Chocobo's Dungeon 2 Review
Square's little yellow creature returns in his second RPG game entitled as Chocobo's Dungeon 2 (Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon in Japan). The first title was set toward younger gamers and had very simplistic gameplay, and second follows the route. Although critics said that the first Chocobo's Dungeon was a misstep in Square's walk to success, the younger gamers still enjoyed it due to the its easy learning curve, you just take the yellow feathered bird and go. Now that Square has released the second Dungeon title they hope to do better than the first, but did they succeed.
Before I head into the gameplay portion, I want to discuss the graphics in Chocobo's Dungeon 2. Seeing as that this Chocobo is not your average Chocobo, being that he is big like in the Final Fantasy games. But instead you take role of a much smaller and cuter Chocobo. Now an older gamer might think that the cute look in a videogame is bad, but once you play CD2 you will find this game full of heart. An amazing thing that Square did was that they captured the feel of the colorful environments surrounding Chocobo and his friends and they were able to make this game come almost to life. The game boast a great deal of detail and some very good animation as well, the backgrounds and such are all very interactive and on top of all polygonal. The on screen characters such as Chocobo, Mog and all of his buddies are all filled with fluid colors and flowing detail. And since this is a Square/EA game, CD2 contains some of the most gorgeous looking CGs to date. To summarize the graphics in a few words, I'll say that although they may look all cute and all, the visuals still pack a good punch especially when it comes down to the CGs.
So by now we know that the game is a cute game, which is aimed toward younger gamers, and since I'm no young gamer I will review this game through the eyes of one. If I made believe I was 6-8 years old, I would definitely enjoy this game, if I was 13+ I would maybe want to give it a try and see my reaction. Judging from my point of view the gameplay is very, very simple. There are no random battles, there are no complicated junction or magic systems involved, or anything that would frustrate a kid who is less than 10 years of age. You walk around dungeons, fighting bad guys, earning level ups, power, HP and such. You can also combine your items to form an even better one. What I also noticed is that the dialogue is also very understandable, there aren't any long, confusing words, just normal words you might find in a 3-5 grade book. I don't really want to spoil the story or anything, but the game starts out with Chocobo and Mog preparing to go inside the Mysterious Dungeon, as they enter it they notice that the stairs disappear and the only way is to use the "Teleport Card" or completing the Dungeon and pulling its switch. Once doing that Chocobo finds himself shot out of the Dungeon and right back on to the island where a girl picks him up and restores him. That is about as far as I go. CD2's is a very simplistic game to pickup and enjoy especially if you have a toddler between the ages of 6-8 running around your house.
Since the game has the cute feel to it, so does the music. Everything sounds clear and fine in the sound department, the music is composed very nicely and adds a lot more to the game's cute atmosphere. The sound effects are not bad although you don't hear much they are still there. If this game featured some voice acting it would have been nice I'm still happy with what I got.
The control is very awkward, it doesn't support Dual Shock nor Analog compatibility, that is very weird seeing as how the dual shock has been released for over 2 years now and Square decided not to implement support for either feature of the controller. Although I know they aimed CD2 toward younger gamers, not supporting the game with Dual Shock or Analog support was a big mistake. The overall controls are very simple for any gamer to master, just pick up the controller and go.
Ultimately in the end Chocobo's Dungeon 2 is a positive showing. The game doesn't show many weaknesses except for the fact that the game doesn't support any of the Dual Shock's components. As for it's cute look the game is cute for it's own good. If you are a gamer under the age of ten, then I suggest that you ask your parents to pick up Chocobo Dungeon 2, but if aren't but enjoy RPG's or Adventure games then I suggest renting the game.