Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PC release of Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force by Idea Factory and Compile Heart! I received a copy of the game from our friends at Idea Factory but like all of my reviews, this had no impact on my experience or how I feel about the game.
Fairy Fencer F is a turn based JRPG that follows a rather lazy protagonist named Fang who accidentally becomes a fencer after pulling a fury (Sword) out of the ground only to become partners with a fairy named Eryn. Eryn has no memories besides knowing she must collect 100 furies to revive the goddess. Eventually Fang (Reluctantly) agrees to help Eryn search for the furies but only to help restore her memories.
Throughout Fang and Eryn’s journey they meet a variety of unique fencers (And their fairies) whom they become allies with. These fencers include Tiara, Harley, Galdo, Pippin, and Apollonius. Throughout Fang’s journey enemies become allies and allies become enemies. There’s also elements of time travel once you get far enough into the story.
Fairy Fencer F’s combat system utilizes a modified version of the one used in Idea Factory’s other series, Hyperdimension Neptunia. There are a few differences between Advent Dark Force and the original release though. The original release had some pretty terrible balancing between your party and the enemies you face but this has been fixed. Instead of only 3 party members, you’re able to fight with 6 which opens up a lot of battle options and makes the game much less aggravating. There’s also the ability to break different parts of an enemy to do more damage to them. You can also guard break an enemy to leave them open to an avalanche attack which allows all of your remaining party members to combo them in a row.
The game also features a combo editor where you can equip different abilities for each of your characters to utilize during combat. As you progress through the game you’ll be able to unlock new weapons for each character. You’ll first need to purchase the abilities in the weapon boost section of the game. Weapon boosting allows you to put points into improving your weapon’s stats, acquiring new skills and spells, and unlocking new combo attacks.
I will admit that the combat in the game does get a little repetitive after a while because it’s not exactly the most entertaining for long periods of time (After about 2-3 hours it becomes tedious). When I play I usually fight every enemy in sight as I make my way to the boss then use a return feather at the end. Fighting everything both ways gets boring very quickly.
The game has undergone an overhaul and features updated graphics for dungeons, monsters, characters and skills, making the game look a lot less cartoony than the original release. I have been noticing a few texture glitches here and there with some slow downs mixed in as well. The texture glitches happen frequently on the world map as do the major slow downs (Especially when you mouse over the different locations).
Music and Sound Effects are pretty much the same as in the original release still utilizing the same music throughout too. This isn’t a bad thing though because I loved the music that was used in the original release and I’m happy to see it return.
There are also some differences story wise here and there as well with some added dungeons to give more background to certain characters. The new dungeons fit the game very well and the added story elements are entertaining as well. They aren’t widespread so, much of the game remains the same.
One complaint that I have in this release is with equipping items. Whenever a character leaves then re-enters the party their equipped items resets to default. This happened to me numerous times throughout my time with the game and it wound up becoming so annoying that I just left it that way.
Overall, Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force has been quite the entertaining experience (Much like the original release). The game is an excellent starting point for new players. The updated graphics, new difficulty levels, new dungeons, better balancing and entertaining gameplay/story make Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force easier to recommend than the original game. Here’s hoping the minor bugs that I encountered get fixed soon so it’ll be that much better in the end.
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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force$49.99
Features of Interest
- Heavily Improved Graphics
- Great Voice Acting and Music
- Entertaining Humor
- Enjoyable Story
- Repetitive Combat
- Equipment Resets When a Party Member Leaves/Re-enters the part
- Some Texture Glitches Here and There
- Might Not Be Worth Playing if You've Beaten The Original