Senko no Ronde 2 Review
Senko no Ronde was originally an arcade game. It was eventually ported to the Xbox 360 in 2006 for release in Japan. A year later, Ubisoft published the same game in the U.S. but under the title Wartech: Senko no Ronde. Sadly, the game sold very poorly. Finally, a sequel (Senko no Ronde DUO) was released in arcades and for the Xbox 360 in Japan in 2010 and remained exclusive to the region…until now!
Now, ten years later, Degica Games tries again with a completely redone and enhanced version of Senko no Ronde DUO, now called Senko no Ronde 2.
Senko no Ronde 2 is technically a remake of Senko no Ronde DUO with some minor changes such as character balance, art, voice acting, and adjustments to some mechanics. The gameplay is quite complicated, I found. If you have never played a game like Senko no Ronde 2, you might have some difficulty getting all of the fighting techniques down. Players get to pick their own character and supporter help. Along with the character comes an associated mecha. After that, the battle is on!
Like most games, opponents start off easy but become more and more difficult in later stages. Senko no Ronde 2 does ease players into the game, but you can definitely feel sudden spikes of difficulty when playing against certain opponents. When I first began playing, I was almost surprised at how quickly I could defeat each opponent. As I kept leveling up and defeating each opponent, I felt them becoming more and more difficult.
Senko no Ronde 2 is fun offline, but where I really found fun was in the online play. Sadly, one of the biggest issues is the lack of players! I found that when I was paired with a player in the same region as me, the game would be fine. When I paired up with players further away, I could tell—the game would have almost unbearable lag.
I found Senko no Ronde 2 very unforgiving, especially for a new player. It’s a very different kind of game. The entry requirement for new players, such as myself, may be too extreme for them to really bother. It doesn’t do a great job at introducing the many characters’ unique mechanics and didn’t quite draw me in, nor want to learn about them. On the other hand, fans of the first two Senko no Ronde games will likely find this game fun and be quite happy with it!
One final thing I would say about Senko no Ronde 2 is that the price tag is a bit much. If it were $5 to $10 cheaper, it could probably draw in new players.
I am so glad I got to review Senko no Ronde 2. I’ve never played a game like it, and I did enjoy it! It was an interesting adventure and I’m glad I got to experience it!
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