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King's Field: The Ancient City marks the long-running series' debut on the PlayStation 2. Because the third title in the series concluded the original story arc, this latest incarnation features an all-new storyline and characters. Since receiving a mysterious ceremonial idol, King Lucien IV and his kingdom of Heladin have suffered a string of disasters, plunging the land into decay and ruin. Numerous attempts to return the accursed idol to the Land of Disaster have ended in failure and the task now falls to you — Prince Devian of Azalin. And so begins your quest in this first-person exploration RPG.
Despite its unconventional viewpoint, King's Field: The Ancient City offers a plethora of items, weapons, equipment and magic — staples of the genre — for the player to discover, buy, and use. Armor can be acquired and equipped to the legs, arms, body, and head of Prince Devian. A cache of weapons ranging from morning stars to swords can also be equipped. That said, items and weapons have a limited lifespan, and will become less effective with continued use. If they are not regularly repaired, they will eventually break.
Also at your disposal is a host of magic spells that encompass the elements of Wind, Water, Fire, Earth, Light, and Dark. Each element has five different magic crystals that must be found throughout the Ancient City, in order to be able to tap and harness the power of each element for both defensive and offensive purposes. Of course, all these weapons and abilities would be for naught were you able to roam about without fear of being attacked. Standing between Prince Devian and the completion of his quest are 120 different monsters running the gamut from basic skeletons to poisonous globules of slime to man-eating trees known as Reapers. These new features augment the 3D interaction and well-paced story development found in earlier King's Field releases. ~ Gavin Frankle, All Game Guide