Asdivine Hearts 2
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An exercise in blandness
Story… I really didn’t felt any particular will to try the True End.
…Which apparently doesn’t exist in the same sense as the other games, so at some point I would describe as “normal ending” (first ending? Something?) it seemed good enough and I called it a day.
The story is decent (and to some degree, memorable), and the justification for the level reset is good. It was funny, even. I had no issues with it… until fridge logic settled in and you realize the (largely unsuccessful) attempt at hinting at darker themes. Some games like Chrome Wolf (Magitec) and Monochrome Order (Hit Point) deals with difficult themes in an excellent way. This one, you don’t even realize the difficult theme and when you do, you feel a bit disgusted. Exe-Create would have fared better sticking to their clichés on this one, just let the heroes save the multiverse and everyone live happily thereafter, they can do this right ─ rather than… this. (-1 star)
The mapping was absolutely lazy. The maps are terribly bland and lack love. (-1 star from gameplay)
Characters are shallow. When I try to think about them, I remember a lot of stuff. But all said stuff come from the prequel, Asdivine Hearts, which I did not complete. (-1 star from story)
Battle system looked very interesting, until you actually play Fernz Gate (the game published after this one). Then you realize that this game probably was made just to grab some cash to fund development of other games, and to test the new stuff they were going to try in Fernz Gate. Usually, even older games battle system can remain attractive or have their own charm, even when recycled several times. But this one was absolutely killed by Fernz Gate, and once you play the later, this one holds no appeal. Not sure whose fault this is, but AH2 is the one who suffered from this. (-1 star from Battle System)
Mechanics also felt lazier than on its predecessor, Asdivine Hearts. While I very much prefer AH2 battles over AH1, the effort it went in both contrast each other, so it was a let down in overall.
I have to agree with Dragnfly review: Formation is a hassle rather than an asset, convos with characters are useless as they lack depth and the trust you gain is not enough to actually impact the game (you’re forced to farm gifts), maps are bland, and in overall, there’s not much reason to play this if you’re looking for a game, and even less reason to play this if you actually liked Asdivine Hearts.
I would not consider purchasing this game. But then, this is Asdivine, and if you’re after the novelty or haven’t played Fernz Gate yet, it might actually be worthwhile. But once you play Fernz Gate, the fridge logic will settle in and all the flaws on this one will come screaming at you, possibly making you regret playing this one.
It was only successful in making a game which after the next one comes out, it can be retired and forgotten regardless if you ever played it as it does not have any redeeming trait on its own.
In other words, this game has no identity; everything it did was actually either copy-pasta from the prequel (Asdivine Hearts), or a worse version of the not-story-related sequel (Fernz Gate).
- Rubix system
- Comedy and cheesiness
- Absolutely easy
- More of a technical demo than a game
- Bland mapping
- Lackluster characters
- Could not implement dark/difficult themes well into the game
- Formations are too complex and not worth the effort
- Lacks an identity as a game
Well a not that kind of good game(in fact it left me speechless)
- should i say it comedic
- a smart garden (since it has a more plot for it)
- tweet system (you can get IAP for free by this)
- perfect jewel and buddy
- petty romance and harem(not sure,about this)
- all character at this game went a messed up change
- with this kind of story it would be compeletly impossible to has the 3rd sequel
- all the map from this game is very very make me enraged
Could have been better
I enjoy all the Asdivine games and the quirky characters that inhabit them, so I was really looking forward to this game. It started out really exciting, but somewhere along the line it seems like Exe Create just got lazy and said, “okay don’t worry about the story anymore, just focus on cheesy jokes and have all the girls fawn all over Zach.” After that I just couldn’t get into it.
- Funny jokes
- Familiar characters
- Poor story
- Overly complex team/battle system
Asdivine Hearts Gaiden
The first indicator to me that a game in a franchise I love is missing the mark is when I ask myself if it deserves additional time for me to write a review. Sadly, most of the aspects of the game that are favourable are ones that are familiar, as anything new tends to have some gross strings attached. I’ll never ream a game for using good ideas, even if they are recycled from elsewhere, but those good ideas alone don’t overpower many shortcomings.
Although this is the 5th game in the Asdivine series, note that it is only connected to, of course, Asdivine Hearts. Dios and Menace share a setting, and Cross is kind of debatable. As such, it’s highly recommended that you get the true ending in Asdivine Hearts 1 first, for maximum context. In case you don’t, there’s a primer available in-game. If you know the first game already, that primer is pretty hilarious.
The new combat system sees the inclusion of partners, which I’ve always loved. It’s a great way to have easier balancing while making sure that we can still get our favourite characters into battle. But all of the good setups require a very specific arrangement of characters whereas, in the past Asdivine games, you could just do it without worry. Only the vanguards can use their Trust Gauge ability, meaning you need to constantly be moving characters if you want to use specific abilities. Pairing Zack and Stella gets you a bonus with certain equipment, but Stella can be partnered with powerful monsters. It’s clear that the game wanted me to be constantly shuffling my party layout but that’s just a huge hassle, especially since the rock bottom difficulty curve means you never need to optimise.
On the visual side of things, we still have our super impressive battle sprites. I’d take high-quality puppetter sprites over over Dreamcast-era 3D models and VFX any day. The character busts all got a big facelift and they all look great. Although it is strange that the Queen, who had a bust before, now lacks one. In fact, this ties into another problem.
The game loses major points due to sparseness. AH had passable mapping which only got better throughout the series but AH2 has houses devoid of all decoration and furniture. Dungeon elements get brought up and then don’t show up again in any meaningful way. Very little of the fun exploration is present. The mapping and dungeon designs feel lazy.
Borrowing from Antiquia Lost, characters now have unique map abilities. I’ve always loved this in games (Wild Arms, for example). It’s tied to your Trust level and even with save-scumming and the items found in treasure chests, your trust level with any particular character cannot possibly reach even the 2nd tier without relying on arena awards or cash items. This means you will have to remember which dungeons had locations to use your map abilities, then return after much arena battling. It’s a step back from a previous game without adding anything to rebalance it.
Another system which I’m always all for, and they didn’t screw up or counter is a benchmark trophies system akin to Compile Heart games. I forget if this is EXEC’s first game to have this, but basically, everything from opening treasure chests to raising your combo count unlocks reward items at each of 3 different tiers. I always love these systems in games.
Where I think the game really flops is the story… errr… stories. Rather than the usual main game and post game stories that EXEC games favour, they go with a semi-trio of shorter tales (two connected, one sort of not). This just isn’t a good format for this game, as I found my interest in what was happening waning very quickly. This is due to the individual tales not being developed enough on their own so they lack a feeling of gravity, despite each threat being massive in scope. It’s kind of amazing how you can have multiverse-ending cataclysms just not feel important.
The new addition to our party is fun and enjoyable but she really only interacts much with Zack and Felix. Stella gets the character dev shaft, which is a huge shame. Felix gets the shaft too but she can manage on the sole merrit of being Felix. Stella had lots of options to grow and the game didn’t bite at any of them. I do have to give credit for Uriel’s main-story character growth because it’s really quite good. It goes out the window in the final arc but I’m glad the devs remembered her and gave her a chance to shine.
It’s a major annoying trait of a game when they step on their own toes like this and it makes reviewing it difficult. Many of the aspects which are good also come with a drawback, like an adorable puppy with explosive diarrhoea. Return of the Rubix system? Awesome. Need cash or gems to fully use it? Not awesome. Cool new partner system? Awesome. Gimped by low implementation? Not awesome. It’s difficult to give pros and cons when every pro has a con holding it back.
I regret that I can’t recommend this one at full price. It’ll be fine on sale but as it is, I just don’t understand what they were thinking.
- Excellent battle sprites and busts
- Return of the fun rubix system
- Cameo characters
- Weapons showing on battle sprites
- Map skills
- A trophy system that actually matters
- Absolutely terrible mapping and sub-par dungeon design
- Rubix system full potential locked behind a cash/gem wall.
- Absurdly low odds for any of the good lottery prizes
- 2nd easiest Kemco release ever. First time I ever beat the gazillion challenge with no effort
- Sub-par stories and lots of missed character opportunities
- Not enough trust-boosting events and treasure to make full use of the map skills feature
Asdivine HEARTS 2 continues the story of Zack and his companions (both new and old) as they travel through a new adventure in a new World.
- Witty characters
- An intriguing story
- Returning systems
- The "End" isn't the end
- Plenty of continuing adventure.
- Trophies now give awards
- As with all kemco games, many familiar aspects.
- Lacks any armor upgrading
- Felt as if the hardest difficulty was too easy for most of the game.