With the Halloween special weeks taking up half of last month’s space of writing, many game releases couldn’t be covered, so let’s start with Falcom‘s action-RPG Zwei: The Ilvard Resurrection.
The game isn’t really new for Japanese gamers, as it was already released in 2009 on PC in its native language, but thanks to XSEED Games, the English translation gives more people the chance to experience it, even if it’s the sequel to the original 2001 PC Zwei!! game. Considering that this one was ported to PS2 in 2004 and PSP in 2008, but only in Japan, it’s surprising that it was skipped. Anyway, despite all the licensing issues, Zwei II (it would be even more confusing if it wasn’t renamed, and to be honest German “two” followed by Roman letter “two” is as silly as it comes) has arrived as Zwei: The Ilvard Resurrection with brand-new English voice acting that also expands on the originally spoken Japanese lines.
Japanese games are known for their ridiculous drama, but also for their quirky characters, and Zwei: The Ilvard Resurrection falls into the second category, telling the story of pilot, treasure hunter, and courier Ragna Valentine who crashes and is saved by vampire princess Alwen du Moonbria who strikes a deal with him to help retake her castle, but she also agrees that he isn’t merely treated as a servant, but as an equal partner. Together they embark on a journey to all kinds of colorful parts of the Ilvard isle that is populated by weird characters like a chain-smoking nun, a penguine costume-wearing girl, or a Mexican wrestler. So there should be plenty of memorable situations to find oneself in that lighten the mood after one has to battle lots of smaller or bigger enemies in real-time. This is done with a character switching mechanic (although unfortunately no multiplayer as in Secret of Mana) that lets the player choose Ragna for melee combat or Alwen for ranged magic attacks. It’s also worth noting that leveling up isn’t done by defeating baddies or completing quests but by eating food. A strange but delightfully different game indeed that still looks rather decent due to its art style after all these years.
The game is now available on PC with a 10% launch discount that lasts until November 7, 5PM UTC.
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