Action RPGs come in many forms and Sword and Fairy: Together Forever is here to further prove that the genre is hard to nail down.
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What exactly is this?
Sword and Fairy: Together Forever is actually the 7th installment in the long-running RPG series The Legend of Sword and Fairy. If you're like me then that's news to you but even though I've never heard of this franchise before, I'm very happy that I decided to play this as it's one of the most memorable games that I've enjoyed recently for a multitude of reasons. v1d30chumz 3-235-173-74
At its core, Sword and Fairy: Together Forever is about the relationships between humans, deities, and demons. You play as Yue Qingshu who's from a humble village and she has an adorable pet owl named Qiaoling that can transform into a large rideable bird. Along her journey, she'll be joined by a few chums that have distinct personalities and reasons to fight but I don't want to spoil anything.
Exploring a beautiful world
Sword and Fairy: Together Forever is a gorgeous game featuring lovely environments and striking character models. It may not be as realistic as many big-budget titles but there's no denying just how lovely it is to take in as you run through fields, scale icy mountains, and slay epic bosses. Oh, and the cutscenes are impressively action-packed and wonderfully choreographed. The only downside is that there are some graphical issues such as characters popping in that sometimes take away from the immersion. On the plus side, the audio is filled with fantastic music and tons of voice work from a varied cast of Chinese actors. Although it's very well-accomplished audio, some effects are a bit too loud such as when certain characters grunt in battle but other than that, everything sounds superb. 😊
Fighting mythic beasts
Of course, the primary gameplay element of Sword and Fairy: Together Forever is its combat which is rather simple as you perform light and heavy attacks as well as dodge. You can also swap your character on the fly so if you want to use Xiu Wu's blade then switch to Sang Yo and his crossbow whenever a boss is further away then you can easily do that. Meanwhile, each character has a unique array of abilities that you can hold a shoulder button to deploy and special abilities that can be unleashed after certain combos. Although this sounds like a lot, it remains quite intuitive albeit unchallenging as barely any strategy or skill is required to take down even large foes.
To make things even easier, there are plenty of options to enhance your party such as feeding Spirits to raise certain traits and cooking dishes for temporary boosts. The most substantial upgrade is enhancing and forging weapons at blacksmiths with found materials as doing so may increase your damage output a great deal. However, I played a long time without doing so and got along just fine. 😅
Wondering what will happen next
My favourite part about Sword and Fairy: Together Forever is how much variety is crammed into its campaign which is impressive considering it takes about 20 hours to complete. You'll end up doing rather unexpected things such as sliding down a mountainside while avoiding obstacles and stealthily sneaking around a compound while taking out guards by throwing things at them. I wish that more games incorporated this much variety in their campaigns. However, there are many times when you'll have to fast-travel from point A to point B then back to A then to C in order to watch cutscenes at each stop which can be quite draining after a while. If there were more interactive elements in these lengthy story segments then this wouldn't be a problem but as it is, it can get tedious very quickly.
Finally, there is a ton of supplementary content in Sword and Fairy: Together Forever that will keep you busy for a long time even after you complete the main story campaign. The beefiest piece of extra content is the Side Story quests which grant you nifty rewards and it's satisfying to make the citizens happy, too. I also appreciated the extensive library with included bestiary that you gradually fill out as you play. On top of all that, there are some fun mini-games such as a card game that I almost always lose and 3D platforming segments where you jump on a succession of giant leaves to claim a treasure. There are even collectibles such as defeating each elite monster, summoning every god in battle, and acquiring all of the spirit beasts. As you can see, there's a lot of content to discover. 😎
Sword and Fairy: Together Forever is a unique action RPG that's packed with variety, a gorgeous game world, and oodles of optional content. It may not be the most challenging or deep RPG out there but it's definitely special, I can tell you that.
- + Jam-packed and somewhat lengthy campaign that's brimming with variety
- + Lovely sights and sounds
- + Lots of supplementary content
- - Combat doesn't require much strategy or skill
- - Occasional visual and audio hiccups
- - Travelling back and forth gets tedious