In June 2009, ATLUS USA released the very first Class of Heroes game for the Playstation Portable, which similar to their releases in the Etrian Odyssey series was a challenging dungeon crawler which while not appealing to everyone, seemed to be a decent title for fans of that genre of gameplay and in Japan spawned a number of sequels that were spread over the Playstation Portable, Playstation 3 and even the Nintendo 3DS in one incidence.
While Japan saw the number of releases between 2009 and 2012, the international releases became stagnant, and it was becoming evident that the chance of any more installments in the series were becoming slim. But, this is where Gaijinworks and MonkeyPaw Games entered the fray, with plans on releasing Class of Heroes 2 on the Playstation Portable. This release, is now available on the Playstation Network for $24.99 and can be played on botht he Playstation Portable and Playstation Vita.
The enhanced portable version of Class of Heroes 2 is a take on the Wizardry-style dungeon crawl games, but with a twist – all the party members are drawn from a pool of newly enrolled students at a Sword and Sorcery School. The game features 18 unique classes to choose from including: Fighter, Swordsman, Ranger, Monk, Ninja, Sorcerer, Puppeteer, Idol, and even a mystery class. Once a team is created, quests are offered and the party can choose their adventure path, unlocking ever more distant and dangerous areas to conquer as they grow in power and confidence. Monster parties can be more than one level deep in a single combat episode, leading to epic encounters of up to 12 or more monsters at a time, where managing a party’s ranged and melee skills can be the difference between victorious life and an ignominious death. No dungeon crawler would be complete without an occasional boss, and Class of Heroes 2 doesn’t disappoint here, either, with nail-biting super-encounters littered on the path between your party and ultimate victory.
Class of Heroes 2 was originally developed by the studio ZeroDiv of Japan, who have experience in the field of dungeon crawlers whilst the game was published in Japan by Acquire.
Ray Almeda | Marketing and PR Manager at MonkeyPaw Games
Our mission is to continue bringing both Japanese import and classic titles to gamers around the world who deserve games they never thought they’d ever get a chance to play. Class of Heroes 2 is one of those J-RPGs that deserves to be played by more gamers around the world, its own hardcore fans and dungeon crawler aficionados alike. With continued fan support, we’ll be able to keep making these unique gameplay experiences possible.
Victor Ireland | GaijinWorks President
Fans that are looking for a dungeon crawler with a more engaging story arc than usual and characters they won’t want to say goodbye to at the end will really be in for a treat with Class of Heroes 2.
I am currently in the process of writing up a review for the game, and at the latest it should be up tomorrow with some other reviews.