Fairy Tail - PlayStation 4 Review

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Make Fairy Tail great again!

  • System: PlayStation 4
  • Publisher: Koei Tecmo
  • Developer: Gust
  • Release Date: July 30, 2020 (Steam) - July 31, 2020 (PS4, Switch)

Fairy Tail - Story Trailer

Who it Caters to

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This game is catered to all those Fairy Tail fans, but also to anyone interested in a good, light-hearted JRPG. Even if this is your first time with Natsu and the gang, Fairy Tail takes the time to explain several basic things about the story, so you don't need any kind of background to actually understand what's happening. All that being said, please note that this is another anime-based JRPG, so expect a lot of grinding!

What to Expect

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Basically, this Fairy Tail game covers 3 main arcs, but there are a lot of things that are similar yet not exactly the same, which ultimately makes it a video game. As for the gameplay, Fairy Tail is your typical party-based, quest-driven RPG, full of items—in this case, Lacrima—to customize your character stats while you grind for experience points.

Build friendships, learn powerful magic techniques, help the townspeople, and subdue several mighty foes along the way. Your only goal is to show the world Fairy Tail is the number one guild!


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Fairy Tail is a colorful game that perfectly conveys the Fairy Tail spirit. Like every other anime title, it uses cel-shading models for the characters, but we have to say it definitely looks more polished than other anime games. In terms of animation, we really like how cool some characters seem while using their magic (Wendy Marvel, for example) or how charming some areas look and feel.

Another nice touch is how user-friendly the HUD and the menus are, especially in comparison to other anime games. Although there are a lot of customization and battle-related options, these menus are easy to understand and navigate, and some of these are perfectly integrated into the gameplay thanks to some specific characters. For what it's worth, we didn't experience any performance issues, glitches, or bugs, so that's always a plus.

Sound, Music

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The OST has a lot to offer, with songs that are perfect for every moment of the story. It doesn't matter if you're fighting, walking around, or just spending some time at the guild's base with the rest of the characters; the music is never out of place. However, what we like the most in games like this is the voice acting, and the work of the seiyuu team here was on point.

Of course, always hearing the same phrases gets a little boring after a while, but you can change your main character every now and then to make it more bearable. Regardless, these voice lines perfectly complement the battle animations, adding an extra layer of fun and epicness to every encounter.


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As we mentioned before, the game covers 3 main arcs of the story. First, we have a brief encounter with Acnologia, and so we learn about the 7 Year Gap. Since the Fairy Tail guild has been trapped in Tenrou Island for so long, they are no longer the best guild in Fiore, and most people don't even remember them. With no money and at the bottom of the ladder, Natsu and friends' goal is to bring Fairy Tail back to the top, and so the journey begins.

The second arc we get to play is the perfect solution to the guild's problem: the Grand Magic Games, an annual competition that puts several guilds to fight each other. There, we get to meet some powerful and fearsome wizards... and dragons. After that, it's time for another guild fight, this time against Tartaros!

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When in battle, the mechanics are simple enough for a casual player, but there's some complexity to them, too. At the start of a fight, all enemies are arranged on a grid, and all your magic attacks have different areas of impact and/or additional effects. You can push and pull your enemies to better arrange them, for example, and you have to decide if it's better to focus on a single target or attack 2 or 3 foes at the same time. Unlike other games, you always know beforehand who each enemy is going to attack, which helps a lot considering some characters have magic spells that grant a Counter stance.

Knowing how to use your magic is enough to win a fight, and both the Attack and Defend commands feel pretty useless unless you have no MP left. Once you have played enough, your party can have up to 5 members, so learning how to combine your attacks and supporting spells is the key to victory. Once your gauge meter is full—it fills with every attack or magic spell used—you can press R1 for a combo chain, hitting all enemies at the same time. This is incredibly helpful to open new paths, which brings us to the Overdamage feature. In some fights, you need to inflict a set amount of damage to destroy something that's blocking the way, and your regular attacks won't be enough... so don't go abusing your chain combos without thinking!

There's also an Awakening option for increased damage, along with more chain combos, quick-time events, and of course, more powerful spells you can unlock by leveling up, so these battles will certainly get more complex—complex doesn't mean difficult, though—with every new chapter.

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As we know, not everything in Fairy Tail is about the battles, so you can also spend your time crafting and gathering. There are several areas of your base that need your help, so you need to find specific items to upgrade them if you want the rewards. More money per quest, increased chances to get items after a battle, crafting more powerful Lacrima at Levy's laboratory... all bonuses are extra helpful!

The best part of this game is that Fairy Tail is not about Fairy Tail alone, and you get to use several characters from other guilds. Kagura from Mermaid Heels? Yes. Ichiya from Blue Pegasus? Yes. Sherria and Lyon from Lamia Scale? Also yes!!

Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

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With all these magic spells and combat mechanics, Fairy Tail is extremely fun to play, and it gives you 30+ hours of gameplay. In our case, we're huge fans of the saga, but we noted that the game makes a lot to explain everything that's happening or about to happen, so even those new to Fairy Tail will be able to enjoy this adventure.

For us, Wendy, Erza, and Natsu did all the work, with Lucy supporting them with her summons... and Gray filling the 5th spot once we unlocked it. The beauty of this game, though, is that you can create your own Fairy Tail team and make them the number one guild your way!

Honey's Pros:

  • We loved the voice acting and battle animations!
  • This grid-based mechanic is not new, but it's different... and works.
  • Thanks to all these cutscenes, you always know what's going on, which is perfect for all Fairy Tail newbies.

Honey's Cons:

  • We're tired of quest-giving clones in role-playing games...
  • Too many magic options make the Attack and Defend commands feel useless. Why are these even a thing?!

Honey's Final Verdict:

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Maybe the anime has come to an end, but that's not reason enough to say the Fairy Tail franchise is dead. Thanks to this video game, Natsu, Lucy, Erza, Gray, Wendy, and all our favorite characters are back, and we've been playing this game non-stop for almost a week.

So, what do you think about this new adventure in Fiore? Do you have what it takes to bring the Fairy Tail guild back to glory? If you wanna find out, Fairy Tail is now available for PS4, PC (Steam), and Switch.

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Author: Yaz L.

Hey, there! I'm a soon-to-be marine biologist who just happens to love video games, dream pop music, and BL/yaoi stuff. When I was a kid, I lived in Colombia for 3 years and now I'm a sucker for hot chocolate with cheese. My favorite treat while watching anime!

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