Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Forces is a remaster (and not a sequel) of the PS3 version of Fairy Fencer F that was released three years ago. As expected, most of the story is identical to the original release, but it also includes new characters and new story paths to play through. So how does this game plays? Find out in our Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Forces review!
There are also now multiple possible endings, and clearing out a few months of gaming on your schedule will be required if you are to get all the endings! The game is fantastic, and it is definitely worth the number of playthroughs required to achieve the Platinum (which would be three). Fairy Fencer F has a crazy amount of content and a lot of depth, so much that it is impossible to write all there is to write about the game. If you are a fan of JRPGs, I can promise you that Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Forces is very much worth playing.
The game is basically a turn-based RPG with a very fun combat system. When you see an enemy, a gold symbol will appear, and that is your chance to get a preemptive strike. Your attacks are stronger if you strike your enemies from behind, and in turn, but that means you must keep enemies from striking you from behind. Most JRPGs have Limit Breaks or similar skills, and in Fairy Fencer F said skill is called Fairize. Once enabled, you become stronger, and all your stats increase for a limited while also gain access to ultimate attacks. I would recommend you save them for boss battles, as you will surely need them!
You play as Fang who is the main protagonist in the game. He is a Fencer, and his ultimate goal is to free the Goddess and rid the world of evil. To do this, he will have to find and collect all the furies in the world that are trapped inside a weapon residing in the Goddess statue. This quest is a huge undertaking and to help you on your quest, you can now have up to six party members!
As you go your weapons will level up by completing challenges, and you will get permanent stat upgrades. On top of that, equipping fairies to your weapons also increases your weapon’s stats. Fairies can level up to level 10, so the more you use them, the bigger your weapon stats will be! There is plenty of depth with fairies and weapons and a lot of room for experimentation too, so you’ll be busy customizing everything until it feels just right for you.
Godly Revival is the best part of the game, and it can be accessed at any time. Each time you go in it increases your rank to obtain better-ranked swords. The best swords are S ranked ones, and as you progress and recruit fairies to help you with breaking seals in this mode, you will have to fight very powerful enemies to get away with a better weapon.
World Shaping is also very fun. Once you meet certain requirements, and when your fairies have gained enough power, you can use them to shape the world. If you stab a fury of your choice near where the question mark is located on the world map, it will cause a dungeon to appear, which effectively changes the shape of the world. You can enter said dungeon and fight the monsters, collect treasures and battle furies, and the effects of the world shaping will depend on the fury you use.
Shukesoo’s Tower is the one I saved for last. It is a big and unusual structure on the world map, and it changes as you shape the world. Each floor is full of enemies for you to defeat, and the enemies get stronger and stronger as you go higher while also securing better prizes. The more the world is shaped, the bigger the tower grows. You can retreat at any time you wish and go back when your party is stronger, and even if your party is wiped out there is no game over, which I really liked. It’s also a great place to farm levels!
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Forces is a great release. The graphics are very polished, the voice acting is excellent, and dual audio is available for all of you to enjoy! What is even better is that the music is by famous composer Nobuo Uematsu. What more could you possibly want in a JRPG? Fingers crossed sales do well enough to warrant another Fairy Fencer F game for us to enjoy! I had a blast playing the game for my Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Forces review, and I’m still going strong towards the Platinum trophy!
|Music by Nobuo Uematsu|
Tons of Content.
New story paths.
Dozens of hours of fun.
This review is based on a PS4 copy of Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Forces provided by Idea Factory International.
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor