English Title: Maken Shao
Japanese Title: 魔剣爻
Publisher / Developer: Atlus
Genre: Action
Released: Jun. 7, 2001
Product Codes: SLPS-25042 / JAN 4984995111049

Maken X was something of an anomaly. A first-person action game, from Japanese developer Atlus, with character designs smacking of Megami Tensei RPG series, on the ill-fated Dreamcast. And then it gets a US release. Regardless of the quality of the game, its mere existence is enough to give me pause.

Maken Shao is an updated "remake" of that game, switching the camera to a more traditional third-person perspective and adjusting the game design accordingly. Unfortunately, stripping out one of the defining aspects of a game to make it more "traditional" kind of defeated the purpose, and while there may be a compelling experience buried somewhere in here, something about it just feels off. May come back to this one at some point, though...

This is the limited edition, which has a different cover and full-color disc art, and also includes a holographic sticker of the cover and the postcard shown below.