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Chantelise is an action adventure RPG that can be categorized with games such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne. I will start with what the game has to offer along with what I liked about it before I get to the issues of this game.
The game takes place around a tale of a witch who curses anyone that is outside on a night with the red moon. Shortly after you hear 2 sisters going outside on such a night, they then pass out only to find out that the older sister has become a fairy when they awaken. Thus they set out on a journey to find out if there is a way to reverse the curse. It’s a simple yet engaging story with a nice little twist later on that escalates their situation and that there was a reason behind the sisters getting cursed.
As mentioned earlier this game feels very like the Dark Souls series, this means that each stage is going to be rather difficult and very unforgiving. Each stage has you exploring a certain dungeon that is split into serval different areas to make navigation easier. When you first enter an area you must defeat all enemies in there before you can proceed, enemies will drop magic gems that you can pick up and use to cast various spells as well as gold that is used to buy equipment. As you progress each area will have more relentless swarms of enemies to tackle, couple that with the fact that there are very few methods to recover your health along with each death forcing you to restart the stage from the beginning and you got a recipe for tough and unforgiving game. But it does not feel like it’s just out there to make you suffer. The concept of the game is very easy to grasp but is not a cakewalk making rather fun and having you feel more compelled to complete the stage after each death.
Music in this game is definitely above average. From the soothing tracks of the first few areas leading to the dungeon entrances to the creepy yet upbeat tunes when exploring the dungeon itself. They all sound refreshing and set you in the proper mood for the situation the character is facing. Of course that not to say it’s the best as it still can’t compare to music composed by Nobuo Uematsu or Michiru Yamane.
Flaws of the game:
Though this game has a great concept it certainly has its own issues. Firstly camera control in this game works against the player, you have your standard rotate left and right button but when trying to reset the camera it rotates slowly back to the default position which feel very clunky and brings you out of the fun combat as you will always walk to a corner to reset your camera to get a good angle. Grinding in this game is also a little vexing, as you will die a lot the only way to counter it is to grind to get better stats but there are no level up in this game instead it is replaced by gold which you will use to buy better equipment, now this would not be an issue if there weren’t so few equipment slots. This makes it so you can never be fully prepared for a dungeon as you will never have enough equipment slots to get your stats to the right number, high on armour and attack? Just let a fireball chunk you for 25% of your hp. Also since you will be grinding a lot the music will start to feel repetitive and you will eventually be like “this music is killing me” past a certain point. Lastly, though Chantelise has a good story it is rather predictable and a little anti climatic, if you watch anime or read manga the story of Chantelise will feel very familiar to you.
Overall Chantelise is a punishing yet fun action adventure game that fans of rogue-like games and Dark Souls would likely enjoy. Though it is difficult and has clunky camera controls, the game doesn’t feel very unfair and you will get past each stage with enough patience and perseverance.
TL; DR: If you like challenging games with a good story Chantelise is just for you, just don’t be surprised if the bad camera controls messes you up.