Playstation 2 : Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian Details
Even for nonfans of the Rock, The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian still manages to surprise and charm. Exceeding the expectations of the movie tie-in game is easy, but even with that meager goal, The Scorpion King rides high. The game makers didn't cheat on details: voiceover is provided by the actor (Dwayne Johnson), and the storyline is great. After you walk through a basic training in the middle of the desert, your first quest is to fight for a woman's fallen honor.
Here's the kind of thing that makes a game good: when Mathayus (your avatar) hits someone and they fall to the ground, his head slowly moves as he watches the enemy get up again. Those touches don't come cheap, and neither does intelligent game design. When you find a health power-up, it comes to you, saving you the annoyance of having to back out of battle to pick it up. Because of this, you walk through the map much more quickly--even Mathayus himself seems a little loose and speeded-up in his movements, compared with other games.
Where they could have had a cheap cop-out game (knowing they'd sell a certain number to fans regardless), the team behind The Scorpion King made a fun mid-difficulty-level game. It's unlikely you'll stay up till all hours playing this title, but the hours you spend will be fun and engaging, with good visuals and few mechanical annoyances. --Jennifer Buckendorff
- Strong visuals and good mechanical design
- Elegant, Egyptian-themed displays
- Voiceover from the Rock himself
- Good atmospheric music
- Satisfying fight sequences
- No free-roaming exploration
- Camera angles can get in the way
- Fighting dominated by wrestling moves
- For Play on Your PlayStation 2
- This 3-D combat adventure chronicles the future Scorpion King's first adventure
- Published by SVG
- Game Genre: Action/Adventure, Game Sub-Genre: Action
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