Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition rating. Xbox One.

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Pros:

  • There is a decent amount of content for you sink your teeth into and thankfully the content that’s present can be a good deal of fun at times.
  • You can choose from multiple classes and each class has a decent amount of variety included which means each class plays out differently.
  • I really enjoyed the presentation side of the game and I think the pixel-art style works really well with the very good soundtrack.
  • There are plenty of upgrades and unlockables for you to obtain along your journey and this does give the game quite a bit of replayability.

Cons:

  • Grinding in the game is unfortunately a big feature and this can at times make things become a little tedious quite quickly.
  • The difficulty can spike out of nowhere at times and as you progress you do feel that the game can be a little unfair towards you along the way.ll 
  • I would have liked a little bit more in the way of an explanation as to what certain upgrades and attacks do because sometimes you’re a little in the dark.

 

Final Thoughts:

All in all game’s that originally start out on mobile devices don’t often tend to do well on consoles, so when playing a game that makes that journey I am often a little dubious. Sometimes though you do have them rare occasions where a mobile game works well on consoles and thankfully that’s the case with Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition. Don’t get me wrong this game still suffers with a few shortcomings but in terms of the turn-based RPG genre it’s a pretty decent addition to the genre and it ultimately gets more right than it gets wrong. In order to keep a game of this ilk interesting you have to have a number of different classes available for you to try out, and thankfully they’ve done a good job here. Each class feels different from the other and defeating the enemies you face with the different classes feels satisfying the whole way through. You will however have to learn what each spell and upgrade does when defeating the enemies because at the start you really don’t have a clue what they do because they aren’t explained very well. Once you learn what they do though you will be pleasantly surprised because there are a number of upgrades and unlockables for you to obtain and each one has a decent amount of variety to them, which in turn gives the game quite a bit of replayability. This is not a bad thing either because you have quite a bit of content for you to get to grips with so the replay value the game has very rarely gets boring. The content can get frustrating from time to time though and that’s mainly down to the game’s difficulty curve. Unfortunately the game can be very difficult at times and this difficulty seems to spike out of nowhere at times. Thankfully you can combat this high difficulty though with the upgrades and unlockables available to you, but in order to get the very best upgrades it does require a lot of grinding. The constant grinding can be a nuisance at times and it does become tedious but as you progress and get the better equipment the grinding does start to dwindle, which is a relief. The presentation side of the game is something I really enjoyed and whilst it’s not going to win any awards it satisfied me completely. It satisfied me because both the visuals and sound design combine together extremely well and in the end they make the gameplay even more fun. At the end of the day fans of turn-based RPG’s will find quite a bit they enjoy with this game and I must admit that Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition impressed me quite a bit, which is no small feat considering it started out its life on mobile devices.

I rate Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition    7/10.

Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)

 

Developer: Behold Studio

Publisher: Plug In Digital 

Genre: RPG

Release Date (Xbox One): May 30, 2018

Price: £12.49/$14.99knights-rev-1

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