Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows for Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2)
For fans of the multiplayer arcade classic, Midway throws down the Gauntlet once again, with this 3D hack-and-slash RPG that supports as many as four in its cooperative play modes and offers a number of online features as well. Although it takes place in a fictional, fantasy realm, the adventuresome tale of Seven Sorrows incorporates the events of earlier Gauntlet games, and is grounded in legend and subconscious symbolism. In old times, as the story goes, there were four immortal heroes who sought to destroy a cruel, insane king. They failed, and three were sentenced to death by crucifixion. Yet they -- or at least, their spirits -- next find themselves transported to the realm of the cruel king's own insanity. Here, they learn that the king is afflicted by the great emotional pain of seven deadly acts of cruelty, including the murder of his lover. The heroes now must adventure through the madman's psyche, to undo these seven sins, before his insanity unleashes chaos and destruction across the entire kingdom.