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Brave Fencer Musashi

Brave Fencer MusashiMusashi has been summoned to Allucaneet Kingdom by Princess Fillet. She explains to him that her kingdom is being invaded by the Thirstquencher Empire. Musashi wants to return to his homeland so he agrees to save the kingdom. His first task is to head out and recover the Sword of Luminescence before the Empire does. After Musashi recovers Lumina, he finds that most of the people from the Allucaneet, including the Princess, have been kidnapped by the Thirstquencher Empire. Musashi starts searching for the Five Scrolls to strengthen the power of Lumina. Only then will he be powerful enough to take down the Thirstquencher Empire.

Brave Fencer Musashi contains six chapters of Zelda inspired action/adventure role playing fun. Most of the areas you visit are close to the only town of the game. Each chapter closes with a boss battle and obtaining a new elemental scroll. The environments are really diverse. You’ll visit the Ice Palace, Cursed Town, Reactor, Forest, and Thirstquencher’s Base just to name a few.  One place you want to get familiar with is the town. Rescuing people will bring them back to town so they can open their store. You can visit a toy store, bakery, supermarket, inn, church, and others. You can also improve your strength, defense, Fusion power and Lumina power. The way Musashi gains his HP is not like other games. To increase your HP limit, you want to catch little creatures called Minku. They usually appear at night. After you catch one, they drop a berry that you can use.

Brave Fencer Musashi has excellent graphics. All of the characters’ polygons show great detail and their chibi proportions highlight their personalities and expressions well. The game does a great job at showing little details that enhance the game, like the dust trails Musashi leaves as he runs and the glow of Lumina when you use it.

Rescuing people in the game from doom will help your reputation. It will also help you learn new moves to take enemies down. There are also abilities you can learn such as the Double Jump move and Ice Walking just to name a few.

The controls are great and are responsive. Besides the standard attack and jump buttons, the triangle button lets you use Lumina. You can use Lumina to attack an enemy or absorb its technique. Pushing R1 and square button at the same time will let you throw Lumina and hit an enemy. Pushing the button again rapidly raises the gauge and when it’s full, you’ll gain its technique. This is called the Assimilate Technique which lets you steal their spells or abilities. The circle button lets you use this ability if you have enough BP’s (Bincho Points). You can perform a force attack if you use the R1 button, but with the triangle button instead. R2 and L2 lets you rotate the camera to get a better view. Sometimes the camera gets in the way of platforming, but it’s manageable.

Sleeping and the Day/Night Cycle are two important aspects of the game. First, let’s talk about Sleep. Your BP will go down automatically even if you don’t use it. If it reaches Zero, Musashi will become lethargic and walk slowly and attacks will cause less damage. To prevent this, you want to sleep at an inn. If you are low on HP, you can recover it by sleeping wherever you’re at, even on top of a roof, it doesn’t matter. To sleep, you press select and hold the R1 button until the Moon gauge is full. Every second accounts for 10-20 minutes of game time. Be careful though because your BP will rapidly decrease in this mode. It’s good to use in case of an emergency. Speaking of resting, Musashi needs to sleep once in a while. If you play too long without sleeping, it will become harder to raise his sword and attack. So stay at an Inn when you have the chance.

Brave Fencer Musashi is a great action/adventure RPG. Many gamers bought the game because it originally came with the Final Fantasy VIII Demo. While Final Fantasy 8 is one my favorite games of all time, so is this one. With its great graphics and gameplay, Square has created a game that all gamers can enjoy. It’s up to you to stop the Thirstquencher Empire with Brave Fencer Musashi!

Pros: Replay Value, Story, Light-hearted Humor, Gameplay, Music, Day/Night Cycle, Voice Acting

Cons: Some camera issues here and there.

Score: 9.0

VGM: “The White Cloud in the Sky”

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