June 12, 2001
Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil - Preview
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Cell shaded characters look great.
Although the original Klonoa on the PSOne didn't set the gaming world ablaze, it was a decent platformer nonetheless. Namco have been hard at work on the sequel for some time now and the results are impressive. Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil is essentially a 3D adventure game with 2D side scrolling action, but it promises to be one of the most exciting, and enjoyable, games on the Playstation 2 this year. With Namco developing the title it deserves a lot of attention.

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Classic side scrolling platforming.
The storyline is as follows;
Lunatea is a world very different to our own. A world of dreams, where peace and harmony reign, preserved by the mystical power of the four bells. The pleasant serenity of Lunatea is rumoured to be in the balance; it is said that a fifth bell is in existence and is threatening to ring the changes forever, transforming the beautiful and tranquil land of Lunatea into a place of darkness.

Join Klonoa as he journeys through this magical world on a quest to unravel the mystery and prevent the fifth bell from ringing. He will be aided in his quest by a shine maiden Lolo, and her friendly assistant Popka. Lolo's knowledge of Lunatea will prove very useful for there are many strange and wonderful things to be found in this fantastical place.

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This hovorboard should be great fun.
Using his magic ring, Klonoa has the ability to fire wind bullets, which inflate his enemies like balloons. He can then use them as weapons, as a foothold to perform double jumps, or to catch a ride with flying enemies. Some levels will require him to snowboard down icy slopes or surf rushing rivers. In other areas he will bounce on trampolines, dive off cliffs, or be launched high in the sky and right across town in a giant cannon. Klonoa 2 includes 24 massive stages in total, each one packed with hidden areas to explore and secret items to collect.

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Colours are reminiscent of Sonic.
One of the most interesting aspects of this game is Namco's choice to use the cell shading technique first used by Sega in Jet Set Radio to generate the characters. The backgrounds remain in polygon-generated 3D and are as lavish as any other game ever. This combination gives the game a unique look, and one that should help it appeal to a younger audience. The game also includes some cinematic interludes during the levels which not only break up the action but help the story along well.

Klonoa 2 should be an enjoyable when it is finally complete just prior to Christmas. With a solid heritage the game should be enjoyed by fans of the series, as well as newcomers to Sony's systems.