|Code Of Princess|
Currently unavailable in PAL region
Anyway, having a U.S. 3DS has given me the opportunity to play a game that may never make it to Australia and is on my review chopping block. Is it good? Is it worth having a U.S. 3DS? Well keep reading to find out... or just scroll to the score and be off with you.
Code of Princess has a strange story... not strange as in "weird" but strange in the fact it's broken into bite size portion before quests. The story itself has you following the Princess of DeLuxia Solange(it's French pronounced) as she protects the magical sword called Deluxcalibur from the evil Queen Distiny's army because of the swords power to change the world. Along the way you meet a few characters and yada yada yada. The story isn't really too serious and the game doesn't treat it too seriously either. It's a good story mind you but it's kinda forgettable and silly.
The game is a side scrolling action game with a leveling system... idiots would call this an Action RPG but the only RPG element in the game is the leveling system and nothing else. I'd say this game is more of a mission based beat 'em up. The game is supposedly similar to a game called "Guardian Heroes" but I've never played it so I can't make the comparison myself, just read it somewhere.
The controls are pretty simple to learn and the game features a tutorial video mode to teach you if you aren't from the Stone age or forgot what an instruction manual is for. Basically you have 2 types of attacks, lock on attack, guard and a "burst" mode to power up attacks. You fight on different plains... I think that's what they're called, pretty much straight lines you can fight on and switch between.
Combat itself in the game reminds me of Dungeon Fighter(I reviewed it a while back) where in you had special moves that were used by inputting a specific series of d-pad presses and an attack button. There's also a "Burst" that drains your MP(called Piety here) to double the strength of you attacks. It's actually pretty fun to play with this combat system since it's hardly been used and with most games playing and looking the same as other AAA titles, it's nice to have something rare and different used.
|Worst armor choice EVER! Just underwear and small pieces of metal to cover nipples.|
The box boast 50+ characters... they weren't kidding! See the 50+ characters are just the 4 main characters, a few story characters and EVERY NPC AND MONSTER IN THE GAME! There's also over 100 quest in single player and a lot more that are ONLINE ONLY! That actually pisses me off. Since most of the quests are just kill stuff before time runs out, they just start to blend into one another... but are strangely addictive, mainly due to cash and item rewards.
As mentioned earlier the game has a leveling system. You earn XP after completing each mission and each one gives you a specific amount of XP, regardless of how many enemies you kill.When you level up you earn stat points that can be used to suit the characters or as you see fit. Along with the leveling system you find gold and items in quests and you earn them from completing them too. You can equip the items to increase or decrease stats and add abilities to give you an edge in certain missions or when you use "Burst".
|Believe it or not... that's a girl!|
|You can play as a senile old woman... trust me, she's senile! Play the 2P co op online mission "Undead Assault".|
Code of Princess is a mixed bag. The gameplay is well done, but the mission structure of the game makes combat too short to really enjoy unless your a low level or play for long periods of time. The 50+ characters is just an advertising blurb just to draw attention but ultimate only offers a small portion of worth while characters and only 4 can be used in the story campaign. Admittedly this game is addictive! Between that urge to level up every character or to complete just one more quest after finishing the last "one more quest", it just sucks you in. I highly recommend the game for those of you who own a U.S. 3DS or if you are actually from North America. Sure the online only quests and the uncheckable achievements damper the experience a little but it's still a great game overall