The weekend is upon us, and hopefully we’ll all find time away from our busy lives to squeeze in some much needed R&R. Got any gaming plans?
I’m working with my good friends and fellow bloggers The Buttonsmashers, freelancing a review for Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition on PS4. It’s a top-down action RPG where you help the evil swamp witch Metallia spread her green sludge across a contested forest by hacking and slashing everything in your path.
Rather than do this herself, she’s summoned you, the legendary Hundred Knight, to do her bidding… which is apparently code for “treats you like shit.” Seriously, she’s one mean ass witch.
I don’t want to go in to too much detail before the review, but I’ll say that I’m really enjoying the combat system and its accompanying loot variety a hell of a lot more than the characters or dialogue.
With any luck though, I’ll be hitting Witch and the Hundred Knight pretty hard this weekend and begin fleshing out my review.
Last night I decided to “check out” Sword Art Online: Re: Hollow Fragment on PS4. 5 hours later my controller was about to die and it was 8 in the morning.
I picked it up during a sale a while back, but never got around to playing it. I’ve said it before, but as an MMO player I really enjoyed the anime, and as a fan I’m definitely enjoying Re: Hollow Fragment thus far.
I like how it captures the feel of the show, taking the cast back to Aincrad in some form of alternate ending to the original story arc.
*SPOILERS* Rather than Asuna and Kirito succumbing to Heathcliff before Aincrad crumbles, Kirito defeats him in combat all neat-and-clean like on floor 75. The game isn’t over though, and as your companions travel up to the 76th floor, something locks them out of the previous floors altogether and draws in Leafa from the 2nd arc.
So basically you play this pseudo open-world VRMMORPG with a bunch of familiar faces and a new end-goal of reaching floor 100. There’s shitloads of side-quests, dialogue, crafting, stat management, and skill trees to play around with, which is a lot more vast than I anticipated for a game based on an anime. And I’m loving it.
My go-to handheld game right now is Criminal Girls: Invite Only, which is a fairly solid JRPG on the Vita. The name sounds a little… weird, but the premise is all about helping a group of female prisoners escape hell in order to redeem themselves.
Sure, there’s fanservice and creepy mini-games, but its take on turn-based combat is pretty refreshing. Rather than controlling each of the girls individually, they shout orders at the beginning of each encounter (based on which abilities you’ve unlocked) and you have to pick and choose which best fits the given scenario.
For instance, one may know an ice spell that the current target is extremely weak against, but unless they tell you they want to use it you’re stuck siding with one of the other three party members instead. You can only side with one girl each turn, making every decision feel pretty significant.
If you can get over the anime girl fanservice, there’s a really fun JRPG to be had with this one on the Vita. I was hesitant to pick it up, but it’s been one of the more enjoyable light-hearted games I’ve played in a while.
What about you folks? What are you playing this weekend?