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Fairy Fencer F Review


NIS America’s long term mission to flood the market with JRPG’s continues at full steam ahead, as just in case Destiny does not do it for your gaming needs there is always a new JRPG on the horizon. The newest is Fairy Fencer F and though it borrows heavily from previous NIS titles it is still an enjoyable title for all of your RPG needs.

In Fairy Fencer F you play Fang, a selfish and lazy young man who gets caught up in in huge race against time to save a God. The game begins with Fury, in his ever cocky way arriving in a small village; starving, he learns of a local legend of a sword that grants wishes to whoever can raise it; so he grabs it in the hope of gaining some food. Of course he raises the sword, resulting in the appearance of a fairy called Eryn who teaches him of the Fencers, whom he is now one. When the world was a lot younger, two gods fought over the lands in a ferocious but evenly set battle. In a last ditch attempt to win both deities unleashed an attack of thousands of swords, many finding their mark but the remaining falling to the world below. It is one of these fallen swords, or Furies as they are called that Fang has found and now he is bonded to Eryn that resides in this powerful weapon who is tasked with collecting the remaining Furies to combine their powers to release the Goddess from her slumber before the Evil God breaks free.



Fairy Fencer F has four distinctive areas; the towns act as a meeting point for shops and lots of general chat with characters and though it is presented as a solitary screen there is still plenty to get on with. As you progress you will meet other Fencers and Fairies, who as one would expect from these type of game, are ultra cute but with plenty of underlying adult tendencies though unlike other games of a similar style, the humour actually works here, with plenty of nods and self-references that most gamers will enjoy. As and when you find dungeons these are the areas more akin to field areas with you taking Fang and his team on foot, walking from point A to B, collecting items and getting into fights, which are a turn based affair. The final element and one that is surprisingly easy to use for a game of this nature is behind the scenes, allowing numerous areas of customisation from creating attack combos to switching between the Fairies you collect, levelling them up and unlocking even more powers. Though heavily menu driven each area is very easy to follow and even if you are ever unsure there are plenty of tutorials to fall back on. 



As mentioned the battle system is turned based and is very similar to titles like the Mugen Souls games, which in itself is a good thing. Within the constraints of a turn based system the character you control has relatively free movement in the battle arena, allowing you to position and pick whatever enemy you can reach, deciding then how to proceed with your attacks, be it up close and personal with your swords or other weapons or more ranged magical attacks. Enjoyable battles ensue with each player on the battlefield taking turns plus there are easy quick swaps to use other characters in your team, making it easy for you to alter your tactics depending on the foe you are fighting against. As the main character Fury also has the ability to Fairise, an interesting special power that builds with every attack and hit received in where Fury throws up his sword and impales himself with it, transforming him into an overpowered mech/knight hybrid.

The overall presentation of Fairy Fencer F is a bit of a mixed bag, the flashy intro movie quickly moves onto more static images of characters talking to one another, though they are well drawn and look good on the screen. The dungeon areas however look really sub-par with very basic landscapes not really pushing the PS3 but on the other hand the actual battles look great with 3D representation of your characters and their very hyper moves and specials.

Though a new JRPG, the characters very quickly become quite enjoyable to follow and are really more fun to watch than normal. Add to this the easy to understand and accessible customisation tools and this is certainly a game for fans of JRPG’s and also a good entry for newcomers.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS3)

Pros

+ Rewarding customisation of your special moves and combos.
+ Decent banter between the characters.

Cons

- Graphics are a mixed bag.

Edited On 18 Sep, 2014

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Artemisthemp 2 years ago
A little warning to all European people. The European version of Fairy Fencer F lacks the reverse cover http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1304/5092/original.jpg
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
It seems Nisa want me to continue my Boycott at all costs
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Bindiana 2 years ago
Why you boycotting NISA Nox?

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