Review: The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 (PlayStation 4)

Dive into a lush realm brimming with mysteries and unimaginable danger. Engage in fast-paced battles as you wield powerful weapons and mow down enemies! Use an arsenal of new skills and decimate all who stand in your path.

Pros:

  • Anime art style graphics.
  • 3.80GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorial support.
  • Can skip/Fast-forward cutscenes.
  • Japanese voice option.
  • Settings- Text speed, Resolution for normal, high or ultra settings, map rotation, autosave, sensitivity slider and invert axis.
  • Dramatic impactful orchestral soundtrack.
  • Gameplay- ARPG.
  • Earn EXP, level up to increase HP, Attack, and defense. Unlock new skills and set up loadout.
  • Stomach- Anything you pick up is stored in your stomach, If you die you will lose some items but if you die and have no calories to top your life back up, You lose everything.
  • Gigacalories- Eat food to increase your count, This is used for powerful attacks and refilling your health as you play.
  • Combo counter that increases item drop rarity.
  • Save points.
  • Five weapons- Swords, Staff, Hammers, Lances, and spears.
  • Depeltura- Every fifth attack you get an opportunity to do a barrage of auto attacks that restore AP and gigacalories.
  • Controller shortcuts to menu and items.
  • Equip up to 6 weapons, Switch weapons automatically after each hit.
  • Fast paced.
  • Gear/items have rarity levels.
  • Huge open multi-route areas.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Facet- Separate loadouts, Change stats, abilities, and buffs.
  • Atelier- Krafting and forging area, You can sacrifice items and weapons to level up other gear.
  • The main hub- Here is where you do your krafting, shop, and tips etc.
  • Play how you want.
  • In between missions you can free roam the land.
  • BGM- you can actually setup particular playlists for the many activities you can do.
  • Difficult.
  • Such a deep game.
  • Addictive.
  • A game you can lose days in.
  • Many enemy types.
  • The game is laid out in a way that you have free reign of the land and uncover it as you go, You must unlock the many paths and areas. You get a mission marker that you can work too.

Cons:

  • The first hour is slow and very stop-start with cutscenes.
  • Easily skip vital info given in a scene.
  • A lot to take in
  • .So many systems in play.
  • Loading between areas.
  • A lot of camera management.
  • No lock on system.
  • Picking up items is awkward and slow.
  • A lot of grinding.
  • Difficult.
  • Stingy loot drops.
  • Lots of loading screens.
  • Can be hard to use the map.
  • Save points are far apart.
  • Loose story.
  • Boss fights represent huge difficulty spikes.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Huge improvement over the first game, This game brings the same gameplay that was so addictive in the first game but adds a whole new layer of loot lust. Akin to a game like Diablo 3, the game drops loot regularly and encourages you to explore the many loadout combinations. Yes it is a hard slog at the beginning and you get on better if you just suss everything out yourself but once it clicks it really does bring the addictive nature of an AARPG, The grind is very real so be under no illusion you will be playing for hours with very little payout but the journey to that point is a long fun-filled adventure.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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