[Nintendo Switch] Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II Review

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Sequel Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II from Aksys Games and EXPERIENCE is an outstanding horror experience that you have to check out on Switch. Find out why in our Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II review!



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Sequel Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II from Aksys Games and EXPERIENCE is an outstanding horror experience that you have to check out on Nintendo Switch. This is the third game in the Spirit Hunter series, with the second one being Spirit Hunter: NG. It follows the journey of the same protagonist from Spirit Hunter: Death Mark, hence the III in the title. He says he has no special abilities, yet up until now, he has managed to vanquish several evil spirits! It’s a Rated M for Mature adventure, so it won’t be for everyone.

While NG and its prequel – that would be Spirit Hunter: Death Mark – was a first-person visual novel horror adventure game in which you investigated each location to try and defeat an evil spirit in turn-based combat, this one changes things around by moving things to the 2D plane. Yes, the story segments showcase the game’s excellent art style with large, detailed images, but the “action” segments now play from a 2D sidescrolling perspective. Sure, some spots will have a first-person view to get a closer look, but the change in perspective definitely screams sequel.

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As for Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II, you’ll be taking on the role of paranormal investigator Kazuo Yashiki, who has been hired by the staff at Konoehara Academy to infiltrate the facilities as a teacher in order to investigate a series of gruesome events of a supernatural nature. He is, after all, known as the Spirit Doctor! Seizou Konoe will greet you upon arriving at the school. He’s the recently installed headmaster. He will be your first companion in the game. The Departed is what the entity haunting the school is called.


As you explore each area, you’ll be joined by someone who can help you access this or that location. This is a change from how previous games handled this since now the companion you decide to bring with you will have an effect on where you can go and when you can do it. Their stats – and yours – will also come into play during the Suspensive Act segments when you have to take on an evil spirit or two. Your character and your companion will have different values for strength, intelligence, dexterity, and spiritual power for you to consider, as well as equipment – and additional equipment slots – to keep in mind.

When exploring, you’ll control Kazuo Yashiki with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you interact with characters and objects of interest by pressing the A button. You can also run by pressing the B button to speed things up. When you discover a topic of conversation during your investigation, you’ll be able to use it as you chat with a character so that you can try and learn more about what is going on. It would help if you also talked to your party every now and then by pressing the Y button so that you can get their point of view on things.

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During the Suspensive Act segments, you’ll be taking on battles against the evil spirits you’re required to vanquish. You’ll need to make the right choice during each section of the battle, or else your party will be hurt, and their HP will go down bit by bit. As expected, if your HP runs out, then you’re done and will need to give it another go. Learn from your mistakes, or you’ll once again quickly be down for the count! In order to succeed during a Suspensive Act segment, paying attention during the investigation segments and reviewing your notes will be a must!


The choices that you make during each Suspensive Act will have a different execution rate, which means there’s a chance that things could go wrong and your action fails. The execution rate will also be affected by which character is trying to perform the action. Performing an action will have a cost, and you’ll have to pay it… with some of your life! You’ll lose some HP when choosing an action and must pay its price no matter if it fails or succeeds.

You can customize your experience with Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II as needed. Since this is a horror game, some of you might want to consider bumping up the brightness so that you can, you know, more easily spot the things that go bump in the night. You can also change the button to confirm actions and choices, which makes sense since it’s a button you’ll use often. And now, on to the two key elements you can adjust: gore level and jumpscare level. By changing the gore level, you can make it so that the more grotesque visuals in horror scenes are blurred. As the name suggests, changing the jumpscare level will decrease the amount of jumpscares in the game so that you can focus on the story.

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The game has a bonus Gallery section where you can dive into to review some additional content. This includes an artwork section with almost 90 pieces showcasing the game’s excellent art. There’s also a characters section detailing the many individuals you will meet during your time with Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II. You can also check the different spirits you’ll see in this creepy journey. There’s even a sound section where you can hear the music for the game, including the theme song, Fake Saint, in its original or instrumental versions.


Sequel Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II from Aksys Games and EXPERIENCE is an outstanding horror experience that you have to check out on Switch. You once again take on the role of paranormal investigator Kazuo Yashiki, who has been hired by the staff at Konoehara Academy to infiltrate the facilities as a teacher in order to investigate a series of gruesome events of a supernatural nature. Can you find out what this whole The Departed thing is? What spirits will you need to vanquish on this new journey? The game features voice acting in Japanese with English text. Since you’ll be doing a ton of reading, you better get comfortable! A short story this is not, so you can expect to put 20 hours into this visual novel adventure. It’s a Rated M for Mature adventure, so it’s not going to be for everyone. Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II is out on Nintendo Switch with a $49.99 price tag.

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Disclaimer
This Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Aksys Games.

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