Folklore is an action RPG developed by Game Republic and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released in 2007 exclusively for the PlayStation 3.
Set in Ireland, the game focuses on two strangers, Ellen, a university student, and Keats, a journalist for Unknown Realms, a paranormal magazine, who are drawn to the small village of Doolin, where according to legend, one can meet with the dead. Soon seeing a dead woman fall off a cliff, the two strangers soon learn the legend is very true and are pulled into a 17-year old murder mystery that Ellen seems connected to. In order to solve the mystery, the two must venture into the Netherworld and confront the spirits of the dead known as Folks and use them to defeat the Folklore.
Why It Rocks
- Beautiful graphics that is easily one of the best on the system. It also still holds up today.
- Two characters to choose from, Ellen and Keats.
- Ellen's gameplay consists of her avoiding combat and shielding herself and using her wit, while Keats focuses on pure combat.
- The main form of combat consist of using different Folks and their abilities.
- In order to use a Folk's abilities, it must first be weakened in combat and having its Id absorbed, making the game almost a 3D version of Pokemon.
- Absorbing Ids also raises your character's experiences points. Absorbing two or more Ids at once acts as a multiplier.
- A Folk's ability can be upgraded in various ways such as defeating other Folks with it, using items, capturing more of the same Ids, or defeating specific Folks.
- Five different versions of the Netherworld can be explored, each with different Folks.
- Some Folks require a specific weakness to exploit in order to defeat it or expose its Id. This encourages strategy and thinking (or looking at a wiki or walkthrough).
- There are no trophies to collect in the game.
- There was going to be a sequel, but poor sales kept the sequel from being greenlit.