Not a bad game
(Pardon my text formatting, but the GameStop system is not allowing me indent for paragraphs) Because of the game's low price, I would recommend to someone to buy it. This game isn't all that bad, but may bore some gamers due to the mediocre combat mechanics - select an enemy to attack and use the D-pad to time a chained attack. The player doesn't really get that involved in combat except to interrupt for spells, use items or to time the next D-pad button press to increase the chained combo. There is a rather large world to explore. Not exactly sandbox play, but the player won't feel like he or she is on a rail. Also, there seem to be lots of opportunities to develop your character, via inventory management and skill point allotment, before the next battle. Also, leveling up does make a noticeable improvement in how your character fights in combat. Anyone who plays this should keep in mind that this game came out when the Playstation 2 was a new system. The game looks like a PS1 title and I'm not surprised. The 2D cutscenes look pretty good but the 3D inplay models demonstrate the recent transistion from PS1 to the new PS2.
Good for the collection
When I saw that this title had no reviews, I needed to speak out on it's behalf. I bought this title some years back, maybe 4-5 years ago, and I still enjoy pulling it out and starting a game. It's mechanics are a little slow to get used to, but if you've played titles like x-men legends, or legion: the legend of excalibur, or even some new titles like dragon age, it's not to alien in that case. The story is pretty in-depth, and it has hours and hours of gameplay. Running around towns and such, collecting info on minor quests for gold and experience, and constantly trying to buy newer equipment and the like. The characters are good, some have a history together, and the landscape takes you from kingdoms at war, forrests filled with bandits, and even to a dwarven kingdom. You'll also get up close and personal with the enemy, as the story will take you behind enemy lines and back. Also, being able to call out a demon/summon is always a plus in my book. You can switch control of the characters in mid combat, including your summon, letting you control every aspect of every encounter, from melee to magic; characters can combine the two in some instances. Looking at the price of the game now, it's definitely worth shelling out a few dollars and adding it to your collection, especially now that good ps2 games are disappearing with the new console boom and gamestop making room for newer titles. Hope this helped shed some light on summoner for some folks out there who might be on the fences. The first time I played the game it took some getting used too, and keep in mind, it was an early title for the ps2, so if you're expecting the visual quallity of final fantasy 10, or dragon age, you're setting up for a disappointment. All in all, a good buy, I'd say.