Knights of Pen and Paper 2 Xbox One Review
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: THE VIDEO GAME
From developers, Seavan Studio, Kyy Games and Behold Studios and published by Plug In Digital, comes the frightfully addicting action adventure role playing game, Knights of Pen and Paper 2. Create your characters, wander off into the wide open world, fight monsters, save the townsfolk while levelling up your abilities along the way. Choose what type of person your character is, are they are a goth, jock or even a hipster? Traverse across the world without moving a muscle, your universe is on a table top and whether or not you succeed: is up to you…
Pen and Paper is an interesting game to say the least. I’ve never quite experienced anything quite like it before. The combat gameplay is very similar to games such as Pokemon. When you find yourself in a confrontation, you can use a range of attacks and abilities to defeat your opponents through a turn based system. This turn based combat is good, but sometimes bogs you down and the sweet scent of anticipation as your character gets slowly pummeled to death, becomes apparent.
You can level up your characters attacks, passives and weapons/armour. The more quests you do, more gold coins you’ll have to spend on the higher equipment you’ll need to get.
If you’ve ever played Dungeons and Dragons then you’ll feel right at home. You’ll want to create characters that each have their own set of skills. You will eventually get multiple characters for which you should craft each one differently, in their own way. For those new to the concept of D&D, you’ll want to create a “Tank”, a “Healer”, and a “DPS”, these are your main character types.
The Tank is designed to take a beating, the Healer is designed to restore everyone’s health and the DPS (Damage Per Second), is the one who gives the most damage attacks. Whether such a precise amount of planning is required for the higher levels of the game is unknown, but from where I got to, I did need a healer. I played mostly as a DPS character, with a mage support, healing me. This combination seemed to work, but there were times when this configuration almost killed us both off.
I suppose the combination of different characters is really up to you to experiment with. I didn’t spend too much time on this, but the game provides players the chance to really see what works and what doesn’t.
Gameplay is moderately varied, Pen and Paper takes place through a wide range of locations and the amount of things to do is insane. Quests are mostly “fight this” or “find an object” but they level you up quite a bit and there’s no shortage of them. You can also get attacked while travelling between areas, depending on how well your dice rolls.
Health is regained by sleeping at Inns or Campsites, or with potions and provisions during combat. There is a chance you will get attacked during this period, forcing you to quickly get ready to engage into combat. There’s always some impending doom you have to look out for, all depending on the roll of the die.
The music in Pen and Paper also reminds me of Pokemon, with it’s 8-bit like synth music, I feel like I’m playing a Nintendo game. For a time, I didn’t mind the music, but after a while, I had to turn it off.
What really gets me about Pen and Paper 2 is the lost potential with the lack of a multiplayer. You can literally have multiple characters, yet there’s no feature for online multiplayer, or at the very least, couch co-op. For a game that borrows much of it’s gameplay from D&D, it seems it would make sense to include some form of multiplayer, but unfortunately it doesn’t.
Overall, Pen and Paper was a mixed experience. I enjoyed the concept of the game, the fact you have adventures and shenanigans all while sat at the table. Being a nerd myself, It reminded me of when I played D&D and the all the weird and wacky stuff we used to do. However, without the addition of multiplayer, I feel like this is a very empty D&D. Don’t get me wrong, once you start to progress your characters and start finishing quests, Pen and Paper does become a quite fun, but for me it was short lived as I couldn’t share the experience with anyone else. The character creation allows experienced and new players alike, to experiment with what combinations work and returning veterans to these types of games will know exactly what to use. I would definitely recommend Pen and Paper to nerds like myself, who have played D&D, but to new players who haven’t sat round a table in their mother’s basement, then I’d perhaps give this a miss, or you could try it and find out whether you like it. Either way, it’s a little fun game to play, but without multiplayer feels a bit bare.
Review code supplied by Seaven Studio
Price – £10.74