The Mark of Kri follows a story about dark times coming and bad guys roaming the countryside, but the only important thing to know is that you must wander around collecting stuff and kill guys who attack you. There are several things that make this more interesting than it sounds, most prominently the amazing environments of moss-covered ruins. Reportedly, former Disney animators were among the developers, and it shows, not only in the character designs and movements but in the excellence of the sound and lighting effects that subtly deepen the game's lush, ominous atmosphere.
Then there's the fighting system, which lets you assign a button to each attacker, so you can attack enemies on all sides without worrying about which direction you're facing. This is a fairly simple matter at first, but requires more strategy and skill as the game progresses. The Mark of Kri includes a stealth mode, which allows you to sneak up and strike lethal blows before enemies can sound the alarm, and there's a bird you can send ahead to scout hostile territory before you enter it. These extra features keep the ol' killing-crowds-of-bad-guys routine from growing tedious.
There are only two complaints: the environments are not as seamless and interactive as they could be (if there's a cliff, shouldn't you be able to jump off it?), and there are too many things to keep straight, stuff such as magic items and combo moves (but then again, the author is unusually lazy, and this probably won't bother most gamers). Overall The Mark of Kri is rock-solid, graphically beautiful, and thoroughly engaging. --David Stoesz
A millennium later and the spell had become just another tale among many told around campfires. But then one day the six parts of the spell came back to the light, giving agents of evil a chance to recreate the world to their desire.
The main character, whom you play as in the game is named Rau. Rau is a young warrior: muscle-bound and armed to the teeth, he's in training to face his destiny and hopefully save his people from this evil curse. As Rau you must venture out and defeat evil where you can find it, using steel, skills and stealth in Sony's latest action adventure game.
Mark of Kri has a unique combat system, specially designed to take on surrounding enemies all at once. The way this works is fairly simple and easy to pick up. Rau has a spinning arrow that helps him to locate and mark enemies around him (time slows to allow this though). Once marked, each enemy has a controller symbol above them. Rau can then hit the button to his the desired target, and this in turn allows Rau to attack any of his enemies in any direction.
Reasons for buying it:
-Unique battle system
-Stealth and vicious action
-Great storyline, brilliantly illustrated
-Secondary character to add original tactical element.
Reasons to leave on shelf:
-Rau is a little slow at running (!!!)
(you must be thinking surely there are more reasons, but no!)
A great action adventure wrapped within a superb story. The battle option and cheats will occupy you for six months onwards.