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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: 4,649 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars magical! 28 Aug. 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Very simply put, this is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played. The scenery is just stunning. There are seven "worlds", each of them perfectly unique and rich and some of them more than a little creepy.

I won't give a detailed description of the plot, as others have already done that. I got a lot of hours out of this game, and though completeld I still turn it on to have a run around and enjoy the atmosphere. The story is engaging, the characters not very irritating (how rare!) and there is plenty to do. Each captured folk can be powered up and, if you're a stickler for completion, fulfilling the criteria will keep you going for hours. There are even downloadable quests available if that isn't enough for you. The game also makes good use of the motion sensors in the control pad making it fun to play.

All in all, I loved this game and would highly reccomend it. A couple of things to note, however: although it's described as an rpg by some people, I'd say it's actually a platform game with some free roaming elements. As you power your folk up, the enemies get pretty easy to kill. Sounds obvious? Maybe, but if you like your games a little challenging, by the time you get towards the last few bosses, you'll have sussed the moves and maybe find them a little bit too easy.

The big let down for me, however, (and why it's only got 4 stars) - there are no trophies. Ok, not much of a let down, but it is disappointning when you've spent hours powering up all your folk and don't get a trophy. Makes me wonder what we did before trophies came along...
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5.0 out of 5 stars ''a great start to the PS3'' 25 Mar. 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Folklore is a fantastic game in many ways. It offers a wide variety of fighting techniques which is what makes this game so good. The storyline is complex at first but you will eventually get it. As for the graphics it is what the PS3 is all about and this successfully created wonderful graphics.
Basically you can play as 2 characters however in order to see the end you must complete all the chapters as both characters. It seems silly however their are different paths to take and different folks to collect. Folks are the main enemies in the game and you must use your power to collect them.
However there are some bad points such as when you get towards the end chapters they can be very frustrating. Also I have to complain about the downloadable content from the PSN store. DON'T GET IT!!! It costs money and it's rubbish. The free downloads aren't to bad but don't waste time on buying things because they are rubbish.
All in all I would give this game 9/10 and would recommend this to you especially to RPG fans. I hope this review helped
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but could heve been better. 5 Nov. 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Firstly there is no denying that this is a beautiful game, characters, baddies/folk, landscapes are all so well created its hard to take it all in, however this game is not just looks, the storyline too is compelling, although some may complain about the fact yo must play the same levels twice - once as each characher i find this quite interesting, I player Ellen first (as I usually find male characters more enjoyable I saved Keates) and obviously you find things happening that you sont know why or how and you dont get to find out untill you enbark on your second character. Combat is good, basically you capture the baddies of that area and they fight for you, they are of course of different types shield, fire, ice etc and can level up with your character. That brings me on to gaining levels in this game - its pointless and hard, the only reward is a small (and I mean SMALL health increase each time and by the time you reach level 6 you need 4000 EXP to get to level 7 - and trust me with the amount of EXP the baddies give you it could take all day. Another negative is the use of the sixaxis - as explained by other reviewers you have to pull souls out of creatures and while mostly the sixaxis works well - ie pull to pull out the soul sometimes as you progress the games you need to use other techniques and it worrys me when a message like 'try to anticipate the folks movements and match them' appears on the screen. Another flaw with this is that you can be happily fighting a couple of very big mini-boss' and have to suck one soul but while you are doing this the other comes up and hits you, allowing his companion to get back up. I think this system could do with simplifying. Read more ›
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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 4 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 4 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 6 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 13 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 16 months ago by Hassan Ur Rehman
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult followers are on to something!
Folklore is one of those obscure games that attracts a cult following despite sumptuous visuals, engaging storyline and an original take... Read more
Published on 24 Aug. 2012 by Petersgirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun at heart, but hampered by a lack of polish
Irish/Celtic folklore are uncommon territory for RPGs, both western and eastern, that have a tendency to prefer Tolkien-esque world and creature concepts. Read more
Published on 19 Jun. 2012 by Ms. S. L. H
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
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