Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (PC/PS4) Review (60fps, CC)
You guys better brace yourselves. I’ll feed you delicious food every day until it finally kills you! Bring it on, Pops! Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force is a remastered version of the 2013 RPG with enhanced graphics, additional story scenes and extra endings. Because I didn’t play the PS3 version, I won’t be drawing comparisons with the original. Hence I’m reviewing this game as a standalone release. What’s your name? …I’m Fang.
Gimme some food. In a fictional fantasy world, our story follows Fang, a lazy slacker who enjoys eating. Fang’s obsession with food leads to him accepting the role of a Fencer in order to get some food. Yeap, that’s our hero, the common man who only cares about keeping his belly full. Like most RPGs, your party grows with an assortment of eccentric characters. The cast is a shopping list of anime clinches, you’ve got the one with amnesia, the free spirit slob, …the upbeat friendly guy, a masochistic woman and the social shut-in. This sounds like a recipe for another derivative JRPG but I really enjoyed this narrative. Usually these comedic RPGs wind up being obnoxious and annoying.
But Fairy Fencer managed to be entertaining and hilarious. Even the NPC conversations are often chuckle worthy. It also helps the translation and the English dub is top notch. But if you prefer the Japanese dub, you can easily switch languages at any given time. Oh, uh, yeah! Lemme take a whizz first. When you enter a dungeon, you can freely move around and initiate the battle by attacking the enemy. The battles are turned base but you can move your character around the battlefield and this effects the range of attacks.
There’s also special abilities and character specific skills at your disposal. The game does a good job of making every character in your party feel unique. There’s also a limited breaker known as fairise, where your character does a Power ranger style transformation and grants them additional strength. The battle system works but the thing that holds it back from reaching greatness is the lack of enemy variety. Yeap, it’s another game that tries the old pallet swap trick to hide recycled enemies. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the battles in small doses but I wish there was more variety. Mawahahahahaha! As I suspected, he is definitely an idiot! Yeah, he’s a hopeless moron all right….. I’m embarrassed to be his partner… The back end features a mountain of customisation and micro-management. You have the standard RPG fair such as equipment and items. But you can also assign experience to individual elements plus you can customise your attack combos and further enhance your abilities with collectible furies. Additional skills can be unlocked by earning in-game achievements like performing 50 special attacks or jumping 100 times.
This game really encourages you to experiment with each character. There’s also the usual suspects such as crafting, shops, and side-quests. Kill. Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill! The original PS3 version ran at 720p and 30 frames per second while the new PS4 version now runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second. Admittedly the graphics and production values aren’t spectacular. But the important thing is there isn’t any slowdown and the loading times are super short. The orchestral music on the other hand is really good, there are some amazing tracks, especially the one in the ice cave with faint vocals in the background. (humming) I can’t play the music but take my word for it, it’s awesome! If you ask me, love is spelt m-o-n-e-y. Fairy Fencer isn’t anything special.
Yet I find myself falling in love with this game. Maybe it’s the comedic writing, the lovable cast or the wonderful music. There’s something about this game gives it personality and that’s something a lot of games don’t have these days. While the battle system isn’t broken, I think it could have benefited from more variety in enemies. But if you’re looking for a game with humour and don’t mind run of the mill gameplay, I think you might enjoy Fairy Fencer.
I definitely hope they make sequel, because I see a lot of potential in this franchise. Wh…What are you doing? It’s okay, go ahead and touch it. It’s so round and soft. Doesn’t it feel good? P…Please, no…! Yes! This is an extremely rare fariy ball! It’s one of my most prized possessions. I got it from a Kappa fairy named Johnny.
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