Loading...

October 12, 2017
Andrew Cathie
Rocket Chainsaw / 3DS

When YO-KAI WATCH first released in Japan, it was met by relative success, but it wasn’t until the anime series began that the series really took off. After middling first week sales, YO-KAI WATCH went on to become a phenom that hit high sales in Japan normally reserved for the likes of Monster Hunter, Dragon Quest and Pokemon. While the series has been cruising along in Japan, the West have had to wait until late 2017 for YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters, a third edition of YO-KAI WATCH 2 that was originally released in late 2014. As you’d expect from a sequel, Psychic Specters certainly builds on the base constructed by the first game, but is so close to the original that some might be disappointed.

Psychic Specters opens just after the end of the first game, as a mysterious group of Yo-kai fly across the town and wipe the memories of yourself and all the Yo-kai you had befriended. It’s a simple and effective way to reset and retcon the power you had accumulated in the original game, allowing them to continue the story while avoiding power-creep. This also works to set up the defining theme of the early game – déjà vu – which is what I felt constantly as I played through. This was especially noticeable early in the game, where complete quest lines and story points were copied wholesale from the original YO-KAI WATCH. Once again, I was befriending Baku, an ant-eater like Yo-kai who can transform to look like yourself, so that I could sneak out at night. Once again, I was helping the owner of Timers & More find things to upgrade my YO-KAI WATCH. While the story does begin to deviate the more you play, the early game is so similar to the last one that I quickly grew bored and began to lose focus. A bit more differentiation in the early running would have helped make the game that much more engaging.

For the most part in Psychic Specters, you’ll be taking part in the same types of mini-games and activities that you did in the original game. Bug catching is back, with the frustrating impreciseness still intact, as is fishing, fusing and other activities. There’s certainly heaps of content to play around with in the world of Psychic Specters, with a range of new mini-games, like the new rhythm dance troops and secret doors that lead to a variety of different challenges. This is one place where Psychic Specters truly expands on the original game, creating a world that is full of fun things to do as you roam it. The other way the game expands on the original formula is with the introduction of over 200 new Yo-kai. Some of these are completely new, while others are altered versions of existing Y0-kai. Along with some Yo-kai receiving different evolution methods in Psychic Specters, this leaves you with a raft of favourites to befriend, as well as completely new friends to try out in battle. Psychic Specters certainly provides you with value for money as far as content goes.

If you haven’t played the first YO-KAI WATCH before, the battle system is a semi-automated real-time system. Three of your team of six Yo-kai will be on-screen at any one time and will automatically attack the enemy and support themselves. While they do this, you’re able to make them target specific enemy Yo-kai, swap them out by spinning the dial on the bottom screen of the 3DS and unleash their Soultimate Moves by completing small mini-games during battle. It’s an interesting and unique system that is unlike anything else I’ve played. Even two games in, I still enjoy furiously tapping at coins on my screen so that my Jibanyan can unleash his Paws of Fury to obliterate a group of enemy Yo-kai. The addition of a new style unlocked later in the game keeps the system fresh as well, if you feel like a change after spending some time with the regular system.

The real strength of YO-KAI WATCH comes from its Yo-kai designs and the world they inhabit. A plethora of content to consume means nothing if the things surrounding it are bland and dull. The world is vibrant, using a range of colours that catch the eye, with different areas following slightly different architectural themes. Characters are all unique and look good, but it’s the outlandish designs of the Yo-kai themselves that truly catch the eye. Filled with colourful, sometimes cute, sometimes garish, and always higher interesting designs, the Yo-kai pull the entire game together. Some are reskins and alterations of other Yo-kai, as opposed to completely new designs, but even they are fun to look at. The visual variety is immense, easily hitting the sort of design variety we started seeing in Pokemon Gold/Silver and Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire.

YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters is a game that is inherently interesting to me, as its combination of monster collecting and plethora of content are things that appeal to me. The early story, and its adherence to following the original game’s plotpoints, is disengaging and takes away from the positive changes the game makes. YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters is a charming RPG filled with character and plenty to do, but if you’ve played the original game, keep in mind that you’ll largely get more of the same.

The post YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters Review appeared first on Rocket Chainsaw.

October 21, 2017

Razer has today unveiled two new pieces of peripherals that they are calling “streamer-certified”. The new Razer Kiyo webcam boasts 60FPS at 720p and 30FPS at 1080p, while the new Razer Seiren X is a USB condenser microphone which looks about as professional as they get. The new Razer Kiyo is a FullHD webcam with a twist. The camera literally has a twistable light around its edge known as a ring-light, allowing streamers to adjust the level of light on their face for optimal screen-in-screen streaming of their reactions as they play the latest games. Check out the Razer Kiyo and Ra...

October 21, 2017

With just a few days to go, Super Mario Odyssey is about to make waves across the gaming world providing what looks to be a stunning AAA title for the Nintendo Switch’s 2017 holiday season. We&#...

October 21, 2017

With just over two weeks until the new Xbox One X hits the shelves, Microsoft has released another short teaser demonstrating how you will ‘feel true power’. The Xbox One X is the first Xb...

October 20, 2017

Professional wrestling and video games are two forms of entertainment that are made for each other. On one hand you have staged performances with some of the most charismatic athletes on the planet, and on the other you have the perfect platform to replay and create all your favourite wrestling moments. WWE 2K18 is the latest iteration in a long list of yearly WWE games, and since the legendary WWE Chairman Vince McMahon continues to buy out his competitors, it now has a monopoly on the genre. ‘Be like no one’ is the motto for WWE 2K18, featuring cover superstar Seth Rollins and is the bi...

October 20, 2017

Bungie has just confirmed that PC users can now get the Destiny 2 preload on their computers in anticipation for the game’s release on the 24th of October, next Tuesday. As long as you’ve got the game pre-ordered and activated on your Blizzard App, the Destiny 2 preload should start automatically. Note: we had to do a Blizzard App update before it began the install. Your Destiny 2 preload will unlock at 4AM Eastern Australian Standard Time next Tuesday, so it may be worthwhile beginning the 38GB download as soon as possible. You are one of humanity’s last remaining Guardians. Yo...

October 19, 2017

In its opening hours, The Evil Within 2 features some of the most arresting and beautiful horror imagery I’ve seen in a video game in years – even if the designers still wear their influences on their sleeve. As the red curtains (lifted from Twin Peaks) pull back and you discover all manner of bizarre time-frozen exhibits (reminiscent of The Cell), the game nonetheless sets up its own creepy and abstract world, where murder can be turned into a work of art. On the strength of the opening and other moments in the first third of the game, The Evil Within 2 is a must-buy for h...

October 19, 2017

Nintendo has just released firmware version 4.0.0 for the Nintendo Switch, and much to the excitement of fans it brings with it more than just stability enhancements. The update brings functionality t...

October 18, 2017

The 2017 PlayStation Store Halloween Sale has just gone live in Australia, and features a huge list of scary (and not so scary) games and DLC for players to purchase at up to 60% off. Pick up ghastly games like Resident Evil 7 at 60% off, or EPIC’s popular new online shooter Fortnite Founders Packs at 33% off. Most of Bethesda’s Fallout 4 DLC packs are also a bargain at 50% off. Click here to be taken to the PlayStation Store Halloween Sale. The latest DOOM is just $17.95AUD, and the Dead Souls 3 Deluxe Edition which includes the season pass can be had for just $47.95AUD. The sa...

October 18, 2017

While others cringe and recoil at the very mention of South Park, I’ve long been a massive fan of the lewd and crude humour of the show. With political incorrectness and current affairs always at the front, South Park tackles its subjects with an irreverence that is unmatched in the medium. This is also true of gaming, where no game (even South Park games) matches the level of irreverence that Matt and Trey’s baby has shown over the last two decades. That was until South Park: The Stick of Truth came along. The Stick of Truth perfectly encompassed the myriad of parts that make South Park w...

October 18, 2017

Wargaming has further committed to growing their burgeoning Australian community by announcing they are launching a local server for players in Australian and New Zealand. The prime time servers will...

October 16, 2017

There’s no doubt that Independent development can be a massive risk. With large investments of time and money, with no guarantees of even middling success, most independent developers put themse...

Show More Blogs
Latest Videos
Latest Photos & Events