Operation Babel is a good dungeon crawler but not even close to Experience Inc's best work or most of the competition on Vita.
Operation Babel feels too similar to its predecessor with a weaker cameo-focused story & reused assets but exceeds it in every other aspect of gameplay. The new subclass system provides extra control on party depth.
Overall Operation Babel is a frustrating experience. The game mechanics aren't explained particularly well, and so you'll need a lot of patience to figure out how everything works. If you're a newcomer to the genre then you're better off playing something like Ray Gigant. While Babel has some interesting mechanics, it definitely lacks a lot of the polish of similar titles like Stranger of Sword City. Simply put, there are a lot of quality dungeon crawlers out there on Vita that do a much better job than Operation Babel.
In line with its predecessor, Operation Babel : New Tokyo Legacy offers a pretty complete RPG with an underlying poorly handled difficulty. The mix of blood, craft and loot are many mechanics that will be off-putting to the less experimented players. Only for players familiar with the genre craving for Dungeon RPGs.
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The tediousness of exploration, battle, and menus really bog down Operation Babel, in spite of what the game does well. Abysses can be fun and interesting to explore, and the mechanics of the game certainly get easier and deeper as the title goes on.
Operation Babel is a good Dungeon RPG, with a nice design, but it's less accessibe than the other Dungeon Crawlers available on Vita, so be carefull.
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Another solid entry into the dungeon crawler genre, but one that doesn't stand out from the rest.
This is certainly nor the best work form Experience Inc. neither the best dungeon crawler available on PlaystationVita, but can be a good choice for the ones that already completed better titles such as Demon Gaze and Stranger of Sword City.
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If you're already previously invested in Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy‘s universe, characters and gameplay, then I'm sure there's a lot to like here. However, for a newcomer to the series, the lack of tutorials is frustrating, the environments and world are visually bland, and the gameplay loop not engaging enough to make me want to come back for more.
Unfortunately, Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy just asks too much of its players. An overwhelmingly pointless narrative, coupled with archaic systems and a user interface that tries to fight with the player at every turn make for a game that really drags at times.
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy is pretty much a complete shambles. It opens with a mass amount of confusion and builds on that until the poor player is completely overwhelmed, to the point that the only ones who will find any enjoyment here are those willing to invest a ton of time and effort to bust through the unapproachable nature of the game. The problem is, even those that persevere will find little worth their effort thanks to a poor story, lots of repetitive gameplay, exasperating mechanics, and mediocre dungeons.
The mechanics and a difficulty that constantly drives the player's knowledge into using the gameplay in an adequate and efficient way, make Operation Babel an excellent DRPG. Being unprepared is the main source of frustration and, unfortunately, this is what will scare less patient players. For those that seek a challenge, Operation Babel is one of the best DRPGs for the Vita.
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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!
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy does very little to improve upon its predecessor. Still the game is overall an enjoyable experience if not a bit bland at times. If you are a fan of dungeon crawlers you might want to have a look, otherwise you won't be missing out on much if you skip this title.
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy features fantastic classic dungeon RPG gameplay with many unique and satisfying mechanics.
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy, it has to be said, is essentially just more of the same. When the only feature that I can talk about as a good improvement is the fast-action option during battles, then you know not much effort has gone into this. It’s still a solid Dungeon Crawler RPG and if that’s all you’re looking for or you want to continue the New Tokyo Legacy story, then look no further but don’t expect anything more than just average.
I found Operation Babel to be a convoluted, overly-complex and uninspiring slog through repetitive dungeons with only a handful of enjoyable moments.
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy is a pretty average dungeon crawler with a decent story and interesting character designs.
Review in Czech | Read full review
In the end, Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy falls into a lot of the same traps that other first-person dungeon crawling roleplaying games also find themselves in. While the new gameplay mechanics and cast of characters remain a strong point, the overall design of the dungeons themselves and the lack of a compelling story make it hard to stay engaged throughout the 25+ hours needed to complete the game. For those that don’t have any experience with these types of games, the learning curve required might be enough of a frustration to avoid purchasing it. But, if you feel like you can either figure things out easily, have enough patience to really understand the mechanics, or have played through other Experience Inc. games like Demon Gaze and Operation Abyss, then certainly look at Operation Babel as another solid entry into this genre.
Operation Babel is a sequel to Operation Abyss, and I'm not sure whether I'm pleased or disappointed, considering everything I loved about Operation Abyss is back. But so is everything I hated, too.