Step aside peasants! There’s a new law in Hydeland and she’s got a bust that could knock out even the toughest of dragons. Along with her… big booty friend the Amazon, the Elf that’s as flat as a plank as well as the others that wanted to tag along from a fighter, a dwarf and a wizard they are going on an adventure to fill their pots of gold with legendary treasures after harassing some kids and getting thrown into a dungeon. And it’s no adventure without dropping by the inn for some ale and meat! So grab a drink and let’s make a run for it!
A game from Atlus and Vanillaware that started from the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita that at this point is going extinct sooner or later now comes to the Playstation 4 because why the hell not? It’s a fun little classic beat ’em up with RPG elements that has you by the neck for its gorgeous hand-drawn graphics, fantastic set of characters and dungeon mechanics that goes well beyond my expectations. The game itself is a well-blend of adventure, fantasy and the orchestral music to complete the whole package. A well-deserved upgrade from my handheld copy now that I can play local co-op with friends and family although the story is pretty much the same but fun nonetheless. And if that wasn’t enough I could even transfer my old saves over to the console while also playing with friends from different platforms! And it’s a feature that most games fail to achieve. *insert sad face here* Cross-play and cross-save FTW!
And as I just mentioned, the new law in town, otherwise known as the Oppai Queen Sorceress, is going on an adventure to get a new rack… a rack of shiny treasures and legendary equipment. But in order to start such an adventure, she heads off to the guild for quests and skills necessary to survive the horrors of the outside world. Then running towards the nearest dungeon to grab as much skeletons as she can to resurrect them at the temple. And now that she obtained a new set of slaves to do her every bidding… the real adventure starts to fulfill requests from the guild and get tangled up with the castle’s problems from time to time.
With a good story narration it felt like a fantasy-themed fairy tale, the ones my parents would read back in my childhood days. It was fun and engaging from start to finish. Even if I had to repeat it a bunch times to get every character done along with their separate endings it was well worth the effort because of the game mechanics from its combat to its dungeon quirks. Although it was already a given from the previous version so it’s the same thing all over again without anything new going on or any feature to sink my teeth in for hours but despite all that I still got hoaxed to spending hours on it just because its damn good fun!
It’s the same game with the same mechanics but with a “pro” moniker attached, bearing in mind it’s made specifically for the Playstation 4 Pro with 4K Graphics but it doesn’t take away much on a regular Playstation 4. The graphics itself is crisp and a feast for the eyes to the point I could see myself touching the Sorceress’ boobs at any moment! Something that I have done countless of times on the Vita because I had to! Now when it comes to actual combat itself… it’s exhilaratingly fun despite the simple controls it offers. A single button offers the normal attacks while the other button is for character specific ones whether you’re a sorceress, an amazon, an elf or the other three dudes that I personally don’t care about! But the charm of the game doesn’t really fall on the boobs or the ass, or if you prefer flat boards… slightly, maybe but not exactly! It’s the dungeons… unique dungeons although a bit too limited but offers different routes, hidden passages, monster mounting, weapons from daggers, crossbows, flame spitters, bombs, maybe a shield or even torches that are present in each dungeon waiting to be picked up and even runes that offer hidden secrets waiting to be revealed. The boss battles themselves offer some sort of unique mechanics in order to make your adventure easier instead of spamming a barrage of spells and attacks. And if that wasn’t enough, a PvP mode is also available as well as a procedurally-generated labyrinth with each floor being fresh and different to give you that thrill of surprise once you completed the core story as well as a difficulty increase to challenge yourself even more.
Shiny treasures, unique gear and awesome loots. That’s only a taste of what’s in store for you adventurers willing to pick up a stick in order to obtain such things only a man can dream of. Each and every item is unique, has their own grades as well as a multitude of additional stats and all of that is stacked up in one inventory so each and every character you have can take a sip of some sweet tasty loot as long as they have the levels in order to equip them. So pick up a stick and join in the adventure of a lifetime!
Now when it comes to the actual music, sound effects and voice acting, it’s a good mix of everything. Narration is pretty well done, the orchestral background music is spot on with the kind fantasy aura the game emits, sound effects that has impact and character voices that doesn’t become too overbearing to the ears after a good hefty spam of attacks on unsuspecting foes.
Grab a friend with you! Join a pub game! Quit whenever you like! Others will come, sooner or later! It’s a hell of a fun game that I would enjoy time and time again now that I have both the handheld and console version of the game. A fun and engaging core story although a bit shorter than I wanted but considering the fact that you have six characters and each with their own separate endings you’ll be wishing the game could end faster! The game mechanics are top notch yet easy to learn. Unique boss fights with their own ways to slay them makes the game a little less repetitive than what you’d expect despite only a few dungeons to explore and only two routes to choose from. Narration is done pretty well without being annoyingly long nor vaguely short. While legendary treasures is my Achilles’ Heel as I’m a huge sucker for anything shiny and this one doesn’t fail to hook me in everytime I see a glowing gear! With online and local co-op as well as PvP, it’s a game that’s easy to play for short bursts or long and grueling hours. Definitely a worthy pick up for the newcomers and hardcore fans but for $49.99 I must say it’s not that interesting enough to pick up when you already have a copy from the older generation which I must remind that also offers cross-play for every system so there’s really no reason to pick one up unless you really need to blow some cash for that Oppai Life.