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PS2 Reviews Reviews: Maximo: Ghosts to Glory


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Maximo: Ghosts to Glory - reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: 8 March 2002
Review Score: 8.0/10 
Distributor: THQ

"Enter the world of the long forgotten past of Ghost & Goblins"

Originally Ghost & Goblins was an arcade game during the hip world of the 80's. A simpler time.... it soon made its way to various computers from the powerful Amiga (Huh?) to the PC. You played the character called Maximo, a hairy brute who was searching for his missing girlfriend. Maximo had to battle his way (In a 2D platform world) through nasty ghosts and ghouls to find his beloved sweetheart. Needless to say, the game was difficult, the graphics were cute and many people of Generation X still remember the catchy music. Eventually a sequel was released due to the popularity of the first one called Ghouls 'n' Ghosts.

The third game of the triology by Capcom is called Maximo: Ghosts to Glory has finally made its way to the powerful PS2. Gone are the days of a 2D platform world, Maximo is now in a glorious 3D environment.

You play the hero Maximo, a young knight who has returned from war, only to find his kingdom has been taken over and his loved ones have been captured by the evil and dreaded Achille. Unfortunately Maximo is mortally wounded in his confrontation with Achille and is sent to Hades, the world of the dead. There, our young hero meets the keeper of the underworld, the Grim Reaper where he must make a bargain with him if he is to return to the world of the living. With an unholy alliance with Grim Reaper, Maximo must set right the world of Hades before he is allowed to return and thus begins your adventure!

The game itself is set in a beautifully 3D rendered world with five huge levels. Each level is split into over 25 sections which will give you hours of enjoyment as you travel through the world of Hades. The levels in the game have a great deal of variety from swamps, mausoleums to haunted forests. Maximo has access to over 40 weapons and items that will sure to motivate you into finishing this exciting game. The game itself does not have an autosave feature but their are checkpoints throughout the levels. In order to save the game or to purchase better equipment, you must find a certain amount of gold coins. This sometimes does become frustrating as you may not reach a save point for like 20 minutes.

Combat in the game is done through a "hack & slash" system, where you can do a variety of moves with a variety of weapons. For example, Maximo is able to perform special moves with the use of his sword or his shield. You do pick up other weapons during the game, such as a flaming sword or a powerful battle axe. Maximo can also power up his sword with four different elements. This special features makes your weapons more powerful and helps you dispatch the enemy even faster. If you get attacked during the game too often, your armour falls off piece by piece and you will eventually be left with only boxer shorts. By venturing through the game, Maximo comes across chests which are filled with goodies such as gold, armour, keys or weapons.

The music and sound in Maximo will bring back memories of the original Ghost & Goblins game, with very similar music and sound effects. The only drawback of this game is the camera function. Unlike Jak & Daxter, you must manually move the camera around if you turn around and walk the other way. The game itself, will eventually move the camera to a proper view but this takes time. Once you get past these little bugs, Maximo becomes a very addictive game that will give you hours of enjoyment. Highly Recommended

- Andrew B

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