Not to be left out of this console generation’s remastering trend, NIS America has cleaned up one of their more accessible titles for the PlayStation 4. The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition has been updated with new textures, lighting, and models, and the frame rate has been upgraded from 30 to 60 frames per second. Some new content has also been added, but for the most part, the Revival Edition is the same journey for revenge that was a couple of years ago. With that in mind, much of this review is the same as the original game’s.
As a hack and slash game, the basic mechanics are similar to Diablo III, but NIS has added a lot of wrinkles to the formula in The Witch and the Hundred Knight. You might argue there is too much thrown into the game, with multiple weapons equipped simultaneously. The aesthetics are of course the first difference anyone will notice. The colorful anime art style, borrows a lot from their flagship franchise Disgaea, along with the whole “evil” side perspective. Though the camera is adjustable, those vivid backgrounds are likely to get in your way on more than one occasion. The music is surprisingly good, but the dialogue is hit or miss and even in the Revival Edition, there are unvoiced portions of the game.
There are literally too many gameplay mechanics to list in this review and while the game does introduce a few of them in the beginning, there are many more that are either poor explained or not mentioned at all. Luckily there are hints during the load screen, but they are actually more clues than useful information unto themselves. One example of this is the weapon system. The knight can simultaneously equip five weapons, but the game never exactly tells you that. It does mention that if you equip all of them in a certain order, that there is a combat bonus.
In The Witch and the Hundred Knight , the witch is Metallia, a homicidal psychopath bent on escape and revenge. That makes you, the player, The Hundred Knight, and it’s your job in The Witch and the Hundred Knight to expand the swamp and thus her reach, murder and maim her enemies, and then watch her dole out particularly evil punishments to those she feels “really deserve it.” New to the Revival Edition is The Tower of Illusion which allows you to offer up your favorite weapons to battle foes whose strength is determined by the strength of the sacrificed weapon. While this new area will of course enable you to acquire powerful new loot, by collecting concentrated mana, you can actually summon and play as the witch, Metallia.
Despite the game’s tendency to make you feel a little icky, The Witch and the Hundred Knight at times can be a pretty fun game. It does offer a uniquely different sort of narrative for the genre and while some of the combat wrinkles border on overkill, it’s not that tough of a game to get into. The overall gameplay is unlikely to be that memorable, but Metallia’s strings of profanities and the extreme punishment she doles out are the stuff nightmares are made off. If you’re looking for an HD hack and slash import, The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition might be worth your consideration.