We reported earlier this week on the March 15th launch of Chaos Rings II in Japan, and Square-Enix has pushed through a U.S. version, as well. Available now for $17.99 for iPhone and iPod touch and $19.99 for iPad, the popular turn-based JRPG features enhanced graphics using a new rendering engine, as well as an entirely new game system.
And do you want a nice dose of JRPG melodrama? The iTunes entry begins with the question, “Would you sacrifice the one you love to save the world?” The answer, of course, is yes. You’d have to. What’s the point in saving the one you love if there’s no world to live in? But anyway…
Time is stagnant; the Destroyer has forced the world to the brink of destruction. In this desolate era, Darwin, the chosen one, discovers his fate; he must slaughter the sacrifices and offer their souls, all to salvage the world.
Five were chosen to be sacrificed. Of the five is a girl, Marie—a dear childhood friend.
Will he carry out his fate? The decision lies in your hands.
So, you know, some lighthearted gaming fun.
Chaos Rings II features:
A storyline molded by the player’s choices
Hidden bosses and endings
Enhanced graphics using a new rendering engine
A strategic new battle system
An array of character voices and music
Updates are already planned in the form of expansion missions. “My Fang is All About the Magnum!” is scheduled for April, and “Give Earthly Desires the Boot?” will hit in May. Both expansions will be free updates (as they should be, considering the usual Square-Enix tax on the initial price).
And although Square-Enix points out you don’t need to have played the earlier entries in the series in order to have fun with Chaos Rings II, you should still check out Chaos Rings and Chaos Rings Omega.
Chaos Rings II is rated 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence.
The English site is not yet active, but you can check out character artwork and pick up more details at www.chaosrings.com.