Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner

If there is one thing that the PSP lacks, it's a good RPG. Sure, there are a few choices here and there, but none come even close what Sony's previous consoles have produced: Final Fantasy, Dark Cloud, Wild ARMs, and Shin Megami Tensei, for example. Atlus plans to remedy the situation this February with Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner.

The first thing you should know about Monster Kingdom is that it isn't an RPG made by amateurs. Kouji Okada, father of the Shin Megami Tensei series, is the head honcho, for example. If that wasn't enough, the game has an all-star cast of music composers, including Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono series, Xenogears), Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts series, Parasite Eve), Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story), and Kenji Ito (Romancing Saga: Minstrel Song). Not bad, eh?

From our time with Monster Kingdom, we can definitely say its beginning is promising. Sure, the plot is a little cliché - you start in a town with creatures called "Abominations" lurking around, although you quickly meet up with idiosyncratic characters to help your task - but it keeps moving and progressing, so you don't even mind as much. The spread of good voice acting throughout the game is appreciated, as there looks to be loads of dialogue.


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