ESRB Rating: Teen Release Date: October 2000
2.5 Stars out of 4
Review by Tom Allen
2½ Stars out of 4
Orphen is one of the few role playing games for the PS2. While the game is decent, it does not
really utilize the power of the PS2 and plays like a Dreamcast game. Of course, this is not bad,
since Dreamcast games overall are the best games this year (2000).
The best part of Orphen is that there is no written text. Everything is spoken. As a result, the
game flows faster, feels organic, and takes on a cinematic quality without any difficulty. The
quality of the cinematic experience, however, is not outstanding. Graphics are good but not
great; water graphics are never convincing. The plotting is also just above mediocre.
The battle system is a mixed bag. The triangle button is used for various projectile attacks. The
circle button is used for various magic attacks, and the X button is used for various magical
sword attacks. The square button is used for defensive spells.
The mix of turn-based elements and Super Mario RPG-style battle controls is a good idea, but I
don't like how your character is fixed in one spot when all the enemies are free to move around
and harass you.
Orphen has stunning anime scenes that pull the package together, making it a worthwhile
experience, but if you're still working on Skies of Arcadia, Chrono Cross, and Final Fantasy IX,
you might want to pass or you'll never see the light of day.
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