posted by Average_Joe (BLOOMINGTON, IL) Feb 20, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
I won't go real deep with my review as others have. It's not bad for an early PS3 game. There was effort put into it, as the art design is one of the best features of the game. The use of the six-axis controller is nice, but it does start to get tedious sometimes when you just want to capture the folk (monster) fast.
The story does hold your interest, but it's pretty standard murder/mystery fare. The two-sided viewpoint I think is both the strongest and weakest part of the game. You play as two different characters to get two different viewpoints on the events of the game. It's an interesting idea, but what really hurts it is the fact that to get to the cutscenes and see the alternate viewpoints you have to play as both characters. You have to fight your way through the same areas, fight the same bad guys, get the same powers (with minor deviations) and use the same power combinations to defeat the same bosses. It gets very tedious after a few hours of game play. You must play as both characters just to finish the game.
I'd say it's worth looking out and playing for a few hours. I wouldn't advise buying it though. I just don't think it's worth even the twenty bucks it goes for now.
Folklore is an imaginative and amazing. It keeps you guessing who the killer is making you want to know more and more. The Faery's are unique and each have a role to play. The cut-screens are also unusual in the fact they read like a comic. The only bad thing is the fact that when switching between characters the layout of the land does not change. Also when you react the end and the killer is right there but you have to play the other character up to that point as well.
The game itself looks very nice, though a bit outdated, understandable for a older game. The ability to switch back and forth between characters is interesting.
But the game mechanics are awful no matter what way you slice it. The cut scenes, of which there are many, are presented in a format that is jarring and disturbs the flow of the game. There is almost no voice acting, which really takes away from what should be a very atmospheric game. The controls are awkward in many places, or not well-thought out, and the special move that is required to gain experience is especially bothersome. Also the environments, while beautiful to look at, aren't very interesting to play in because there is no interaction. You can't talk to NPCs, read books, anything.
The plot is sort of interesting, but seems lacking in explanation, and if you play the male character, motivation to continue. All in all, I was pretty disappointed.