[PlayStation Vita] Mary Skelter: Nightmares Review
Mary Skelter: Nightmares is a very interesting dungeon crawler from Idea Factory International. Read our Mary Skelter: Nightmares to find out why!
You play as Jack who is a Blood Youth incapable of using Blood Weapons. At the start of the game you see him locked up in the jail, but it’s no ordinary jail: the whole city is the jail! Thatâ€™s right, everyone living in this is technically inside of a jail, and prisoners scream, get hit, starve, are made to lick walls and more. It does sound quite ridiculous and over the top, right?
Jack is eventually freed by a woman, but not an ordinary woman, since she is a Blood Maiden! Blood Maidens have the power to use the blood of monsters to draw power from it, but drawing too much of it can corrupt and turn them crazy – in this state, they will harm anyone and anything in their path, including allies. Later in the game, Jack gets a special weapon that grants him the ability to clear away the corruption, so youâ€™ll need to balance things out.
In the beginning, you will go through visual novel style walls of text to get up to speed with some back story of this universe and some of its characters. After this, youâ€™ll get a chance to explore your first dungeon: the City Streets. As is expected of dungeon crawlers, you take on your adventure from a first-person point of view, and while you do this, a map will autocomplete, so that you can know where youâ€™ve been and where you need to go.
Each dungeon has many floors, so you will be playing this one for maaaaaany hours, especially due to all the secrets and puzzles youâ€™ll run into, some of which will require you use skills that only some Blood Maidens possess. For example, when you come across cracked walls in the City Streets, you can’t do anything about them until later in the game when you add someone to your party with the Poison Bomb ability. This means you wonâ€™t be able to complete most dungeons to 100% the first time you visit them.
As you explore the dungeons, the Jail kindly lets you know when it’s hungry, sleeping or even arousedâ€¦ Don’t ask why! You must, therefore, please and feed the desires of the Jail – if it’s hungry then you feed it blood, if it’s sleepy then you let it rest, and so on. Doing this properly grants you bonuses from a wheel that will pop up which can award you with extra money, the chance to heal up, increasing the rate at which merchants appear, and more.
The combat is turn-based, and Jack, can pick a Blood Maiden to shield from attacks, use the Mary Gun to purge corruption, or use items. The Blood Maidens in your party can use their Blood Weapons as well, be them swords, bows, spears and more, to attack enemies to deal considerable damage – you can even use skills to defeat them even faster. If a Blood Maiden’s Blood Meter becomes murky and you don’t purge the corruption, she will enter Skelter Mode as they turn crazy and harm everyone, including party members. This is why you must make use of the Mary Gun to bring them back to normal. And if the Blood Meter is full and there is no murkiness, they can enter Massacre Mode in which they can deal extra damage to enemies, or even deal a critical that destroy them in a single hit.
In the Liberated District, you can take on Work Orders (quests), or visit the Blood Factory to strengthen weapons and armor for the Blood Maidens, and you can also interact with your party members. The Blood Maidens and Jack have their own rooms within the district, and Jack can gift items to the girls to strengthen their bond. There is a trophy for reaching the maximum friendship, so I advise that you use every opportunity you have to get close to the Blood Maidens.
Oh, there is one minor detail I havenâ€™t mention yet! Alice has a Blood Ability called Rabbit Hole. Yes, Alice, rabbit hole, Alice in Wonderland. You know the deal. Anyway, there are no save points in the game AT ALL! This is different from the usual, which is why you need to use the Rabbit Hole ability since it is what allows you to save your progress for this release.
Mary Skelter: Nightmares is packed with content and lots of secrets that will take dozens of hours of gaming before you can even make a dent on the list of things to do. This one has a large list of trophies with a Platinum trophy at the end, most of which are hidden due to them being story related. The voice acting is solid, and you can even select between Japanese or English voices for your entertainment. I highly recommend that you get Mary Skelter: Nightmares on PS Vita!
This Mary Skelter: Nightmares review is based on a PS Vita copy provided by Idea Factory International.