We are rapidly getting Japanese RPGs from publisher KEMCO added to the Nintendo eShop. In about a month, this is now the second game from this publisher. Although they are games that have been available on mobile devices for quite some years and might have been played by a huge audience already. KEMCO will find a new batch of players with each release being put on to the Nintendo Switch.
In Illusion of L’Phalcia we follow the adventure of Ryser and his loyal leopard Cougar, who are looking for the magical “Sword of Amal”. To find the sword, you must search for missing pieces of a map to complete it. You soon find out that you are not the only one looking, so Princess Tiana and her servant Ferio also join your party. Like every KEMCO game, you and the four of you set out to play this 15-hour story.
After Asdivine Dios and Antiquia Lost, Illusion of L’Phalcia is the third game from KEMCO that I have played. This naturally yields a lot of comparison material. The similarities are obvious; the worldmap seems exactly the same everywhere. The gameplay never changes and you always have an animal in your company. There are still countless similarities between the games, but luckily I have also seen new things.
If you take the first steps into the world of Illusion or L’Phalcia, you will immediately notice that the graphics have improved considerably on the Switch. This especially comes into its own in the battles. From a 2D battle it has now been turned into a 3D battle. Not that the fighting system is different, it is and remains a JRPG.
Another component that has been improved is the sound. The conversations were recorded with real Japanese voice actors. Fortunately for us you see the text translated into English. Unfortunately you only get real votes at key moments in the game, making them quite trivial, but the beginning is there and it can still improve allot in the future installments.
As mentioned, a JRPG fatigue starts to develop in me and this series. Everything looks too much like other games, as if they have a template and base every game on it. Fortunately in this game they have made improvements with regard to graphics and sound. KEMCO certainly also deserves the credits for that. I hope that they dare to make some more substantial changes for the next game and also tackle the world and the story. But if you are looking for a classic JRPG with all the base line elements you have come to expect from the genre, then Illusion of L’Phalcia is perfect for you.
Illusion of L’Phalcia is a good classic JRPG experience that brings a good time for any fan of the genre. However do not expect to come in hoping to find many unique elements.