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Nights of Azure - PlayStation 4

Platform : PlayStation 4
Rated: Teen
4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Directed by Keisuke Kikuchi (Fatal Frame, Deception IV)
  • GUST studios (Atelier and Ar tonelico series).
  • Darker direction, familiar gameplay elements.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • ESRB Rating: Teen Teen
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B017GY07L4
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Release Date: March 29 2016
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,319 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
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Nights of Azure is a tragic tale of two friends faced with impossible decisions that will test their loyalty to their quest and to each other. Set on an uncharted island that floats in the North Sea, Nights of Azure paints a picture of a land where nights are tormented by azure-blooded demons. In this kingdom of Ruswal, very few people leave their homes after the sun has set, let alone have the strength and skill to take on these powerful monsters. One of the best among these brave few is the protagonist, Arnice, a knight of great skill and power, who is assisted by her friend and priestess Lilysse in a quest to rid the land of demons. However, they soon find out that the solution to the island's problems might not be as simple as defeating enemies in battle.


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This game was on my radar before it was even announced to the West. I'm a huge fan of ARPGs and this one didn't deceived me. The story is immersive and unlike I've seen in any other recent games. The characters are well designed, unique and loveable. Althought the combat is rather simplistic the customization with different weapons, skills and the Servant you can recruit really helps to make this flaw smaller and almost non-existent. Definately one of the better Gust games has ever made recently.
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Enjoy the storyline also the anime art work but the game needs some approvement. Love the character. Why can't you have happy endings in these games. Look forward to a sequel if any. Need more moves for the weapons.
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Shipped on time, perfect condition, brand new.
The game itself has been very fun so far, I can recommend it to anyone interested after checking how the gameplay is.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c63a3e4) out of 5 stars 48 reviews
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f606414) out of 5 stars GUST provides. March 29 2016
By Gris - Published on Amazon.com
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A solid delivery from the Japanese action rpg market. Well worth the price of admission.
28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f6068c4) out of 5 stars Female Lovers, Demons, and Life. March 31 2016
By Tim n - Published on Amazon.com
Few games/developers tread new territories and Gust did exactly that. Was it perfect? Far from it, but the experience, the effort, and the love put into this game shows more so compared to other games Gust has developed.
Slight spoilers ahead

Let's get things straight (or not) the two lead female characters, are in fact, in love. They are never called lesbians, or look at as strange, in this universe, this seems to happen as naturally as a boy and a girl falling in love in our reality. I commend the game for not making the main character a self loathing character regarding their sexuality. Instead we are provided something more positive. Two women simply in love with no politics behind it, and no hidden agenda. This is what the writers probably wanted. Enjoy their relationship for what it is, love, and don't think any further than that.

Combat: Pretty good
Moving past the little ramble, the combat works. It's very fun and I found myself highly entertained fighting both bosses and fiends. There is no jump button and I often felt myself wishing for one, there are very slight frame rate drops in high crowded areas, but other than that, the game plays like Drakengard 3, or Dynasty Warriors. In other words, its very fun.

Story: Enjoying it immensely.
Before going into this game, I knew there might be some poor writing or mistranslated parts. The game is low budget and was released to the NA (thankfully) very quickly with no english dub (which would have been perfect). The market for these types of game are very small. I appreciated though the effort put into the game's story and the characters. Each character has an interesting quirk about them that makes you ponder about them before the whole event transpired of the world ending. Arnice, the main lead heroine inspires the most questions. Within the story, after completing each chapter, you receive sort of a back story for that chapter that explores the relationship between Arnice, Lilysse, and what exactly happened before all of this. The writing isn't amazing or great, but you understand the idea, you get what's going on and you feel for the characters. The writing in the end gets the job done. It's not Xseed, but its definitely not Namco Bandai's translation of The Legend of Heroes series back on PSP.

Graphics: Great but models could have been better.
Don't get me wrong, the character models look fantastic, when in cut scenes though that require immense displays of emotions between the characters, it's sometimes not there. Once again, this is where one must understand the characters emotion in their dialogue or speech and feel for them rather than looking at the character models as representations of the emotion, because its not there. Environment, art design though is superb. You really feel like you're in their world with all the work they put into to the environment and the art style this game has.

Sound: Absolutely, positively, incredible. Google Nights of Azure sound track and you'll see why. It's Ys and the Atelier series melted together in a big pot with some vampire blood to create an amazingly unique soundtrack.

Conclusion:

I enjoyed this game very much and would recommend it to those with an open mind, and not to those who are looking for the greatest adventure or story or action of all time. Don't expect Devil May Cry, God of War, or the grand nature of Final Fantasy. This is a very sweet adventure that has a lot of established lore within it already. The relationship between the two main heroines are one of my favorites in a video game and ignoring the questionable translation issues sometimes, and the character models, you'll find here a real gem.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f6067c8) out of 5 stars Immensely Fun Game That Mixes Light Dynasty Warriors & Yokai Watch Gameplay; Albeit Janky April 12 2016
By Vahn Awakens The Genesis Tree - Published on Amazon.com
What a fun game. I had a blast with this title yet I can't rightly rate it higher than a 3. Here's why:

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+ Combat is fantastic. It's the strongest point of the game. Not only is the combat of the main character solid, but the demon mechanic is equally great. Your main girl can whack around with a few different weapons, evading and comboing. The combo system is shallow, but all the combos feel surprisingly great and have weight to the dodges. That's also where you'll be hacking hordes of demons, hence the light Dynasty Warriors gameplay. Next is the demon aspect. You can have 4 decks max and 4 demons per deck, but only 4 demons out on the field at once. If you're familiar with Yokai Watch it's basically that: all demons have different statuses, their own moves they automatically use, and a burst skill that you trigger based on their MP pool. For the most part you can bring whoever you want and be fine, but sometimes you'll have to form demon parties for max survivability aka a tank demon, a healer, etc.

+ Visuals are fine. Looks mostly good and demons will change in size & color as they level up.
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~ the budget starts to show in places. For some reason most of the expressions in the game is a neutral smile, despite weird events that unfold or more serious tones.
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- story is whatever. Main chick loves other important chick, she's the next sacrifice to seal the big baddy for another decade and you will fight fate to instead defeat the demon dude and save your yuri gal pal. Dialogue's largely forgettable.

- haven't had to say this in awhile. Fairly lazy translation. Grammar mistakes on empty art splashes, trophy wording is not entirely right, and more importantly ITEM EFFECTS ARE MISTRANSLATED. This is very bad. Honestly I played like what I thought the item meant, but you can look it up online: lots of effects on items do a different thing than what they mean.

- arena challenges are rough and mostly not fun. Very strict requirements on some of them. They're definitely there for the challenge, but I'd rather have the sweet spot that at least let me accomplish most of them.
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There are some big negatives, but this game is a LOT of fun. I paid full price and I don't regret it at all. If anything I hope GUST can create a sequel from this experience and put a few more hands on the project.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f606990) out of 5 stars Five Stars March 29 2016
By Herman Grimaldo - Published on Amazon.com
A really fun game with amazing visuals, music, and gameplay!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f60b18c) out of 5 stars A Gust hack n slash April 3 2016
By Akio - Published on Amazon.com
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Currently about 5 hours in, I haven't been too invested in the story, but Gust (well known for their Atelier series) have done a very good job with this brand new title. There's many options to play around with, like customizing summons (servans) levelling them up, changing their equipment and creating your own deck with a set of 4 of them ready for the next battle. As for the main character, Arnice, she also levels up, along with unlocking new skills and weapons via the stat allocation system, along with swapping her accessories as well. There are a few surprises up this game's sleeve in which I'd suggest just saving for yourself.

There's a very comfy hub in which you'll be spending time there to buy and sell things, watch events, and maybe fight in the arena offering unique challenges. The over world is similar to Atelier, where you will be given a big map to select your next location to visit, whether it's to complete a side quest or progress in the main story. The combat in Nights of Azure is VERY similar to that of Drakengard (with a good framerate) with a hint of Sony's PlayStation 3 exclusive Folklore.

Now for the performance. Nights of Azure on PS4 runs like a dream, if I'm not mistaken, it's 60 fps, the load times are very quick and the controls are responsive. I haven't noticed much pop in graphics or errors, do keep in mind that this is a title on a budget. But Gust have done very well, as a fan of their other games, it made me very happy to see them try something new and it worked out pretty damn great


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