Game: Faery: Legends of Avalon
Review by: Denoch
At an early age kids tend to let their imagination run wild. Most kids want to be superheroes with powers, ninjas, or even warriors with incredible strength. Then there are some that wish to have magical powers and fly around the kingdom of Avalon as a Fairy, well maybe not everyone, but its okay to give into that guilty pleasure with the latest PSN title called Faery: Legends of Avalon.
Story: You are a young faery that has been in stasis for over several centuries. The faery king disrupts this deep slumber out of desperation for help in his kingdom and the future of all their kind. You are informed that “Man” has stopped believing in the faeries, therefore the power of magic is dwindling. All of the faery societies including coexisting creatures are also gradually being terminated. It is up to you to assemble a powerful team that can go beyond the mirrors and make an attempt on saving three great mystical worlds.
Graphics: Before starting the game you are able to change your faerie’s appearance, gender, or play with the default character settings. Most of the faeries have a very magical presence to them compared to the king, while some of the males looked a little disappointing when it came down to the graphic rendering on their faces. The worlds and destinations have a mystical aura that reminds me of Peter Pan’s. Looking down on the small islands and ship, it really does give a different perspective of the height, even if you are aware that you are smaller than usual.
Gameplay: There are two parts to the gameplay, one is the exploration of the world while flying around and searching for your next objective, and the second is the combat system. The flying is straight forward with the exception that it can be redundant after a while since it can be bland when you have to repeat the process several times. The combat is similar to that of Final Fantasy X, it is turn based allowing you to see who is going to attack next. You are able to use regular attacks, magic attacks, defensive moves, and items. In essence it is very much like the “old school” JRPG’s
Dialogue: All of the conversations are through text or subtitles, there is also the option to be “nice” or “mean” when you are talking to someone similar to that of Mass Effect. One of the annoying parts of this text based story is that the game wont let you know who is talking, all you can see is the text on the screen which can be confusing if there are several characters at one time. You have to keep up with who is saying what and hope that you don’t miss anything.
Sound: The music is very soothing. It is what you would expect from a game that narrates a fairy tale. There is no voice acting and hardly any voice samples, maybe a grunt or a yell from the faeries through in combat or in the open world.
Wishes or Changes: It appears that it will be episodic considering how the ending was unsatisfying. It would have been better if all the content was in one game. The narrative needs improvement, and the subtitles have to be organized to inform the player who is talking and give the option when to proceed to the next text.
TQ bottom line: The bottom line is that if you still believe in fairies and you still believe in the RPG combat that is reminiscent of the old Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger, and if you are not discouraged or bothered by the poor narrative than it can be a great 15 bucks spent, otherwise if its too fairy for you then its best to stay clear from all the fairy tales.
FINAL SCORE: 3 out of 5 Michelas!
Faery: Legends of Avalon
Developer: Spiders Studio
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360