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Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer

Platform(s): PlayStation 2
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: SouthPeak Interactive
Developer: VIS

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'Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer' (PS2) Announced

by Judy on Feb. 11, 2005 @ 4:01 a.m. PST

Set in a fantastic world based upon the mythology of Native America, the game tells the coming of age story of 'Brave' a young Native American boy embarking on an epic journey to save his tribe. When his village is set upon by the evil Wendigo, and his friends are enslaved, Brave is sent to find the only one that can free them - Spirit Dancer, the greatest Shaman who ever lived.

Set in a fantastic world based upon the mythology of Native America, the game tells the coming of age story of 'Brave' a young Native American boy embarking on an epic journey to save his tribe. When his village is set upon by the evil Wendigo, and his friends are enslaved, Brave is sent to find the only one that can free them - Spirit Dancer, the greatest Shaman who ever lived.

Hunting snarling evil wolves in a huge forest of towering Redwood trees, canoeing down raging river rapids, tracking the legendary Sasquatch through a swirling blizzard and battling on the back of a buffalo in the middle of a stampede are just some of the breathtaking challenges Brave will face. His journey will take him across a beautifully rich and interactive world inhabited by remarkable characters, bizarre creatures, and terrifying evil spirits.

Learning the ways of his people, Brave must master not only combat with tomahawk and bow and arrow, but also the skills of a hunter: animal tracking, mimicry and survival. He will learn to swim and dive, to climb trees and leap across rock-faces and traverse perilous frozen waterfalls with two ice axes his only support. As he builds in power he will also be taught the ways of a Shaman - how to summon the Great Eagle Spirit and fly on its back and possess creatures from the smallest rabbit to a mighty Grizzly Bear Spirit.

Brave is a 3rd person action adventure that sees you take control of Brave, a young Native American in search of Spirit Dancer, his father and also the greatest Shaman who ever lived. Brave's journey commences when his village comes under attack from the evil Wendigo, who uses his shamanic powers against Brave's tribe.

Along Brave's journey he will encounter many enemies, enemies such as giant bees, wolves, grizzly bears, paint beetles, rock goblins, and cliff ogres. One of Brave's toughest opponents are the Fallen warriors, powerful skeletal warriors who act under the bidding of the Wendigo, they always attack in groups and carry deadly weapons, even the loss of limbs won't deter these from continuing their attack.

Brave will gain a great deal of help from the creatures inhabiting his world, creatures well experienced in surviving the treacherous lands. Brave learns the ancient art of mimicry, allowing him to attract and lure the animals of the forest to help him on his quest. If Brave can learn the ways of the Shaman, he too can possess animals by mentally transferring himself into their physical form - possessing the body of a rabbit for example will allow Brave access to rabbit holes and smaller, tight spaces. Or possess an angry grizzly bear to wipe out lots of enemies

One of Brave's closest allies is the Spirit Eagle. The Spirit Eagle will award Brave with Eagle feathers, feathers which allow him to collect spirit energy and which he can call upon to temporarily make himself stronger and a far deadlier warrior. Most importantly though, the Eagle submits itself to Brave, allowing him to fly on his back and perform tasks otherwise beyond Braves abilities.

Brave's journey will need to take in many different terrains. Terrain ranging from lush forests, desert planes, icy lands, raging rivers, the sky above, and even the spirit world. And Brave will need to use all his abilities to find Spirit Dancer, from swimming, to climbing, to use of the longbow and tomahawk, plus mastery of magical spells, and mystical abilities. He'll also need to learn to control numerous means of transport, such as the canoe, the Eagle, and the buffalo.

His journey won't be easy, but it's a journey he must take, a journey fraught with danger and revelation, a journey which he must complete. The Search for Spirit Dancer.

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