Critic & User Reviews
posted by Vsonic (EAST STROUDSBURG, PA) Nov 28, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
27 out of 28 gamers (96%) found this review helpful
It's a great blend of combat, stealth and puzzles that would normally be merely adequate. The thing that elevates the experience though is the Majin himself. Despite playing Enslaved and Prince of Persia (2008), and loving them both, Majin probably has the best "buddy system" I've seen in a game yet. It's so easy to do a good deal of things with this guy, and seeing him gain new powers regularly continues to mix it up. It more than works; it's very well done and very rewarding/fun.
I know that some people seem to have a huge problem with the Majin's voice. These people are morons with hearts made of coal - they can stick to their mainstream shooters and trashtalk each other on Xbox Live. Good riddance. This guy is awesome; a huge teddy bear who kicks butt and totally has your back. He's very much a Totoro-esque character, and a very successful character at that, so that's very high praise. The whole presentation actually pulls off that charming storybook vibe, without stylizing it as heavily as 2008's Prince of Persia. Well, there's no cel shading, but all the monster designs are top-notch. Between this and FolkLore, creature design seems to be Game Republic's strong suit. The music too is beautiful and memorable; the theme is melodic enough that you'll find yourself whistling it later on. Absolutely wonderful:)
The whole game is just so wonderful. Colorful, heartfelt, unique and well done, but above all else it's fun and memorable. If you're a total poser of a hardcore gamer, than stay away and stick to the games that Gamestop displays most prominently - there are plenty of derivative, mainstream shooters to capture your attention. But if you're a true gamer, and love memorable adventures like Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, Enslaved and Prince of Persia, then I can't recommend Majin highly enough.
Don't Forsake this game
posted by zargot (BURLINGTON, VT) Jan 9, 2011
Member since Oct 2009
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Graphics for Majin weren't anything special, they were I would say average for what I expect from a ps3 game, couple times it took a few seconds for them to clear up after scene changes. The music i enjoyed during the game as well, I felt it set the atmosphere well. Controls were solid with the exception of the button assigned for picking up and setting down objects. Found that there was lag involved with this one command.
Story was interesting and it does have the option for two endings, with the second one being based on item collecting. The characters are always interacting during the game, sometimes the Majin will say the same line a few to many times, so that keeps it interesting. Experience based level up system for both characters, so plenty of reason to go and beat up "more and more" baddies. Lots of items, costumes, power ups and treasure, to collect in the game so plenty to side track yourself with.
Game play was pretty simple, hack and slash, for the most part with power combos and cool finishes unlock able during the game. Some of the boss battles were a little challenging but nothing was impossible if you just keep an eye out for all the power ups for the characters.
This was a fun, and not terribly difficult, game with a cute/simple story. I think this one is a good play for anyone that like platforming/puzzles with time good old hack and slash action.
Highly enjoyable adventure
posted by tjsmoke (NORTHAMPTON, PA) Jan 3, 2011
Member since Dec 2008
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Trouble with Majin
posted by mars188 (BRISTOW, OK) Dec 11, 2010
Member since Dec 2003
3 out of 10 gamers (30%) found this review helpful
3 words for this game
posted by rextroop (BLACKSHEAR, GA) Nov 24, 2010
Member since Aug 2009
6 out of 29 gamers (21%) found this review helpful
this game sucks
posted by DEVDAS (FREMONT, CA) Nov 24, 2010
Member since Nov 2002
3 out of 57 gamers (5%) found this review helpful
Fun Game and Easy Platinum Trophy
posted by wolfpearl (SEATTLE, WA) Apr 13, 2014
Member since Apr 2014
One of the time consuming trophies is the memory shard one: either wait at certain points for night to come, or play through the game and as soon as night falls rushed back to any area passed through with missing shards. That's what I did. This is only necessary until the last mask on the door is needed, because at that point most areas took close to half a day (in-game time) to finish, so I would just butt the finding of shards in adjoining areas together, even near dusk or dawn.
You can platinum this game in around 15-20 hours if you use guides. Once you have the costume pieces that increase friendship XP and hero XP (Bandit gear?) you should wear them until you're maxed out. That will minimize the farming you'll have to do at the end of the game. There are videos that show you great places to farm, unfortunately some locations are nullified later in the game.
This game can take a long time if you're platinuming on your own. If you just want to play the game, you'll rarely need a guide. In both cases, this game is worth your time.
I know platinuming isn't a word, get over it already.
posted by black_hawk (ELIZABETH, NJ) Aug 2, 2012
Member since Jun 2011
Great but needs work
posted by getsuoni (FAIRBANKS, AK) Feb 29, 2012
Member since Sep 2011
Voice acting is terrible. Worth a rent if you have nothing else to play for a weekend.
4 out of 10
posted by Isalon (SOUTH PORTLAND, ME) Nov 18, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
Easy and fun to play, but not the most thrilling
posted by Existence (SALT LAKE CITY, UT) Aug 30, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
Gameplay is incredibly simplistic, but it works decently enough. Combat revolves around hack and slash for your main character, while ordering Majin around (most of the time you just tell him to start attacking). Majin does the majority of the damage, and the character you control is mostly used for support and to execute combo attacks/finishers as the enemy's hp goes down. It's not a perfect combat system: Majin does indeed take a bit to execute his actions on occasion, and I found myself getting thrown about a lot while getting hit, which I found annoying at times. But combat is not overwhelmingly difficult through the vast majority of the game.
The game also likes to throw in stealth and platforming sections. Again, neither of which are difficult but are incredibly easy to get a hang of and accomplish. The only aspect that they seemed to work a bit harder on were the puzzle sections. Within each area you generally have to open doors or try to get an item, and they did manage to stump me a bit (I actually had to think at times) to figure them out.
It's really a game that is really easy just to sit back and enjoy. It's not complicated, it's not difficult, which I like to see every once and a while. The one downside I felt it had was it never really seemed very exciting to me; it never really enthralled me to the point where I wanted to continuously play it. But I did like it, I absolutely love games that you can just relax with.
You'll probably end up spending around 8-12+ hours on this game, depending on how much you go and collect, or how good you are with solving things. Unfortunately there is almost no replay value.
It's a "teamwork" game, and it pulls it off decently well
posted by sero33 (LAREDO, TX) Aug 13, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
liked the story and its presentation. the whole buddy game-play was entertaining. graphics weren't that bad. combat was average(not bad but not great). liked how they mixed action with puzzles and stealth. little bit of something for everyone. the costumes were a nice little extra. if you like collectibles/loot there's plenty too find.
really only had 2 big complaints with it. the controls weren't as responsive as id liked. the animations didn't help either. jumping was hard to control and the majin kept blocking my attacks and movement. the other thing was the game would just leave me wondering where to go next. its not really a bad thing but the map wasn't good and without a hint i would just circle the map for too long.
its still a game i would recommend.
posted by Psartryn (LONGWOOD, FL) Jul 5, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
Really fun game.
i wanna be great
posted by Warpiest777 (JACKSONVILLE, FL) Jun 13, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
but it did have potential in a dead mega-man kind of way.
posted by Aulifir (SAINT GEORGE, UT) Apr 15, 2011
Member since Dec 2009
posted by plague35 (GLASSBORO, NJ) Mar 24, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
posted by HennyLo (SOUTH SETAUKET, NY) Mar 6, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
It Has A Great Story, Great Characters, And I Enjoy Leveling Up! I Love The Fact That The Map Is Simple And Easy To Use, And Shows You How Many Items Are In That Area, Making You Backtrack Less (Which Is Actually Helpful, Because It Levels You Up While In The Process)(ADVICE: Try To Get All The Items, You Get A Better Ending)
Controls Are Easy And The Fighting System Is Great, As Are The Graphics, Music And Character Design Work.
Don't Skip Over This Game, It Deserves To Be Played! If You Like Adventure, Puzzle And Hours Of Fun, Check It Out!
Give The Majin A Chance
posted by Finjamin (DENVER, CO) Feb 9, 2011
Member since Aug 2005
It's a co-op game in the sense that you and the Majin character have to figure out how to work together and use various powers like wind and electricity to solve puzzles and fight enemies. You control the Majin using a very intelligently designed HUD system.
Because of the Majin's voice, people are mistaking this for a children's game, maybe. The puzzles are way too complicated for children. The Majin's voice is sort of dumb, and can get a little annoying after a while, but that's relatively easy to overlook because the game is so good otherwise. There's no blood or swearing or adult themes - it's just a solid PG adventure story.
This is easily one of the best games of this type. Sort of Lara Crofty puzzles but with a better control system.
Fun, but can get annoying
posted by yourdog23 (DENVER, CO) Jan 28, 2011
Member since Jan 2010
With that said, this game is extremely easy for anyone who plays games regularly. The game feels like 1 part Prince of Persia (2008), 1 part Zelda, 1 part RPG-style grinding (if you want all the trophies/achievements) and 1 part Barney (Purple Dinosaur). It's the final part (Barney) that's annoying, with the Majin seeming to be stuck in special ed, grade 1, even though he's age 23. He's a big, lovable character, but he needs you to constantly tell him what to do, and will tell you when he falls. That happens a lot when he's following you. Get over that, and you'll enjoy the game, though you might not be able to get over enough to want to re-play.....
The PoP parts comes mostly from the story where darkness corrupts the enemies you're fighting, the fact that the playable character is the outsider who comes in to clean up the darkness, the fact you rely on an AI character as your co-op partner, and the fact that you will feel some platforming aspects to the game. Zelda parts come from the fact that this is an action adventure game where you need to get new powers to defeat the next boss.
The story is a pretty generic adventure game, but the Barney-like character makes it feel sweet/adorable/cute. You won't care much about the story, since you know enough of the story tale formiula already. But that doesn't matter, since you're still going to want to keep playing to progress the story to see it continue.