Koei Tecmo has been going pretty hard at the action RPG’s this year. I’ve always been into those type games and well Koei Tecmo had me hooked on Dynasty Warriors since childhood. I don’t know how the first Nights of Azure missed my raider, but I’m glad I got a chance to play Nights of Azure 2. I hope you are ready to bust out some combo’s and kick some fiend butt because we are gonna deep dive into this gothic anime style world. Let’s hop into it. This is our Nights of Azure 2 review.
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon is an anime-style action RPG. You play Aluche Anatoria, a knight of the Curia who is on the search for her childhood friend gone missing Liliana and all while trying to stop the Moon Queen. Luckily Aluche does not have to do this alone she has her servants and Lily’s by her side to help in this endeavor. With their help, you as Al will traverse the land fighting fiends all in an attempt to stop the Moon Queen from bringing eternal night to the world.
Good story plot right? I like it. To not hold any punches for you, you will only play as Aluche. The other characters are partner characters, Lily’s and servants, shinigami like pet creatures. You can only have 1 Lily and 2 servants with you as go out and hunt in the night. Both your Lily’s and servants can be leveled up as you go along. Servants can be found throughout the game field as you explore. There is a big and good tutorial on all of it so you will know what to look for.
As Aluche, you will need to spend your blue blood you collect from fiends to level up. Through this process you get points which you can use to customize her via talent trees. In the talent tree, some are perks which give you an increase in attack while using certain weapon types and others are along the line of increased buff time or more money earned from fights. In this Night’s of Azure 2 does allow for you to play Aluche the way you would like.
It is not short to say that you will need to spend your time wisely in this game. If you have dabbled in the Persona universe then you get what I mean by the moon phases play an important part of this game. You are not only battling fiends but also time itself. Aluche can only be out at night for a certain period of time and when that time is up moon phases change. You must rest in order for Aluche to recover. Now do not fret there is a way to keep time on your side. By beating big fiends, like boss battle fiends, the moon phase will go back a tick. Use this and manage your time wisely and you will never reach game over by letting the new moon come.
All of those things I consider good. It keeps the game challenging a bit and interesting, besides the story. The dialogue between characters, as a long time anime fan it is to be expected. Some of it is good but for me, there were a lot of moments where I cringed only because I recognize the natural character tropes. Personally, I would like to see some of these tropes done away with but for the characters and who they are it works. Just gotta cringe through it or laugh and keep playing.
I love the art in the game. Everything has a real gothic theme to it and seeing as how one of the characters is semi vampiric half demon, it’s totally understandable. The music is also very good, it suits the overall theme and mood in the different scenes so well. If you are a fan of RPG’s with a good steady story and is anime-styled characters dialogue, you may enjoy this. I enjoyed my time with it and love the combat. For those whose wheelhouse this is in and those that are looking to try it let me know your thoughts on Nights of Azure 2 down below.
Note: Our copy was reviewed on PS4 with a code provided by PR.