E3 2010: N3II: Ninety-Nine Nights II PreviewBy Joe Rybicki - Posted Jun 22, 2010
That it's a hack-and-slash game with a dark fantasy storyline and hundreds of characters onscreen.
What We're Seeing Now:
Pretty much that. N3II lets you mow through wave after wave of enemies, with the game throwing "a couple hundred characters" at you at any given time, in the words of one Konami rep. To survive you've got upgradeable weapons and over-the-top magic spells that fill the screen with effects. Picture something like Dynasty Warriors making dirty love to Bayonetta and you'll be on the right track: It's big, it's flashy, it features a lot of button-mashing, and it doesn't appear to take itself too seriously.
The big addition from the previous game is online co-op, where two players can join together to plow through these ridiculous waves of enemies. There's no special abilities or joint attacks that take place -- it's just two players engaging in a little shared killing.
There's something to be said for simplicity and directness, and N3II appears to be comfortable with what it is: Hack. Slash. Repeat until satisfied.