Primal is one of those brilliant PlayStation 2 titles that is not as well known as it should be. It was released in 2003 and I have to admit I hadn't even heard of it until about 2010.
You play as a 21 year old woman called Jennifer Tate who is taken to a different realm by a friendly gargoyle called Scree. This gargoyle becomes her sidekick as she explores four different realms in order to find out a certain truth and locate her missing boyfriend.
The main reason you would play this game is because just from the box art it looks interesting and the other reason would be its beautiful storyline. It does lack a bit in terms of the gameplay due to it being rather linear. You are able to control Jen or Scree and will have to switch between them in order to get through some parts of the game. Since Scree is a gargoyle he has the ability to scale walls which is handy when you need to reach things that are in high places. As Jen explores each of the four realms she will inherit that realms unique power which will prove vital in order to get through the game. Many people have complained about the combat being too simple and not enough of a challenge being provided with the combat sequences. I do agree with this but then again Primal is a game you should experience for the story and visuals, not the gameplay. It has a lot of emphasis on puzzles as I have come across numerous puzzles in the game which I have been stuck on and a walkthrough was required. They are enjoyable puzzles and can be slightly tedious but isn't a downside to the game. As with the lovely visuals and storyline Primal is also packed with a beautiful soundtrack which is still ringing in my head even now. It is memorable and really does go well with the feel of the game.
As I played through the game there was something that made me feel as if the developer's were trying to in some ways clone Tomb Raider or perhaps even surpass it. It involves engravings on a tombstone and I will not reveal it. You'll see when you play it.
It provides a save game option that is able to be used anywhere in the game which is so great because you don't have to worry about reaching a checkpoint until you can turn it off and do something else.
After seeing gameplay of Primal on YouTube I am so glad I picked it up from my Cash Converters for a mere £3 excluding the instruction manual. There has to be something missing when this game is that cheap. I enjoyed playing through it very much and am glad to have the four realms of Oblivion as well as playing as Jen and Scree. This game has provided joy for a good 20 hours or so and it really deserves to be better known. I insist you get a copy and give it a try.