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Folklore™

Only on PlayStation
  • PS3

Travel through a mysterious gateway to the Netherworld.

  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Genre: Action
  • Publisher: SCEE
  • Developer: Game Republic

    The vision of legendary game creator Yoshiki Okamoto (executive producer for Onimusha™, Devil May Cry™ and Resident Evil™), Folklore is a brand new action adventure title for PS3.

    A letter from a dead mother, a mysterious phone call and a forgotten childhood lead Ellen, a young woman, and Keats, a journalist working for a paranormal magazine, to Doolin - a sleepy Irish village that hides a gateway to the Netherworld and the answers to a 17-year-old mystery.

    You play as either of the lead characters as you venture into a series of seven outlandish realms, each packed with nightmarish creatures. Your goal is to speak with the dead, whose memories hold the key to unravelling the past.

    The key to progressing in the game is to capture the various Folks - the nightmarish creatures that inhabit the Netherworld - harnessing and combining their powers to defeat strong enemies.

    • Play as either Ellen or Keats, each with their own play styles and individual storylines.
    • Over 100 unique creatures - the Folks - each with unique powers and abilities to capture and create your own combat strategy.
    • Capture enemies using the unique functionality of the SIXAXIS Wireless Controller - latch onto creatures and reel them in by flicking the Wireless Controller at the right moment.
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    Lay down the lore

    Explore the occult realms of Irish legend in Folklore for PlayStation 3.

    The latest game from Kouji Okada, creator of the Shin Megami Tensei series, Folklore takes an altogether different approach, drawing heavily on Irish horror stories and folk legends to create a magical, supernaturally unsettling world full of faeries and demons.

    The game plays as a third-person action/adventure game, much like Devil May Cry or Silent Hill. You control one of two main characters - Ellen, a shy girl looking for her mother and Keats a hard-bitten reporter for an occult magazine searching for a big story. Before long both have been drawn into a supernatural adventure based in the Netherworld, home to the Folk - the fabled Sidhe of Irish legend. Some of the Sidhe that you meet are friendly, but more often than not they're out to get you, to harvest your soul for their own dark ends.

    Spirited away

    Luckily for you, both Ellen and Keats are able to collect the spirits - known as Ids - of the Folk and turn them to their own uses. Cause an enemy enough damage and their Id will become visible. Holding down the R1 button lets you lock onto the Id and a swift tug of the SIXAXIS Wireless Controller allows you to yank the Id from its previous owner and store it safely within yourself. Once harvested you can use these Ids in battle yourself, by assigning different types of Folk to each of the action buttons.

    Simply hit the corresponding button and your chosen Folk will go into battle, allowing you to harvest even more Ids to augment your powers. There are over 100 in total, and their powers range from attacking Ids who wield spears, guns and even high explosives to defensive Ids that shield you from damage.

    Mind over matter

    Keats differs from Ellen in that he can fill up his Mind Meter through collecting Ids, which, once full allows him to transform into a different form, complete with bulked up physique, long white hair, purple eyes and a scary tattoo snaking around his torso. In this state, Keats is able to cause much more damage from melee attacks and endure a lot more punishment, adding a more action-oriented combat element to the game.

    The presentation of the game is very impressive, both in the story scenes, which offer stunningly lifelike characters, movements and backgrounds, and in the game itself with its large, expansive environments and magical fantasy setting. The cutscenes between major characters unfold like graphic novels, with speech bubbles and moving panels to advance the story, and it's a story you'll want to pay attention to, being packed with intrigue, mystery and a healthy dose of dry humour thrown in for good measure.

    The game is set to take good advantage of PlayStation Network, with a level editor to let users create their own maps and fill them full of the Ids they've collected, which other PSN users can download and play, and there will also be a number of additional downloadable quests, complete with brand new Folk and costumes for Ellen and Keats.

    Folklore is already looking very impressive, with a great combination of action, RPG elements and great storytelling. Download the trailer available now on the PlayStation Store to see it for yourself, and keep checking eu.playstation.com for more information as and when it arrives.

    • Dolby 5.1

      Dolby 5.1

    • Players

      1 Players

    • Has Downloadable Content

      Has Downloadable Content

    • 720p

      720p

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