Inuyasha Secret of the Cursed Mask
A game that is worth a try
I have known about this game for some time, but I have never been able to get a copy, or get a way to even play it, since my PS2 died and my PS3 won't play it. But, finally, after years, I got the chance...
And it blew me away.
I will say this now, if you are not an InuYasha fan, you may not get some of the things in the game. The game does explain every point it needs to, and goes into the back story of each character, but some people may not still understand for one reason or another.
The story starts out where you play with a boy or a girl, in school in Japan. Somehow, you are sent into the past in Feudal Japan, where demons swarm the lands. Once you get there, you are quickly attacked by a demon, yet you are saved by the series' main character, InuYasha. From there, he takes you to a nearby village...
From there, you will embark on a journey to return yourself to your time. The overall plot itself isn't the very best, but what happens in it will blow you away.
In this game, you can become friends with every main character in the series, including Sesshomaru (you can even join his party for a different ending!). These can be regular friendships... or something more. You can create a true romance with one of the characters (or great friendship, but a romance hits me more, personally, you know?).
This may sound simple, but, in the party, each person is together with another in the party. Like Kagome and InuYasha, and Sango and Miroku (and Sesshomaru as well, only if you play as a female, though). If you focus on increasing your friendship with one character, you will find your character falling in love with them, more and more. This simple drama in itself trumps everything else in the game, hearing their struggle, knowing, one day, you will have to leave them, perhaps forever, and never see them again.
For me, I chose Sango, the Demon Slayer. It started out small, then it grew into a friendship, training with her, until you save her, and show her how strong you are. Miroku, the canon lover for Sango, will quickly notice as you get closer and closer to her, adding more to the drama.
I cannot say more, because I will ruin it, but for each character, it's different.
For the characters and voices... they are great! Well, some are. They kept each original voice actor from the show, and each one does a wonderful job in their role. What makes it better is that most of the scenes in the games are voiced.
The exceptions are... sadly, the main character's, and one of the two other new characters. Three of the four are pretty bad. Not horrible (I've heard A LOT worse), but it kind of makes me want to face palm myself. Did all of the budget for voice actors go into the original cast? Well... that is actually possible, I guess.
The combat is, to say the least, weaker than the story. It feels slow sometimes, and it is pretty simple, at least in the beginning. It is also fairly easy to beat. I died only once in the game, and that is because I had to fight against an enemy that had an instant kill ability while the main character was alone... which isn't fair at all, but it happens only once in this case (Seriously, the fight didn't even last ten seconds and I was dead! DX ).
The ending will always be pretty similar, so keep that in mind, but whatever you choice, be it a romance that might be doomed from the beginning, a good friendship with a buddy, a friendship with the entire group, or joining Sesshomaru, makes a big difference in the journey, along with your choices.
The sound is pretty good, not the best, and the graphics are... meh... they gave the game a 'chibi' feel to it. Not completely, but it's its own style. I did have a few glitches in the graphics, though. Some were small and where fixed quickly by the game, others were images that was clearly pasted over the background from it being added. Two humorous ones was one with Kikyo having only a face, the front of her top, and her forearms visible, along with some string from her back, without legs. I shall call it... an abomination... :P
The second was where the main character had to change clothes the second time, and instead of wearing the clothes, he was only a floating head! That honestly gave me a good laugh, watching it bob back and forth as he moved, but it would only happen in one very small area. No gameplay glitches, though, which is good.
For InuYasha fans, I would suggest trying it out, especially if you really like one of the characters. For others... meh, still try it. I can't exactly fault you if you gave it a good try and you didn't like it.
The drama in the game, the great voice acting, and interacting with all of the characters makes this a joy for a fan of the series like me. I hope it will be for other fans who play it.
Inuyasha Fan or not, this makes you smile!
I really enjoy the character commentary and storyline and getting to personalize with the main characters as well as extras. A lot of explore areas and very funny teenage humor. Lengthy with plenty of points to save makes this game one to keep looking forward to. Turning up the screen brightness (as with so many ps2 games) can help find the not so easy to notice passages and bonus orbs. A bit heavy on the battle interruptions but this gives you the chance to really learn how to work each player to their best abilities.
good for relaxing
this game is great for classic gamers who love inuyasha or anime in gerenral.
Boring and very poor graphics
this game was very boring, the graphics were no good, terrible gamplay and so annoying how bad the sound was.
being a long time fan of the show i had to play this game its been about 2 years since i sold it and my ps2 which was a mistake. You dont have to be a long time fan of the sow to enjoy the game it helps but its not neccisary (bad spelling) its a fun game no where near as violent as the show tho
this game is very interesting and is a good merge of the TV show and the games you have allot of free time in the game between missions and when you come to the missions you have unlimited time to play each mission i also recommend that when you play this game you play it short periods at a time. I enjoy the how the shows characters are animated. The co-op attacks are very good and there aren’t allotting of cheat codes which makes you have to figure the game out on your own. This game has many levels and each one is very different that you can name your own character in the first part of the game. The story line is excellent i feel that sesshomaru and some of the other villains in the TV show should be added in which would make the game more relatable to the players who become interested in this game by the show
This game puts you in the role of an original character created just for the game.And you get to fight alongside Inuyasha and co.Okay, I should probably explain the story now.Your character who can be a guy or, a girl, gets transported to Feudal Japan and must help Inuyasha and co. solve the riddle of a masked man who suddenly appears to help Naraku.The story is a lot more complicated than that, but I'm not giving away any secrets...heh heh heh...Anyway, this is a fairly easy to grasp game, but it is incredibly long and amazingly,it never gets boring!!!There is plenty to do that doesn't involve the main story,so you will want to do as much as you can in the game before you get to the next enemy-swarmed castle.Also, did I mention your character learns magic?This is a great game!