The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 Reviews
Nippon Ichi has clearly dedicated the bulk of the development resources this time around to providing a cleaner and more comprehensible system to draw players in further and minimise frustration. On that level, The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is a success. I just wish the storytellers on the team were able to really cut loose and pull hard at the strings that, currently, they're only tugging lightly at.
There is a lot of returning stuff in this sequel but it also has some new things that will make fans of the prequel have even more fun with The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2. I loved the first one so I do miss Metallia, but Chelka is definitely a fun character to take on for this sequel. She's just as sassy and feisty as Metallia, but with some extra layers that make this new game feel very fresh. If you're in the mood for a new action RPG on PS4, then this is exactly what you need!
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 might scratch that action RPG itch for anyone desperately craving more from the genre, but casual fans might struggle to find much lasting power in NIS' latest endeavour. Poorly written, with a horrendous story to gameplay ratio, it's hard not to see Hundred Knight 2 as more visual novel/button masher than action RPG.
The more I played The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 the more it was apparent how meticulously crafted its predecessor was. You can still find a few things that made the original so memorable, such as the innovative combat system, charming visuals, and bonkers storyline. But these aside, the rest feels like a stripped-down version. The once detailed levels with well-placed enemies are now just procedurally generated areas, the tense yet intriguing hunger system is now little more than an afterthought. The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is little more than a shell of its former self which is a shame since the series showed so much potential.
It's true that The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 features some undeniably addictive combat and character growth mechanics but the general tedium of its campaign makes it a tough action RPG to widely recommend.
I enjoyed my time with Witch and the Hundred Knight 2. I thought the changes to combat did make it a little too simple and going through certain areas dragged on and became a little boring. This was offset however by the fun upgrade system for the weapons. I was always wanting to hunt down something bigger and more bad ass to slay the hordes of monsters. This was very satisfying when I got that awesome drop and took it back to the atelier and buffed it to the moon. It was a great feeling to go back and lay waste to wave after wave of baddies. If the stages had a bit more variety I would’ve scored this one higher, since I think that would’ve really made it stand out. The story is a mixed bag. It’s very predictable, but I really grew to like some of the cast by the end of the game even if they were terrible assholes to start with. This one took me about 35 hours to finish and I got the true ending. If you were a fan of the first game then you should pick this one up for sure, you will find a lot to love here for the $59.99 pricetag. If you disliked the tone or gameplay of the first game then there’s nothing here that is going to change your mind.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 has interesting characters and conversations and a few unique gameplay elements that differentiate it from other JRPG titles, but with dull maps and repetitive battles, exploration will make players yawn.
The Witch and the Hundred Knights 2 was very enjoyable from the beginning. Be worried that with this type of game you’ll have to do a considerable amount of reading but that personally didn’t put me off, I loved hundred knight and I loved the hack and slash feel the game had.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is a great game in my opinion. It has a perfect mix of RPG, Graphic Novel, Diablo looting, and Satisfying Combat elements all rolled into one. The dialogue and the outlandish story keeps you entertained between the combat sections, with lots of opportunities to upgrade your weapons, summon new allies, and upgrade your skills – combat never gets boring or monotonous as you can shake it about in so many ways! The game isn't short either, with a massive map, multiple chapters, many bosses, and tonnes of enemies, you will be entertained for hours. The soundtrack and the voice acting adds an extra layer of magic into this title and gives the game more charm and character.
While there may be a few interesting ideas in the story, it’s not worth suffering through the dungeons and needlessly verbose scenes to experience them.
With the combat mechanics and systems falling short at providing much-needed depth, WHK2 can only be tolerated in short bursts before becoming mind numbing. All too often I found myself wishing I was playing something else and if a game is making you feel that way, it's not a great sign.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is a wonderful action JRPG game with an interesting story, charismatic characters and a great gameplay; and a game that has known how to improve its experience with respect to the previous title.
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The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is a sequel that improves certain things but didn't add the necessary refinements to other parts that needed it. Despite that, the game is enjoyable and fans of the original will certainly feel at home.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is great for the fans of the original, but we can't really recommend this to newcomers due to its repetitive gameplay and subpar graphics.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 isn’t the most exciting of action-RPGs you’re going to play, but it at least offers competency in all aspects of its gameplay. You won’t do anything out of the ordinary or that you wouldn’t have done before, but you also won’t be bored when you’re ploughing through the many dungeons. Fans of the first game or RPG fanatics will probably have some fun with it, but unfortunately there are too many better action-RPGs available right now to consider The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 a must own title.
While The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 improves upon its predecessor, it fails to evolve in any meaningful way, continuing to be plagued by poor story and lackluster gameplay. A solid purchase for fans of the original, but general action RPG fans should look elsewhere.
This is not a game that is going to set the world alight, but it is very competent with plenty of good systems that will keep the player engaged. However, the story certainly won’t.