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Folklore (PS3)

by Sony
PlayStation 3
 Ages 12 and Over
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Journey to seven different realms, all designed and created to fit their distinct personalities
  • Inspired by Western fairytales, players interact with or clash against a cast of over 100 originally designed creatures, characters, and monsters
  • Using the Sixaxis wireless controller, players must battle monsters and literally ‚€˜shake‚€™ them into submission and ‚€˜yank‚€™ their powers from them
  • Begin the game as either Keats or Ellen and learn their story and gameplay style. Decisions made in one storyline will directly impact the story path of the other
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000VEA7TE
  • Release Date: 12 Oct. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,090 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

(Region free, Full English language, will play on any PS3 console system)

Exclusively for the PLAYSTATION 3 comes a new dark adventure full of wonder and mystery. Two strangers are drawn to the mysterious town of Doolin, where it is said that the living can speak to the dead. They soon learn the town serves as a gateway to fantastic worlds that exis beyond our own, realms full of creatures, fairies, spirits and monsters. In order to solve the mystery of the dark, foreboding lighthouse that stands at the towns edge, the pair must journey through these worlds to discover their secrets.

  • Battle monsters and creatures and ultimately collect their powers. As players harvest these powers, they in turn can use them against other monsters in battle, thus getting stronger with each monster they capture.
  • Play as both characters, Ellen and Keats, and watch as their separate tales intertwine. Each character has specific talents and gameplay styles: Keats uses traditional direct attacks while Ellen uses strategic methods to trap her enemies.
  • From the colorful Fairies to dark Spirits, each creature is painstakingly designed to inspire wonder and amazement.
  • Much like pulling fish out of the water with a fishing pole, the PLAYSTATION3 SIXAXIS wireless controller lets players literally shake their enemies into submission and yank their powers from them.
  • Design custom Folklore dungeons and share with players online. Populate your levels with creatures you collect during your single player campaign! Review

Launch games for new consoles are often given far more leeway than others, simply because everyone recognises they haven’t had as long in development. Genji: Days Of The Blade won’t be making any one’s top ten lists by the end of the year but with their second game Japanese developer Game Republic have made some improvements. Set in Ireland the game has an unusual storyline involving fairies and other monsters of significant scarier proportions. You take control of either the rough and ready Keats or the more tactical Ellen, with the chance to switch between either character at the beginning of each chapter of the game.

At a basic level it’s a sort of action role-player as you spend time in town talking to fairies before venturing out to capture monsters, Pokemon style. In order to capture a monster (or "Folk" as the game has it) you have to soften them up with normal attacks and then reel them in by flicking the Sixaxis upwards like a fishing rod. If it works you’re then able to call upon your newly captured critter for help by mapping them to a face button. Different Folks have different abilities, such as flying or creating magical shields, and you often need specific types to overcome particular enemies. .

Harrison Dent

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Folklore 16 Oct. 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I noticed that as of yet there aren't any reviews on the full-game version of Folklore, so I'm going to fill the space for everyone and let you know what you're getting for your money.

Folklore's story revolves around the two main characters, Ellen (A young girl desperately searching for her lost mother) and Keats (A journalist/reporter for an occult magazine). Both characters have quite different personalities, which makes it refreshing when playing through as both. Ellen is your typical naÔve, albeit brave mix of both heroin and maiden-in-distress, whereas Keats is more of a cynical, sarcastic persona, after hard-facts and a good 'scoop' for his magazine.

The storyline requires you to play as both characters in order to complete the game. This is seemingly an interesting concept, as both character's stories are quite seperate in that where Ellen is searching for answers to her past, all Keats wants is a front-page story, and thus the two go seperate ways, inevitably meeting towards the end of the game, which I won't discuss for spoiler reasons! The story is set in two different 'worlds' and many different 'sub-worlds' lasting over a period of 7 chapters.

In the 'real' world, you will only play in the quite village of Doolin, and it's near surrounding area. The village itself offers very little for the adventurous player, and the locals don't have very much to say at all. The second world is the 'netherworld', now the Netherworld is split into many different realms, each of which could be considered sub-worlds. Each realm in the Netherworld is gloriously detailed and vibrant, it's clear that the power of the PS3 contributes greatly to the stunning visual effects in Folklore, and it sure is pleasing to the eye.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cult followers are on to something! 24 Aug. 2012
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Folklore is one of those obscure games that attracts a cult following despite sumptuous visuals, engaging storyline and an original take...basically, one of those games that despite having all the right ingredients, doesn't appeal to everyone's taste. I am unsure why it was unsuccessful, but from the moment we started playing we were drawn into the world, the characters and the mysterious storyline, which kept us playing until the end.

Basically, you choose either Ellen, who comes to Doolin Village (a kind of pseudo-Dublin) to find her long-lost mother, and Keats, a reporter wanting to get to the bottom of a string of recent murders. After completing an ancient ritual, Ellen gains the ability to travel to the Netherworld, which takes many forms and is based on human perceptions of the afterlife. Within these worlds, she is able to absorb the 'Ids' (souls) of mythical creatures and use these powers against other Folks (creatures). Keats acquires a similar ability but his Folks tend to be different and have different powers, so although you travel through the same worlds (essentially twice) you do not play the same game twice, as Ellen and Keats also have different motivations for entering the Netherworld. I recommend playing this two player, choosing a character each and completing it one chapter for one character, then the same chapter for the other, in order to get the full story.

The gaming is fairly engaging, but one does get rather bored of simply beating up rooms full of Folks. The Puzzles within the game can be a bit obscure and tend to entail simply figuring out how to beat up a Folk or finding your way out of a complicated level (there is normally an easy-to-follow clue).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun at heart, but hampered by a lack of polish 19 Jun. 2012
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Irish/Celtic folklore are uncommon territory for RPGs, both western and eastern, that have a tendency to prefer Tolkien-esque world and creature concepts. For that purpose alone, Folklore is a breath of fresh air - you won't find any Legolas clones here!

When Ellen receives a letter from her deceased mother inviting her to Doolin, a village where you can 'meet the dead', she sets off to find her and stumbles into a web of real world murder and ancient faery myth. Accompanying her is Keats, writer for a struggling occult magazine, who brings a less emotional cynic's-eye-view to the table. Technically an RPG, the game is set in a beautifully isolated Irish village, and during the day you spend time as each character investigating the series of murders shaking the tiny community; at night, on the other hand, you venture into the mysterious Netherworld to battle through hordes of malicious faeries using the 'folk' you collect and train, and get answers from the murder victims themselves.

Plenty of positives make the game worth a play. There is an addictive quality to the Pokemon-esque folk collecting and training, and an intriguing element of strategy in changing up your 'deck' of four folk to best meet the weaknesses of the foes you meet. The combat itself is action-oriented, requiring you to move and dodge as you unleash your various folk attacks via the intuitive control scheme, and the lack of over-extensive menu systems and stat tweaking are a welcome simplification. Presentation-wise, the graphics have highs and lows, but there are some very memorable vistas in the Netherworld environments that I'll be taking fondly away with me - the flower field in the Faery Realm being one in particular.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Step into the town of Doolin...
One of the first games to be released on the Playstation 3 way back in 2007, Folklore tells an interesting story, presents some fabulous looking environments and enemies, actually... Read more
Published 6 months ago by xXYoNoHikariXx
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and magnetic.
The game still have not finished, but I'm liking it a lot. has an amazing atmosphere and is one of the most original games I've ever played, beautiful. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars magical!
Sublime graphics. Really immersing storyline and characters. Lots of different folks to fight with and to collect. Lots of collectables to find. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laura Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Some scratches but it works
The disk shows some visible scratches that made me think about problems but when i've tried to launch and play the game in my ps3 it worked fine.
Published 14 months ago by Enrico Muscas
5.0 out of 5 stars good
A very good buy. An excellent product.

An excellent gamel. Do buy it, its worth it... totally loved it

Thanks and regards..............
Published 17 months ago by Hassan Ur Rehman
5.0 out of 5 stars S,Gamer
Folklore is one of the first games i got for my PS3 and i was hooked from the start. You get to play as two characters in the game who are Ellen and Keats. Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by Umpi
2.0 out of 5 stars tedious
bad japanese story writing, poor english translation and a lack of voice acting in the 'cartoon cut scenes' really turned me off from this title. Read more
Published on 30 April 2011 by C. Cresswell
4.0 out of 5 stars Folklore ! Pokemon Evolution?
Ok ive not finished the game yet im about half-way through but after a few hours i have a good idea of how the game is! Read more
Published on 27 July 2010 by Mrs. Mary Duffy
1.0 out of 5 stars Borelore
I wish i had never brought this game. Boring boring boring. Repetitive battles, no connection with characters. Read more
Published on 9 May 2010 by M. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Action RPG
After receiving my playstation 3 for christmas this year i promptly opened this up and stuck it in.After now sinking my teeth into a good 75% of the story i can safely say this is... Read more
Published on 31 Dec. 2009 by K. Mckenna
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