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When I first heard about Izuna and her sudden unemployment in the first game, I was also overcome by waves of reviews that said the game was a bloody difficult dungeon-crawler that made a few people was their money back. Needless to say, it scared me away for a quite a bit. However, when I heard about the release of Atlas' second Izuna game, it piqued my interest. It was be free for me to try it, so I decided to give it a go, and I have to say I was impressed.
Though I'm not a heavy gamer, I do sink into video games on a fairly regular basis. Izuna 2 was just my kind of game. The controls aren't based on the touch screen, but rather the directional pad and its company, which I find fits well with the game's main attraction. The plot seems to be well thought out, saving a few holes that left me a little confused. The graphics seemed to be a little step up from the things I've seen on this first game, but you get to caught up in hacking away at all the unforgiving monsters that the graphics aren't the thing you're worried about.
The infamous SP and HP meters I've heard to much about seemed to have been but into a different system in this game, and after a few hours of building up some experience and a decent stash of talismans in order to protect that weapon you've been training with for three floors straight, the game isn't the big bad mess it's gained a reputation as. My advice? Don't listen to all the reviews saying this game will make you want to strangle kittens. Just try it out, you might be surprised at how good Izuna 2 is.
Legend of the unemployed developers I should think
posted by LemmyKoopa (MADISON, WI) Jul 24, 2011
Member since Jan 2011
Play this game for an hour, and that's the way it's gonna go for as many more hours as you can stand it.
Maybe I'm just not a fan of the genre. Randomly generated dungeons sounds great on paper because it seems like you'll be able to play again and again and always find something new. Mostly though it means fending off the same enemies over and over while level grinding, hoping to find rare items, seeking out the stairs to be able to continue, and praying not to die or you'll lose all your items.
This formula doesn't seem to change much throughout the game. Some vaguely humorous cutscenes along the way do little to break it up and the story certainly doesn't help, not when your quest is to find your friend's long lost sister. The gal's not kidnapped or in danger or anything, she's just always a town ahead of you and you're looking for her. I really couldn't have cared less. The story gets more involved later but it's too little too late.
After the first dungeon you can bring two characters into the dungeons with you and switch between them. As soon as this becomes available all your allies other than Izuna are terribly underleveled so have fun level grinding. All your partners have more or less the same abilities apart from what weapons you choose to assign them, so it doesn't matter much who you pick... except in one way, and I got cheated on this one. You see, one character - the one I had chosen to train alongside Izuna - leaves the party. So I'm left with all the rest of my party at level 1 and I'm just like, I've got to spend hours training up someone else just to get to where I was before? No thanks!
Maybe your awol partner comes back and this game might have started to redeem itself but it still would have taken me significant effort to get through the next dungeon with that piece missing. Aside from losing my partner this game was at least playable as a timewaster, but it didn't stand out for me in any area. For fans of the genre only.
I've never played a game like Izuna before. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Yes, it was a little hard. The whole losing everything you had when you die thing was a bummer, but it didn't ruin the game for me. The dialogue was pretty funny and so were the weapon descriptions.
The only problem I had was near the end. I already beat the main story and didn't know that I was going through an extra dungeon. I worked my butt off. Even leveled my characters to 99 lol. I had no idea. Oh well :P I still liked it.