Just RPG - Reviews, PC and PS2 Walkthroughs, Previews, and RPG News!





HOME

Reviews
Previews
Walkthroughs
Strategy Guides
Articles
Interviews
Editorials
Links
About Us
Past Issues

June 14, 2011
March 22, 2011
Feb. 28, 2011
Dec. 14, 2010
Nov. 23, 2010
Nov. 9, 2010
Oct. 26, 2010
Oct. 6, 2010
Sept. 21, 2010
Sept. 14, 2010
Sept. 7, 2010
Aug. 31, 2010
Aug. 24, 2010
Aug. 17, 2010
Aug. 8, 2010
June 15, 2010
January, 2010
Dec. 21, 2009
Past Issues

Age of Conan: Unchained
Dark Souls
Dreamlords: Resurrection
Final Fantasy IV In-Pack Items
Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword
League of Legends: Co-op V.S. AI
Final Fantasy IV
Duke Nukem Forever
Divine Souls Open Beta
inSANE
Mass Effect 3 Unveiled
League of Legends: Cassiopeia
League of Legends: Trundle
King Arthur: The Druids
Majesty 2: Monster Kingdom
RIFT Closed Beta
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Magicka
Pandora Saga
DC Universe Online Screenshots
Fallout: New Vegas Add-On Content
League of Legends: Lux
Bloodline Champions: The Nomad
Majesty 2: Battles of Ardania
League of Legends: Battle Training
League of Legends: LeBlanc
Iron Cross
Prinny 2
Crusade Kings 2
Lionehart Kings' Crusade
Borderlands Game of the Year Edition
Castlevania Harmony of Despair DLC
Ys: The Oath in Felghana
Spiderweb Software's Birthday
League of Legends: Swain
Gormiti: Lords of Nature!
Disgaea 4
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
League of Legends: Magma Chamber
League of Legends: Sona
War of Angels
King of Kings 3: Mage
Legend of Edda
Lionheart:Kings' Crusade
Cladun
Dreamlords
TERA
League of Legends
Silkroad Online Battle Arena
Grand Chase Thunder Hammer
Aika Global
The Shadow Sun
Saw ll: Flesh and Blood
TERA
Neverwinter
League of Legends
Castlevania Harmony of Despair
Smash Your Food
I SPY Spooky Mansion
Hexyz Force
World of Tanks
League of Legends
Mass Effect 2
DOFUS 2.0
DOFUS Screens
FFXIII Box
Puzzle Chron.
Gyromancer
Warhammer OL
Star Trek OL
Lost Saga Scr
Marvel DLC
League Legends
Poxnora
Demon's Souls
League Legends
League Beta
Fort Zombie
Arc Rise Fantasia
Arc Rise Screens
Mimana Iyar
League Screens
Marvel DLC
Free Realms
Adventures To Go
Fusion PR Group
Demon's Souls
AdventureQuest
Witch's Tale
League Legends
Half-Minute Scr
Half-Minute
Freaky Scr.
Valhalla
Dragon Quest
Vandal Hearts
Mytheon
Risen
Gemini Lost
Freaky
Gyromancer
FF Crystal
Dragon Quest
Star Trek OL
Fort Zombie
Disgaea 2
FF Crystal
Champions OL
Wizard of Oz
Star Ocean
League Legends
Valhalla Scr.
Dragon Age
Marvel Ultimate
Risen Website
League Legends
Adventurequest
Final Fantasy
Agarest War
Agarest War Scr.
Demon's Souls
SMT: Persona
Pangya
Dragon Age
Warhammer
Mana Khemia 2
Runes of Magic
Cursed Mtn.
Cursed Mtn. Scr.
Freaky Creature
Phantom Brave
Runes of Magic
Aion Goes Gold
Free Realms
Wizards Exec
Freaky Creature
Arma II
Champions
Aion CG Movie
Marvel Ultimate
FFIV Dev Diary
Steambot Chron.
League Legends
Phantom Brave
Runes of Magic
Champions
Champions Vid.
League Legends
League Trailer
Risen Screens
Freaky Creature
Star Treak DAC
Phantom Brave
Demon's Souls
Geneforge
The Witcher
Free Realms
Runes of Magic
Demon's Souls
Aion Screens
Fallout 3 DLC
Marvel Ultimate
PuchiPuchi Virus
League Legends
Fallout 3 DLC
Mytheon
Wizard of Oz
Oz Screens
Marvel Ultimate
La Tale
Asda Story
Avernum 6
Battle Fantasia
League Legends
Adventurequest
Warpforce
New Nintendo
Aion
FF Crystal Chron.
Mind Twist
Little King's
Stan Lee, Marvel
Elf Island
Ether Saga
Wizard101
Demon's Souls
League Legends
FFXI Trailer
Champions Online
Free Realms
Aion Preorder
BioShock/Elder
Silkroad Online
Warpforce
Warpforce Scr.
Runes Screens
Runes of Magic
League Legends
Marvel Ultimate
FF XIV
Knights
Asda Story
Champions
League Legends
Runes of Magic
FF XIV Online
Time of Shadows
Kingdom Hearts
FF IV
Demon's Souls
Lunar
League Release
League Trailer
Cross Edge
Runes of Magic
Phantom Brave
Crimson Gem
DC Universe
Freaky
SMT Devil
Steal Princess
Steal Screens
Wizard101
SMT Devil
Runes of Magic
Warrior Epic
Fallout 3 DLC
League Legends
League Screens
Bounty Bay
Bounty Bay Scr.
Ragnarok Scr.
Ragnarok Online
Runes of Magic
Time of Shadows
Time Scr.
Steambot Chron.
Adventures
Adventures Scr.
Warrior Epic
Sacred 2 Ships
Disgaea 2
Last Rebellion
Mana Khemia 2
Sakura Wars
Witch's Tale
Runes of Magic
Runes Screens
Class of Heroes
Sacred Trailer
Valhalla Knights
Wizard101 Gift
Freaky Creatures
Playboy Manager
Blizzcon 2009
Champions
Little King
League Legends
Wizard101
Wizard101 Scr.
Neverwinter
Warrior Epic Beta
Elder Scrolls
Warrio Epic Beta
Sacred 2
Utopia Kingdoms
Wizard101
Tweet in Games
Star Trek D-A-C
Champions
Champions Vid.
DragonSky Scr.
DragonSky
Free Realms
Free Realms Scr.
FFXI Vana'diel
DC Universe
Warrior Epic Scr.

 





Developer:
Stormfront Studios
Publisher: Atari
Platform: PS2, Xbox, PC
Release Date: September 2004

by Jason Ferguson




Developed by Stormfront Studios and written by R.A. Salvatore, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone sounds like an RPG-lovers dream! While there have been plenty of D&D-based video games in the past, Demon Stone is a little different, placing you in command of a party of three heroes on an adventure to rid the land of two evil warlords. Is different good? Well, that's up to the gamer. However, Demon Stone ends up playing out more like EA's The Two Towers than it does other D&D games.


Years ago, two feuding warlords were locked away in a Demon Stone by a powerful wizard. Fast forward many years, and three heroes met by chance at the ancient mine in Damara. Or at least they thought it was by chance. They found themselves compelled by a mysterious force to the Gemspark mines, where a strange set of doors lies in their path. The adventurers break through the doors and unleash the two powerful warlords. Now the three heroes must stop the warlords before their war destroys the world! The story manages to be interesting, which R.A. Salvatore fans will be glad to hear. The three characters are all unique, with their own history and personality. I really enjoyed the cast of characters in this game, including both the heroes and the villains.


You play the game as the party of three heroes. You can quickly switch between them to take advantage of the unique abilities and fighting styles of each. Rannek, the fighter, is the traditional warrior. Heís physically strong and carries a big sword. Illius is a sorcerer, armed with a staff and powerful magic spells. Last is Zhai, a rogue who uses stealth as a deadly weapon. Gameplay is quite varied, so youíll often find yourself switching characters to defeat a certain enemy or to solve a challenging puzzle. When you arenít playing as a character, the AI takes over and manages to do a decent job controlling them.


At the end of a level, your party earns an equal amount of gold and experience. Experience is used to master new abilities, while gold is used for armor and weapon upgrades. Many of the abilities have prerequisite abilities, so you might need to think ahead a bit. However, most of the abilities will be familiar enough to RPG fans that youíll feel right at home. By purchasing equipment and abilities, you can really increase the power of your heroes, making the remaining journey significantly easier. Thereís a wide variety of abilities, although they sometimes have crazy control combinations that are tough to perform.


Outside of the basic combat abilities, each hero has a useful special ability that will help you through various situations. For example, the sorcerer can place down magic exploding balls, which can clear your path. Your party can also use team abilities by filling their hero meter. The hero meter is replenished by defeating enemies and using combos. If your meter is partially full, you can do a team attack that will summon one of your allies to aide you. If all three of your party members have a full hero meter, you can perform a very powerful team super attack that will damage all opponents within a large radius.


Each character has a projectile weapon that they can use to take enemies out from a distance. The fighter has axes, daggers are the weapon of choice for the mage, and the sorcerer uses powerful magic blasts. The fighter and rogue can carry a limited amount of projectiles, but will be able to pick up more as the adventure progresses. The sorcerer, on the other hand, can take an unlimited amount of shots with his magic blasts. Your projectiles are all upgradeable, so even though they donít start out particularly strong, you can eventually make them an integral part of your arsenal. Theyíre also required for a lot of the gameís puzzles and boss battles.


The game features legions of monsters to fight, and youíll often find yourself hugely outnumbered. These battles can be a lot of fun as your three heroes take down countless enemies, but they can also be a bit frustrating due to the amount of chaos on the screen. In these circumstances, youíll often rely on the aide of healing items. You can find healing potions that will restore the HP of a single character or healing scrolls that will restore your entire party. The HP of all three party members, your hero meter, and your remaining projectiles, are displayed clearly on the screen. This makes it easy to keep track of your characters during even the largest of battles. Annoyingly, if a single one of your party members dies, itís game over for you.


Gameplay in Demon Stone is extremely similar to the Lord of the Rings games from EA. The abilities work much the same way, the character building is very similar, and the basic hack-and-slash gameplay is more or less the same. Fortunately for RPG fans, Demon Stone provides a slightly deeper RPG-rich experience, but perhaps not deep enough to satisfy the most hardcore RPG lover. Fans of The Two Towers will surely appreciate Demon Stone, but fans of games like Neverwinter Nights probably won't. One area where Demon Stone doesnít shine is in the co-op department. Itís a really enjoyable adventure, and it would seem ideal for co-op mode since youíve got several party members. Unfortunately, co-op isnít an option, and your friends will simply have to watch. Lengthwise, Demon Stone isnít short but it isn't exactly a hefty RPG either. It can be beat in a weekend if youíve got the time, but the short adventure is still a memorable one.


Demon Stone offers superb visuals. Each character is intricately designed and moves fluidly in combat. The environments are varied and never get dull. The spell effects are also impressive, and result in combat being a beautiful sight to see. Unfortunately, when hordes of enemies pop onto the screen, youíll sometimes experience a bit of slowdown. Demon Stone features an all-star cast, including Patrick Stewart and Michael Clarke Duncan. Outside of the superstars, the rest of the cast performs nicely as well. The music and the sound effects are also solid, although perhaps not as memorable as the voice acting. The camera is sure to cause the occasional bit of frustration due to your total lack of control over it. Sometimes enemies will be swarming you and you wonít be able to see where theyíre coming from and wonít be able to rotate the camera in order to get a better look.


Seeing as this review is being written long after the release date, you should easily be able to pick up Demon Stone for a low price, making it an easy recommendation for the RPG fan who wants a game to play over a weekend. Itís not the deepest RPG out there, but itís still a lot of fun to play.


Final Grade: 78%




All materials © 2000-2010 Just RPG
RPG Network: Free MMORPG | RPG Music