Fighting sequel UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes from Arc System Works, French-Bread and Ecole Software is ready to go on PS5. Check our UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes review!
Fighting sequel UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes from Arc System Works, French-Bread and Ecole Software is ready to go on PlayStation 5. I’m a big fighting game fan, and I previously got a chance to review UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[cl-r] on Nintendo Switch, which is the definitive version of this game’s prequel, so I was very much looking forward to checking out what UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes brought to the table. Hint: it’s everything you’d want from a sequel.
While it seemed that things would take a turn for the better after the events of review UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[cl-r], it’s now become clear that there’s an overwhelming threat looming over mankind. Kuon must be stopped, or else hellfire will erupt from the planet and cleanse the world of its sins once and for all. Main protagonist, Hyde, is the one who first rises to defeat Kuon, but others join the cause since they have a common enemy and want to survive the chaos that ensues.
If you didn’t play UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[cl-r] or feel like getting a refresher, you can jump into the game’s Tutorial section to learn all the basics. In order to be able to learn everything without feeling overwhelmed, the game will split lessons into Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert segments. There are 179 lessons in total, so you’ll certainly learn a lot once you’re done with them!
You’ll go from walking forward and backward by using the left analog stick or the D-Pad to dashing and running to landing combos to canceling attacks into special moves to throwing your opponent in no time. And once you start to mix in special attacks with launchers and aerial combos, you’ll be on your way to being able to take on the game’s Arcade mode and having a chance to beat it. This will also serve as practice so that you can eventually jump online and take on gamers from around the world.
While you’ll certainly find characters based on the fighting genre’s archetypes, there’s plenty of variety in UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes for you to find a handful of favorites to play as either in the single-player options or by going online and taking on casual or ranked matches against gamers from around the world. Along with the aforementioned tutorial section, the single-player options include Arcade, Time Attack, Score Attack, Survival, and Missions.
Arcade Mode is basically the game’s Story Mode, having your chosen character take on the journey that will eventually lead to fighting against Kuon. You’ll be presented with a full voice-acted story – in Japanese – with cutscenes that play between fights. Next up is Time Attack Mode, which, as its name suggests, will task you with taking on a series of opponents leading up to the battle against Kuon so that you can try to complete all fights as fast as possible.
Going into Score Attack Mode is similar to Time Attack Mode in that you’ll be battling against a set of enemies before reaching the final fight against Kuon, except that your focus will be on pulling off as many combos as possible so that you can boost your score and try to beat your previous best effort. Survival will have you fight against an endless set of fighters as you try to make the most of your skills and abilities by surviving for as long as possible with a single health bar. You’ll recover some of your health between fights.
As for Missions, these are a crucial part of your UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes… if you want to be able to get good! By going into Missions, you can take on the combo challenges that the game throws at you as you learn about how each character in the roster behaves, what their abilities are, and what their best combos are. Once you manage to work your way up to the Expert level combos, you’ll be ready to jump into the online multiplayer side of things.
There’s a Gallery section where you can review a lot of art that you’ll unlock by spending your time with UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes. You can unlock character art, dialogue scenes, endings, and victory demos. There’s also the possibility of spending IP – which acts as the in-game currency – to unlock super-deformed (SD) character art, website art, pixel art, background music, and voices. There’s a lot to do in this one if you want to 100% the game.
Speaking of which, you’ll be happy to learn that this one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. On top of that, since this is a Cross-Buy title, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can download both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost, and each one will have its own trophy list for you to work on. How many trophies are there on each of said lists? You’ll be working on unlocking 11 Bronze trophies, 8 Silver trophies, and 7 Gold trophies.
The objectives to complete include beating Arcade Mode, doing that with three and six different characters, fighting 10, 20, and 40 battles in total in Survival Mode, reaching a cumulative score of over 1,000,000,000 points in Score Attack Mode, beating Time Attack Mode with three characters by completing the last fight within less than 10 minutes each, completing 10 beginner combo challenges in Mission Mode, completing 8 intermediate combo challenges in Mission Mode, and completing 6 advanced combo challenges in Mission Mode, to name some examples.
Sequel UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes is everything you’d want from a second part to an excellent fighting game. Along with 21 fighters returning from UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[cl-r], we’re getting some new fighters thrown into the mix – with some DLC characters on their way. Add improved and still gorgeous pixel graphics, rebalanced and revamped gameplay, new gameplay mechanics, and new moves for all characters, and you have a fighting game that is easy to recommend for fans of the genre.
While it’s not a game that is very friendly to newcomers, the available tutorial and the Missions Mode can help to bring you up to speed, as long as you’re willing to put in the time. UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $49.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost. You can also get the UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes Deluxe Edition for $59.99, which includes the base game, 25 announcer characters, and the Season Pass, which will give you access to additional characters Uziki, Ogre, and Izumi as they release.
This UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Arc System Works.