One of my most anticipated doujin game of 2007! Although it’s kinda low-budget and mostly based on level-grinding, somehow I got hooked on the first game and I was very happy when when SQ2 was announced. To be honest, this is one of H-RPG that I’m more excited in the gameplay than the H part (the H part is just too… minimum). But the best thing about SQ2 is that it’s FREE! Yes, you read it right! FREE! It seems that SQDT suffered some problem during the making and the made it up by making this game free. Although you can purchase a special package consists of SQ manga and the game for 500 yen at previous Comiket or Toranoana. It’s a pity that I didn’t know SQDT had a booth during Comiket so I missed the manga 😦
The storyline is not directlyconnected to SQ but several characters made their reappearance in SQ2 like Est Norn and Stona. SQ2 tells the story of Ayxzect, the head librarian of Gruppen Castle. Ayxzect once
a pimp an energetic young man in his past but he’s just a feeble old man now. He once had a woman he loved named Thafy but for some reasons those precious days he spent with her is nothing but sweet memories now. One day his assisstant, Meruya, told him to rearrange the books in Gruppen library. During his work, he stumbled unto the Book of Nightmare where he awoken the succubus, Est Norn. Est Norn restored his condition to his prime pimp young self but the cost is he was trapped within the World of Night (that messed up world from SQ). The problem is the World of Night is currently divided into several grimoires and Ayxzect must find his way out from World of Night by collecting the grimoires. The surprise didn’t end there because Ayxzect met someone he though he wouldn’t met again in the World of Night. He saw his own self walking along with Thafy. What did Est want by trapping Ayxzect in the World of Night? Can Ayxzect see his sweetheart again?
For the players of previous SQ series, you might find the game system very similiar but there are also few changes here and there. The most obvious one is Reality Point system. Now, every time you enter a dungeon, you will get a set of Reality Point (RP). Your RP will continues to deplete from 100 to zero and if you don’t have enough RP then it’s game over. However RP is not just your typical countdown system but it can also save your life. Now you don’t automatically get game over if your EP turned to zero but your RP will depletes as the your opponent delivers you the final “blow”. If you have enough status (I haven’t checked the factor that decided this) you can restore your EP and Tension back so you can continue the battle. This is very nice considering how difficult SQ battles are. The new addition is also the bookshelf system. Just like the story suggests, dungeons are divided into grimoires. To enter a dungeon first you must collect the necesary grimoires. The good thing is you can set which succubi you want to put inside the dungeon. There are three types of grimoires. The dungeon grimoire, succubi grimoire, and bonus grimoire. Once you set up the dungeon you can combine it with the types of succubi you want to put inside the dungeon and what bonus for the dungeon (e.g: more item). There’s also a wish system which I haven’t figured out how to use it. And this time you can have more partners (SQ only has two partners, Rovissa and Olivia).
I have a mixed up feeling for this game. Let me tell you, I REALLY like SQ2 but there are things which disappoint me. One, many enemies have the same sprite as their SQ counterpart like werewolf and the lizardman. Two, the battle hasn’t changed much but the sweet talk system is more difficult and confusing this time. Three, item storage. Seriously, why do most RPGs have to limit the numbers of item you can carry? And the worse thing is how this game tends to slow down at random moments (though I don’t know if it’s my PC being sucky or the game’s fault). But this game is definitely a major improvement from SQ. The characters are much more likable (Ayxzect is more interesting than the one-dimensional Lars), the bookshelf and RP systems are great, and there are more than just two pictures for each succubi (even some sucubi have six pictures!).
SQ2 is a fun game. There are flaws here and there but as a doujin game fan I can say that SQDT really put their effort into this game. Now if you excuse me I have a holy mission to
fuck up defeat those succubi for greater good!