Death end re;Quest 2 - PlayStation 4 Review

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An ode to death, occultism, hacking, and girls love.

  • System: PlayStation 4, PC (Steam)
  • Publisher: Idea Factory
  • Developer: Idea Factory, Compile Heart
  • Release Date: Aug 18, 2020 (PC) - Aug 25, 2020 (PS4)

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Who it Caters to

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Death end re;Quest is perhaps one of the weirdest yet amazing visual novel franchises out there, combining gore, cute waifus, and complicated plots related to death and mystery. While other titles give you meaningless gameplay sections, the party-based RPG system here is not only complex but also fun to play, so this is a perfect game for those who get bored when all you can do is read and watch the images go by.

As for the story, Death end re;Quest 2 is not exactly a direct sequel, but it is indeed related to the characters and plot of the first game, so we could say it's kind of a spin-off. For that reason, if you played the first entry, then you'll definitely enjoy all the cameos and references, although you can still enjoy this game if it's your first time with a D.e.r.Q title.

What to Expect

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As we just mentioned, this is a visual novel with RPG elements, which means most of the story is told by pre-scripted events, but you can also fight several enemies and run around the streets of Le Choara, the fictional town where it all takes place. During the day, you'll be interacting with the girls living with you at the Wordsworth dormitory, looking for your little sister Sanae; at night, however, you can explore Le Choara's labyrinth-like streets, facing horrifying monsters and investigating a series of murders and kidnappings.

Although Death end re;Quest 2 is full of cute little girls, there are a lot of violent, gruesome scenes and images as well, so don't let these sweet, innocent-looking characters fool you!


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Let's divide this visual analysis into 2 sections. First, let's talk about the visual novel, which is amazingly drawn and does an excellent use of color and animation. The art style is gorgeous, and so, it's really pleasant to sit back while learning about the characters or Le Choara's background. On the other hand, we have the JRPG section, with cool animations for all the attacks—especially in Glitch mode, but more on that later—but rather busy when it comes to the menus or battle areas.

Death end re;Quest 2 is not about the graphics, so Le Choara's streets and alleys are eerie but far from being realistic. The same goes for the monster models, creepy enough to fit the story but at the same time, quite dull and simplistic. That being said, this is not a problem considering these battles and random encounters are fun to play, but it would be nice to have better, less repetitive designs.

Sound, Music

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The soundtrack is one of the things we enjoyed the most! With over 40 songs, D.e.r.Q.2's OST has everything this game needs, so the music playing in the background always matches the mood of the event you're watching. For example, the title theme features some strings, a choir-like synth, and a spooky piano melody. When exploring the menus, you'll hear another piano song, but this time more melancholic. For the most heated moments, we have drums, electric guitars, and chilling samples.

Although not all dialogues are fully-voiced, most of them are, so that adds a lot of personality to the characters, especially the protagonist trio. At first, we played using the English dub, but from Chapter 2 to the end, we switched to the Japanese voice acting with English subtitles. Having both options is great because, as you know, some people don't like how western actors portray anime characters and their high-pitched voices, but it also gives the battle parts a true JRPG feeling.


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Mai Toyama, a Japanese teenage girl, lives alone with her abusive father after their parent's divorce. Her younger sister, however, lives with her mother, but when she dies, Sanae ends up in the Wordsworth orphanage, somewhere in Europe. One day, Mai's drunk father tries to kill her with a hatchet, but the girl defends herself and violently butchers the man instead. Now an orphan, Mai's past is left behind as she enrolls in Wordsworth looking for her sister Sanae, who she lost contact with one year ago.

That's the start of this story, with enough blood and drama to make it clear that, as much as most of the characters are pretty girls, this is not suitable for all audiences. Your goal, of course, is to find Sanae, but apparently, no one at Wordsworth knows where she is or have even heard of her. Sooner than later, we learn about a series of kidnappings and murders that have taken place in the town, as well as a very strange rule that all girls must follow: never leave their rooms at night, as there is a rumor of a horrifying monster that eats its victims.

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During the day, Death end re;Quest 2 is purely a visual novel, so you only can visit the three available areas (Wordsworth first and second floor, and the outside) and play several events that will help you understand what's going on with Mai, the other girls, and Le Choara as a whole. At first, your only trustworthy friend will be your roommate Rotten "Rottie" Dollhart, headmistress Midra's daughter, but once you reach the third chapter, other playable characters become available.

Some nights, Mai and Rottie will sneak out of the orphanage to explore the mysteries that occur in Le Choara, realizing that the streets are full of hideous monsters called Shadow Matter. Although some are attackable, like any other enemy in an RPG, there's one of them that instakills you as soon as you touch it, so you can only run away from this Dark Shadow until it disappears.

Navigating the labyrinthine paths of Le Choara is not easy, so you need to defeat certain enemies or solve certain puzzles before you can advance to new areas ... not to mention that several streets are blocked until certain points in the story. You can run and jump, but you also need Mai's hacking skills to uncover hidden paths and passwords, Rottie's ability to jump to certain platforms, and Liliana's baseball bat to break some walls. Also, in some corners of the street, you can find treasure chests containing valuable items, or you can use the save points to camp and access the shop.

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Because of all the gameplay mechanics involved, Death end re;Quest 2's battles are somewhat complex. There's the Knockback mechanic, that allows you to blast away a monster after you attack it; there's the Knock Blow mechanic, that enables you to perform an extra attack if you push a monster against another one of your characters; there's the Overkill mechanic, that rewards you with extra XP for causing more damage to your foes... and the list goes on!

As for the skills you can use, this game uses a rock-paper-scissors system—or in this case, Star-Moon-Sun—of advantages and disadvantages, with physical and magic attacks as well as support skills to heal or revive. Per turn, your characters can use up to 3 skills, and some of these have extra effects when used against a specific type of character. This is important because not all skills can knockback your enemies, for example.

Your most powerful skills, however, are the ones that you can only use when you are in Glitch Mode. Every time a monster hits you, your corruption gauge increases, and once it's above 80%, your characters can transform into a more powerful version of themselves to unleash a devastating attack. You can also increase your corruption gauge by stepping on the shiny glyphs you'll find scattered around the battle map, but not all icons give you the same amount of corruption. Learning how and when to use them is the key to mastering the Glitch Mode attacks, but be careful as the glyphs are consumed if you push a monster over them with your knockout, too!

Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

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This game is an ode to death, occultism, hacking, and girls love, offering you over 20 hours of gameplay, several endings, and 2 minigames you can access in your second playthrough. And although the main cast is brand new, Le Choara's story ties in with that of Arata Mizunashi and Shina Ninomiya from the first game, so look forward to several familiar faces!

Honey's Pros:

  • There's a lot of strategy involved, which is great for a RPG/VN hybrid.
  • The story, while predictable at times, will keep you hooked. Nothing will be revealed until the final chapters!
  • Different routes and a New Game+ give the game a lot of replay value.

Honey's Cons:

  • It will take you some time to understand all these battle mechanics and get used to all the skills, effects, etc.
  • Le Choara's streets and buildings could definitely look better...
  • Some mechanics, like camping/shopping or breaking windows, need a better explanation or are not explained at all until you discover them.

Honey's Final Verdict:

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Death end re;Quest 2's battles feel like playing billiards, running around your enemies so you can triangulate your attacks for extra damage. We can't deny that it certainly takes time to actually understand all of these mechanics, but once you know what you're doing, all encounters become incredibly fun—and way easier!

As a visual novel, D.e.r.Q.2 shows you both the mundane lives of those living in the Wordsworth all-girls dormitory and some very gruesome deaths, while also throwing in some sweet lesbian love stories in the mix. One second you're witnessing a cute, innocent display of affection... and then you're in the middle of a blood-bath! Well, that's this franchise's charm, and the reason why we enjoy it so much, right?

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Author: Rod Locksley

Hey! I'm Rod, and when I'm not watching anime or playing video games I'm probably writing about them, but I'm also a graphic and web designer, and I even published a comic book and worked like 4 years for a well-known MMORPG. Curiously, my favorite series are quite different from each other, so I'm still trying to understand what I really like in an anime...

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