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Sudeki is a Role-Playing Game by the Climax Group, made for the Xbox in 2004 and ported to the PC in 2005. Oddly, despite being made by Western game designers, is basically an Animesque Eastern RPG experience.

The plot is fairly simple. There are two worlds, one of Light, and one of Shadow. During the game, the worlds suffer a calamity and everything goes pear shaped as a result, and you and your party have to fix it.

The game itself was notable for being one of the few Eastern RPG-like games on the Xbox, and even though the Xbox version was released in the United States, the PC port never saw a US release, but due to PC games not being region locked and the fact it has an English dub, it is perfectly importable.

The game was released on Steam, hopefully without the below-mentioned DRM.It was also released on, which only releases DRM free games.


This game provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Arlo is very emotionally abusive to Tal, outside of his duties as his son's commanding officer (and is apparently an alcoholic as well).
  • Absurdly High Level Cap: Everyone in the game caps at Level 30. However, due to the way the game is set, the two male characters will be somewhere in low 20s and the female characters will be in high 10s before you fight the final boss, not that most of these matter. It doesn't help that each level after 17th requires 5000XP to level up, for a total of 65k (22 is the midway point to 30). For comparision, the best yielding regular monster gives out 350XP per kill and final boss gives 9999XP.
  • Action Girl: Buki and Ailish.
  • Adopted into Royalty: Although not revealed in the game, journals imply that Ailish isn't really Queen Lusica's daughter and was snatched from her biological family by Talos because of the emergence of her magic and make everyone in the kingdom know that she is Lusica's daughter and their princess.
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  • Animesque: Very. It's basically a Western game drawn in Japanese RPG style.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Elco really couldn't believe that supernatural powers were at play, even as he received Tetsu's blessing. This is the reason why he receives his blessing too late (after he and Tal rescued Ailish and Buki at Cyantine, which completes 3/4 of the main plot), as opposed to the more spiritual Buki who receives her blessing at Transentia and arguably Ailish (who received her second blessing first before Buki's second blessing) but it was more about her The Determinator to do what is right attitude rather than spirituality.
  • Badass Finger Snap: Ailish can open chests and smash breakable stuff this way.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Krenn system in Transentia. Elco pointed out he warned that something like this would happen.
  • Bonus Boss: In Transentia, Tal can fight a killer robot. You can fight as soon as you get here, but he's no joke. His regular attacks will probably wipe of a good portion of your health bar unless you put up a shield, he has enough HP to tank several Spirit Strikes, and he has a ranged attack that takes you down instantly and covers a good portion of the arena. Defeating him gives 2000XP, a Huge Gold Bar and a Wolf Totem. In the research center there are similar, but far more manageable enemies.
  • Cain and Abel: Talos is the Cain to Kazel's Abel. This is a stark contrast of their counterparts Tal's brother and Tal, which implied in the dialogue that both have a good relationship.
  • Cat Girl: Buki and Nico. More of a Tiger Girl than Cat Girl (especially with the tiger stripes on their skin), but the point still stands.
  • Chaste Hero: Tal, especially in response to Ailish; he gets very nervous when she gets flirty. He also seems to be nervous when women get inside his personal space in general, as best demonstrated at the beginning of the game when Buki gets a little close for comfort.
    • Later however, when he has to go to Transentia with Elco (and not knowing Ailish and Buki have preceded them there), he expresses appreciation for some female company, which may be a sign of him mellowing.
  • Cosmic Deadline: The game appears to have run short of time and money for development at some point, because after meeting the Shadow Party, it rushes to the final chapters, to the point Elco gets his second upgrade just before the final battles. Even the ending itself is very rushed.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Aklorian inhabitants, especially the Shadow Party (Kazel, Alexine, Nico and Cafu). The Aklorian soldiers you fight are revealed to be renegades in their own realm, driven desperate if not outright mad by the loss of the light. One character, however, plays this straight: Talos, the counterpart of Tal's brother. And the latter was killed by him, as Talos (now host of Heigou) reveals to Tal before the Final Battle.
  • Degraded Boss: The first boss in the game appears in Aklorian Stronghold as regular enemy.
  • Distressed Damsel/Distressed Dude: At one point in the game, the heroes practically take turns in these roles. First Tal and Elco fall prey to the chanting of a siren, and it's up to Ailish and Buki to save them. Just after the girls have killed the siren, however, they are captured by the Shadow Party and the guys go to their rescue.
  • The Dragon: Lord Talos for Queen Lusica, but he kills her after becoming Heigou's host.
  • Dub Name Change: When the game was released in Japan, some characters' names are changed. In particular:
    • Tal becomes Nash
    • Ailish becomes Shalish
    • Buki becomes Lini
    • The angelic figure Tetsu is renamed Odin, while the demonic figure Heigou is renamed Heimdall.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: General Arlo, who also happens to be Tal's father.
  • Escort Mission: During the penultimate part of the story, Elco must go solo and escort Tilly, his wife, back to her home. While she is not immortal, she has much more HP than Elco and can actually take quite the beating, despite not being able to fight back. But like any escort missions, failing to protect Tilly will result in Non-Standard Game Over.
  • Evil Counterpart: Subverted. The Shadow Party members are not evil, and they simply seek to restore the light that has gone missing in Akloria and will happily do diplomacy with Haskilia by talking with their counterparts. However, it is played straight by Talos, Tal's brother counterpart. He even killed his counterpart in order to avoid fulfilling the prophecy by raising another descendant of Kariston and is heavily implied that he will kill his own brother Kazel or his younger brother's counterpart Tal. Or better yet, everyone.
    • Evil Costume Switch: Inverted. Comparing Alexine to Ailish's (initial) costume, the "evil" one is more conservative.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Worn by General Arlo.
  • Fartillery: An early boss uses his farts as a weapon, which not only do damage but also poison you.
  • First-Person Shooter: When playing as Ailish or Elco in combat mode.
  • Foil: Three out of four pairs between the Haskilian and Aklorian counterparts have blatant differences despite their similarities:
    • Tal and Kazel: Both are descendants of Kariston, the unofficial leaders of their respective groups, have swords as their Weapon of Choice and being fancied by the resident magic user of their respective groups. However, Tal is a calm redhead while Kazel is hot-tempered white-haired man. Tal holds a low position at Haskilian army, while Kazel is the head captain of Cyantine forces. Their relationships with their older brothers are vastly different as well, with Tal and his brother implied to have a good relationship while Kazel and Talos are implied to have strained relationship due to Talos' treachery and treason to Akloria. On the flipside, Tal has bad relations with his father Arlo, while Kazel and his father Carlos are shown to be good.
    • Ailish and Alexine: Both are descendants of Olivetess, are certified Rebellious Princess (while Alexine is only a daughter of a wealthy and influential family, Ailish is literally a princess) and utilize magic to help their allies and inflict damage to their enemies. But while Ailish is Ms. Fanservice, Alexine is more conservative. Their appearance extends as well, with Ailish possesses blue hair and slightly tanned skin, Alexine possesses black hair and pale skin. Their relationship with the queen regnants of Haskilia and Cyantine are different: Ailish and Lusica have distant relationship and her mother forbids her to go outside the kingdom, and while Alexine and Caprine aren't family, Caprine shows respect towards Alexine as a person and allows her to take part of the kingdom's operations.
    • Elco and Cafu: Both are descendants of Lebius, Gadgeeter Genius, but their ideologies are vastly different with Elco being realistic and grounded by facts, while Cafu is more idealistic and is more willing to entertain abstract ideas. Elco is more in science, while Cafu is more inclined in art. While Elco struggles to show his emotions, Cafu has no problems wearing his heart on his sleeve.
  • Fusion Dance: Done prior to the final battle, with every one of the heroes merging with their Aklorian counterparts.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Two in the pulling puzzle in Aklorian Stronghold. Nico's pathing may get buggy and get you stuck as the script never ends. The second one causes Tal to freeze in a cutscene upon finishing the puzzle if there's a block in the first gap.
  • Gibbering Genius: Elco, lampshaded by Ailish.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Three of them, in fact. Kazel, Alexine, and Nico, Tal, Ailish and Buki's Aklorian counterparts join your party into eradicating the renegade Aklorian faction who was responsible for the attacks at Haskilia during the early stages of the game.
    • A straighter example is Lord Talos, aka the eventual Final Boss, accompanying Elco back from Akloria to Haskilia. He has maxed out stats, but cannot be controlled directly.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Lusica wanted to summon the demon Heigou to make her immortal, allowing her to rule forever.
  • Good Morning, Crono: This crossed with Sleepyhead is how the game starts.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: The mistranslated title was going to be "Suteki", which means "excellent", according to the official developers.
    • Buki, in Japanese, simply means "weapon".
  • Happily Married: Elco and Tilly.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Ailish has a blatantly obvious crush on Tal.
  • Jerkass: Arlo, in spades. He finally realizes his mistakes though and slowly makes an effort to reconcile with Tal after he thought that his son might not go back after his journey at Shadani-Mo.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Ranged characters like Ailish and Elco can be nigh on Game-Breaker useful since they can use First-Person Shooter tactics to circle strafe enemies to death, thus allowing them to One-Man Army everything on the battlefield while avoiding damage as long as they keep moving. Melee fightrs, while they get to deal far more damage, they have very few means of consistently avoiding getting dogpiled by enemies.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Tal and Buki killing often means that enemy explodes into gore. Any kill by special attack.
  • Mad Scientist: Milly Lupa, stargazer, believer in aliens, and a Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter has a 'family' of cloned children. And a book about making a Child Clone army to take over the world.
  • Magic Enhancement: Weapons and armors can be enhanced with runes. Armor upgrades are far more costly and are kept after upgrading; you start with three of them grant you immunity to Weaken and Curse, Poison and Slow; and one reflects back some damage; in the lategame you will find 3 runes that will autocast either defense, damage or regeneration buff on entering battle. Weapon can have either round or square slots; square runes are stronger but are only awarded at certain points of plot. Runes give a flat +5/10 damage increase (for Tal and Buki) or percent damage increase for Elco and Ailish (as such, slow but powerful weapons like Batholith receive the most from them while fast firing weapons like Proton Phaser are better suited for non-damage buffsNote ) +5%/10% critical rate increase, 10%/20% HP steal, 1/2% SP steal and 25%/50% buff dispelling on hit.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Elco when discovering that his invention, the Crystal Tower, is the one responsible for draining the light from the Akloria, confirming what the Shadow Party and Caprine claimed. To be fair, he doesn't know since Lusica hides the truth about the research.
  • Momma's Boy: Tal.
  • Off with His Head!: happens to the professor in Transentia soon after the heroes have gone through the newly-activated portal, and to Queen Lusica at the end. Both are killed by Talos.
  • Our Angels Are Different: A particular one shows up as a messenger from above to announce each hero is The Chosen One since they are the descendants of the ancient heroes mentioned in the backstory, and they also hand out each character's Take a Level in Badass power.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Ailish is not content to sit on her ass all day and stay out of trouble. At all.
    • A dark example would be her mother, Queen Lusica.
  • Sex Sells: With advert slogans such as "Prepare for a full-frontal assault", it is really hard to speak in favor for this game without incurring weird stares.
  • Sexy Walk: Ailish and especially Buki.
  • Stripperiffic: The playable female cast. Interestingly, Ailish's more advanced armors progressively covers her up even though she's the Staff Chick of the party. Likewise, Alexine, Ailish's Aklorian counterpart has a comparatively conservative costume. Buki and her Aklorian counterpart Nico, on the other hand, is the opposite.
    • Lampshaded by a Robot in Transentia. Only Tal is supposed to fight the Robot in the area. If you try to do this as Ailish the Robot rejects her and advises her to "put some more clothes on". Buki is rejected for being a half-beast, and Elco isn't allowed because of his cybernetics.
  • The High Queen: Ailish's mother Lusica, the Queen of the realm of Haskilla, is a subversion. Caprine, the Queen of Cyantine, is a straight example.
  • Title Drop: The world that once contained Haskilia and Akloria were once one and the same, called Sudeki.
  • Walking Spoiler: The Aklorian counterparts of the main characters, which their appearance will reveal most of the plot's lore such as the divide of Sudeki.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tal, at the very least, would greatly enjoy not having General Arlo (his father) treat him like a screwup every five minutes, especially towards the beginning of the game where the plot screws him over independently of his actions.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: How Ailish and Tal get along when they first meet.


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