myself am a Huge fan of RPG's... but this one, well, yawn! It has about as much excitement to it as the myst games... While the storyline is strong it takes two directions and makes you do everything twice it seems... the game play is very limited and easy to adapt to, also not a strong rpg likeness... the overall idea behind the game was interesting but it often times took me 10-20 minutes of running around in the storyline to get to a whole 2 minutes of action... the world is limited to where the game allows you to travel, a very limited amount of interactivity with your surroundings and music that puts my 110lb bulldog into a deep sleep... Like i said earlier, if you were a fan of the myst games but thought they could use a little action and a little less thinking, then this game is for you! I wasnt, so its not for me...
It's not often that Sony creates a 3rd person RPG set in Ireland with both a female and male lead (actually, it's not often that anyone does this). Part Pokemon, part Ghostbusters, your characters try and solve the mystery of Doolin, aka, the Town of the Dead where entry to the Netherworld is possible. The writing and story are intriguing to say the least. There are two paths to walk, one as a young woman trying to find answers to her mother's death and an occult journalist summoned there by a mysterious phone call. Ironically, the events that transpire in the real world are creepier than those that occur in the Netherworld. The "folk" characters are all very interesting, looking like a mix of Alice in Wonderland and Spirited Away. The RPG elements come in when you collect these folks (Pokemon style) and thus their abilities which are upgradeable. These are captured once damaged enough and collected by shaking the SIXAXIS (larger folk result in a collection mini-game), ala Ghostbusters. The graphics are very nice, ranging from moody night hues to vibrant flowers and fields, depending on where you are. Voice acting is great, with just enough Irish accent to be believable (although Keats' trench coat design isn't, you'll see). The cutscenes are presented comic-panel style. Surprisingly, for a PS3 Blu-Ray title, there's still some text to read. The music and score has a magical tinge, reminiscent of the Harry Potter series. In between areas, there is a brief load screen but it's pretty quick. Right now there's no other game like it on the PS3 so give it a try.