“The newest addition to the globally acclaimed RPG series Chaos Rings has arrived! Explore a captivating new adventure and brand-new game system in this latest installation! Time is stagnant; the Destroyer has forced the world to the brink of destruction. In this desolate era, Darwin, the chosen one, discovers his fate; he must slaughter the sacrifices and offer their souls, all to salvage the world.”
You know how these games go, a hero is chosen to save the world from brink of destruction. The story of Chaos Rings II is unrelated to the previous titles, so don’t feel like you have to have played the previous games to get into this one. While good for new players, I wish the story had something to do with the other games.
Alright, not gonna lie, Chaos Rings II looks spectacular! The characters, environments, and textures are all high quality and look stunning on both iPhone/iPad screens. The soundtrack is just a good as the visuals, something I’ve come to expect from Square Enix. The game features a top notch story line and even includes Japanese voice overs! (can be turned off) Bottom line, Square Enix nailed the presentation, this is a premium iOS game.
The touchscreen controls are nearly identical to previous games; Navigating through menus and inputting commands are completed by simply tapping a button on the screen. I had no issues with the controls, not once did I have problems issuing commands or controlling my characters.
The gameplay isn’t exactly the same, but is really easy to pickup. The turn-based battle system still focuses on a two member party, allowing for both solo and paired attacks. Attacking in pairs will yield a stronger attack, but both members will take damage. While attacking solo will only cause attacks on you to hit one party member. Your attacks also carry elemental damage that works in a rock-paper-scissors system to either increase/decrease damage given/taken.
Successful attacks will fill up your charge gauge, which will allow you to perform powerful attacks called “Awakenings” and summons called “Advents”. The game does away with the gene system and introduces “Sopia”, which is basically magic abilities gained from monsters you slay/ sacrifices you make. These abilities become more powerful with SP, which is earned after battles. The new gameplay mechanics are nice change and make for an exciting experience.
I wish the game included English voice overs, though I personally didn’t mind listening in Japanese.
Chaos Rings II is sequel that is step above the previous two Chaos Rings titles, mixing immense storytelling with exceptional graphics and sound. If the price seems a little much, let me ask you this. How much does a game of this quality cost on Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita? $49.99? $39.99? Chaos Rings II is a premium game, therefore it deserves to be priced accordingly. If you love RPG’s, you’ll love this one. 9/10