Zenonia 2 – review

April 26, 2010 at 9:57 pm 4 comments

Who says the DS and the PSP can have all the glory?

Our cast of terribly-named warriors

Another cast shot...

Welcome to the world of Zenonia 2, arguably one of the best RPGs on the Itunes store, which is pretty good seeing that you’re competing with the likes of FF1, FF2 and Squeenix’s new release, Chaos Rings.

Enemies include spinning FACES.

The main character from the first game, Regret, has now been replaced by 4 new characters who have their own individual classes: Lu (not Loo) the paladin, Ecne (not Acne) the shooter, Morpice (not More Piss) the mage, and Daza (damnit why can’t you have a retarded name too!) the fighter. This gives the game a certain replayability, which is definitely a bonus.

Lock and load, muthaf*ckers~

Pimp Morpice knows where to get the 'goods'

So what makes Zenonia 2 so worth getting for its price of AUD $5.99? For starters, its graphical design is pretty nice to look at. Though it’s definitely not ground-breaking stuff, I liked the cute character designs. The expressions during dialogue are also pretty cutesy and funny initially, but they do get old quickly. However, MonsterEvil has done themselves a good deed by making your inventory visible in the map, effectively allowing the player to customise his/her own appearance.

Pimp Morpice is also a gold-digger

Gameplay is engaging and very hands-on (as expected from an Iphone/Ipod Touch app). However, trying to select spells and healing items often gets messy as the icons are annoying small, and if they’re placed together, you’ll inevitably end up selecting a move you don’t want, or choosing the wrong healing item. While the screen is fully customiseable, the icons do tend to get in the way on the map. Moving control and the action button, however, can be made see-through.

Some days you just don't want to get out of bed.

Zenonia 2’s story and mission-system are nowhere near breakthrough concepts in the genre. The mission-system itself is very standard and old-school: kill specific monsters to collect items from them and return back to base. The story is marginally better, but don’t expect Final Fantasy-type twists.

Ecne needs her morning coffee if she wants to face ninja's in the afternoon

I'd be happy too if I had access to 2-way portals.

The item-forging system is not bad. Like with many other RPGs you’ll need to collect recipes and the items listed in those. Nothing extraordinary. Nor is the mining system. However there are sometimes bugs which list items as differently to what they really are.

Morpice showing off his cool moves.

The soundtrack isn’t too bad. Each locale has its own distinct tune allocated to it. However the music does get repetitive. The soundeffects are pretty good overall.

Unlike Morpice, Ecne is terrible at bargaining.

What’s great are the boss battles. I thoroughly enjoyed these, even though they are pretty difficult to overcome. You WILL spend quite a lot of time farming enough exp to level up. However these are good things in such a game, as when you do finally beat that nasty bugger, victory certainly tastes honey-sweet. In addition, changes made to your stats are irreversible, so players will need to be careful in spending precious ability and levelling up points.

Ecne vs Lex (the icedragon, not Lex Luther the gigavillain)

Ecne vs Deodore (no, his primary moves do not involve deodorant)

What’s a nice addition to the sequel is a nifty PvP mode online and offline. Local play with friends is definitely the way to go for Zenonia 2 and matches are engaging for both the players and onlookers. I’m afraid, however, that this mode does have a tendency to get old.

Dumbledore makes a cameo! (I'm kiddin')

Overall Zenonia 2, though not quite a masterpiece in its own right, is a pretty fun ride. The controls, while imperfect and often clumsy, are easy to get a hang on, and customisability in both appearance and the menu is definitely a plus. The 4 classes also ensures that those who thoroughly enjoyed the first game, won’t get bored by this sequel. Gameplay and combat are fantastic. For $6 (not much if you think about it), much fun will be had with Zenonia 2, so I definitely recommend it.

Story/setting: 7.5/10

Graphics: 8.75/10

Sound: 7.5/10

Gameplay: 8.75/10

Lasting value: 8.5/10

Overall: 8.2/10

Ecne just bought her first Toyota. Oh what a feeling~


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  April 27, 2010 at 5:42 am

    I think Zenonia 2 was a big step from Zenonia 1. The customizable screen is a BIG plus. In 1, it was such a hassle tbh.
    It’s a pretty awesome game, especially when it’s not on a major hand held gaming console.
    btw nice work on the captions!

  • 2. Fabrice  |  April 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Haha what kind of names is that XD

    ecne… Acne?

    looks like a good game =)

  • 3. ippius  |  April 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    it’s not too bad at all~ one of my fave ipod touch/iphone games XD

  • 4. hime-sama  |  April 30, 2010 at 7:51 am

    going to get the game now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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