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Is This What Fans Have Been Waiting For?

Reviewing: Bandai Inuyasha: Secret Of The Cursed Mask  |  Rating:
By Collin Skeen on
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When word first spread about an Inuyasha game coming to the PS2 in America, I was extremely excited. So did the actual product exceed all of my expectations?

For most of the game, the game uses super deformed characters, which is alright, considering that Inuyasha is an anime series. Luckily, these super deformed characters are all animated very well and they all match the anime counterparts. While there are no anime cutscenes in the game, the graphics look pretty good.

The sound consists of the American anime dub cast and generic music. The in-game music is painfully repetitive, and it only switches up when you fight a boss battle. The one major gripe I had is the fact that there is no option to switch between the American cast and the Japanese cast. First Bandai gives us an all-Japanese Inuyasha game, then an all-American Inuyasha game. They have the tracks, and they've already translated, the least they could do is give us the option of choosing.

As typical with turn based RPGs, you spend lots of time battling, and that's pretty much the only thing that you do in this game. The encounter rate is extremely high, and you'll find yourself in battles a LOT. Don't get me wrong, some of the battles are fun and challenging, it just stinks when you take five or six steps and run into battle upon battle upon battle.

Aside from my minor complaints, this game was pretty fun. It wasn't exactly what I wanted, but it'll hold me over until the next Inuyasha game comes out. I recommend it for RPG and Inuyasha fans, and for everyone else, you'd probably be happier getting something else.