Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC
- Publisher: Koei Tecmo Games
- Developer: Gust
- Release Date: Oct 24, 2017
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: RPG, Action
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/nightsofazure2/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
In case you’ve never journeyed into the original Nights of Azure title—which won’t affect you too much in this sequel—let us first describe the idea of Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon. Players assume the role of Aluche Anatoria a bodyguard for Curia that ends up dying but gets resurrected using demon blood from the first Nights of Azure main protagonist Arnice. You will take Aluche through various locations—some from the first Nights of Azure title—as you hack and slash your way through enemies known as fiends and various bosses that will cross your path. It may seem like a Dynasty Warriors game from the description but just like Knights of Azure, Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon does some interesting things thanks to its RPG mechanics. Let us now discuss how Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon plays out.
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon fuses action and RPG elements by doing a number of things with its gameplay. Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon uses a multitude of components such as having a secondary fighter known as a Lily—who is controlled by the AI—and up to two friendly fiends known as Servan. Players can actually link up with their Lily partners and use various skills such as Lily Bursts, Double Chase and various stats boosts. The Lily Burst and Double Chase act as special attacks that can be utilized when either near your partner and or when your special meter fills up. These attacks are all different depending on your partner Lily and truly can be pretty impressive to watch and can even change the tides of a losing battle.
Speaking of the Servan—which are actually a returning gameplay theme from the first Nights of Azure title—let us now talk about these summons in greater detail. Servan acts as the third and fourth members of the party. There is a wide variety of Servan that can be taken into your party, each being a different fiend with different powers, attributes, skills and means of helping—some can even turn into weapons such as spears and shields— in terms of exploring some locations that might be closed off. During combat, your Servan warriors can also be used for both special attacks and will fight alongside Aluche and her Lily. This is one element of Nights of Azure that we here at Honey’s Anime are truly happy to see as it gives Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon a nice RPG feel.
When you’re not fighting enemies in Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon you’ll be exploring various areas and completing both missions and side quests in equal measure. The various side quests aren’t too thrilling but they allow a nice change of pace and various rewards if you need a break from the main story. However, in Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon there is a constant clock—indicated by the moon and a timer—that counts down as full days pass and as you go into the field. If the moon gets completely covered by darkness than the game ends but there is a saving grace that allows players to restart either from a save file or restart the current chapter from the beginning. It’s not too hard to avoid the moon from becoming completely dark but if you’re not careful it will happen so make sure to plan out various goals beforehand and dilly dally too often.
Graphically, Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon looks a lot better than the first Nights of Azure title. Characters and the environments look considerably better and the cutscenes are also quite nice in comparison to the first entry in the series. Though what really takes our breath away is the amazing soundtrack. Here at Honey’s Anime we always expect Gust to deliver impressive music—just look at their Atelier series or Ar Tonelico series—but Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon might be one of our all-time favorites. The music works incredibly well to keep combat exciting and various boss fights epic. If there was a significant improvement in Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon in comparison to entry one it would be hands down be the graphics and music.
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon might seem like a perfect title from our descriptions so far but alas there are some issues that keep it from being so. One of our issues with Nights of Azure was the combat felt stiff at times and began to grown repetitive rather quickly. Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon suffers from the same issues. Our other problem with Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon comes in the form of the fan service which seems to have been ramped up in this sequel. Don’t get us wrong folks, Nights of Azure had a considerable amount of fan service with the cast of characters having rather big chests and various scenes but Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon takes up ten levels with even bigger chests and more fan service in the form of interactions with the mostly female cast. This might be an issue for some but equally it’s not enough for us to not recommend Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon so that’s a positive at least.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Great graphics especially during cutscenes
- Impressive soundtrack
- Improved RPG gameplay in comparison to the first title
- Great boss battles
- Branching paths for numerous endings
- Combat still gets repetitive too fast
- Increased fan service might turn some off
- Combat can still feel stiff and or slow at times
Honey's Final Verdict: