Diehard GameFAN: 30 Days of Dreamcast - Day 22: Maken X

Maken X is a largely forgotten but incredibly entertaining Dreamcast game that is worth adding to your collection if you're the sort of person who can appreciate odd and awkward games with lots of depth and charm. The story is outstanding, the presentation is solid, there are seven different endings to unlock, and there's plenty of depth, variety and challenge to the game at all points across the experience. Unfortunately, the controls can be a bit awkward at times and the mechanics aren't always well thought out, the AI isn't the best, and after the tenth time you have to face down groups of gunners with a sword you'll probably get pretty annoyed. That's a shame, sadly, as Maken X would have probably been a must-have classic otherwise, but even so, it's still a good time if you can get past the bad things. If you think you can accept the game for what it is and deal with the downsides, Maken X should pretty much be in your collection, as there's nothing quite like it, and for what it is, it's pretty sweet.

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