An enhanced and expanded remake of Compile Heart’s PS3 RPG Fairy Fencer F, Advent Dark Force features gorgeous art by Tsunako, musical contributions from Nobuo Uematsu, art designs by Yoshitaka Amano and one of Compa’s most memorable casts outside the Neptunia series.
Fairy Fencer F ADF: Introduction and History - Idea Factory’s label Compile Heart has repeatedly proven over the years that they’re not afraid to look back on their past work and try to improve it. As a result of this highly iterative development process, we’ve seen a significant and dramatic improvement in the overall quality of their games over the course of the … Continue reading Fairy Fencer F ADF: Introduction and History
Fairy Fencer F ADF: Anatomy of an RPG - Compile Heart RPGs have a very clear sense of identity; they’re instantly recognisable. Everything from their overall aesthetic to the structure of the game contributes to this distinctive identity, and it’s a formula that’s been working for them for a number of years now. Unsurprisingly, Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force is no exception to this rule, … Continue reading Fairy Fencer F ADF: Anatomy of an RPG
Fairy Fencer F ADF: Narrative, Themes and Characterisation - Compile Heart games, as we’ve previously discussed, don’t exactly follow the mould of the stereotypical JRPG. However, this doesn’t stop them from having a strong sense of worldbuilding. You may not be able to freely wander the whole world in a Compile Heart game as you can do in a more open-world adventure, but physically … Continue reading Fairy Fencer F ADF: Narrative, Themes and Characterisation
Fairy Fencer F ADF: Sights and Sounds - Fairy Fencer F and its Advent Dark Force counterpart represent an interesting melting pot of influences. We’ve already talked about how the gameplay includes influences from Compile Heart’s own Neptunia series, and how the narrative includes influences from classic JRPGs of yore, but Fairy Fencer F’s diverse background is perhaps most apparent when it comes to its audio-visual aesthetic. Featuring … Continue reading Fairy Fencer F ADF: Sights and Sounds