Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 2 Reviews
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 is a great bundle of classic titles that showcase some of Nippon Ichi Software’s strongest titles outside of the Disgaea series.
Prinny presents NIS Classics Volume 2 offers a more convincing selection of releases than its predecessor, making it a good purchase for those who want to get their hands on the old NIS classics. If you've spent countless hours playing the two games present at the time of their release, consider that the new features introduced (in this case Petta Mode, for the first time in the West) are not substantial enough to justify another playthrough, especially without the tools to fully enjoy them on high-definition screens.
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Both of the games that make up Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 benefit from having a light-hearted approach to their story. With gameplay that doesn't feature too many surprises, the humorous writing and charming characters sand over the rough edges of these older RPGs. While we had a preference for the over-the-top antics and writing of Z.H.P. over Makai Kingdom, both games have plenty to offer both new and existing fans and showcase the humour that has made these and other NIS titles so enduring over the years.
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 is a great compilation for strategy fans. There's enough humour and varied gameplay here to keep you coming back for a long time.
What we have here is two good games (good not great) bundled together but without any significant extra, except for the Petta Mode in Makai Kingdom. If you know and love these old hidden gems, give them a second go. Otherwise, wait for a sale.
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Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 2 is a must-have for tactical RPG fans who missed out on either included game.
Zettai Hero Project is one of the best JRPGs you are likely to play if given the chance. Its unassuming nature belies an incredible plot of growth the player actually feels, unlike nearly every other RPG. Makai Kingdom is simply a bonus for how good ZHP is. While NIS missed a little of the mark with zero actual updates, upgrades, or anything similar, this itself still stands largely on its own as one of the best games one can ever play.
We’ll talk more about the story and the deeper aspects of the mechanics in a subsequent part of this feature — but suffice to say for now that it’s wonderful for ZHP to be back, and I’m very much looking forward to indulging in that age-old pastime of watching numbers in Nippon Ichi games go up, and up, and up…
To my surprise and delight, I enjoyed Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 even more than the first collection so if you're looking for some classic SRPG or Mystery Dungeon fun, it's a definite must-play compilation, dood.
There’s really no getting around it, dood—Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 is another smash-hit. Er… I guess it’s more like two smash hits? I don’t know. I’m not here to talk about semantics. Basically, what I’m saying is that they did a good job with picking out these games. Both ZHP and Makai Kingdom were most definitely worthy of receiving another chance in the spotlight, and I’m very happy that that happened. Keep ’em coming, NIS!
Prinny returns with two more classic titles from yesterday, delivering yet another double dose of nostalgia and fan service that are sure to hit a sweet spot for fans of either genre.
ZHP is an essential play for those who don't mind the repetition of roguelikes and Makai Kingdom is a nice bonus, especially now it’s possible to actually finish it.
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 is a great collection of two classic RPGs which will keep you busy for a horrific amount of hours. The main niggle here is these games feel like straight ports with no real quality of life improvements added to the Switch version, which is a missed opportunity. If you have enjoyed these games before, there may be no need to double-dip unless you want to enjoy them again on a modern system and in portable mode. Both may be isometric, but each feels distinctly unique and different. You’ll also likely laugh at each game’s silly humour, which is always appreciated. If you’re looking for a long gaming project with a retro feel, then be sure to pick this up.
In conclusion, Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2: Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound and ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman is a great combo of titles that give a good diversity while sharing similar writing and art styles. While the graphics could use some updating, it’s an absolute treasure that NIS has decided to bring titles from their classic collection into the forefront once more, and you can’t go wrong with either Makai Kingdom or ZHP, which just makes this union all the more sweet.
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2: Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound Review Overall though, I was very pleased with Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2: Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound. Like with Vol 1, these titles have been ported forward and run very well on the Switch. While I do still wish there had been some work done to touch up the quality of the sprites, the gameplay speaks for itself and Makai Kingdom is still as much fun as it used to be. Score: 8 / 10 Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2: ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman Review Overall, ZHP was a great addition to bring back as many people who may not have had the chance to play it on the PSP when it originally released. Mixing in an end of the world comedy alongside a hardcore Roguelike dungeon crawler just works and it’s easy to spend hours upon hours making yourself tougher and tougher in hopes of finally coming out victorious against Darkdeath Evilman! Score: 8 / 10 Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 In terms of the collection, Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2: Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound / ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman was an awesome follow-up to Volume 1: Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle Remastered / Soul Nomad & the World Eaters. Thankfully we won’t have to wait long for Volume 3: La Pucelle: Ragnarok / Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure. Total score for Volume 2: 8 / 10
For Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 2, I think we have a better showcasing of what NIS is capable of in both good and bad servings.
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 2 is a new release of two high profile titles from Nippon Ichi Software's history. Despite doing only the mininum a collection should, the games still showcase their qualities and keep their status as good references of their respective genres. It's a recommendation RPG fans can't miss, especially those who already loved any other NIS works.
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Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 is, in some ways, awesome. It’s great to have these neglected titles back and playable for modern audiences, as they’re quite enjoyable games to this day. The problem is that nothing has been done to them, meaning there’s no speed-up, auto-save, or cleaned-up visuals. I’m glad to play these games, I just wish a bit more effort went into the collection.
If you’re jonesing for some super niche JRPG grinding time, we definitely recommend Volume 2 if you can only get one. Makai Kingdom is a goofy romp that’s different enough from Disgaea to stand out, and Z.H.P. is just utterly unhinged in the best ways.