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PS2 Review: Evergrace

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(IDG) -- In the Rieubane Empire, you have two choices - dress up and live or shut up and die. Enter Sharline and Darius, your virtual PlayStation 2 dolls and the heroes of Agetec's Evergrace.

Evergrace is the next step in dress-up evolution - from Underoos to the PS2. Maybe your Darth Vader skivvies endowed you with the Force and those Superman tighties gave you the ability to fly, but what about combining the strength of the Incredible Hulk with the sensuality of Wonder Woman? In Evergrace, different clothes augment specific character attributes such as stamina, strength, and luck, giving the game a new twist in role playing adventure.

It is your goal to unravel the secrets of the two main characters, Sharline and Darius. They have mysteriously arrived in the Rieubane Empire not knowing how they came to be there or anything about their pasts. It's up to you to uncover the implications of the cursed Crest marks they have on their hands and to guide them back to their own world.

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Evergrace's control comes easily, but the jumpy camera angles can throw you off balance. While combat is in real time, you can beat most creatures without the aid of magic, detracting from the fashion-as-weapon concept. Still, the novelty and number of items available for dress-up keeps things compelling. There is a focus on puzzles as well, but many of these are mundane, relying on lack of information rather than creativity to contrive a challenge. The graphics are clean and bright, but clearly representative of a first generation game, and the music, aside from a few levels, is uninspired. Sound effects are also kept to a minimum.

If you're looking for an RPG that takes character customization to new levels, and you're willing to accept some old with that new, then Agetec's Evergrace might just be the accessory you need to go with that fresh PS2.




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