5 Stars By K Murasaki on 2017-11-28
Media outlets sold this game tragically short
Let's be on clear, here: adult jokes, sexual innuendo, adult themes & humor and lewd art are in this game. If that is genuinely a deal-breaker, then this game isn't for you. But if you wish for a complex, involved, rewarding dungeon crawler so well-constructed that even the PSN trophies are satisfying to attain, then play this game.
It is a dungeon crawler. It is arguably THE most difficult, yet most-balanced dungeon crawler on the Vita. You are looking at a game that boasts class customizations, various ways to take care of enemy mobs, on-your-toes boss fights that challenge your understanding of the mechanics, a fun, engaging story, an excellent and charming cast that grows on you...
...and over twice the game's main campaign length in post-game dungeon content, for those who want even more challenge. If you main Etrian Odyssey, this is a no-brainer--get this game. Get it and enjoy it.
PSTV compatible, and below the 3.60 update threshold, for those concerned with that detail.
5 Stars By Thomas J Paglione on 2015-11-24
Solid game, do not be turned off by the fanservice!
Great game to enter the JRPG dungeon crawl genre. Difficulty is a fair/easy for Japanese dungeon crawler. Ecchi is pretty tame, really mildy above fanservice. Classes start our basic and really blossom. Become as complex as you can make it. The core girls are fleshed out well, pardon the pun. Some of the other get lost a little.
5 Stars By Kandjar on 2015-11-22
A Must have for anime/dungeon crawler lover!
Great game, if you love dungeon crawler, love anime and don't mind fan service (or do like when here's fan service), then this is a MUST have game.
A lot of really fun dialogue... The 'self awareness' in the game is just brilliant.
5 Stars By Charles W. Hayes on 2015-11-09
Awesome dungeon crawl.
Ok, I bought this because I have both a PS TV and a PS VITA. This game looks beautiful on my 50 inch TV, and the gameplay is classic dungeon crawler throughout. This is not a game you will finish in a night.
5 Stars By Bass.exe on 2017-10-14
Good. But know what you are getting
Its a good game, slightly lewd pictures but whatever. The game is DIFFICULT. The difficulty spikes out of nowhere. I actually lost a character in the first (tutorial) dungeon, and I hate that there are hidden doorways you have to go through in some spots (thankfully there are guides online). Outside of these things the characters are very likable and I feel they are what will keep you playing this game. I rate 5 stars because I genuinely enjoys this title despite its faults. But be aware... if you are not into first person dungeon crawlers with a bit of grinding needed stay away from this title.
5 Stars By nosef on 2016-04-06
Great game and haven't had this much fun playing a ...
Great game and haven't had this much fun playing a VITA game in a very long time. I haven't been able to play it recently because the game IS heavily focused on grinding and leveling/min-maxing in the end game. Trophies are all story related so if you hate grinding that's fine because the main story can be played throughout without grind. Great game, great cast of characters.
5 Stars By Ben Holcomb on 2016-09-16
This game is amazing for handheld
This game is amazing for handheld, just like Moe Chronicle but with more detailed character classes and story. DEFINITELY worth trying if you love the Dungeon Crawler style with fan service.
5 Stars By Reza James Ahmed on 2015-11-17
OMG such a good game. 50 hours to beat the main story give or take, so great value dollars per hour wise. After you beat the game there is plenty extra stuff to do as well. I could see this game potentially giving 100 plus hours of game play. Dungeon crawler with many characters to customize. Many classes for each character to be. Many skills in each class. Customization up the wazoo. Story is pretty good. Characters are good.
5 Stars By Resident01 on 2015-11-18
Fun throwback game.
Really fun game, a little perverted.
on 2015-08-22 A couple of flaws, but...
I had hoped that eventually someone would take a chance and localize the original To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers, in which the cast of the well-known visual novel To Heart 2 found themselves thrust in a dungeon crawling RPG. That unfortunately never happened, so I was surprised when Atlus announced they'd be localizing its sequel, this game.
In the game, the protagonist Fried is a Libra in training. Libras are magic users who specialize in sealing away dangerous monsters. Unfortunately they generally don't have much in the way of combat skills, and so to do their job they need to be supported by a party of other characters. Since Alisia and Melvy, a couple of Fried's friends from the academy happen to be hanging around when the countryside around the royal library is hit with an outbreak of monsters, we have a reason to go dungeon-crawling.
The gameplay is quite similar to games such as Etrian Odyssey - Nintendo DS
and Class of Heroes - Sony PSP
. The royal library serves as a home base where the characters can recuperate when not exploring. In an interesting little twist, the characters can rest for free at the library, so there are no worries about spending all the proceeds of a dungeon exploration on healing at an inn. As the game progresses, Fried will meet plenty of new allies; each of his new allies has a basic class (fighter, magic user, maid, etc.), but as the characters level up, they can branch out into more advanced versions of that basic class.
And of course, the game's hook is that most of the monsters encountered in the dungeons are standard RPG beasts (ghosts, werewolves, etc.) anthropomorphized as moe anime-style characters. The bosses (or "mutants") are styled in the same way, and generally after beating the boss the player is treated to a visual-novel type scene where the boss' clothes have been shredded or the boss is depicted in a highly suggestive manner. Considering this game's visual novel origins, this shouldn't be too surprising, but be advised there will be some pretty suggestive stuff lurking. I'm not sure the "M" rating is warranted, but neither is that rating totally out of line.
That said, you might expect a light and fluffy game where outside of the cutscenes and moe characters, there's not much underneath. However, there's a pretty deep and challenging RPG modulo all of the fan-pandering. While the first dungeon is not much of a challenge, after that point there is a difficulty spike and the game is not afraid to punish the player if they wander into a encounter unprepared. The player will no doubt find themselves scrambling out of the dungeon with a decimated party from time to time, and being underleveled during a boss fight can easily culminate in a game over. Fortunately, a little bit of grinding for an extra level or two will usually equalize the playing field.
So overall, this game ended up being exactly what I was looking for-a solid RPG with some nice anime style eye candy. The character and monster designs are very attractive, there's a solid and challenging game, and each character class has a pretty wide range of skills which can be leveled up as the player desires. That said, there are a few definite flaws in the game as well. The highly-suggestive nature of some of the cutscenes and some of the monster designs may put off some players, most of the characters are pretty stock archetypes (Fried could have stepped out of the lead role of a harem anime, and Alisia is a standard "old friend" of the protagonist for example), and the mapping system leaves a bit to be desired. Some of the dungeon maps are quite large, and there are two map views available. Unfortunately, the large area of some of the dungeons means that when the map is zoomed-out, the player could find themselves squinting and straining to see how to navigate from point A to B while the zoomed-in map doesn't give an adequate overall view of the layout. Additionally, the map marks the location of treasures, but it would have been nice to be able to mark certain points on the map to visit later (to make a note of a boss location for example).
Overall, however, if you like dungeon crawlers and cute anime girls, this is probably a Vita title you should consider acquiring.