Reviews - Updated on March 25, 2022

Actual for the platform: PC

It would seem that what is needed for the success of a bright anime action/platformer with role-playing elements and a cute half-naked cat girl in the lead role, in addition to constantly showing how cute and half-naked she is? Such fanservice is present in large numbers in Heroine Anthem Zero 2: Scalescars Oath (although this is not hentai!), but not only – it is also an interesting game.

Erotica, humor, anime and sacrifice

First Heroine Anthem Zero, subtitled Sacrifice, was released in 2016, and the second directly continues the story of the cat girl Shama (Shama Kutami) and a warrior named Vanin (Wanin Sarem), who is part-time “guardian of the forest.” But, as often happens in such cases, the experience of playing the first part is not at all necessary in order to enjoy the second.

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How can you not remember your favorite phrase about the right angles?

The writers go into detail about what happened “in the previous series”. At the same time, the world itself and history in Heroine Anthem Zero 2 the legends of mermaids are worked out in detail and interfere with Asian and for some reason Serbian folklore, as well as with religious motifs and metaphors. The game has hundreds of cutscenes and story scenes, 400,000 lines of dialogue. But it’s enough for you to know that Shama tried to save her sister, who they wanted to sacrifice, and at the same time both of them were dressed as active participants in a BDSM party.

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Although Mia, her sister, is hardly dressed.

In addition, Shama left her native land to find among the forest guardians either her father, or the patron of her mother, who, before parting, left her a strange brooch – she should help in the search. We have been working on them for a long time, involving both people like the aforementioned Vanin and anthropomorphic talking animals in the process.

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Squirrels here also look like anime girls.

Well, in general, the plot in Heroine Anthem Zero 2 is a colorful mix of drama, lyrics, erotica, romance, humor and irony. Shama sings sad songs with a very beautiful voice, recalls the difficult moments of her life, sometimes cries, but at the same time she is still a rogue, ready to steal for the sake of delicious food. It is not for nothing that at the very beginning she is thrown into a cell, from where the cat girl tries to escape, tightly bandaging her chest in order to pass for a boy.

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In this form, she goes to the men’s bath, thinking that she will pass for her.

Useless. Everyone around sees that she is a girl, and very pretty. The badger king, who becomes one of the first serious bosses, even wanted to make her his waifu. After the defeat, he cries, and then tries to protect Shama by attacking another monster – a huge snake, which allowed our pretty bewildered cat girl to quietly escape.

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In general, there are a lot of bosses in the game.

The authors themselves can be called, of course, preoccupied, but the plot here is large-scale, covering various motives, and erotic is just one of them. All this is framed by wonderful music from famous Japanese composers and producers (including those with beautiful vocals), chic art and well-staged CG scenes. Yes, and there are a lot of dialogues in which you periodically need to behave correctly and choose the right lines in order to achieve what you want. For example, how to figure out how to silence two plot characters who are passionate about an argument – to sing and dance in front of them or to shout out well?

Another question is that sometimes there are so many of these scenes and conversations, accompanied by constant downloads and runs back and forth within a couple of locations, that you yourself want to yell at the top of your voice: “Well, finally, let me play!”

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Scenes with colorful characters follow one after another.

Cat girl, runes and birds

Moreover, it is really interesting to play when it does work out. Heroine Anthem Zero 2 is a good action/platformer with pumping and light metroidvania elements. Here you can enjoy both the battles and the exploration of the world. Yes, metroidvania from the game is conditional – most often passages to new locations are closed and opened according to the plot, and many obstacles that prevent passing are destroyed by a basic attack or such banal tricks as a double jump, a dash in the air and a blow to the ground – they, like the new ones combo attacks, automatically open as you gain levels. And it’s still nice that within the available territory, no one forbids being distracted from the story path in search of chests with resources hidden here and there.

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Chests are often hidden on the roof.

Resources are mainly needed for cooking healing dishes, but we usually buy equipment and weapons from numerous merchants. And the most expensive things are those that, in addition to improving the basic parameters (attack or health level), also add bonus properties like setting fire to enemies or paralysis. In addition, for a particularly rare currency, you can buy runes, which also provide straightforward, but still useful passive bonuses – attack improvement, health regeneration, and so on.

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I wonder what she sells? Underwear?

The battles themselves attract with a balance of difficulty, as well as a combination of convenience (especially if you play on a gamepad) and dynamics, when melee strikes and long-range attacks similar to automatic bursts alternate famously. Shama deftly jumps, attacks and makes jerks in the air, pushes off the walls or even hangs on them, spins like a top, falls to the ground, causing damage to everyone around, or, conversely, shoots enemies circling above her, changing the direction of the attack on the go.

This is not a cat girl, but some kind of air defense system!

In addition to the main and combo attacks, you can and should use dodge – in fights with some bosses, this is the only way to succeed, and a perfect dodge performed in the direction of the enemy right before his attack also deals a lot of damage to him. In addition, there are special techniques that allow, for example, to scatter mines in battles, and hide in barrels outside of them, just like Snake in Metal Gear Solid.

The authors should be praised for the variety of gameplay – fights are replaced by stealth episodes, puzzles and more complex, purely platform levels where you need to overcome tricky traps and dodge spheres that strive to push down.

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Sometimes in such situations it is more difficult than in fights with bosses.

And the locations themselves are diverse – in addition to the caves and catacombs that are obligatory in such cases, there are also steampunk factories, and jogging in the fresh air through green meadows or snow-covered territories.

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Of course, the cat girl will have to climb trees.

Faithful pet birds help Shame overcome numerous difficulties, between which we are free to quickly and conveniently switch, choosing which skills they will use. One, for example, can be sent in search of resources, and the other is even able to carry a cat girl through obstacles.

Birds are always with us.

It turns out an epic, very colorful, beautiful, stylish and atmospheric, although in some places it is an action/platformer overloaded with dialogues and cut scenes with elements of metroidvania and pumping. Fans of anime and catgirls just can’t pass by Heroine Anthem Zero 2.

Pros: an interesting and epic story in which there was a place for both drama and humor; colorful characters; exciting gameplay; various locations; difficult bosses; chic art; great music.

Minuses: sometimes there are so many dialogues and cut-scenes that they start to strain – you want more gameplay; the potential of the game as a metroidvania is not revealed; many long downloads.

5/5 - (1 vote)
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