Fairy Fencer F
Developed By Compile Heart
Published By NIS America
Fairy Fencer F begins with the main Protagonist Fang being told a story about a mysterious sword embedded in stone and if the sword is pulled out then the one who manages to pull out the sword will be rewarded with a wish, not to much surprise Fang manages to pull the sword from the stone, it is here that he meets Eryn a Fairy who informs Fang that he is now a Fencer, a warrior who wields the power of the furies, the weapons that allow, Eryn tells Fang that he must find the other Furies in order to revive the Goddess and receive his wish, however Fang at first is hesitant and doesn’t like being told what to do but eventually he decides to help Eryn find the other Furies and revive the Goddess.
Fairy Fencer F is an Action RPG, very similar in style to the HyperDimension Neptunia series, the standard combat follows a turn based format, where you have a small radius to run around the field then to choose what action you would like to take, it’s a solid system that can be used either simply or strategically, for example there was one fight where I had Fang stay up front and tank the damage, while dealing it himself while I had another character quite far back in the field away from the action healing him and casting spells. Moving on to the actual combat system it really is quite good, like all RPG’s you can use standard attacks, however what you can also do is set combos, which means you can set different attacks to follow your first, a good example would be using your first attack to Thrust your sword at the enemy then using an Axe to slice them, then following up with a one-two punch combo, in reality these don’t really affect damage all that much but they do however break up the monotony of watching the same animations over and over again (*Cough* Final Fantasy XIII). The games levelling system is also well done, gaining EXP will get you more levels, thus raising the characters overall stats, you know the drill but Fairy Fencer F also has another system where you gain WP, which you can spend to upgrade your weapon, giving you more damage/defense, and allowing you to use more Skills/Magic, and also allowing you to use more attacks in a combo, You can also go into a mode during battle called Fairize which will significantly boost the characters attack as well as defense. Moving on to the movement parts of the game, unfortunately you’re in menus once again for the most part, except for when you’re in certain areas, then you can move around and explore, there is no moving around the town of the game or the world map which is very disappointing, this is something that quite a few RPG’s are starting to use more and it makes me miss the days when I had towns and a world map to fully explore, sadly that isn’t the case here.
Possibly the best aspect about this game, the soundtrack is fantastic, composed by the man himself Nobuo Uematsu (Composer of Most Final Fantasy games), The soundtrack itself is a mix between J-Pop and Rock, always a great combination, all tracks are brilliant, if I had to pick one it would have to be The One Who Conquers Glory. Voice Acting wise the game isn’t all that good, most characters sound either boring or just over excited and high pitched, most notably Fang, who just always sounded bored or tired, which admittedly does fit his character but I would still like some spirit from him.
For a game released in 2014 for the PS3, Fairy Fencer F, is not winning any awards in the graphics department, the character models look okay but the environments all look low-quality, thankfully however this game does have a nice variety of areas, and all of them are full of color, something else I should mention is that the game seems very….choppy sort of like the frames are slightly lower than full, it’s hard to describe, it may be my PS3 though so I’m not too sure on that.
The Lasting Appeal
Fairy Fencer F has a decent bit of content packed into it, finishing the game usually takes around 25-30 hours depending on how much exploring and side quests you do, there is also a new game plus feature, so thats nice, and of course full set of trophies and a Platinum for people who are interested in that, overall Fairy Fencer F doesn’t have as much content as other RPG’s but still enough to warrant a purchase.
Fairy Fencer F overall is a pretty good Action RPG, the combat and gameplay is always fun and kept me entertained, the Soundtrack is great and the story is simple and easy to follow, if you are a fan of the HyperDimension Neptunia series or a fan of RPG’s then I would definitely recommend it.
My Score – 8.5/10
- Very fun combat system
- Enjoyable story
- Fantastic Soundtrack
- Decent amount of content
- Graphics are dated
- Voice acting could be better
- Not enough exploration
Fairy Fencer F is available now for PS3. Thanks go to Reef Entertainment for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube.
Review By Jonnie Dixon