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A Psychedelic Fairytale Like No Other!

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Review: Mary Skelter ~ Nightmares (Vita Retail) Full

Developed by Compile Heart and published by Idea Factory, Mary Skelter: Nightmares for the Vita/PSTV is an extremely psychedelic dungeon crawling JRPG with a story that's crazier than anything we've ever seen before. Despite the bizarreness this game possesses that will undoubtedly be off-putting for some, "not us", the gameplay is golden! Is this enough to win over the masses? We think so and here's why:

Review: Mary Skelter ~ Nightmares (Vita Retail) Full

As we've said the story is absolutely bonkers, calling it strange or weird is a huge understatement, however it still had us interested in what was going to happen next and was overall, extremely enjoyable albeit in the same way we'd imagine a psychedelic hallucination would be like. Regardless it's fun so just enjoy the craziness! The gameplay is top-notch and we dare say it's the closest thing to a perfect dungeon crawling JRPG that we've ever played.

The gameplay progression flows in typical dungeon crawling fashion with a few twists here and there. Basically you must search the dungeons to find a certain something to destroy to weaken the normally immortal nightmares, which are the bosses of the various dungeons, head back to the Liberated Zone "safe area/town" and prepare for the next dungeon. There are also plenty of classes and skill trees that you'd expect from a game in the dungeon crawling sub-genre of JRPG's, but what IS unique about Mary Skelter: Nightmares is the Blood System. The horoins of the game can power up during battle by accumulating blood spatter from fallen enemies. Once enough splattered blood accumulates the maiden will enter Massacre Mode which not only strengthens her, but also gives her access to ultra powerful skills that she can't use in her normal state.

Review: Mary Skelter ~ Nightmares (Vita Retail) Full

Massacre Mode is a double-edged sword however as the more damage a maiden takes during battle the more corruption she will build up and if corruption is left unchecked the maiden will enter her psychotic "Skelter Mode". In this state she'll murder friends and foes alike. To prevent this you must use the hero's Mary Gun to splatter his unique blood on the maidens to cure their corruption.

Other gameplay elements include guild quests and even decorating the various maiden's rooms as well as bonding with them. The controls in the game are quite intuitive and easy to learn especially on the PSTV which is always a good thing in our opinions! In-terms of difficulty Mary Skelter: Nightmares starts off relatively easy, but becomes tough as nails really early on so expect a fierce amount of challenge from this incredibly thrilling game!

Review: Mary Skelter ~ Nightmares (Vita Retail) Full

Visually the game looks incredible with gorgeous character models, and creepy as heck dungeon designs that might give some of you nightmares. The special effects are also nice to look at as well. As for the soundtrack it's fantastic and fits the game perfectly.

Review: Mary Skelter ~ Nightmares (Vita Retail) Full

Bottom-Line:

With excellent gameplay and flawless controls, Mary Skelter: Nightmares will have you hooked immediately and the bizarre yet highly enjoyable story and top-notch audio-visual presentation will keep you coming back for more! Mary Skelter: Nightmares is one of the absolute best dungeon crawlers we've ever experienced and as such we highly recommend the game to any and all fans of the genre!

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Score: ★★★★★★★★★½ 9.5/10

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#Review #Iffy #Compy #Vita #PSTV #DungeonCrawler #JRPG

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Towafan7
on November 19th 2017, 2:05 pmTowafan7
Our review is now live! Enjoy. Wink
Killeryoshii
on November 19th 2017, 4:08 pmKilleryoshii
A twisted game? Demonic Yoshi approves! Twisted Evil
SonicKnuckles
on November 19th 2017, 4:13 pmSonicKnuckles
Great review @Reanfan!
Towafan7
on November 19th 2017, 4:50 pmTowafan7
Thanks for the comments you guys! Wink
Sonic The Hodgepodge
on November 19th 2017, 4:52 pmSonic The Hodgepodge
Cool review dude! sonic
GeekyGamerZack
on November 19th 2017, 5:09 pmGeekyGamerZack
Wait...this game looks even more twisted than Sven! Ooh, that Sven... Angry

@Reanfan Masterful review, my friend! Review: Mary Skelter ~ Nightmares (Vita Retail) 631737971
Towafan7
on November 20th 2017, 2:53 pmTowafan7
@GeekyGamerZack Thanks a bunch. king
XenobladeYuki
on November 21st 2017, 10:32 amXenobladeYuki
The header image in the article is really twisted. I'm actually surprised you used that image tbh. Hopefully the SJW's don't come out of the woodwork. Anywho good review Brian!
Amufungal
on November 22nd 2017, 11:12 amAmufungal
Nice review. Smile
Aqua Cherry Blossom
on November 22nd 2017, 12:03 pmAqua Cherry Blossom
Nice review! This has to be the strangest sounding game I've ever heard about lol. Rolling Eyes
SuperVash
on November 22nd 2017, 12:05 pmSuperVash
Sweet review dude! Cool
Tinglemaster
on November 27th 2017, 6:12 pmTinglemaster
This sounds very disturbing.
Kitty Cat Meow Meow
on December 5th 2017, 9:38 pmKitty Cat Meow Meow
Awesome review bud!
ToughGamer
on December 10th 2017, 6:02 pmToughGamer
Good review.
Staroceancrazy
on January 30th 2018, 9:35 pmStaroceancrazy
Awesome review @Reanfan Exclamation
I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner because I woulda commented! Anime Sweat
Kain
Nice review! I like dark games so I might give this game a go. Smile
Towafan7
on February 3rd 2018, 6:51 pmTowafan7
@StarOceanCrazy No worries! @Kain Thanks for the comments you guys! Wink
.hacker
on August 30th 2018, 6:10 pm.hacker
Great review!
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