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  • Summary: Standalone sequel to the gothic fairy tale action RPG from developer GUST Studios, Nights of Azure, is now available in Western territories as Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon. Introducing a new and colorful cast featuring; Alushe Anatoria, Liliana Selphin and Ruhenheid AriarodStandalone sequel to the gothic fairy tale action RPG from developer GUST Studios, Nights of Azure, is now available in Western territories as Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon. Introducing a new and colorful cast featuring; Alushe Anatoria, Liliana Selphin and Ruhenheid Ariarod alongside a first look at the demon-ridden setting where their narrative unfolds. Step into this story with the knight protector Alushe and uncover the shocking truth behind the mysterious Queen of the Moon.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. 90
    Nights of Azure 2 is a really lovely game, and I don’t really play it for the combat anyway. Rooted in various theatrical styles that give it an aesthetic and tone that I find so appealing, it’s not the kind of game that could ever hope to find mainstream acceptance, but that’s not unusual for Gust JRPGs. The things that it does well: the characterisation, the melodramatic - but not in a pejorative sense - storytelling and the general artfulness of it all, are the reasons I played the last one, and this new one doesn't disappoint with any of that.
  2. 80
    Though Nights of Azure 2 feels more like a sidegrade than a definitive step-up at times, some of its new and revised features still allow it to feel like a genuinely new experience that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy.
  3. Oct 27, 2017
    79
    Simply put, if you're a fan of action RPGs and are looking for something unique and surprisingly addictive then Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon may have what it takes to be your next genre obsession.
  4. Oct 24, 2017
    70
    Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon is quite a streamlined Japanese RPG. The time limit system will keep you constantly moving forward, and while it is a bit shorter than your typical JRPG, it rarely feels repetitive thanks to a quick and satisfying battle system. A beautiful and engaging cast of characters are the icing on the cake.
  5. Dec 20, 2017
    60
    Initially stepping into Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon, it feels even worse than the first outing. It's retreading the same ground with the story, but doing it with an inferior overall plot and some cringe-worthy writing for the dialogue. The gameplay is highly repetitive, both on exploring the world and on the generic mash-y gameplay, but, despite all the negatives, there's actually some fun to be had here. The large amount of side-quests and the varied mixture of support characters make revisiting areas to find all the little secrets enjoyable.
  6. 60
    It’s quick and dirty, the video game equivalent of a greasy burger, and Nights of Azure 2 will leave all but the most hardcore fans of yuri tropes feeling the same kind of shame that comes after consuming fast food as well. Nights of Azure 2 isn’t a bad game, but it certainly isn’t a good one either—it’s just empty calories, with nothing having been gained or lost after a playthrough.
  7. Oct 24, 2017
    20
    Compared to the original, Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon is an utter disgrace. For me, it took all the good stuff out and amplified the things that didn’t work. Performance is notably worse, and don’t get me started again about how bad the dialogue is in this cookie cutter excuse for a sequel. Even if you like this kind of titillation, this is a remarkably poor example of it. Avoid at all costs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 24, 2018
    10
    I loved this game, and its predecessor. I get where people are coming from with the hate, I just genuinely don't share it nor did I find anyI loved this game, and its predecessor. I get where people are coming from with the hate, I just genuinely don't share it nor did I find any of the negatives all that damning. My clear data after my 3rd play-through for the platinum trophy was just over 190 hours and while it's not a perfect a game, It's definitely one my favorite games (Dragon Age 2 is also one of my favorite games and people sh╜t all over that). Even after completing the game 3 times, I'm looking forward to going back and playing both games in order again sometime in the future. For all of its flaws, it's still in it's own league and I pray to the Gods there will be more games in the series. It's a very Niche game, and In the end if your looking for reasons to hate it and ruin your experience, you'll find them, but for those whom this game was meant, persevere and you may find rare treasure. Expand
  2. Oct 25, 2017
    10
    This is a big improvement over the original game. It has a great story, good characters, and rewarding combat. Excellent music and visuals. AThis is a big improvement over the original game. It has a great story, good characters, and rewarding combat. Excellent music and visuals. A great action RPG overall. Expand
  3. Nov 11, 2017
    9
    La verdad me gusto mucho
    se nota una mejoria grafica comparado con el primer juego de la saga
    la historia es un poco mas de lo mismo, no te
    La verdad me gusto mucho
    se nota una mejoria grafica comparado con el primer juego de la saga
    la historia es un poco mas de lo mismo, no te esperes una gran historia, pero la verdad hay algo que me encanta de este juego, la musica, el diseño de los personajes es tan oooooffff, recomendado para los amantes del Rpg pero no se esperen una obra maestra
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  4. Oct 25, 2017
    8
    CGmagazine gave it a low score mainly because it objectifies women. These SJW are so sad and stupid way to give a reason why it got a lowCGmagazine gave it a low score mainly because it objectifies women. These SJW are so sad and stupid way to give a reason why it got a low score.

    I gave it an 8 and if you were a fan of the first game they tweaked it and its either you will going to like it or hate it, its a gamble and thankfully I like it.
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  5. Dec 2, 2017
    7
    Nights of Azure was a surprising game for me: it wasn't amazing as an action game and very poor as an RPG, but it was still a very fun gameNights of Azure was a surprising game for me: it wasn't amazing as an action game and very poor as an RPG, but it was still a very fun game and after finishing it I was very excited for the sequel!

    But the truth is, this game is both a massive and downgrade: it doesn't worsen things enough to say it's downgrade, but it doesn't improve enough to be a better game either.

    Let's start from the positives: the game has massively improved on graphics and it shows: characters have better animation and there's a better use of the motion capture, and characters are also better designed and more varied both in looks and physique. Even a small girl.
    Areas are less this time, only 7 (plus a free DLC area), but much bigger and more detailed than before and unlike the previous game, you won't get lost while trying to find the next area. And you got a map this time as well!
    And last but not least, the story is a lot better and all characters are well written and likable - except the bad "girls". Yes, this game has enormous "yuri" tones and yes the main protagonist loves Liliana - the second protagonist - but unlike games like Neptunia where the yuri is a lot more sensual, in here it's more platonic and closer to friendship rather than actual lesbians. I never cringed while seeing the romantic scenes because I genuinely felt their friendship and I don't dislike this kind of relationships either. But I digress.

    Combat has also seen massive improvement: it feels heavier and still a bit clunky but a lot more powerful, as you feel the hit and the slashes more than the previous.
    You have only 2 servans slots - down from 4 decks of 4 slots - but this time you have also a companion you can choose among 6 and each one have their special skills, a double chase (a combo) and a Lily Burst (a final skill) that are all unique and some work better for bosses and some for cleaning the areas.
    In addition, the leveling system is far better now and you can level up to 50 this time, with 3 level tress you can unlock and better servan leveling up as well - while companions will require quests to unlock their additional skills and everything.

    As you might notice the flaws of the original game - clunky combat, poor character details and lack of them, and poor maps etc - seems to be gone and this could be the best sequel ever right? Well, I still haven't touched the cons and believe me when I say, I really had a hard time to swallow it...

    First of all, combat might be improved but you'll have one weapon all the time - down from 5 - and while technically you have other weapons available in the game (great shield, mirror, lance, greatsword), they're tied to your servans...this means that you have to carry a servan along that transforms into a weapon and this could be all good if the weapon had a time limit - the servan's mana.

    But forget about the weapons because you'll NEVER use them anyway, because there's another gimmick: some servans (specifically Nero, Scharf, Farfalla, and Froid) can open barriers or and pathways to secret rooms and areas, this essentially means you'll ALWAYS have to carry 2 servans that can open pathways or else you might not be able to get a specific servan, which are now recruitable via cocoons you "unlock" through the maps.

    This might not be such a terrible idea if it wasn't for another mechanic that has been implemented into the game: day limit. That's right, you have a time limit of days on each chapter, ALONGSIDE a time limit inside the dungeons - initially 10 minutes - and while it can be improved via levelling up at first you will feel suffocated from the very short amount of time given and how long some battles can be at first!
    This is not a new feature mind you: NoZ had a time limit too but it was more lenient with its 15 minutes and there was no day limit at all, despite mentioning it all the time.
    NoZ2 starts out hardcore with only 10 minutes to spare, a very strict day limit mechanic that essentially forces you to plan your soirèes, and if you die you might as well reload your save file since you lose a day and if it's your last one, it's game over.

    I just don't understand these changes because once you finish the game, the NG+ will give you unlimited days and you also gain AP from quests which make learning abilities faster...It feels like they rushed the game because the game is VERY short, clocking in about 16 hours to reach the end - I took 25 in the original + 7 for the extra ending - and being extremely thinner in terms of content and gameplay features.

    This game was a disappointment for me: I had a lot of fun but I couldn't stop saying "I wish I could do this" all the time while fighting or playing. With NG+ the game could become tolerable enough, but what a price to pay just to play at your own pace

    Try this game on discount, or give the original game a shot, even if it's flawed.
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