Review – Fairy Fencer F

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Release D ate : September 16th (NA) September 19th (EU)

Platform : PlayStation®3
Genre :
RPG
Player(s):
Single
Audio :
Japanese/English
ESRB/PEGI/USK :
T/12/12
Publisher :
NIS America, Inc.
Developer :
COMPILE HEART

Fairy Fencer F is the latest game from developer COMPILE HEART ,most famous for the Neptunia series and brought tothe west by NIS America . The game screams formulaic with world endingbattles between a Goddess and a Vile God, a magical sword in a stone anda cute, yet mysterious female, who accompanies our protagonist. But whocares, it’s great.

Fairy Fencer F puts you in control of Fang, anunlikeable layabout whose only interest is filling his stomach andliving the easy life. During his travels he hears a rumour that any wish will be granted to the person who pulls a legendary sword out of a stone. Fired up by the idea of wishing for his weight in food, our greedy protagonist ends up pulling the sword out, in a very King Arthur-esque way. However instead of food, a cute fairynamed Eryn bursts out of the sword and explains that they will needto find all the other fairies in order to revive the sealed Goddess, so she can rid the world of the Vile God for good. Thus a veryunhappy and hungry Fang and a disappointed Eryn begin their journey.

The plot isprogressed through a visual novel style, that has become more popularover the years. The dialogue is well-written and often witty, helpedalong by the weird and very anime styled characters. We have Fang whose only ambition in life is to eat and sleep, heeven goes as far as to call prision ‘heaven’, that should give you anidea about how lazy he is. We can’t forget to mention Tiara the mainheroine of the game, who is no stranger to spiking people’s tea inorder to get what she wants. Fairy Fencer is a crazy ride ofpersonalities that dont always play nice with others and that’s whatmakes the experience even better.

The meat of the game is in the dungeon explorationand battles, early in the game battles feel like your very standardturn-based fair, but greatly open up as the game progresses. Sadly the same can’t be said about the dungeons, which are quite bland and totally forgettable. As you slice your way through monsters and head to your goal, you’ll ocassionally get Eryn popping up to explain things in very short, but helpful tutorials. The game uses Hyperdimension Neptunia’s battle system, meaning you are able to walkaround the battlefield, change your party anytime and select which enemy you will focus onpummelling. Each monster will have a different weakness, so finding and exploiting it is key to taking them down. You’re also able to transform for a limited time using apower known as ‘Fairize’, which will give you a huge stat boost and theability to destroy enemies with special attacks, that are very satisfying to pull off.

Another great feature is the Goddess Revival,which you can access each time you collect a new fairy. You can useyour new friend’s power to remove one of the Goddess’ seals,enhancing your fairy’s power and giving them new abilities as you go.Equipping a fairy is a must too, as it powers up your characters and gives them presents. After a battle you will receive money andExperience points as usual, but you’ll also gain Weapon Points, whichis a really great add-on to the game. Allowing you to buy more powerand defence upgrades, combos, abilities and skills. Choosing how youspend your WP and how you use your abilities will help you greatlyduring the game’s difficulty curve, which can become a real pain attimes if you haven’t built your character in the right way.

The character’s look great thanks to the joint efforts of Neptunia’s character designer Tsunako and Final Fantasy’s Yoshitaka Amano and with the soundtrack provided by Nobuo Uematsu, it results in some fantastic and catchy tunes.The voices are great in both Japanese and English matching thecharacter’s personalities very well, meaning whichever one you choose to go for, you won’t be disappointed.

+ Enjoyable Battle Mechanics                 – Forgettable Story
+ Likeable Cast                                        – Dull Dungeons

Verdict

80%
80%
Awesome

While the premise of the game is quite simple andthe plot progression can be considered safe in its approach, there is a very solid turn-based RPG at its core, with each new elementadded to the battle system only helping to boost the enjoyment of thegame. The dialogue is sharp and funny and the character's are likeable. The dungeon designs are rather bland, making the exploration aspect of the game forgettable, this is not a perfect game by any means, but if you love JRPGs then it's worth the time.

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