[PS Vita] Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy Review
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy is a dungeon crawler and a direct sequel to last year’s Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy. The game is set in the distant future where Variants, who are from another dimension known as Abyss, are wreaking havoc. Are you up for the challenge of a new adventure? Then check our Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy review!
Continue the story of Operation Abyss and defend near-future Tokyo from a new threat in this dungeon crawling RPG. When a mysterious object – dubbed â€˜the Embryoâ€™ – appears in the sky, the CPA and the Xth Squad are mobilized to face the new threat. Venture into challenging new labyrinths and create the perfect team to challenge each threat. Featuring a mysterious new story, unprecedented character customization through the new â€˜Sub-Bloodâ€™ system, and item-based character ability modifications, Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy will give you a world to lose yourself in.
A student from the Hinowa Academy has been specifically chosen to join a special unit known as the Xth Squad, a squad with elite abilities aimed at wiping out the Variants. The dungeon in the Abyss is where the Xth Squad is being sent to, with the sole purpose of putting an end to the Variant invasion and save their city and the world from destruction. If you have previously played Operation Abyss, then you are going to love the latest installment on the PS Vita.
You play the game from a first-person view, as is usually the case for many dungeon crawlers, and can move in four different directions on a fixed grid. The map is in the middle of the screen and fills out as you go so that you can see where you’ve been and where you still need to explore. Your instinct might at first tell you to avoid dead ends, but you shouldn’t since they often have items that you automatically collect – they are placed on your S-Disk which is kinda like your inventory. There’s usually a risk vs. reward scenario since dead ends will usually also include a battle you need to complete before you can get your look – these show as red triangles with a teeth icon in the middle. If you’re not prepared, you might end up entering a battle with multiple Variants that could potentially wipe out your entire party in a few rounds.
Combat is turn-based, so that you can select your actions between melee, skill-based or magic-based abilities at the start of each turn. Once you have selected your actions you can get things going and even speed up the animations so that turns take place in a blink – this is great since the game is huge and speeding up battles will certainly cut the overall time needed to finish the game. You can also repeat your previous actions with the Triangle button if you think your previous strategy is working.
Depending on the mode you choose, one mode has more customization options than the other. On Classic Mode, you can customize to your heart’s content. You can choose anything from head to toe, even your weapons, skills, and abilities! If you prefer simplicity, then the Basic Mode is for you where choices are, well, very basic. It’s a good option for those of you who are new to dungeon crawlers.
Skills are linked to Blood Codes which is kinda like how a class system works. Choosing a specific Blood Code allows you to use the skill and spells contained within it. There is also a system called Cross Blood which allows you to use two Blood Codes which greatly opens your options to mix and match skills and spells to your liking and become a force to be reckoned with. As a heads-up, and as you probably guessed by now, you need to play on Classic Mode for Cross Blood to be an option.
The game is big with a lot of content that could easily take you over 30 hours to play. There is plenty to do in the game, and a lot more content to experience on top of the main campaign if you want to get the Platinum trophy for your collection. The game looks great on PS Vita, and the music is very remarkable, making this a great game to enjoy on the go. If you’re looking for a new dungeon crawler, then you should definitely get Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy. And if you liked Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, then getting the sequel is a no-brainer!
This Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy is based on a PS Vita copy provided by NIS America.