hack and slash, with some dragons.
I purchased this game at my local gamestop when i was just browsing, i did not know anything about the game before hand but i figured i would give it a try.
drakengard 2 is a hack and slash game, you will be spending a large amount of gametime killed literally thousands of enemies. battles can get very chaotic. the game gives you some options to adjust things like camera angle but in my experience it didnt seem to help much, a lot of the time i was just blindly mashing the square button and hoping i hit stuff. this only really happened in narrow passageways though, battles in open fields are generally pretty flawless.
the story is engrossing, i found myself interested enough to find out what happened next and always looked forward to the next time i played. i have not played drakengard 1 but even though it is referenced often throughout drakengard 2 i never found myself confused as to what was going on, its mostly just some backstory. the game is also fully voice-acted and for me that is always a huge plus, and the voice acting is very well done in my opinion. it is not just voice actors reading from a script. it feels real.
the graphics are really good, little details are given to the enviroments to make them look realistic. this, like the music of the game(which is also really good) can get easily lost among the chaos of endless combat.
you will get several allies who use different types of weapons and each is strong or weak to a certain type of monster so the game encourages using all of your characters somewhat evenly, each weapon can be leveled up with enough experience points and learn new spells and combos.
the air battles are fully 3d and in my opinion the most challenging, you can go up,down,left and right. there are invisible barriers in air battles but you still have a fairly large field to move around. in air battles you usually cant just run up to the enemies and mash the attack button so they require a bit more strategy.
if you want any additional training you are given numerous free missions at the end of most chapters, they are all repeatable. you never have to worry about one of your characters being under leveled so this was a nice touch.
if you like games where you will be in combat 90% of the time fighting hoards of enemies then you will like this game, you are given a wide variety of weapons, spells and combos to use but i found that just mashing square was often the most effective way to win fights. some of the bosses are challenging though, you can choose either easy or normal mode and i died at least 20 times on "normal" mode.
it is a short-medium length game, i beat it in 25 hours but i wasnt rushing. it could probably be beaten in as little as 10-15 hours. it has a decent amount of replayability though, since you are given so many options you can try challenging yourself by using different weapons and such.
I'm fighting the camera instead of the enemies
Pros: variety of unique weapons that each have a magic ability
Cons: camera is horrific
I would only play this game for free
It is hard to enjoy this game because it seems you can never get a comfortable position on the camera. It seems like I am always zoomed in on the character. Can we zoom out a little bit please? So I can see more of my enemies... and to think they allow you to zoom in more on Nowe! I know he is sexy and all, but dang... You can easily understand the story without having to play its' predecessor. In which the first one was censored in certain parts because of several taboos. Anyways, this game feels like Samurai Western set in medieval times with dragons and not as fast paced.