A HIDDEN GEM! I bought this game because it was on sale and I absolutely loved it! The characters are lovable and the story is very interesting and engaging. I also really enjoy the turn-based combat—the game really gives you a lot of opportunity to build a unique party of six with “equippable” armor, accessories, cosmetics, and fairies as well as allowing you to spend points to level characters’ stats and abilities as you please. It has some very talented english voice actors and the art style of the characters and scenery is very charming (though some graphics, especially the 3D graphics, are not jaw-dropping, but they add their own level of retro charm). All in all, if you love turn-based RPGs and/or games with interesting stories and characters, I would very much recommend you give this game a try! I had never heard of this game before in my life, but it is an absolutely fantastic game (a hidden game, in my opinion) and it deserves to be more well-known. I only wish there was a sequel, perhaps someday…
Honestly, the only Compile Heart game that tops this is the recent Megadimension Neptunia VII. I mean, holy f*** this game was great. Party being expanded from 3 to 6 in this reboot, as well as the amount of storylines getting tripled, with a ton of endings to be had for the new ones. The gameplay mechanics were much smoother. The soundtrack, OMFG the soundtrack! Soundgasms to be had by all. The only issue I really had was the lack of a proper release for a particular song. This game, as well as Megadimension, is the pinnacle of all Anime JRPGs. Not even Persona 5 tops this. This game is a must buy for anime gameplay fans. The top two anime games to play are Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force and Megadimension Neptunia VII.
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force is not for everyone. If on one hand we have a great combat system, on the other we find a lack of content in the history, so we suggest it to Compile Heart e Hyperdimension Neptunia fans. However, the presence of new stories and characters makes it attractive for who has completed it on PlayStation 3, too.
Though it more often feels like a Director's Cut than a true remake, Advent Dark Force nonetheless turns a flawed PS3 RPG into a stronger experience overall, making it the absolute best way to play 'Fairy Fencer'.
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force honestly has a lot going for it, but failed to seal the deal in the end. No matter the ending, I felt more frustrated than anything with all the monotony thrust upon me. Perhaps if the stories weren’t so predictable, or perhaps if the grind wasn’t so prevalent I would have been able to overlook one or the other. Instead, I wrapped up my adventures with Fang with wistful dissatisfaction.
Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force is a huge expansion and a dramatically improved port Fairy Fencer F, originally released on the PS3 and the PC. The additions are enough to attract old fans to check out this new version, while new players must also choose this because of the content and a range of small adjustments that enhance the game experience.
The focus of Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force is in the expansion of its history. Battle systems have been improved and the small additions like the race make this a more enjoyable experience than the original version. Fans who liked Fairy Fencer F will likely love Advent Dark Force and, for those who still do not know, this is the complete package for a great RPG.
La mayor pega que se le puede poner a Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (aparte de su desfasadísimo apartado técnico) es que es demasiado sencillo y standard, en un año plagado de grandes JRPG que ya han llegado o que están a la vuelta de la esquina.
No revolucionara el mercado de los RPG pero tampoco es lo que pretende, y los fans de Compile tienen aquí una excusa perfecta para jugar a este título como es debido, tras su lamentable lanzamiento en la anterior generación.
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force is a good game, but your enjoyment of it will depend on how much you like its mostly comedic story, its replayability options, and the standard Hyperdimension Neptunia formula.
The game is very similar to the PS3 Neptunia games, but with a different world and different characters. The main town, overworld, shops, and NPCs are 2D menu-based. The 3d dungeons are very basic and low quality. Character models and animations are below-average.
Combat and other mechanics are okay. Like in Neptunia, combat is turn-based, where you can move around freely on your turn (within your movement area) until you perform an action, such as attacking or casting a spell. Stronger actions require you to wait longer for that character's next turn. It's not a bad turn-based combat system, but if you've gotten tired of it through the Neptunia games, you won't find much new here.
The character stat and equipment options feel limited; there's usually only one or two best options to choose from. That goes for weapon attacks, spells, equipment, stat upgrades, and fairies (to some extent). For each fairy, you can also assign a permanent bonus, but choosing a bad bonus won't hurt you that much.
An interesting map mechanic is that you can put fairies in the ground on the overworld map, which gives you various stat changes in dungeons, such as +10% physical attack with -10% magic attack. These stat bonuses are useful (especially for grinding with + experience bonuses), but aren't necessary and you'd be okay if you ignored them.
Strategic play has its limitations and leveling up through grinding is necessary in some cases, especially on Hard mode. I don't like grinding, but I found that the amount needed for this game isn't that time-consuming and should be tolerable for most people who don't like grinds.
As someone who likes well-told stories, the best parts of the game to me are the comedic characters and certain unique aspects of the main plot. The majority of the main plot is generic and cliche, but the comedy helped keep me going.
The main plot revolves around a young guy in a fantasy world pulling a sword out of a stone (with an attached cute female fairy) Excalibur-style and embarking on a journey to revive the long-ago-sealed goddess. While doing this, you're working against the bad guys, who want to revive the vile god. The amount of comedy takes a sharp downturn after the opening, where things progressively get more serious (and less interesting).
Along the way, you meet and party with a large variety of characters. They're all relatively well-written (given the comedic setting) and there's plenty of visual-novel-style scenes you can view that expands them. There's not a lot of depth to most of them, since the majority of your interactions with them involve cracking jokes. But the jokes were good enough to make me laugh nearly every time I returned to town to talk to them.
There's a slight dating-sim element to the game: Your ending will vary slightly based on which girl you talked to most often. It's not obvious when/how this happens, so a guide is required to get the girl you want. But either way, the ending doesn't change much, so it's not a big deal.
The unique aspect of game I liked is that depending on your actions during the first half of the game, the second half of the game is completely different. There's three major paths to take, which result in different main endings. How to pick between the endings isn't obvious, so you'll also need a guide for this.
Experiencing the wildly-different paths, with different character actions, places to visit, and plot points is great and hasn't been done at this extent in many games. Comparing your first path with the others helps to elevate the experience. I'd say that you haven't fully experienced this game until you've went through at least two paths. Although the third and hardest path is rushed, with several new characters that aren't really explored and don't seem to fit well within the world.
So the game is probably worth your time if you're looking for something like Neptunia, but without the console war references, and with an original, and mostly-comedic story.
Very overrated and ugly. I can't really believe why critics give this game good scores.
* Graphics are not good. Too many sparks there and there. Animations are not accurate. Cut-scene art is nice though.
* Soundtrack is good but oddly arranged. Most of the time soundtrack is inappropriate to situation.
* Gameplay is Turn based disguised as action play. Mostly old Tales game style.
* Characters are dull. They are anime characters with no real personalities.
Last word : Avoid it.
SummaryFairy Fencer F is reborn as Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force for the PlayStation®4 system! Continue your adventure through three new story paths: The Goddess story, the Vile Goddess story, and the Evil Goddess story.