The Witch And The Hundred Knight 2 Review - PlayStation 4
Quick Glance: The Witch And The Hundred Knight 2
- Platform: PS4
- Players – 1
- Achievements – Yes, trophies
- Retail Price - $49.99
High Level Premise – Dungeon crawler/3D overhead view
Graphics/Style – Beautifully animated environments run at a smooth 60fps
Music/Soundtrack – Japanese whimsical melodies
Story – Play as the Hundred Knight in your quest to rescue your master’s sister and stop the evil witch Chelka
Replay-ability – Moderate – while the game is loaded with content, there is little to revisit upon completing the story
Time Commitment – 50-70 hours
Value – Moderately High – while the price has increased from the last installment, the sheer amount of improvements this time around make this a better buy in every way
Favorite Element – The story is spot on, having me hooked within the first hour
Hot on the heels of 2016’s Revival Edition, NIS America brings us another beloved dungeon crawler in the form of The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2. New and improved, this is one of those sequels that does just about everything better than its predecessor, all the while retaining the magic that captivated us the first time around. Thankfully, this title bears its own identity, allowing new-comers to the series to dive in without previous knowledge of the original story. While we see a slight price increase with the sequel, there is much to love within this gem that will likely be overlooked by many.
Story wise, The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 contains a far better story than the original game. This time around, Hundred Knight serves Amalie, who seeks out a cure for the Witch’s Disease that plagues her little sister Milm. Upon growing a third eye, Milm transforms into the evil witch Chelka, who has taken over her body. This challenges Amalie to keep her sister’s body safe by aiming to please Chelka throughout the story. Periodically, the witches curse breaks for small amounts of time, just enough for Amalie to interact with her sister, keeping the things interesting. When compared to the first game, this sequel is easier to follow, far more interesting, and contains just the right amount of dialogue to maintain your interest.
While the gameplay may seem familiar, The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 takes everything from the original, and makes some additions to simplify the process. For instance, the many facets for Hundred Knight are easily customizable, and can be swapped with the press of a button. With the right equipment, you can prepare for just about any battle well in advance by giving each of them some attention. Weapons and equipment work in the same fashion as the first game, allowing the player to transform them into Giga Calories (the life-blood of Hundred Knight), or Equip/unload them upon completing an area. All of the familiar enemies are back under new variations, giving welcoming a nod to the first game,
Aesthetically, this sequel feels more polished and refined when compared to Revival Edition. Visuals are crisp, and the frame rate is smooth and consistent. One advantage this game has over its predecessor is the addition of PS4 Pro features. Three different visual modes are offered, allowing the player to scale the resolution at the expense of framerate. The default setting feels the most natural, giving you a dynamic 4K resolution without sacrificing any dips in the silky smooth framerate. Should you choose the best resolution offered, you will be given a dip in framerate, somewhere along the lines of 30fps or lower. Thankfully, the player can access and experiment with these settings at any given time from the in-game menu.
By some miracle, this is one of those titles that does everything better the second time around, which isn’t found too often nowadays. Improving in every possible way, it’s evident that more heart went into the production of this game, making it a solid installment among one of the best RPG/Dungeon Crawlers on the PS4 platform. It doesn’t hurt that NIS America did a slow yet stellar job with the localization either. Any fan of the genre would be missing out by not giving The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 a chance, regardless of whether they’ve played the original. Should you decide to give this one a go, you’re in for a real treat!