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Game of the Month: The Witch and the Hundred Knight

May Live From Japan 1By James Page

Developer: NIS

ESRB: Teen

Release Date: 03/25/2014

System: PlayStation 3

 

Rating:

Graphics: 3.5 out of 4.0

Game Play: 3.5 out of 4.0

Personal: 2.0 out of 2.0

Total Score:  9.0 out of 10.0

 

Player’s Page: The Witch and the Hundred Knight

Undertake an arduous journey to the mysterious land of Medea, a magical realm where ones life can be ended in an instant only to resume at a later time. In this world the residents live in fear of the various magical beasts, which roam the plains, forests, and meadows. Even more frightening than these beasts are powerful beings known as witches.

These witches bend and dominate the world around them as they deem fit. In order to survive, the inhabitants of the world enter into pacts with various witches for protection, and as long as they serve faithfully there is the hope that their patron will protect them from danger.

Among all the various witches in the world of Medea, most are minor ones who practice their craft in order to make a living. However, a handful of Great Witches are revered for their power and their benevolent treatment of living things. Despite the image they put forward, it is always important to remember that all witches have their own goals and ambitions; one must always be on guard against and wary of each and every witch. Although people must be wary of ambitious witches, most pose no immediate threat to humanity; however, one witch is known and feared by everyone.

Deep in an isolated corner of the world resides the dreaded “swamp witch.” Her home is a toxic and fetid swamp, dangerous to all life. Normally, any living creature, which enters this land, is subject to illness and death, and anything that can withstand the inherent danger of the swamp will be greeted by the great and powerful swamp witch Metallia.

Once one reaches this point one will wish to have succumbed to the swamp; for a lonely death in the swamp is preferable to all of the horrific tortures that will be bestowed upon unfortunate visitors by Metallia.

Luckily for the citizens of the world, the swamp witch Metallia is confined to her relatively small swamp and cannot travel anywhere untouched by the swamp’s mud. The relative peace of Medea cannot last forever and the swamp cannot stay contained.

Deep within her evil realm the witch Metallia has set in motion a wicked plan to summon an immortal demon of legend to spread her malice throughout the world. The ritual is undertaken, and despite some outside interference, the legendary demon the Hundred Knight is summoned into the swamp. As with most legends the truth is far from expectations, and the Hundred Knight is no different. Instead of being an imposing figure of strength that instills terror into all who gaze upon his mighty form, the Hundred Knight is a small and unassuming creature that is often overlooked and disregarded.

Oh well, one must work with what one is given, and Metallia binds the creature to this world and her will. Now this creature is unleashed upon the world to carry out the dark bidding of its master Metallia, and first on the hit list is the neighboring witch of the forest, Malia.

At its core The Witch and the Hundred Knight is an action–adventure role-playing game where players must hack and slash their ways through numerous waves of opponents to complete various objectives. The player can equip with up to five different weapons, which can be unleashed one after the other in combo attacks able to devastate the various enemies.

The weapons can be organized via the equipment screen to add multipliers to their base damage and by utilizing this feature it is possible to double the attack power of certain weapons.

Throughout the course of the battles the player will gain experience points, which can be used to improve the Hundred Knight as well as items that can be equipped to increase attack power, defense, and resistance levels. Items may be obtained by defeating enemies, finding them in chests located on each map, purchasing them in stores, stealing them from buildings, or by the bonus gauge, which is filled by defeating numerous enemies.

The Witch and the Hundred Knight is an enjoyable game with a dark sense of humor published by Nippon Ichi Software. The company is best known for the Disgaea tactical RPG series and this title maintains the same style and feel. This is primarily due to the artwork and character designs of Takehito Harada who has been the creative mind behind many of NIS’s characters including the lovable prinny.

Although the game has a teen rating many of the scenes, dialogue, and innuendo lead this title to the boarder of the teen and mature ratings. When one starts playing this game, one will be amazed at how the time will fly by, and after all is said and done, one will look back at the experience with The Witch and the Hundred Knight with fond memories.

Remember, like all games if you play them just to have fun there will never be a bad game.

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