The Mirror Plays: Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force

Hey hey, time for some gaming posts. I will be reviewing both the original and Advent Dark Force.

What’s the difference between the two games?

  • ADF expands the story by quite a bit.
  • Graphics finally gets 1080p, instead of 720p upscale from the original.
  • Combat system gets revised, from 3 players in combat to 6 in ADF

May sound like nothing much, but the difference is huge.

What I don’t like about the game?

Why didn’t they just make ADF from the beginning? They sold ADF as a SEPARATE game, and also 2-3times more expensive than the original.

Lets skip the original game and jump straight to ADF.

Storyline is great. The overall length is pretty long, especially on the ADF, so don’t expect yourself to finish in a week. The pacing is pretty decent, the side quests amount is a lot, but can be pretty beneficial to your game because you get more cards or Furys. As usual for all IF games is that, the DLCs makes you OP so, if you want to play for the sake of progressing, buy the DLCs.

Interface is more mouse and keyboard friendly on ADF. The original were heavily controller-reliant. The combat system is great, the expansion to 6 players in combat made the game a lot more easier. Character designs by Tsunako, one of my favourite illustrators and they are wonderful.

Music is great too. BGMs were nice, somewhat familiar to the Neps, but its fine.

Graphics are great on the ADF, but not really customizable. I did a comparison and it was pretty obvious. ADF uses DirectX 11 and the original uses 9.0c, which has pretty much aged a lot. The original uses 720p upscaled graphics, compared to ADF with the 1080p. Optimization was decent on ADF, but the original was pretty horribly optimized, pretty heavy for a DX9 game.

The cast list is great too.  Osaka Ryota, Okubo Rumi, Ozawa Ari, Noto Arisa, Shimoda Asami, Ohashi Ayaka, Fujimura Ayumi, Nakamura Daiki, Nitta Emi, Gentoku, Ishihara Kaori, Ide Kayano, Ono Kensho, Murakami Kohei, Toyota Moe, Terasoma Masaki, Toyama Nao, Yasuda Naoko, Tanabe Rui, Misawa Sachika, Eguchi Takuya, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu, Ueda Yoji, Iguchi Yuka, Komigata Yuri, Ono Yuki. It’s great, I love them all, Okubo Rumi is just fantastic with her Eryn.

Scores: Original | ADF

Story: 8/10 | 8.5/10

Interface: 7/10 | 8/10

Combat: 7/10 | 8/10

Music: 8/10

Graphics: 7/10|8.5/10

VAs: 9/10

Highly recommended, especially those who love Neps. If you havent bought FFF yet, jump straight to the ADF even though it’s a bit expensive, but it’s worth it, its more than just a remaster.

But for those who cannot handle the graphics, then fall back to FFF, but you will have to grind a lot more.

 

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