By Steve Baltimore / May 9th, 2019
|Title||Death end re;Quest|
|Developer||Idea Factory, Compile Heart|
|Publisher||Idea Factory International|
|Release Date||May 16th, 2019|
|Platform||Steam, PlayStation 4|
|Age Rating||M for Mature|
Not too long ago I took a look at Death end re;Quest on the PlayStation 4. This is a much darker adventure than Idea Factory International usually brings us, but I really enjoyed my time with it. The writing was great and the combat was a ton of fun. This review will mainly focus on performance of the PC, so if you want a more in-depth look at the gameplay, please check out my PlayStation 4 review.
Before we dig into the juicy bits of the performance let’s recap the story a bit. A new RPG was being developed called World’s Odyssey. The game was being worked on by a company called Enigma and when it was just about to release, the director, Shina Ninomiya, vanished. The game was never finished. One day the lead programmer, Arata Mizunashi, discovers the game is actually still running. He also encounters the missing director inside the game. Shina’s mind is now trapped in that virtual world. Together, Arata and Shina devise a plan to clear the game so Shina can escape the virtual world and wake up in the real one. This will not be an easy task as the world has been infected with corruption. They will need to work together in both reality and the game world in order for her to be saved.
As you would expect the PC version looks a bit graphically better than the PS4 release. Textures look a bit cleaner and I think the color is actually a bit better as well. On my AMD Ryzen 5 2600 rig with a Nvidia 1060 6GB this game ran smooth as butter. All of the animations and character movements were perfect. With my old I7-860 rig that has a 1050ti things still ran pretty well. I did have tweak the graphics settings just bit but this game is still perfectly playable. On both rigs the game had much better load times than the PlayStation 4 version.
As with other Idea Factory International releases on PC there were no issues with using the controller of your choice. I played with a PlayStation 4 and Xbox controller and had no issues with either. They did change the controls up a bit from the PlayStation version. To bring up the Battle Jack menu you will now press L3. I suppose you could probably map this to a touchpad in if you were using a PlayStation 4 controller, but it’s not necessary.
I spent right around 10 hours with Death end re;Quest on PC and found no major issues. This is one the best PC ports Idea Factory International has released so far. This game is very unique in its storytelling and the combat is just plain fun as well. I’d have no issue recommending this one to any fan of RPGs, or maybe even horror as this one is really dark at times with some gruesome dead ends. If you held off on getting this one hoping for a good PC port down the line, well you’re in luck. They don’t get much better than this one.
Game provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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