First of all lets just take a second to remind the uncultured among us who exactly Frederick Chopin is; he was a Polish composer and pianist from the 1800s. He was one of the leading musicians of his era, though. Don’t ask me to hum some of his hits as I probably couldn’t.
Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back is a sequel to Frederic: The Resurrection Of Music where he rises again to a world where music is lackluster and record labels are churning soulless tunes to the masses. He returns from the dead to “save music” in a sense by remixing his own tunes. In this game Frederic is challenged by someone bearing a striking resemblance to Psycho Mantis from the Metal Gear series with beating musicians who’s tuneless hits are afflicting the masses.
Something Sounds Familiar
These musicians range from Freddie mercury to Michael Jackson and even Kiss. You have a musical battle with them in which you play your keytar (keyboard guitar) and hit the notes as they fly towards you. In similar vein to guitar hero and many other rhythm games. The songs themselves aren’t their original hits however you can hear the resemblances. While battling Freddie Mercury you can certainly hear Radio Gaga in there and while fighting Michael Jackson you can hear smooth criminal in the beginning notes.
Out of touch
You can play with joy-con or using the touch screen. I elected using the touch screen as I found the button layout confusing. Each key is not labelled throughout the song and there is no practice mode. So you either take one for the team and figure out each key or go for the simpler option of touch screen. I played on the “too easy” option to get used to the game. Unlike other rhythm games I found that there isn’t much feedback when hitting the correct keys. When you hit an incorrect note the music does scratch as if being played on a vinyl however if you do miss notes entirely the music still carries on as if you weren’t even in control in the first place. Even just adding HD rumble into the game would make this a more tactile experience.
One of the less enjoyable parts of the game is the cut scenes and voice acting. While I don’t mind the art direction at all; it’s bright and in similar style to a comic book the voice acting is incredibly wooden and full of tongue in cheek stereotypes. It does feel like this was a game translated from another language by Google translate. Sentences are very enunciated using “let us” rather than “let’s” or “it’s” I would rather have had the text only without the voice acting. I don’t feel like it added anything to the game especially when it came to the accents and the depictions of each race.
Cut scenes can be skipped and you won’t miss out. As I was playing I had no clue what was going on, the writing is a bit over the place with people starting new conversations with each other without finishing the first. The voice acting is a swing and a miss for me.
System reviewed on: Nintendo Switch.
Disclaimer: A review code for Frederic 2: The Resurrection of Music was provided by Forever Entertainment.