Video Game: Kya: Dark Lineage
Kya: Dark Lineage
was a 3D action
and Platform Game
published in 2003 by Atari for Sony's PlayStation 2
. It tells the story of Action Girl
Kya, who is teleported to Another Dimension
after her brother discovers an ancient artifact in the basement of her house. She quickly becomes embroiled in a conflict between the local Nativ and an Evil Overlord
named Brazul, who has been kidnapping and transforming the Nativs into loyal servants known as Wolfen. Her brother, by contrast, is quickly captured by Brazul, and used for his research. Armed with a bracelet, a boomerang-like hair clip, and a dose of magical abilities, Kya sets out to restore the Wolfen back to peaceful Nativs, defeat Brazul, and find a way to get back home.Needs Wiki Magic Love
Has its own wiki page: http://kyadarklineage.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
The game provides examples of the following:
- 100% Completion: To unlock most of the art gallery in the main menu, it requires you to turn all the Wolfens back to Natives. Sadly doing so defeats the point of earning any bracelets you missed, since the only thing you can use the abilities on are the hay-wolfens.
- Action Girl: Kya, who has a wide range of platforming and melee combat skills.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The boss of the Air Post level.
- Battle Boomerang: Kya's Boomy.
- Bloodless Carnage: Mixed: When a Wolfen is sent flying, by a kick or punch, it's possible to spot a tooth or two and a smere of blood. If Kya dies however, it's a different story. Unless she lands in a grinder. No blood, just her getting split into sereval different pieces.
- Cliff Hanger
- Concept Art Gallery: Your reward for saving every Native that was turned into a Wolfen. Well besides the stores that carry useful upgrades.
- Convection Schmonvection
- Continuing Is Painful: Not as much, but whenever you die by any other means than losing all your health (like planting your face into the ground at freefalling speed) you usually lose all the health for that health bar. Also certain times when you recover from death/reload last checkpoint, not all of your health will be back. Screwing up Brazul's boss battle may count if you run out of health items or don't have enough health.
- Cranium Ride: One of the attacks Kya can get from the bracelets are the ability to ride a Wolfen. Charging into another Wolfen will knock it back, but Wolfens can still knock you off.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: The player is always permitted to retry from the latest checkpoint (or level entrance) if Kya falls down a Bottomless Pit, gets defeated in combat, or is otherwise killed.
- Only downside is that since you can increase Kya's max health by getting more health bars, depending on the way you died, you'll either lose a tiny bit of health or a lot. Sometimes even a whole health bar, and dying with multiple health bars won't regenerate them.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Screwing up during a stealth section? To far to run away? Yeah, you're better off jumping into that pit of water, or let the wWlfen kill you.
- Final Boss Preview
- Game Over Man: Whenever Kya runs out of health in a level, Brazul appears with his generic evil laughter.
- Groin Attack: One of the many attacks Kya can learn, and it even works against the game's two Wolfen bosses.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Kya and Frank. Their father who hails from Another Dimension is completely whatever the heck he is.
- Have a Nice Death / The Many Deaths of You: Oh boy. Even though Kya's deaths are bloodless, they are still gruesome. Get chased by a watch-dog? Get nom'd on like a bone. Fell into grinding spikes? Get cut into multiple pieces. Get squished? Get squished.
- One-Hit Kill: Although a few enemies can perform this on Kya, there's still enemies that can do so. The watch-dogs and the Mumified Wolfens are the few that can. The watch-dogs will treat Kya like a large bone and the Mumies have a insta-kill move they can perform if the player is not careful.
- Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: Aton. Even after his Heel-Face Turn, he only did it to make sure the Nativs would be left alone.
- Luke, I Am Your Father
- Menu Time Lockout: Checking your map and how many Woflens are around/left happens through the pause menu. Selecting health items, soccer-bomb-balls and trap-balls are done in real-time by holding down one of the shoulder buttons and pressing either circle or square to switch through the stuff you've bought.
- Nintendo Hard: More of a YMMV but Brazul's fight might count, especially with his cheap powerpunches, which knocks a decent chunk of health out, and stuns you for a certain amount of time.
- No-Gear Level: The game regularly mixes in light stealth elements while exploring various Wolfen encampments, but it comes to a head when Kya is imprisoned inside the Wolfen City.
- Non Standard Game Over: If Kya is hit with Brazul's Transformation Ray during a boss fight against the Wolfen Aton. No Heroic Willpower or Fighting from the Inside occurs here.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: Bottomless Pits and lava aside, there are many "freefall" sequences where Kya must follow a path, avoid obstacles, or otherwise land on a designated soft target to avoid being killed outright upon impact.
- Not Quite Flight: Several levels feature air currents and updrafts that Kya can use to maneuver through the air.
- Plot Coupon That Does Something: The runes that Kya collects also increase her maximum magic power. This allows her to exorcise more Wolfen at a time, as well as opening some of the gates between levels.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: The golden Boomy.
- Real Song Theme Tune: Sweet Soca Music by Sugar Daddy plays during the credits with Kya and co. dancing to it. Also featured in the extras as a music video (and the first unlockable extra).
- Sequel Hook: The ending strongly suggests a sequel, but due to poor sales, even with some good reviews, the game never got it's so-hoped-for sequel that the developers hoped for.
- So Much for Stealth: As mentioned above if you screw up your stealth it's either Fight or Flight. Fighting makes the stealth aread easier (since excorsizing a woflen permanently removes it from the area) but of course it's up to you.
- Super Drowning Skills: And how? Most areas featuring water let's Kya instantly fall right through and die. Makes sense since certain waters have a unhealthy color and might have different densities, but seriuosly, how did she not learn how to swim?
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Sometimes subverted. You can easily pass a wolfen who's eye-sight is 180 degrees from your location, but getting spotted is a different story. A wolfen will call his bodies to beat the smack out of you, or worse. Escaping them can be quite a pain, especially during stealth levels.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Victims of Brazul's Transformation Ray.
- Throwing the Distraction: Using your Boomy to hit a Wolfen can carry a nice distraction, or better, a fight between a group of wolfens.
- Transformation Ray: Brazul's machine transforms peaceful Nativ into loyal, obedient Wolfen soldiers. He spends much of the game trying to weaponize it, resulting in boss battles against a Wolfen Frank and Aton.
- Would Hit a Girl: Wolfens. Brazul/Kya and Frank's father.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A boomerang in it helps, too!