For over 100 years people have lived in fear of the poisonous swamp to the south of the kingdom, and maybe a bit to the left on the map. Legends tell of a witch named Metallia that lives deep in the swamp lands waiting to attack anyone foolish enough to enter, if she can be bothered enough to care. Unable to leave the swamp, Metallia summoned a familiar known as The Hundred Knight with the mission to turn the world into her swamp.
The Witch and The Hundred Knight is a Nippon Ichi Software game that originally released on the Playstation 3 2014 in the US. The game was not received favorably due to numerous problems and one horrible bug that crashed the game back to the Playstation 3 home screen causing a loss of any unsaved data. The Playstation 4 version, subtitled Revival Edition, released this month in the US without the game crashing bug and various other fixes. Along with the fixes there were some improvements such as light sources working properly and the game can now run at 60 frames per second.
Gameplay for The Witch and The Hundred Knight: Revival Edition is comparable to the Diablo series. Unfortunately my strategy for Hundred Knight was ‘run up to everything and hit square on the controller. There was little to no difficulty dealing with any of the monsters as Hundred Knight is able to equip five weapons at once to cover most, if not all, damage types. Each weapon found will have a specific number ranging from one to five and if you equip weapons in numerical order then each attack gets stronger to the point that the fifth and final attack is dealing double damage. I encountered very few enemies that were troublesome but they were either enemies near the end of the game or bosses.
The Tower of Illusion is a new addition to the PS4 version of The Witch and the Hundred Knight. It allows you to use the new alchemy feature to improve the stats for weapons, but it requires that you sacrifice a weapon in order to do this. Before you can tune your gear, however, you must first defeat the enemies located in the Tower of Illusion which is randomized for each item you sacrifice. For those of you who are familiar with the Disgaea series, it’s similar to the Item World mechanic from that series. Though there is an actual story that unfolds within the Tower of Illusion, I wouldn’t give your hopes up for anything inspiring as the area’s main appeal was the loot that could be found. You can also play as Metallia for a short period of time but only in the tower.
Even though The Witch and The Hundred Knight on the PS4 is a superior version, there are some notable problems I encountered. I never played the PS3 version but I did find the load times on the PS4 to be too long. This became more apparent near the end of the game as I found myself revisiting areas and doing menial tasks made longer and more annoying by the load times. There is a text log that appears on screen when you pick up an item or defeat an enemy. It’s informative, but tends to get in the way of reading my pause menu or other character’s speech bubbles a times. One of the more troubling problems is the environments getting in the way of the game. Time after time I would find myself staring at the tree branches filling the screen or chandeliers obstructing my view. The obstructions to the view should have been given some level of transparency, especially in the forest areas you explore.
I really was unsure what to think when I started The Witch and The Hundred Knight: Revival Edition as it took me way too long to actually start liking the characters and by then the game was almost over. I wanted to enjoy exploring the maps and fighting enemies but that was ruined by the environment getting in the way or load times between areas. The story is interesting if you enjoy the humor found in most Nippon Ichi Software titles but it is just not for everyone. The difficulty for an action RPG like this is going to be too hard or lacking depending on the person playing and that can easily ruin the 30 hour long experience. I would only recommend getting The Witch and The Hundred Knight: Revival Edition if you are a true die hard collector of games from Nippon Ichi Software.