Yo-kai Watch began here last year and has since spawned a colorful television show, toys and other ways to interact with the franchise. Yo-kai Watch returns to the hands of North Americans and this time in two different flavors similar to how Pokémon releases games which are Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. The biggest difference is which Yo-kai are available in either game.
I missed the first game in the series and my only interaction was a demo that was on the eShop. I caught some of the episodes on Netflix of the anime and now I jump in with Fleshy Souls to review.
The series follows our protagonist, Nate, who stars in the anime as well, a boy who can see Yo-kai because of a device that is called a Yo-kai Watch, this is how you can locate, interact with the ghosts. They are usually the root cause of everything in the game often causing emotional distress to those possessed. It’s a mechanic that works for itself, as you can battle, capture and befriend these Yo-kai. They are also rampant in the world you will explore and through your radar can discover them hidden.
The battle system is mainly auto-pilot for the majority of the mechanics; the is an ability each Yo-kai possesses that enables them to perform Soultimate moves that require input on the touch screen. You can spin, pop bubbles, or trace them to achieve their full power. The auto attacking mechanic quickly wears it welcome out as your Yo-kai automatically attack for you, but, and this issue is mitigated by how you position your ghosts within the wheel. Often pairing the right Yo-kai next to each other yields far better results.
The game also has multiplayer which allows you and friends to battle and trade Yo-kai and play Yo-kai Watch Blasters which is a co-op game where you hunt down orbs to unlock items for the story mode. It’s simple and enjoyable enough to warrant the investment.
The world, the characters, and the Yo-kai all exude charm, but the gameplay and tedious side quests which involve too much fetching for my like, hold the rest back. Level-5 has created a safe bet for themselves here and it hurts them in the long run. The amount of tedious work I had to do to gain new partners, complete side quests and collect items did not bode well with me.
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls is a good game. There is entertainment here if you want to make the dive, but, be prepared for tedious issues that you’ll have to overlook at some point. The sequel is also a good place to start if you’ve never played the first game before (but I recommend playing it – I’m going to!) and explains everything well that you can understand what’s going on. There really is a good game here, and the series is strong enough that getting creative will not kill it in any way.