Hack and slash titles haven’t really been in the spotlight lately, partly because the genre itself isn’t as prominent as it used to be. But that isn’t to say that there aren’t any significant titles out there since one of them is RemiLore, from Nicalis and Pixellore Inc. This is a brand new title from the beloved publisher, and we were excited to try it out since it incorporates a lot of action, anime-themed character designs and plenty of humor. Anyone who’s really into hack and slash will most likely find this one to be a treat, as there’s quite a lot to dive into and lots of cool weapons to unlock as you progress through the game.
What to Expect
RemiLore doesn’t just incorporate hack and slash into the fray but also a “rogue-style” formula that helps to create a more challenging experience. You star as an ordinary school girl named Remi, who happens to come across a magical book while cleaning up the library after school. The book introduces itself as Lore and by state of shock, transports both of them into the colorful and magical world of Ragnoah. From there, the two set out to put a stop to the enemies standing in their way, having 200 different weapons to choose from, all of which come with their own unique characteristics. Being able to utilize them in battle will determine your fate, so be sure to make use of most of them and tackle those baddies!
The one thing that really stood out for us initially was the decision to implement anime-styled designs, not only to the characters but to the world itself. By doing so, it gives you this impression of watching an anime in motion, and you’re the director of how it all unfolds. Everything is colorful and looks glorious in HD on the Switch handheld mode, though for some reason we felt the TV mode didn’t give off that same vibe. Either way, the best thing about RemiLore is that it doesn’t shy away from trying new things in the visual department when it comes to things like character design, stage design, and even enemy design. The UI in the game is also quite straightforward and doesn’t impede on the gameplay in any major way, creating a nice free-flowing experience from start to finish.
RemiLore shines a lot in the visual category and we say the same for the sound department, at least in the voicing. We love that both Remi and Lore are voiced, which helps to really give some personality to each character. Remi is somewhat aloof to everything while Lore has this really sarcastic sense of humor that brings everything to life. Even other characters that you encounter in the game are voiced, which really help to bring everything all together nicely. There’s a great bond between the two main characters and had there been only text applied to the entire story, we probably wouldn’t feel the same effect in the end. The option to choose what language you want is available too, so if you happen to favor the English over Japanese, then you can do so.
Keeping things very straightforward, RemiLore is all about the action and slashing your way through hordes of enemies to progress in the game. The game at times did feel too easy, especially when you’re able to determine the patterns of how enemies attack and move, so we highly encourage players to try out different weapons to keep things feeling fresh. Each weapon performs differently and, for example, its weight can affect the speed at which you attack; in the earlier stages of the game, your weapon selection tends to be light such as your Broom, or a Lance. Once you get deeper into the game you’ll unlock other weird yet intriguing weapons, like a massive hammer that deals an incredible amount of damage, but you move like a tortoise when swinging at people.
Just swinging a weapon around may merit you in some situations, but when it comes to boss battles, ensuring that you have the right weapon equipped is imperative to you either winning or losing. We mentioned earlier how there’s a rogue-style mechanic implemented in the game and so whenever you do happen to fall prey to the hordes of enemies, you’ll start from the beginning of the level. Even when you suspend your save it will start you from the beginning. This is what adds a challenge and depth to the game since you’re always faced with new dangers everytime, and you never really find yourself falling into pattern since outcomes will always differ, but one thing we would’ve liked to see was variety in terms of stage design. We found that a lot of the levels seemed to share a lot of similarities, which made it feel like we were running through the same world. Perhaps in a sequel that may all change, but that’s one of the small gripes we had.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
With all of that being said, RemiLore ~Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore~ is still an incredibly fun game to play if you’re looking to just kick back and kill time. It’s by no means a perfect hack and slash title as we mentioned some cons, but the pros pretty much outweigh them by a small margin so it’s safe to say that you’ll enjoy yourself while playing. We would’ve perhaps liked to have seen an online mode that implements some sort of leaderboard mechanic, but that’s just a simple dream that really doesn’t effect the game in any way. In the end, RemiLore ~Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore~ while feeling too similar at times, still provides a fun and enriching experience that we’re sure anime fans along with hack and slash fans will find enjoyment in.
Great character design, along with wonderful voicing to add life to them.
Colorful HD anime-themed world.
Lots to unlock through the main story: weapons, costumes, etc.
A lot of hours can be put in and you can have a lot of fun with its rogue-style action!
We wish the stage designs had a little more uniqueness to them. They often looked similar.
Honey's Final Verdict:
We hope that you found our review of RemiLore ~Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore~ to be an insightful one, and that it helped to make your purchasing decision that much easier. Be sure to check out our other review articles and leave your comments below if you enjoyed the read! Check us out on Twitter along with Facebook and show us some love there as well! If you’re looking to watch us live then be sure to watch us on Twitch, where we play a variety of titles all for you!
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Author: Rob "NualphaJPN" B.
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