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Chocobo's Dungeon 2
"For the younger players this is a nice starter title. The game provides the basic premise for the more intense Squaresoft RPG games. " Image Loading...
Developer: Squaresoft
Distributor: Squaresoft
Game Type: RPG
Review Date: Jan 00
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      Remember that this game is primarily marketed for the younger audience (it just has to be!) and to those relatively new to the whole RPG video game scene. Even so, Chocobo's Dungeon 2 still has the basic elements of Squaresoft RPG games.
 
Image Loading...Throughout the adventure Chocobo will meet new allies, encounter evil monsters, and find what he seeks most… He is armed with a wicked kick for stomping enemies, saddles for defensive hits, claws for offensive strikes, and some awesome magic spells (what would a Squaresoft game be without magic?). Items are scattered about, black market traders appear in the most unlikely place, unidentified object are just begging to be discovered, and other things will be used to aid in the adventure.
 
The magic consists of fire, thunder, aero, blizzard, quake, and drain and a nice feature is the fact that the equipment can be combined to make better weapons, armor, etc. You are also able to buy items that will be critical in supporting the adventure.
 
Image Loading...The random dungeon generator is a neat idea. So if your character gets wiped out and you start from your save point, forget about what was there last time because everything will be different again. The battle modes are somewhat similar to Zelda's game play. You can strike the enemy with physical attacks but you can also use magic and items for additional support. The object of each level is to find the stairway (or elevator) to advance (or descend) to the next level.
 
The overall challenge in the game would be rated easy to medium as the battles are pretty straightforward and the course of action when moving from various parts on the map is linear in nature. The most challenge comes from the bosses. A word of advice is to be fully stocked with magic and recovery items for the boss battles because they can kick some serious ass. Also if you get killed, it is better to start from a save point than continuing. At least this way you won't lose precious items and magic that was collected before your big battle!
 
Image Loading...There is also a rather weakly implemented two-player mode that allows a friend to join you on your journeys. Unfortunately the second player doesn't really have any control of the character except during fights. The player can't pick up items or explore very far from the main character or they will end up off the screen. Still, it's an option that is there for when you get a friend stopping over and you want to do a little tow-player RPG action.
 
So, for the younger crowd and novices Chocobo Dungeon 2 will give the players a nice basic foundation for the more advanced RPG games that are now becoming incredibly popular. If there was ever a game to get your feet wet with it is this one. Interestingly, I believe it also plants some seeds for future Final Fantasy games.
 
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      This is a 1 disk game for 1 or 2 Players. It is compatible with the standard (digital) joypad and the analog stick controls of the dual shock joypad. Games can be saved via memory card (1 block per save).

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Staff Opinions  
Rich: "For the younger players this is a nice starter title. The game provides the basic premise for the more intense Squaresoft RPG games. Chocobo's Dungeon 2 is definitely not for the hardcore RPG game players though. It leaves little to the imagination as far as twists and plot turns are concerned with its rather simplistic and straightforward storyline. The gameplay is pretty set with little to no variation.

So for RPG newbies step right up and enjoy your first step into the role-playing game genre. Chocobo Dungeon is a non-intimating indoctrination into the wonderful fantasyland world of RPG's. "
Graphics: 15/20
Playability: 42/50
Sound: 7/10
Lastability: 16/20
Overall: 80%
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Staff Opinions  
Tom: "Chocobo Dungeon 2 certainly isn't the type of RPG that I would recommend for the more hard core audience but it is certainly a unique and entertaining introduction to the world of Square role-playing titles. Players will get to take control of the cute little yellow Chocobo from the Final Fantasy series (and meet other characters from that universe as well) and spend their time rummaging through randomly generated dungeons.

I didn't much like the fact that the majority of the game takes place in the dungeon with little else to explore above ground but hey, I guess the title says it all. The spells that players can conjure up are quite amusing and I liked the method of improving and varying your weapons throughout the game.

All in all this is a cute and somewhat interesting title that is sure to appeal to a younger crowd and may even assist in getting the female sector interested in the RPG genre. "
Graphics: 15/20
Playability: 41/50
Sound: 6/10
Lastability: 15/20
Overall: 77%
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