- System: PS4, PC
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
- Developer: Bandai Namco Games
- Release Date: Sept 14, 2018
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1 (Online 8)
- Official Website: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/bc-qk
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Black Clover: Quartet Knights is a very unique game that took us by surprise here at the hive. Rather than be an atypical fighter—which most anime games tend to be— Black Clover: Quartet Knights is a third person action title that has a multiplayer feel to it. Players take control of various characters from the Black Clover universe and do battle in teams of 4 against either other players—so 8 players in total—or the AI. For our review of Black Clover: Quartet Knights, we’ll first talk about the pros and cons of the single player mode and then we’ll discuss the multiplayer mode.
In terms of the story mode, Black Clover: Quartet Knights is a bit of a mixed bag. The story mode focuses on an original story that utilizes various characters from Black Clover and it works sometimes but also fails just as much as it works. The main idea of the story mode is to ensure players a neat way of understanding the main mechanics of Black Clover: Quartet Knights. Here we have players learning the various modes that are often in the multiplayer for Black Clover: Quartet Knights such as control or move a giant crystal from point a to point b—think of Overwatch’s payload battles—and also learning the different characters. Black Clover: Quartet Knights features Asta being the main character that must be used for each story mission—though in challenge mode or when you beat a story mission, you can use other knights—and shows the fighter class primarily. There are however several other classes—ranged, support and healers—but you’ll need to learn these characters by playing challenge mode, which by the way is just a mode to teach the player how a specific character works all while performing specific actions to net money for items and/or beating the story mission one time with Asta then switching to another hero in that mission.
While story mode does a great job with its presentation—the anime cutscenes are really awesome—it falters with some cheap ideas. More times than not, you’ll find yourself watching still characters on screen and that makes you long for the great anime cutscenes we mentioned prior. Story mode also feels more like a training mode which is strange given the fact that there is a training mode to see in Black Clover: Quartet Knights. Plus, the fact that you need to use Asta before using another character—when there’s little reason to replay a mission unless you want cash for items in game—kind of is a let down as we would have liked to just play as other characters by default. Challenge mode, we mentioned, does have a freedom to play all the characters but it’s not a 4 vs 4 mode and that makes it more of a way to just learn a character’s skills and movesets.
Black Clover: Quartet Knights truly shines best though when you hop online to play against others. Here in this mode, players get to fight 4 vs 4 battles with several different games modes that are randomized just like the maps are. The different modes make for some nice variations to be had and we loved that players can truly feel challenged unlike the story mode which isn’t tough even on hard mode. The only issue with multiplayer we had while playing Black Clover: Quartet Knights is that the screen can get a bit busy with tons of magical attacks flying around and stats/images to deal with. It’s not game breaking, but we did lose several times because we only saw explosions and spinning attacks from Asta and others like him. We do also hope Bandai Namco Games will have more maps and characters to come as that would make the multiplayer last for a bit longer.
Lastly, let us mention the visuals and sound for Black Clover: Quartet Knights. Like the anime, Black Clover: Quartet Knights is a real treat to witness in play. Characters are drawn with a lot of attention to detail so they mirror their anime counterparts and the various attacks and spells do the same for that added flair. While the still CGIs we mentioned in the story mode might be a bit flat, even those are artistically done which makes them at least bearable. The music and voice acting also is quite on par with the Black Clover series with voice actors and actresses reprising their roles for their characters. Needless to say, if you worried Black Clover: Quartet Knights won’t look as epic as the anime, let us ease those pains and say it looks perfectly fine.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Visually, a real treat for Black Clover fans
- Nice mixture of gameplay modes to enjoy
- Silly but fun original story
- Multiplayer works quite well for a decent amount of replayability
- Nice amount of characters and classes to choose from
- Story mode suffers from some mundane battles and lazy designs at times
- The screen during combat can get a bit busy especially when everyone is using magical attacks
- Asta’s voice after a multitude of attacks (sorry)