Kitaria Fables is a charming action RPG with an emphasis on crafting of all kinds. It takes place in a world inhabited by anthropomorphic characters, and the whole thing would be incredibly cosy if it wasn't for the fact that monsters roam the countryside.
There is a story here — one that involves an empire, the outlawing of magic spells, and a growing darkness — but it's not really the focus, even if it gives you a good reason to get out and explore the game's segmented regions. Exploration leads to finding new materials, and new materials means crafting better equipment. Having more effective gear lets you take on increasingly dangerous monsters, and so the cycle continues until the credits roll (and beyond, if you feel like it).
Needless to say, Kitaria Fables is a grindy game. You'll often hit roadblocks during the main story or a side quest, where you're tasked with delving into a dungeon that's just too difficult for you to handle. So it's back to the blacksmith in order to work out what materials are needed for a shiny new sword, sturdy bow, or chunky armour set.
Fortunately, Kitaria Fables is an addictive adventure. Responsive controls, paired with a simple but effective battle system — which features a lot of dodge rolling — results in one moreish excursion after another. Despite the fighting, this can be a really peaceful and relaxing game — especially when you hunker down on your farm to grow fruit and vegetables in between expeditions.
With its heavy Fantasy Life vibes, there's a lot to like about Kitaria Fables. While the grind won't be for everyone, it's an accessible game that can eat up 20 to 30 hours of your time quite easily, thanks to its enticing mix of fighting, crafting, and farming.
Is the PS5 Version not yet available in the Store? I can only find the PS4 Version and it doesnt say that both Downloads are included...
If anyone's got any questions about the game, let me know and I'll try to answer them.
I chose Baldo The Guardian Owl over this. I feel I made the wrong choice!
Thank you for the well done review! I have been on the fence about this one-it doesn't seem like my regular type of game, but something about it intrigues me. The review outlines a lot of what I hoped this game would be, so I think it is a purchase.
@ShogunRok I have one...how can I buy the PS5 Version haha? See my comment above
@IonMagi It's up there as far as I can tell!
That's the PS5/PS4 version in one.
@ShogunRok Mhm usally it says so in the Title that its for both ("PS4 and PS5") or on the Game description....can anyone confirm this?
@IonMagi I purchased it yesterday and can downlaod the ps4 or ps5 version
Please can you let me know how the 2 player works? Is it just drop in drop out or persistent? Does second player make progress on anything? Does player 2 get trophies? Anything else relevant to the local co-op? This is the type of game my wife would love.
Also, is it getting a physical release?
Been reading some reviews on this one and I think I’m going to pass. It’s super cute though.
@IonMagi It says PS4/PS5 for me in the picture and in the info on the store.
Bought this for my partner yesterday, she's loving it so far and watching her play has made me want to give it a go tonight.
She says it's like rune factory and fantasy life
@thefourfoldroot I believe it's persistent. So on the main menu, you can choose to play solo or co-op, and there are different save files. I think. Both players make progress in co-op, so if you wanted to play it with your wife, you can play through the entire game together from the start.
It's also got a physical release, but I think it's very limited. Might have to check out PQube's website.
That’s great to know, thanks for that.
@IonMagi dude, maybe try opening the link. It literally says at the top of the page he linked that it's for PS4 and PS5.
After watching a 2 player gameplay trailer we couldn’t resist. Downloading now.
I just started this last night, but all I can say so far is that it's insanely cute and has some gorgeous music. I was not expecting music this good.
Could you please let me know whether trophies pop yet? Apparently they weren’t while they were awaiting global release.
Edit: To answer my own question, frustratingly, player 2 does NOT(!) earn trophies! Very disappointing that this is still an issue on PlayStation (has never been a problem in Xbox).
To go into more detail, it doesn’t recognise player 2 as a story character inhabiting the world, Player 2 cannot advance the story, sleep, or save the game. They are just a passenger.
It’s not Resi5 levels of broken though, Player 2 at least gets their own persistent inventory it seems. Although I don’t think twice the coins are given out so getting new equipment is going to be twice as hard as usual.
@Milktastrophe When I clicked in the link the PS App opened and it does indeed not say that its for both Versions there
Put it in your basket on the phone app and it’ll say both versions on the listing. Just bought it and downloaded it to PS5 myself.
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