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.
Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.
Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers GameCritics.com his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that GameCritics.com will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
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