Developer CyberConnect2 delivered an incredible tactical RPG within the type of Fuga: Melodies of Metal, and Fuga: Melodies of Metal 2 is a sequel that goals to solely placate followers of the unique launch. Whereas which means that the sport largely treads acquainted floor by way of mechanics with little room for one thing new, it’s nonetheless a fairly stable expertise that ought to make for a enjoyable time – albeit with a number of flaws that we are going to focus on in additional sections of this evaluate.
Fuga: Melodies of Metal 2 picks up a 12 months after the unique recreation, the place your band of furry fighters defeated the Berman Empire all through the course of that journey. When you’re like me and aren’t conversant in the unique story, there’s a useful story recap that may get you on top of things on the important characters and occasions via animated slides. As for the story in Melodies of Metal 2, the identical gang of Youngsters return as soon as once more as a brand new evil pressure takes maintain of the Taranis tank and wreaks havoc throughout all the realm – all whereas most of your pals are nonetheless imprisoned inside that enemy tank.
The plot itself is fairly easy, and like the unique – the characters take priority over the narrative. The Youngsters themselves stay lovable to take a look at, however there’s numerous inconsistency between the various protagonists that type all the crew. Most of them are returning characters from the unique, however additionally, you will discover new crewmates together with however not restricted to Vanilla who will play an integral position within the journey. Malt is the eldest within the gang and assumes the position of the chief of the crew, and his character arc is fairly compelling compared to the opposite youngsters – most of whom have annoying quirks and little within the title of precise persona.
“Conversations between the kids are additionally fairly uninteresting and affected by hammy dialogue, and the ambiance is established via descriptive paragraphs – and all that comes collectively to make a narrative that’s fascinating on the entire however fails to maintain you captivated on a moment-to-moment foundation.”
Along with this, the writing doesn’t really feel pure because the model resembles extra of what you’d discover in a novel than a online game. Conversations between the kids are additionally fairly uninteresting and affected by hammy dialogue, and the ambiance is established via descriptive paragraphs – and all that comes collectively to make a narrative that’s fascinating on the entire however fails to maintain you captivated on a moment-to-moment foundation. A part of this may be blamed on the over-reliance on anime caricatures, however couple that with a fairly sluggish begin to issues – and the story division positively leaves one thing to be desired.
Fuga: Melodies of Metal 2 shares numerous similarities to the unique by way of gameplay, and gamers will probably be as soon as once more controlling a battle tank as they make their approach via arenas stuffed with enemy presence. Battles happen via a turn-based fight system the place technique and judicial use of assets is essential to survival. The tank has three separate turrets, every manned by a crew member.
Every of the members has entry to one in all three weapon sorts (grenade launcher, machine gun, or cannon) alongside a slew of particular talents, and you need to juggle between totally different character mixtures to be the simplest for any given enemy kind. Choosing the proper weapons for the appropriate enemy additionally leads to delayed standing results on enemies, which provide you with extra alternatives to whittle down the well being bars. For example, aerial items are most susceptible to machine weapons whereas greater floor troops are greatest handled utilizing grenade launchers and cannons – and so forth and so forth.
“Battles happen via a turn-based fight system the place technique and judicial use of assets is essential to survival.”
Melodies of Metal 2 re-introduces the Soul Cannon mechanic which helps in including numerous rigidity to essential boss battles. You see, the Soul Cannon is a strong weapon that takes the soul of a soldier to unleash a devastating assault upon the enemy. In fights the place your enemy is utilizing the Soul Cannon, it is advisable take it out earlier than a set variety of turns else you run the chance of failing the struggle completely. And when you come up with that weapon, it is advisable maintain your HP in examine for the reason that Cannon will routinely begin its countdown when you attain a set crucial stage – which can finally trigger the battle to fail.
Certain, there’s a little bit of added frustration with the Soul Cannon constraints – however the recreation combats it with the Managarm which is one other highly effective weapon that’s accessible to be used as soon as per stage. It knocks out a soldier for all the length of the extent, however you deal a ton of harm to all of the enemies within the enviornment in consequence. Utilizing it isn’t really useful except completely essential because you get robbed of all expertise factors after utilizing the Managarm – so it’s extra of an help mode for these struggling to make it previous sure sections.
Getting used to all these mechanics actually has a studying curve, but it surely isn’t too steep such that it finally ends up being a irritating endeavor. And when you get the fundamentals down, it actually feels good to completely obliterate the opposition with particular assaults and cautious utilization of the appropriate weapons. There are a ton of choices at your disposal, and selecting the wisest of the bunch leads to higher fight rankings which internet you extra expertise factors for every character.
“Getting used to all these mechanics actually has a studying curve, but it surely isn’t too steep such that it finally ends up being a irritating endeavor.”
Every stage consists of a number of paths to the target, and there are factors the place you possibly can select between a safer choice or threat partaking in additional battles for higher rewards by going with the traditional route. You can too name Airship Assist now to bomb sure enemies beforehand, purchase essential assets throughout mid-mission, or transport your tank to an alternate route which provides extra flexibility and freedom of option to the fight proceedings.
There are a number of Intermission areas between ranges, which act as checkpoints to save lots of your progress within the occasion that you simply fail a battle. This part means that you can take direct management of the Youngsters, and navigate the ship to improve its arsenal or work together with crewmates. Forming significant relationships along with your crewmates unlocks Hyperlink Assaults, that are highly effective particular strikes that may be activated throughout battle to unleash some devastating blows to the enemy. However the conversations or Hyperlink Occasions that trigger these bonds to get stronger are as soon as once more stuffed with uninteresting dialogue that makes getting via them an absolute slog. As such, I discovered myself skipping via these conversations as quick as attainable which is a disgrace as a result of it might have been so significantly better if carried out with high quality writing.
Additionally price noting is that you simply get a choose variety of Motion Factors for every Intermission, and every part from interactions to upgrades to farming and fishing for assets prices some extent – which forces you to be tactical in prioritizing what to do now and what to depart for later. Nonetheless, you possibly can undo these selections by selecting to restart from Earlier than the Intermission after a recreation over when you’d prefer to re-evaluate your selections.
Aside from the Intermission, gamers also can participate in Expeditions that are mini-dungeons which might be stuffed with all kinds of traps and valuables. The side-scrolling exploration and fight are fairly primitive in nature, but it surely’s a enjoyable little distraction that retains issues contemporary and breaks the slightly monotonous stream of story and fight whereas additionally offering you with treasured assets to always improve your weapons and tank services.
“Lots of the property and UI parts are virtually equivalent to the unique, which wouldn’t matter all that an excessive amount of when you’re leaping in for the primary time – however it might stick out to those that have spent dozens upon dozens of hours in Melodies of Metal.”
In between tackling ranges, you may be visiting settlements the place you possibly can select to buy assets or discuss to NPCs who offers you useful ideas for upcoming battles or simply have interaction in easy conversations that all the time finish with a dialogue alternative. You get to select from Empathy and Decision, and these selections will get stacked towards each other and finally unlock your Chief Expertise that are particular buffs which might be randomly activated throughout battles.
Talking of the presentation, Fuga: Melodies of Metal 2 options the identical cute and cuddly visuals that we noticed within the authentic. Lots of the property and UI parts are virtually equivalent to the unique, which wouldn’t matter all that an excessive amount of when you’re leaping in for the primary time – however it might stick out to those that have spent dozens upon dozens of hours in Melodies of Metal. The somber music tracks additionally make a return, which helps create a soothing and melancholic ambiance as you struggle these gargantuan mechs in battle.
In conclusion, Fuga: Melodies of Metal 2 can greatest be described as extra of the identical – so if that description excites you, this sequel must be proper up your alley. Alternatively, when you didn’t have a superb time enjoying the unique, it’s unlikely that Melodies of Metal 2 will change that viewpoint. However taking a look at it in a vacuum, Melodies of Metal 2 is a surprisingly stable tactical RPG that strikes a superb stability between accessibility and ability. The story is hampered by weak writing and inconsistent characters, however aside from that there isn’t a lot to complain about.