Asdivine Hearts 2 – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Asdivine Hearts 2
I`d be lying if I said that I had heard of the Asdivine Hearts games before getting my hands on the 2nd instalment. Developed by Exe-Create and published by KEMCO, it is the 2nd instalment to the Asdivine Hearts franchise and takes place 2 years after the first instalment. However, it was promoted quite well and published around that you don’t need to have played the first game in order to play the 2nd, and you do get a summary of the first game early on. Asdivine Hearts 2 is described as a RPG and released towards the end of last year on Xbox. How was it going to fare?
Asdivine Hearts 2 focuses on the story of the main protagonist, Zack, and this friends who are faced with a tough task of stopping Archelio, a parallel world to their own, from being frozen in ice. Along the way, there are several quests and enemies that will need to be defeated as they seek out to stop Archelio from being no more.
Now straight from the off, if you`re a fan of Anime and Manga, then you`re going to love this game, and there are lots of references and the artwork you`d most likely see in comics and other anime books. I noticed instantly that from the beginning as I was tapping my way through the conversations Zack appeared to be having with an ally, Stella, that it`s the sort of visuality I`d see in the Anime world.
Early on too, it`s quite clear and apparent that the game was ported on other devices, and then shifted across as a port to console. Some of the movement of the characters are a bit off, and don’t always respond the way you want it to. It`s by no means difficult to master and quite an easy feat, but it uses the traditional system that you see on the mobile platform, and it doesn’t always work as well on console. A bit like other RPG games that have gone down the same route, all the conversations in game take place in the form of text conversation, as there is no vocal communication between characters. I`m always one for that, but with the smaller ID titles, you don’t tend to see it that often. Visually, it also feels quite retro, which I`m always a stickler for.
Once you`ve gotten past those two points early on (And you`ll see what I mean if you do decide to indulge into Asdivine) then the game follows as any other RPG does. Explore the world, go into several different areas (Which in Asdivine`s case is weapons, armour etc) and completing missions that`ll help you rank up. Walking around and exploring will also automatically engage you into battle with your allies (Which you can lead up to 6, once you`ve gone around and recruited them all so to speak) and using a traditional hit point system, you`ll be able to work to wipe out enemies, and also, as you play through and explore, you`ll be able to use certain abilities to aid you in wiping out some of the bigger enemies and earning those points. You also have the ability to switch between characters throughout the game, and for exploration, some areas are going to require different characters to be in action.
Ultimately, if you`re a fan of the RPG genre, and a fan of Anime and Manga, then you`re going to quite enjoy this. And if you`d played the first one on another platform, you`re also going to enjoy this one. It`s by no stretch of the imagination a bad game. There are some good moments to it, and although this is not going to be everyone`s cup of tea, and it did push my limit at times, it is a game that does offer something not too repetitive, although it may feel at times, and does offer something that visually is good as a anime fan. It`s priced at £12.49 at the time of writing this review, so it`s not a badly priced game either. I`m not sure I`d have forked out at full price for it mind, but it`s not a game that particularly is bad. I`m sure we`ll see it on a sale at some point too.
Asdivine Hearts 2 is a game for the Anime and Manga fans, and fans of the RPG genre.
Review code supplied by KEMCO