McFarlane's Evil Prophecy - PS2

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McFarlane's Evil Prophecy (PS2)
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Beat 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Konami Soft. Co.: Konami
Publishers: Konami (GB)
Released: 15 Oct 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Memory Card
Features: Multitap adaptable, Vibration Function Compatible


The hack 'n' lash role-playing game, still very much in demand, is perhaps one of the most stable genres in the world of video games. There aren't too many, and there aren't too few, which means every time such a game makes an appearance it isn't lost in a crowd of clones and updates. Next up is the mysterious McFarlane's Evil Prophecy.

A Konami adventure with an obvious soft spot for the likes of Gauntlet, Evil Prophecy tells the tale of four unique warriors charged with saving the world from impending doom. And as any of these legendary warriors, it's your task to lay to rest the demons that stand in your way before facing the final battle at your journey's end.

As you would expect, each of the four playable warriors are endowed with their own set of elemental attacks and unique abilities. All have an arsenal of deadly moves, but with a bestiary of highly intelligent foes, choosing the right warrior for the situation is a decision that can only be made well with time and practice. Furthermore, enemies largely attack in numbers, so good use of the game's combo system is also needed.

But the most enticing aspect of the McFarlane game lies in its multi-player option. Co-operative gameplay is something you just don't see enough of in video games, so the option to partake in the adventure alongside up to three of your friends is particularly welcome. It also gives players greater control over battles, since they don't have to rely on computer AI to get them through the game's 40 levels.

Combat is indeed the bulk of the Evil Prophecy adventure, but there are a number of strategic and even puzzle-solving elements that need to be overcome as well. Overall, play is surprisingly varied, and the appearance of well known monsters such as Werewolf, Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy help to make the proceedings that little bit more familiar to fans of the McFarlane line of toys.

Evil Prophecy is definitely a worthwhile investment to those who play it, and we wouldn't be too surprised to hear of a sequel in the near future.