Publisher: Koei Tecmo Europe
Platforms: PS4, Switch, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Release Date: 30/7/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
This is one manga tie in game I have been waiting for a long time. I was excited since the first email dropped in to tell me the game was coming soon. Was it worth the wait?
They set the story of Fairy Tail at the end of the Tenrou Island arc. If you do not understand what that is, I doubt you will not be the only one who does not. This is around 245 chapter in to the manga and 112 episodes in. To say you need to be a fan of Fairy Tail is an understatement. This is definitely one for the fans. There is a catch up in the encyclopedia area but yeah, it’s a quick rundown.
In fact, these story arcs are all glossed over and feel a little too simple. There are major plot points missed out: they thrust characters at you with no explanation. The story is understandable and done well enough. But when taking on a project with so much canon, some things needed missed, I guess.
One aspect of the game that Gust have gone is to make it a JRPG rather than a fighter, like other popular anime/manga tie-ins. And it was a fantastic choice it was a fantastic choice. There are two parts that make this JRPG stand out from the rest. Firstly, each character has their own magic attack, like Natsu is a fire user, who eats as fire to power up, and Ezera uses Equip magic. This changes her looks and attack ability. Secondly, each magic attack has its own area of effect, making a few tactical choices.
It is not all good there is one lack luster part to the game that is the missions that you have to do to level up the guild. These are basically the same constantly, go out, kill X and go back. This gets boring quickly. I would have liked to have had more varied missions or just something different.
Overall Fairy Tail has a solid framework for something special and much needed in the anime tie in series. There are a few changing needed a well as needing more focused story telling. As a first outing for Fairy Tail it is not a bad effort, fingers crossed if there is a follow up the game improves on its framework.