Rise of the Kasai

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Rise of the Kasai
Rise of the Kasai
Cover art of Rise of the Kasai
Developer(s) BottleRocket Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment America
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • NA April 5, 2005
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Hack and slash
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution 1 DVD

Rise of the Kasai is an action game developed by BottleRocket Entertainment and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America for the PlayStation 2. Released in 2005, the game serves as a followup to the 2002 game The Mark of Kri. It was released only in North America.

Plot[edit]

The story for the Rise of the Kasai takes place in a Polynesian-influenced fantasy setting. The game's plot centers on a band of warriors known as the Rakus and their battles against the evil sect of dark magicians known as the Kasai. The narrative focuses on a series of events that take place ten years prior to the events of The Mark of Kri and ten years afterwards.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay consists of thirteen levels, in which the player, accompanied by a computer-controlled ally, must battle numerous enemies to progress through the story. The levels of Rise of the Kasai alternate between two pairs of playable characters: Rau with his younger sister Tati and Baumusu with his mentor Griz.

Much like its predecessor, the combat system of Rise of the Kasai revolves around the use of Focus Beams, a gameplay mechanic used to lock on to single or multiple enemies from any direction. While the DualShock 2's left analog stick is used to maneuver the character, a sweep of the right analog stick will cause a beam of light to extend from the player's character. When this beam of light comes into contact with an enemy, an attack icon will be assigned to them. Attack icons are symbols that appear over the enemy's head and correspond with the X, square, and circle buttons on the controller. When an attack icon is assigned, the player can press the corresponding button to initiate a focused attack.[1]

Baumusu locked on to multiple enemies.

This attack will vary depending on distance and the direction that the character is facing in relation to the focused enemy. When only one or two different attack icons are in use, the free button(s) becomes a Modifier that can be used to chain together attack combinations. In addition, some of these attack combos can lead to an instant kill if done correctly.[1]

While players may spend a majority of the game fighting enemies head on, there are many occasions where the player has the option to employ stealth tactics to avoid detection and quietly ambush the enemy. A stealth kill can be performed by sheathing the character's weapon and using the focus beam to assign a flashing attack icon onto an unsuspecting enemy. The player will be able to initiate a stealth kill once the enemy is in range and the attack icon becomes solid.[1]

To help remain undetected, the player can send out a spirit guide to a certain key-point to scope the environment ahead and monitor enemy positions, armaments, and patrol patterns. Using a spirit guide to scout ahead can also allow the player to devise battle strategies if stealth is not an option. Spirit guides vary between the four protagonists. Rau and Baumusu use Kuzo, a spiritual familiar that takes the form of a blackbird, as their spirit guide. Kuzo can be sent to various perches throughout the level to scout ahead. Tati and Griz summon the souls of the dead to scout ahead from the various corpses that litter the environment.

Audio[edit]

Rise of the Kasai's musical score was composed by Jack Wall,[1][2] Rod Abernethy, Jason Graves,[3] and Mike Reagan[4] with instruments provided by Michael Masley and Mr. Lee Vang.[1]

Voice Cast[1]
Actor Role
Wally Wingert Rau, Med Enemy, Priest, Additional voices
Kim Mai Guest Tati
Brian Cummings Baumusu
Nick Omana Griz
Keone Young Kuzo
Robin Atkin Downes Ganguun
Michael Bell Maibisi
Jessica Straus Twins
Fred Tatasciore Large Enemy
Mari Weiss Oracle
Barry Dennen Additional Voices
Darren Norris Additional Voices

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 70.65%[5]
Metacritic 68/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 6/10[7]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 6.33/10[8]
Game Informer 7/10[9]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[10]
Game Revolution C[11]
GameSpot 6.8/10[12]
GameSpy 3.5/5 stars[13]
GameTrailers 7.7/10[14]
GameZone 8.3/10[15]
IGN 7.8/10[16]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3.5/5 stars[17]
Detroit Free Press 3/4 stars[18]
Maxim 6/10[19]

Rise of the Kasai received mixed reviews from critics, as GameRankings gave it a score of 70.65%,[5] while Metacritic gave it 68 out of 100.[6] While many critics praised the game's combat system, control scheme, and distinctive cinematics, others panned the game due to repetitious gameplay while expressing disappointment in the game's AI and lack of multiplayer options.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Rise of the Kasai instruction manual. Sony Computer Entertainment. 2005. SCUS-97416. 
  2. ^ "Credits at Jack Wall's official web site". Archived from the original on July 5, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Rod Abernethy and Jason Graves site". Archived from the original on June 10, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Mike Reagan Music". Retrieved July 8, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Rise of the Kasai for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  6. ^ a b c "Rise of the Kasai for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  7. ^ Edge Staff (June 2005). "Rise of the Kasai". Edge (149): 84. 
  8. ^ EGM Staff (May 2005). "Rise of the Kasai". Electronic Gaming Monthly (191): 133. 
  9. ^ "Rise of the Kasai". Game Informer (145): 114. May 2005. 
  10. ^ Four-Eyed Dragon (2005-04-06). "Rise of the Kasai Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-04-10. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  11. ^ Brian Gee (2005-04-19). "Rise of the Kasai Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  12. ^ Alex Navarro (2005-04-04). "Rise of the Kasai Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  13. ^ Raymond L. Padilla (2005-04-08). "GameSpy: Rise of the Kasai". GameSpy. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  14. ^ "Rise of the Kasai Review". GameTrailers. April 12, 2005. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  15. ^ Michael Lafferty (2005-03-31). "Rise of the Kasai - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  16. ^ Ed Lewis (2005-03-25). "Rise of the Kasai". IGN. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  17. ^ "Rise of the Kasai". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. May 2005. 
  18. ^ Al Toby (2005-06-05). "'Rise of the Kasai'". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on 2005-09-17. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  19. ^ Sean Cunningham (2005-04-05). "Rise of the Kasai". Maxim. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 

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