- System: PlayStation 4
- Publisher: Koei Tecmo
- Developer: Gust
- Release Date: July 30, 2020 (Steam) - July 31, 2020 (PS4, Switch)
- Pricing: $59.99
- Rating: T
- Genre: Action, Adventure, JRPG,
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://fairytailgame.com/us/
Fairy Tail - Story Trailer
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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!
- 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.
- 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:
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.