The story for Folklore is deceptively simple: two different individuals, Ellen (a young girl looking forher mother) and Keats (a pragmatic yet curious reporter who receives a phone call from a woman supposedly under death-threat) are lured to the small European town of Doolin, where the living can meet the dead. What ensues is a classic murder mystery that involves more than half of the denizens of the town and the faeries, or half-lives as they call themselves in the Netherworld, who have their own agendas for the Ellen and Keats as their Messengers. Along the way, as the two collect clues about the murder in Doolin, the player is presented with choices that effect the flow of the story. Although you play separately as Ellen or Keats, their paths are closely intertwined and each of their actions effects the other.
|"A murder in the village of the dead? Someone please tell me this is joke."|
Another visual key point of Folklore, that is a brilliant idea, is the notion of fashioning the cut-scenes as if one were reading it as a graphic novel. It adds to the mysterious and secluded atmosphere of the storyline. It also makes the whole game feel very complete in all it's aspects. The story and art (it's strongest points) are showcased in a classy and effective manner and further bolstered by the excellent soundtrack (which features some fantastic work by Kenji Kawai by the way, among many other strong composers). While the lack of numerous cut scenes may be a drag for some players, I like the pacing of the cinematics in the game. Almost in the fashion of a retro rpg, it makes the movies a nice treat after the quietness of the in-game sequences, which are stylish enough that they don't bore the player.
So in conclusion, if you haven't already checked out Folklore, I highly recommend it to those who don't mind a beautiful action role-playing experience. I know I'll be replaying this for sure in the future.
Similar games to check out if you're into Folklore: Prince of Persia, or any of the Shin Megami Tensei Series.
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