"A great addition to the Playstation 2's action library with Gackt Camui"

When Bujingai was first announced, I couldn't wait. A game with ex-Malice Mizer vocalist Gackt Camui as the starring character. After a year and a half following it's Japanese release it finally came across to European shores.

Story:

To be honest, there isn't really much of a story, and if you want to figure the story out for yourself you have to do a little bit of looking between the lines, and work it out from the Intro movie, the cutscenes and the manual. Once you figure out the story it doesn't seem as bad as everyone thinks it is and is somewhat enjoyable.

To put it in simple terms without ruining the plot it is basically about a man named Lau Wong who lives in a world ruined by nuclear fire. Demons spawn from the radiation and cause mayhem. Lau's parents were killed when he was very young and trained with Master Naguri and Rei Jenron to beat the demons. Rei one day became a demon and Lau tried to stop him, and instead was banished to a new dimension for 400 years. He has now come back and is ready for the rematch.
Score: 6.5/10

Graphics:

This game first came out in Japan in 2003, and so the graphics are a little dated but they are certainly not bad, especially for a smaller company like Taito. The graphics are smooth and flow very well without any form of slowing down or lagging even in the most heated parts of battles. The CG sequences are very good too and the representation of Gackt is superb. Some of the demon models may look a little blocky at times but it is made up for by the great looking bosses and characters.
Score: 8.5/10

Sound:
Although there are is no music by Gackt in the game the game's music is indeed quite good. It sets the scene particularly well and although there are no memorable tracks there are some really good ones. The use of the oriental instruments gives it a nice touch, and the boss battle music sounds great.
Score: 8/10

Gameplay:
The best part about the game. To put it in one word, the gameplay of this game is fantastic. Although the game primarily makes use of the square button the combos are great and even the simplest of them look great. The puzzles in the game are relatively easy but as with most platform-type games there is always the dreaded jumping puzzles that can be a bit of a nuisance at times. This isn't a bad thing though. The spells in the game are great and swordplay and spell defense adds to make a nice touch.
Score: 9/10

Replay Value:
The game is a little short, but there are 120 Taikyokuin to collect in the game which unlock quite a number of features ranging from interviews to unlockable costumes of Gackt himself. There are also 4 different difficulties to play through and with the amount of combos and cool as hell techniques in the game it's never a bad thing to play through again and try out different strategies on things.
Score: 8/10

Overall, this is a solid game that is incredibly fun. This looks like it's going to be one of the best European sleeper hits of the year. And with the original Japanese names for everything you can't go wrong.

Final Score: A solid 8/10


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 03/28/05


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