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Maken X

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Maken X
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Publisher:
Sega, Atlus (JP)
Developer:
Peripherals supported: Jump Pack, Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast VGA Box
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥6,800 T-14401M
Sega Dreamcast
US
$49.95[1] 51050
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.99[2][3] MK-51050-50
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?F MK-51050-50
Sega Dreamcast
DE
DM 109,-[4] MK-51050-50
Sega Dreamcast
ES
?Ptas MK-51050-50
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$89.95[5] ?



Maken X (魔剣X) is an adventure game for the Sega Dreamcast played in the first person perspective.

Story

Maken refers to the sword with special abilities that also allows the game's protagonist, Kay Sagami, to brainjack certain opponents to take control of them.

Gameplay

Maken X plays as a first person action adventure game with combat being the main focus. Your character will make use of a sword or sword-like weapon. You'll start off with Kay wielding the Maken sword. To progress through the story you will also run across other characters who can be "Brainjacked" which allows to not only take control of a character, but gain their memories as well as help unfold the story from a different character's viewpoint.

Characters

Each character has different stats as well as special attacks which also causes progress in stages to differ between playable characters. You can only Brain jack characters so long as your current Brainjack level matches or exceeds a target character. The previous host character will stay in a level they were list in should there be a need to go back to other characters.

World Map

You will have a choice to select a stage from the World Map that will also branch out to other possible paths depending on which character is being used and which order the levels are played in. The map also provides chances to save game progress and

History

Development

Much of the staff behind Maken X were responsible for one of Atlus' flagship series Shin Megami Tensei.

Legacy

Maken X was later released in an updated form for the PlayStation 2 under the name Maken Shao: Demon Sword which makes significant gameplay changes such as making the game play from a third person perspective. Sega was not involved with the PlayStation 2 version.

The story was also adapted for a manga series under the name Maken X Another.

Production credits

  • Art Director: Kazuma Kaneko
  • Director: Katsura Hashino
Planner
  • Sub System Planner / Stage Planner: Takashi Miyasaka
  • Stage Planner: Nobutaka Shimizu, Kazuyuki Yamai, Kiyoshi Shin
  • Enemy Algorithm Planner: Kazuya Usui, Daisuke Kanada
  • Scenario Writer / Event Planner: Kazunori Sakai
  • Event Planner: Azusa Kido
Programmer
  • Leader / Main Programmer: Tai Yamaguchi
  • Sub-System Programmer: Masaya Takano
  • Enemy Algorithm Programmer: Tomohiro Hosoya, Tamotsu Sekiguchi
  • Event Programmer: Masahiro Horikoshi
  • Tool Programmer / 3D Effect Programmer: Takahiro Akiyama
  • 2D Effect Programmer / Sound Programmer: Kazuya Mukae
Designer
  • Leader / Event Designer: Tatsuya Igarashi
  • Stage Designer: Eri Nishimura, Makoto Kitano, Masahumi Hondou, Tetsuya Murakami, Masakatsu Suzuki, Eisuke Matsuda, Maki Kurimoto, Yoshiharu Hayakawa
  • Character Model Designer: Eiji Ishida, Masaaki Sato, Fumihiro Kimura, Satoshi Kasahara
  • Event Designer: Kazuhisa Wada, Hiroaki Izutsu, Akira Noguchi, Homi Hada
  • Effect Designer: Satoshi Shio, Towako Kajiie
  • Window Designer: Ayako Fukuzawa, Mayuko Kokubo, Masayuki Doi
  • Publishing Designer: Megumi Shiraishi
Sound Composer
  • Leader / 3D-Sound Designer: Takahiro Ogata
  • Composer: Shoji Meguro
  • CG Cooperate: Links Corporation
  • CG Supervisor: Ikuo Nishii
  • CG Producer: Mikitaka Kurasawa
  • CG Chief Animator: Masaru Matsumoto
  • CG Animator: Miyuki Uetsuki
  • CG Assistant Animator: Tarou Mizoguchi
  • CG Technical Adviser: Yoshihisa Hirano
  • Product Manager: Jun-Ichi Murakami
  • Cast: Mayumi Iizuka (Yaegaki Jimusho), Tsutomu Takakura (81 Produce), Kujira (81 Produce), Shinichi Nakamura (Artsvision), Isshin Chiba (Artsvision), Mami Kusuge (Artsvision), Miki Ito (Osawa Office), Chikara Watanabe (Osawa Office), Mitsuaki Hoshino (Ezaki Production), Osamu Saka (Aoni Production)
  • Recording Studio: Space Velio
Debug Team
  • Manager: Kazufumi Honma
  • Chief: Kazuhito Aragane
  • Test Player: Atsushi Watanabe, Yuji Kimura, Juntaro Tanaka, Tetsuya Oomoto, Masaru Watanabe, Mayumi Ishizuka, Kei Saito, Hirokazu Ito, Keitaro Waku, Haruka Nakahira, Kazuyoshi Saito, Tetsuo Saito, Eiichi Sato, Yasuhiro Tanaka
  • Special Thanks: Masami Sato, Kiyomi Yuhara, Yuuko Sekine, Kouichi Nakamura, Emi Kanamori, Yasushi Yamashita (Sega Enterprises, Ltd.), Ken-Ei Unoki (Sega Enterprises, Ltd.), And Other Sega Staffs, All R&D1 Staffs
  • General Producer: Hideyuki Yokoyama
  • Exective Producer: Naoya Harano
  • Produced by: Cozy Okada
  • Presented by: R&D1 Reserch And Development, Atlus
Source: In-game credits (JP)



Source: US manual


Magazine articles

Main article: Maken X/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

DCM JP 19991203 1999-37.pdfDCM JP 19991203 1999-37.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #1999-37: "1999-37 (1999-12-03)" (1999-11-19)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
40 №23, p85[6]
88 №96, p96/97[7]
65 №103, p84/85[8]
40 №226, p112[2]
83 №1999-37, p24Media:DCM_JP_19991203_1999-37.pdf[9]
85 №, p34[10]
75 №4, p74[11]
60 №81, p85[12]
80 №572, p30
Sega Dreamcast
68
Based on
9 reviews

Dreamcast, US
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Cover
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Disc
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Inlay
Dreamcast, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
MakenXDCJPManual.pdf
Manual
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Inlay
MakenXDCJPRegistration.pdf
Reg Card
MakenXDCJPDreamPointBank.pdf
Dream Point Bank Card

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast

References