Flashback – Azurik: Rise of Perathia

Welcome to another Flashback folks.  I dug deep into the original Xbox’s launch to pull out a title that seems eerily similar to an Xbox 360 launch title.  Is Kameo: Elements of Power what Azurik: Rise of Perathia set out to be when it launched with the Xbox?  It (Azurik) had all the promises of lush worlds and fantastic creatures but fell so incredibly short on delivery.  It sounds so similar to Kameo, which just so happens to have done all of the things that Azurik failed to do and did them all right.  In fact let’s look at a description of both titles. 

Azurik: Rise of Perathia
“Travel the vast realms of Perathia as Azurik, a young apprentice sworn to protect the sacred elements: fire, water, earth, and air. Stop an apocalyptic prophecy already taking place in an extremely immersive, 3-D action-adventure game.”

Kameo: Elements of Power
“The future of the world depends on Kameo, who must master her new ability to transform into various warriors and harness their elemental powers to save her family from Thorn, the evil troll king.”

Hmmmm.  Kameo and Azurik both focus on elements and highlight a single, colorful hero who must protect or master those elements in order to save something.  You can see the connection can’t you?  Yeah, welcome to the Twilight Zone.  It almost feels like Kameo was Microsof’ts little “do-over” once you look at the uncanny similarities in both titles.  Could it be that they gave us Kameo to make up for a launch title that they failed so miserably on four years earlier? 

I’m putting the Next-Gen Meter for Azurik on Low but I wonder if we’ve seen the Azurik of this generation in Kameo.  It’s not too far-fetched to think is it? 

Flashback Game: Azurik: Rise of Perathia
Released: November 1 2001
Platform: Xbox
Next-Gen Meter: Low

 Azurik: Rise of Perathia

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