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The Mark of Kri by JoaquimDossantos The Mark of Kri by JoaquimDossantos
This is Rau 2.0! I hated the og pic I drew so I totally redrew it! Now I am happy.
OK.... Mark of Kri is a bad ass game, plain and simple! I gotta give it up to Sony for having the balls to publish this title, I say this because to look at the game one might be under the impression that it's your standard "cartoony" action platformer. Donít let the art style fool you this game has some pretty brutal content. It actually falls under the stealth/action genre, and accomplishes both really well! Besides being able to sneak up on guards and perform all sorts of rad stealth kills, you can also run into a situation with guns.... err swords a-blazin and just start slicing and dicing! Now, you might be saying to yourself -"well I could do that in just about any game these days", and you'd be right, but the battle system Sony San Diego created for this game is what really separates it from the rest of the pack. You see, when you are surrounded by two or more guards, each enemy is assigned a button on the controller, so at any time you can switch between badguys on the fly! and the animation when switching from one guy to the other is seamless... for instance if you're fighting one guard and another comes up behind you, you wont just turn and start fighting him, you'll perform a "no-look" block to defend against his attack, then spin around and chop his head clean off in one clean swipe! And before his body can hit the ground you're back to fighting guard # 1... Sweetness!

The lead character is named Rau, he's a quiet Polynesian /Aztec warrior that does all his talking with his sword! Heís got the ability to send out his bird Kuzo to scout ahead so you can strategize how you're gonna overcome the next set of guards or puzzles or whatever.
The art direction is just amazing! Its somewhere between Mulan, ElDorado and Dragon slayer, and that aint a bad thing! you really get the feeling as though you're playing through a Disney/Bluth cartoon, albeit one where you can hack off your enemies limbs... Good times!

Well I've clearly blabbed on long enough, if you've got a few bucks go pick this PS2 title up from your local bargain bin, you will not be disappointed. Its not next gen, but it is solid fun gameplay!
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Ask-Kit-And-Crew Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a thing that happened…
MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Awesome design! Didn't know you were on DA until now...Big fan of your work.
VulpineSnow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
So... now I have BOTH.  Yay.

"Gather around, all of you who would listen!  I have a tale to tell..."
DrawMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Excellent piece of an excellent game.  I've been all gung ho about this game again and looking around for good and inspirational art pieces ( actually looking to see if there exists an art-of book ) because as of today it's been re-released for the PS3.  Go out and get it if you're a fan of animation and good games.  Like Joaquim says, it's a bad ass game.
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Artist
Spetacular work, good friend! :clap:
Happy New Year!! :D
superJROlander Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks to your picture, i was able to put all the right details on Rau for my Rau Utu vs Dart Feld Matchup Picture.

please check it out and tell me what you think.

LRitchieInk Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Very cool. :)
RToledoMrSnOw Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Awesome drawing of Rau!! I was playing my copy of the game not to long ago. One of PS2's best titles.
JoeWillsArt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Artist
I LOVED this game. I wish they'd make THIS into a series...done with a "Legend of Korra" style. It'd be epic.
philbourassa Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I wish I could favorite this twice!
TBTabby Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Rau should've been in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale.
Sarudin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I still remember how badass the game was due to the intense and bloody action and the tense stealth missions (especially when there are so many enemies in one area!).

Now I wished I didn't sell the game.... T_T
ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Geez, this looks so amazing! I love how you can use so few lines, and come up with something like this! It's awesome!
VulpineSnow Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Oh, I love this game and wish I still had it! XD

I do have the sequel, though. It's fun, but... somehow, the first one feels more... polished... Does that make any sense?
zombi007 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
BooBooKittyFudge Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Daaaaamn, Rau looks like one bad muthafukka. Seriously though, the internets needs more Mark of Kri/Rise of the Kasai art, and you have delivered. I hope I can draw like you one day.
JoaquimDossantos Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Hey thanks, yeah I loved me some Mark of the Kri! I look forward to seeing your art develop!
TomorrowsArchon Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Badass drawing aaaand character!
Pottsberry Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I love the picture, you obviously have a great taste in games too! I played this game, completed it and loved it!
Stormtiger69 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
one of my all time favorite games that nobody played.
bizzle23 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
I like this alot. So beasty lol. Nice work.
I-IeXXus7 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
the Best Mark of kri Pic ever
UltimAXE Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell yeah.
SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i loved this game. awesome artwork.
drdre74 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Would be nice if they go back and redo these in HD on the PS3 the first one was great since it was animated by some Disney artist but the second one wasnt that great animation wise. I may have to go pick up a used version somewhere I traded mine in
Steelwool Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Kapalsky Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Really great artwork! Like you said, Sony really had balls to publish this game at the time, especially when a now-big-hit like "God Of War" was in development. Not much people know about it, and that's a shame, because I rarely see games with such brilliant artistic direction and vibrant gameplay.

I wish I could play the sequel.
KIRKparrish Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i thought this game was a secret. sooo sick
DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I know this pic is old as hell, but I definitely agree with you. I really wish more games would come out that were stylized but still not necessarily for kids. I'm not sure why there's this style=children stigma.
MarsMan333 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
Great picture. Mark of Kri was the first game I bought for my PS2 and it's still one of my all time favorites. I loved the art style of old-school Disney meets Polynesian/Maori influences. It's a damn shame there aren't more games like that out there.
Kenny-E-Beck Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Student Interface Designer
This is awesome. The game is on my top ten.
JoaquimDossantos Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
top ten for sure!
BastienSanchez Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I bought this game last week, and today I felt on your pic xD. As you said, it's a great game, and you gave me the will to make my own fan art.

Cool work Anyway.
shinkusuarez88 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
luv dis char
DarqueChyld Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
dude i loved that game as well, ossum pic
Delcorso Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
very very nice!! :)
dnmn89 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
I'd have to say this is top 5 on my favorite games list, and you absolutely did it justice.
Mateshu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never heard there was a sequel O_o
Need to get it. This game has what I'm looking for in games all the time. And this art has what I'm looking for in Mark of Kri fanarts ;D
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
i wish they made this game into an animated movie, this was such a cool game!
Anagorrax Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
great pic and a fantastic game to boot, its a shame the sequel never made it to the UK :(

Fab pic though, Faved!
Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Filmographer
awesome tribute to one of the best game of it,S genre!
samliu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Wow thats friggin hot! I remember hearing you were a fan of the game. Awesome!
princ000 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Filmographer
i like it very mouch
chick main and ellme
skywarp-2 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
I looove it.. If you want to ever do anything as a commission I have a cool Viking Character that could soooo benefit from your style.. but anyway.. Love the work!!!
shinkusuarez88 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
this decapitates heads in mass. very cool. very underrated game
psykox Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now this is some great shit, you should def work for an animation studio or something lol unless you alread do lol
VinRoc Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I loved those games!!!! Awesome work!
Meisterlijk Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
This caracter looks so cool, i had a picture of it hangin on my wall for some time. That picture is long gone but now i have your drawing! Your a lie saver....ooh.. i think im going to cry... :P

Nice work!
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