Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force
hasnít changed much in terms of gameplay from Fairy Fencer F
. Players take control of Fang and explore an area to find a Fury while encountering different monsters that will try to stop your progress. Fang moves with the Left Control Stick, while the camera is controlled with the Right Control Stick. Fang can jump by pressing the (O) button to clear small ledges. This time around, Fang can dash using the (L2) button while exploring dungeons. While venturing around an area, you can pick up treasures in little blue boxes by approaching them and pressing (X) while near them. Like before, thereís a mini-map to help players track progress and check where events occur. Events are marked with a yellow exclamation mark, so you canít miss them.
Any good dungeon has monsters to kill or else whatís the point of exploration? Advent Dark Force retains the old combat system seen in Fairy Fencer F where monsters will roam the field and players can get the drop on them. If you run into a monster, a battle will start. Pressing (X) will cause Fang to swing his weapon and if you strike an enemy, you get an advantage in the battle turn order. Being struck by an enemy gives said advantage to the enemy. In battle, characters take turns performing actions. The turn order is listed to the left and can change based on player or enemy actions. Players can move characters in battle using the Left Stick and position them to attack enemies. You can only move within a certain radius, however. Once in range, you can either activate a normal attack command with the (X) button or issue a special command with the (Triangle) button. Special commands include your Skills/Magic, Items, Character Switch, or Fairize. If youíd like to defend, you can also press (Square) to simply make your character wait. Battles are a breeze with proper planning and youíve got plenty of time to analyze, so donít be reckless.
Furies arenít the only goodies you can score from exploring dungeons. Good old Guillermo is back with his pub and players can take requests from him that, when completed, will yield rewards for the player. Visit his pub and take a look at the quests he has available and accept them by going to the Accept Quests tab. Each quest is assigned a rank to show its difficulty and players can only take on quests that they have the rank to do. Completing these quests will allow you to show your competency as a Fencer and unlock higher ranks, eventually being able to receive important quests. Upon completion, players simply need to return to the pub and report to Guillermo. As long as youíve completed the objective, Guillermo will give you your reward, but you have to go back and report to him. He canít read your mind and I donít think mail is a big service in Advent Dark Force.