We are back with more spirits and ghouls than we can handle! Yo-Kai Watch 2 Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits are the next installment in the hit franchise from Level-5: Yo-Kai Watch.
It has been quite a while since the first release and the introduction of the TV show as well in the West. However, in Japan, Yo-Kai Watch has been making a lot of noise with the kids. This franchise follows a formula a lot of past successes have as well. Of course, this is referring to major names like Pokemon, Digimon and Dragon Ball. Using the power of multiple mediums and platforms increases very fast among children. Yo-Kai Watch already has had three major releases on 3DS, a popular kids’ show and loads of merchandising. In the West, we are about to explore the world of Yo-Kai Watch 2 in two versions.
Yo-Kai Watch 2 takes place right after the adventures of the first release. Like the original game, players get to play as a boy or a girl. In the beginning of the game,Yo-Kai Watch 2 follows an episodic style of storytelling. Similar to watching the show, the game is separate into chapters or episodes and each come with their own plot, development and conclusion. This goes on and creates rapport between the player and the world of the game. It isn’t until later one really begins to discover the major plot of the game.
Yo-Kai Watch 2 visits a more traditional Japanese art form due to the major yokai appearing in the game have a lot to do with Japanese folklore. In fact, each version of the game allows players to befriend the main yokai from each clan: Soul and Spirit.
This easy start also serves as a form of tutorial to prepare new players for the challenges ahead. Yo-Kai Watch, a game clearly designated for a younger demographic, is not a challenging RPG. It can be seen as a way for young and novice players to explore a game where you play as a young hero or heroin who can see spirits, or yokai, and communicate with them. Yokai are spirits in Japanese culture that are mostly known for creating mischief by inspiriting humans and influencing their behaviour and such.
Veterans from the first game will find this installment very familiar. Not much has been changed from the game’s main game elements. As you go through many adventures alongside your yokai companions Whisper and Jibanyan, you will befriend many different of spirits and they help you and fight for you in times of need.
In many instances, you will have to fight enemy yokai with your own team of spirits. With many different kinds of tribes, abilities and attacks, players can learn how to build a substantial team. This title also introduces a brand new tribe: the Wicked. However, due to the lack of difficulty, it won’t be very hard for players to overcome the many battles to come.
The battle system is much like its predecessor for the first part of the game, until the player obtains a brand new Yo-Kai Watch: the Model Zero. This new watch affects how battles can be played and allows players to funnel adjacent yokai into M-variant Soultimates. This can help players act faster during battles.
During exploration, despite the sudden fps drops from time to time, the world in Yo-Kai Watch 2 is pretty big and a great part of it becomes accessible early on. You will come to meet many different kinds of characters along the way. Speaking of characters, the dialogue in this game follows greatly in its predecessor’s footsteps. A lot of the dialogues features some light humor safe for anyone to hear. Witty jokes and comments will make you smile from time to time.
One of the new features added in is the new display style for the pause menu. Much like anything children can identify with in today’s society, the menu is set up with multiple kinds of “apps” that serve different functions such as checking your yokai medallion collection, seeing your team lineup and more. One of the apps display a brand new achievement system for players to complete.
Also, Yo-Kai Watch 2 introduces Baffle Boards, a new mechanic where players test their knowledge of yokai spirits. Whenever these boards appear, the player must guess the name of the yokai that is being described on the board. Once that is done, you must bring that yokai to board in order to complete the task linked to the Baffle Board. This can also help unlock secrets and side quests.
Since there are two different versions of the game, friends can benefit from an age old formula seen in other franchises. Each version of the game features certain yokai not present in the other version. This is where friends can connect and trade medallions for yokai they cannot obtain.
This new game continues on what the original release began and any fan of Yo-Kai Watch would definitely enjoy this game. Children can continue to explore and collect medallions in Yo-Kai Watch 2, but it will definitely come off a bit short for an older demographic. I would definitely recommend this game for children between 6 and 12 years of age as it will incite them to experience a role-playing game.