Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom First Look

We team up with this unlikely pair to find out what has happened in the forsaken kingdom.

It's easy to compare Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom to what we know of The Last Guardian, after all, both games involved a boy who is accompanied by a giant miscellaneous hybrid creature that tags along faithfully. Majin however, is an action adventure that combines platforming, combat and puzzle solving elements, similar to the Prince of Persia games. Our demo took us through the first part of the game, where we met up with the loveable majin (direct translation is demon god but an equivalent would be a djinn or genie) and set off into the kingdom to unravel some of its mysteries, as well as get to know the intriguing history behind the curious pair.

The story takes place in a once prosperous kingdom before a darkness engulfed the land and made the kingdom inaccessible. Those who tried to enter the kingdom were never to return. It's been 100 years since the darkness took over, and now a lone nameless thief has made his way into the ruins of the palace, which is where we came in. As the young rogue who has the ability to speak to animals, you can platform your way across the ruins of the decaying palace. This section served as a quick tutorial, which hasn't been finalized yet because the developers are still tuning the button configurations, but for now we were able to do basic maneuvers like jump and crouch. We quickly came across the majin, a huge horned beast who was bound the floor by a large pin. It mumbled and groaned, saying it was hungry, and eventually told us that someone had stolen its power and sealed it in a piece of fruit. By retrieving the fruit for the majin, it'll get its strength back and be able to free itself.

The palace ruins were not completely abandoned, as we saw skeletal creatures lurking around every corner. Without a weapon, our young thief wasn't able to do much, but he was able to toss a rock to distract the dark soldier and sneak past undetected. Land mines were also strewn about the area and can be activated by hitting it with a rock, taking out any enemies that are next to it. Once we found the large juicy fruit, we ventured back to the majin and it regained its strength to pull out the pin and finally free itself. The pin now served as our weapon, which was about to come in handy. Now that the majin was free and eager to come along, we were able to direct it to open heavy gates for us and even take out the evil sentries. It's smart enough so that if you were to ask it to interact with an object, and as long as it is able to do so, the majin will perform the action--whether it's opening a door or pushing down a wall to crush enemies. Now that we had the pin, we were able to protect ourselves from the skeletal creatures by wielding it like a sword. When one of these dark beings dies, a glowing purple orb floats above its body. This core needs to be absorbed by the majin, otherwise the enemy will eventually get up again and resume its patrol. Your big furry companion is not always at your side, so this is something to keep in mind as you move ahead alone or when you get separated. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is an open world game, where you'll come across sealed gates that can only be opened once you defeat the right enemies. You're given a map to keep track of your progress, but how and where you go is entirely up to you.

Stealth does play a large role at times, especially when you become separated from your foliage-covered guardian. By distracting an enemy and then sneaking up behind it, you can execute a coup de grace and take it down with a single strike. Other objects in the area, such as explosive barrels, can also be helpful in disposing these zombielike beings. As you take damage, you'll start to accumulate some of the dark, sticky substance on your body, but your majin friend can absorb it from you and heal you back to full health. As you progress through the game, your friend can also gain fire breathing abilities, conjure up a blast of wind or harness lightning. These elements can be quite useful in combat, but they are also used to solve puzzles.

So big and cuddly and… leafy.

After making our way out of the dilapidated castle, the majin and our thief stopped at the tree of life and had an exchange that gave us some insight as to what is going on. It turns out that the majin is known as Teotl and it doesn't seem to remember much of what has happened to him. Because our young thief didn't have a name, Teotl decides to name his human friend Tepeu for now. The significance will come later, and even though the majin couldn't remember much, it was able to give Tepeu a glimpse of its past memory, which showed an injured Teotl and another woman, fighting tirelessly against a wave of enemies. While most of the game is in 3D and set in a luscious environment, what's interesting and a nice touch is that these flashbacks switched to 2D ink paintings, with lightly animated character silhouettes giving it a storybook feel.

After the story cut scene, we made one more stop outside the palace where we stumbled upon a trebuchet that could be used to launch rocks, as well as ourselves, to higher ground. This was just one example on how to use the objects that are available to you in order to progress. Using Teotl's strength, we were able to move the catapult around and aim it at wooden barricades to clear the way. Our demo ended there, but we're looking forward to seeing more of the game as it progresses. It seems to have a good combination of puzzle solving and action, and comes with endearing fairytale-like story and fascinating characters.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is currently set to be released this summer on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

Wow this is violent, and with such a cute little Majin! OK not really small but whatever... This looks really good anyways!

freema
freema

This is coming out about the same time as Last Guardian? Why do I smell something like that Infamous vs. Prototype rivalry all over again :) . Not that I have anything about good competition as it will only ensure that both developers will try to make the best product possible. Good thing that both titles will be on ps3 so I can play both on that console and compare just as I did with InFamous and Prototype (although Infamous's original world design and intuitive controls easily won me over by the end). Nevertheless, I sense a welcome break from the current FPS rut in Q3-Q4 2010.

agentarthur
agentarthur

is it by team ICO? its very similar in style i'll still play it lol

romulus45
romulus45

Good to see something new, or at least a little different to get my interest going. On the PS3 Im looking forward to this and the last Guardian, the games at the moment are a bit stale. No originality allot of fps. We need some fresh thinking. We need new ideas. I also have a pc that also suffers from the same illness. Come on developers we are waiting.

rexona2412
rexona2412

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rexona2412
rexona2412

that creature that get's beaten looks waaay to much like those from twilight princess...

Kaim91
Kaim91

Seems interesting. I'll keep an eye on this.

hochstreck
hochstreck

Cool, finally NOT a gritty war-game which is all about 300lb-men wearing guns in size of a tree trunk. This game looks definitelly interesting.

PenthiusX
PenthiusX

Looks good kinda similar to shadow of the colossus in feel, but is still one that stands out and looks good .

Cheddarchet
Cheddarchet

Seems like it could be interesting. I've been in need of some good puzzle/platforming lately.

psp8976
psp8976

it looke good but not 2 good

themyth01
themyth01

I had missed this one, and it has potential. It looks really good, it could be a great game.

mrclutch87
mrclutch87

yeah the game looks good and comes out soon its great to hear and see a game thats not a year away from release

liverpoolno8
liverpoolno8

great game i like it, sure is like legend of Zelda but not better than legend of Zelda but still awesome, it needs a bit of update in the graphics.

krookd
krookd

Looks like a cheap ICO, with the black goo people and the dude's movements. Still might be pretty sweet though. I wish my PS2 worked damnit!

DSfanatic5
DSfanatic5

I'm only interested in this game because I'm a fan of ICO and Shadow of the Collossus. Eerily similar to how Dante's Inferno appealed to the God of War fan in me. I hope it turns out to be good, but The Last Guardian is going to be the definitive experience, not the derivative experience this game will probably offer.

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

When a gamer comes to think about games he\she soon realizes that most games are off shoots of other gaming ideas. Rarely does a new bright idea come and set a game apart for the mainsteam of gaming ideas and game play. Hopefully, this game although similar to other games may be a fun game on its own right.

-Deimos-
-Deimos-

Looks like a cheap Last Guardian meets Prince of Persia.

-Deimos-
-Deimos-

Looks like a cheap Last Guardian meets Prince of Persia.

Al_lee101188
Al_lee101188

well, this does look interesting. I'm gonna give a shot for this game.

Grind-Bastard
Grind-Bastard

It looks very much like The Last Guardian :)

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

their using the same strategy as dantes inferno and it will lead them down the same path. its good that developers are inspired by each other but its a shame that most of the time, similar games dont end up very competitive.

johny300
johny300

this game has puzzles hell yeah.cant wait for summer

johny300
johny300

this game is similar to ico and shadow of the colossus and the TBA game the last gaurdian all of those are epic games.and this has stealth and i want it to have good physics and gameplay and story.

hsvrocker
hsvrocker

please release this game for the PC!

QtrArt
QtrArt

really nice is make me ib new world ^-^

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

Awsome!! Reminds me of ICO, one of my most favorite games ever. At least its something diferent, I love games in this genre.

Acid_Kenobi
Acid_Kenobi

looks killer, one complaint,... does he have to jump like a poof??

TombRaider90
TombRaider90

Sounds similar to ICO and The Last Guardian. That is not a bad thing though.

driton
driton

My type of game :D.

acerpg007
acerpg007

He sounds sleepy or something..

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

The developer looks bored a bit. The game looks very good, though.

julianoluz
julianoluz

it looks promissing. this is coming for xbox live arcade?

nitzan_z
nitzan_z

this majin looks funny :)

ziv_ew
ziv_ew

lol my frind red it "forskin kingdom"

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

It looks promising, i will be keeping an eye out and hopefully it turns out good.

uberjannie
uberjannie

Time will tell if this turns out ok :)

hydn631
hydn631

Really interesting concept, hope it turns out good.

KO4U
KO4U

I'm desperate for anything from this genre so it's nice that this "outta nowhere" game doesn't sound half bad.:D

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

This game sounds like it has potential. I enjoyed their last big PS3 game Folklore despite flaws so shall give this a chance :)

DeadScytheBlaze
DeadScytheBlaze

i have the image that this will be a very good game...