Review: The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition PS4

Release Date
4/3/2016
Platform
PlayStation 4
Publisher / Developer
NIS America / Nippon Ichi Software
Genre
Action RPG
Player(s)
Single Player
Rating
PEGI 16

The Witch and the Hundred Knight was one of our very first reviews here at Japan Curiosity and may possibly be my own very first review. It’s been a touch under two years since it hit the PlayStation 3 in Europe and North America, but now it’s back remastered for PlayStation 4 as The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition.

I won’t be going into too much depth on the gameplay mechanics and story in this review as it’s all been said before, you can read my review of the PlayStation 3 version here! I will, however, be focusing more on what’s been added and updated in this Revival Edition for the PlayStation 4.

The first thing to note is that the game has received some graphical upgrades, not enough for you to notice a difference from the PS3 version but enough to make it look at home on the PS4. As the game is now on a more powerful console the frame rate has been upped from 30fps to 60fps. This does make a huge difference to gameplay and the game feels so much more fluid because of it. It’s just a shame that issues from the PS3 version are still present, such as camera controls and scenery obscuring players view.

The biggest update to the game is in the new dungeon Tower of Illusion. Here you can battle your way through floor after floor of enemies to acquire rarer and more powerful loot, interestingly the enemies’ strength is determined by what weapons you decide to offer up. You can also summon and play as Metallia in this new dungeon, a feature that felt like it should have existed from the start but we’re finally there. There’s also a new Alchemy mechanic that allows you to use catalysts found in the Tower of Illusion to upgrade your weapons.

Trophy hunters out there will be happy to know that the Revival Edition does include a different trophy list due to new areas like the Tower of Illusion. So if you have played the game previously on the PlayStation 3 and fancy picking it up again on the PlayStation 4 you’ll be facing a new set of challenges with the new trophy set.

Ultimately though, the games differences to its PlayStation 3 counterparts are minor but the Tower of Illusion, Alchemy and the ability to play as Metallia are worth revisiting for.

Verdict
Unfortunately a lot of the issues we originally had with the game are still present in the Revival Edition but Nippon Ichi Software has added significantly to the game which also warrants praise. If you didn’t like what you saw with the PlayStation 3 version then this probably isn’t for you but for those that did enjoy it then the Revival Edition is certainly worth a shot.
7.5
SLIGHTY BETTER