Mana Khemia 2 Impressions
Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy takes place 15 years after the first game, Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis. Much has changed, including the famed Al-Revis Academy's budget. In a desperate attempt to revive the school, Marta Silweste is appointed as Chairman and enacts new policies including accepting nonalchemists. To much applause, the school prospers and at the height of the Chairman's influence, proposes to rid the academy of alchemy classes once and for all.
The game is much like its predecessor with similar graphics and gameplay. Items are still created through the alchemy system, and character progression is still done via the Grow Book. Combat has been kept relatively unchanged more or less apart from the newly added Unite Mode. For more information on the technical aspects of the game, please refer to our previous review of the Playstation Portal port of the first game, Mana Khemia: Student Alliance.
The only major difference is that the game now offers an option to play as one of two characters, Razeluxe Meitzen the male lead, or the spunky yet cheerful Ulrika Myberg. Fans of the previous game will be happy to know that a few characters do make an appearance, mostly as non-playable characters.
Mana Khemia 2 is great example that the Playstation 2 is still alive and well. For first time players new to the series interested in RPGs, they may consider picking this game up.
Note, that a Playstation Portable port of the game has been announced in Japan, and will probably have an English release sometime in the future.