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Saiyuki: Journey West – Consumer Guide

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According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Violence 

Parents, Saiyuki is a completely different breed of game compared to most of today's games that depend on the shock value of either violence, sex, profanity or all of the above to sell more games. Children should enjoy the mystical/classic storytelling feel to the game and should also find the cast of characters, based on ones that have captured the hearts of children (including this one) for centuries, appealing. Some of the violence is a little serious and the monsters can get a little scary, but nothing beyond the "Monsters In My Closet" fare.

Fans of the original "Journey To The West" story may be a tad disappointed with some of the liberties taken with the characters and the final outcome of the game isn't faithful to the novel, but otherwise it's a terrific interpretation that should not be passed up.

Fans of strategy RPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics and Vandal Hearts should find enough hooks in Saiyuki to keep them interested. In the least, this is a solidly executed entry into the genre.

Fans of more traditional console RPGs who dislike the tactical elements of the hybrid genre make find there's more to like in Saiyuki with its brighter characters, memorable storyline and more interactive gameplay.

Category Tags
Platform(s): PlayStation  
Developer(s): Koei  
Publisher: Koei  
Genre(s): Strategy/Sim  
ESRB Rating: Everyone  
Articles: Consumer Game Guides  

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