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Jade Cocoon 2

Developer: Genki | Publisher: Ubisoft
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 12/17/01 | Genre: RPG

Let's take a trip inside an RPG. What is an RPG you ask? Well a RPG is a Role-Playing Game. A Role-Playing Game is unlike any other game that you have probably played. It is a game of thought and patience. A game that you must investigate and figure out the Who, What, Where, Why, and When. In this week's review we help the young Kahu in his quest to fulfil his dream of being a Cocoon Master. But to do so he must first journey to the sacred Kemmel temple and take the test for the Makou Shu license. Will the young man be up for the task? That is all up to you and your new friends the Divine Beast who you use to be your weapons in your battle to become a great Cocoon Master.

Published by UBI Soft, this game is set centuries after the first Cocoon Master (Jade Cocoon for the original Playstation) purified the wicked Forest Minions and freed his village from a sleep curse, this tale tells the story of a new deadly parasite called Kalma. Kahu, a fledgling Cocoon Master, must now brave the four elementally-themed forests and seek the Orbs of Cocoon Masters past before Kalma overtakes himself and the earth.

Within the intense quest for the four Orbs lies a unique battle system where you can capture hundreds of monsters into cocoons and train them from hatchlings to become your own greatest weapons. Join Kahu and his trusty companion, Nico, on their journey to rid the land of menacing monsters, find the magical Orbs, and defeat the deadly Kalma -- and remember that a Divine Beast is a boy's best friend!

This is an RPG so the action isn't terribly fast and furious, but you do have to use your brains when getting in to battle. How do you battle in this game? Well, as I mentioned before, you use the Divine Beasts (which are set up as the four elements fire, water, earth, and wind.) Each beast has its own characteristics and with over 200 species of beast, you really have your work cut out for you.

Once you have a beast in place, you use its power to defeat your enemies along the way. So, for example, if I select the fire beast, he is a fighter who has power but is not too good on defense, so I would then want to find an earth beast to pick up the defense in order to maintain the fight and take the enemy out. But while fighting, I notice that it would be nice if I had a beast that could restore my power while in battle; then I would look for a water beast that I could use to heal. It sounds a little confusing but trust me, you will get the hang of it very quickly! This method is used throughout the game to build experience and to fight bosses to obtain the Orbs you really need to survive. But as you fight, gain experience, and get stronger and more developed, so do the enemies, so this will not be just another walk in the park.

This is a great-looking game! The graphics are fabulous and they are crisp and clear throughout the game and the color in this game is insane. It is truly very good, not to mention it's a full-featured RPG set in a rich, 3D polygonal world. The voice actors in this game do a great job. There are times where you will find yourself chuckling with the funny banter that is taking place throughout the game.

What's not so good? You will get addicted to this game. There is nothing you can do -- you'll be stuck wanting to play it more and more. Just make sure you don't start to play it when you have to leave or go do something -- 'cause that just won't happen! As I said, it's a truly addictive game. It is a lot of fun and there is a ton of game to play here. You will definitely get your money's worth out of this one. If you are into RPGs or even Strategy games then you really must check this out you won't be disappointed! And so with that said, I must hurry and give this game a score so I can go and be a Cocoon Master!

By Chris "Hoss" Neupert - 07/18/02
ESRB Details: Comic Mischief, Mild Violence

Screenshots for Jade Cocoon 2

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