STAFF REVIEW of Empire of Angels IV (Xbox One)

Sunday, June 27, 2021.
by Heather Webster

Empire of Angels IV Box art BRING ON THE GIRL POWER (and their underwear)! This simulated life RPG, developed by SOFTSTAR out of Taiwan, features beautiful 2D/3D graphics with strategic turn-based combat and a huge cast of gorgeous female characters in hilarious battles. For the first time since the series began in 1993, Empire of Angels arrives on console for Xbox fans to now enjoy.

Welcome to the Land of Asgard, the kingdom of Valkyrie! Join the Namtar Investigation Team as they patrol the land. Niya, captain of the Valkyrie Kingdom’s legion, witnesses a shining orb fall from the sky. Then a plague arrives that infects people and makes them to commit mindless violence. Your job is to help Niya maintain order and restore the peace.

Empire of Angels IV reintroduces the history of Asgard, its lore, characters and mechanics, so even someone with no prior knowledge of the series can enjoy this adventure. A deep fantasy theme full of political intrigue and the looming terror of war is balanced by light-hearted character interactions. This game has its fair share of humor as you shatter your all-female opponents’ armor leaving them in their birthday suit. Needless to say, it is a lot of fun with all its humor and challenging strategic decisions.

Choose you team and their placement in the grounds. Each character has a set range they can travel as well as distance for attack. Some have healing abilities and all have a different type of attack, from broad swords, arrows to magic and more. Defeat enemies or scare them off in their underwear. Battle against spiders and different creatures, as well as possessed characters.

The unit functions are found in unit menu. Here you can see all your characters and the details of your current team. You can switch roles and find hidden quests for specific characters in the lead role which then creates more levels to explore. The unit system shows you the 'tech tree' where once you have enough merit stars you can turn them in for your class advancement. Also, in the tech tree you will see the unit types that can be progressed through the current tree, so there's plenty to delve into should you put the time into it.

There are three interchangeable basic unit classes, soldiers, clerics, and archers, and you can switch between the three, which is a great way to highlight the enemies' weaknesses. Once you have an advanced class you cannot downgrade to a sub-class. Every class has a 4-star unit to upgrade to, no matter what tree you choose to follow. Aside from just obtaining rank requirements, there are also side quests you must find and complete. These can only be found by cycling through each character on your team to find these hidden levels.

As you progress through the game you will be given the power of summoning, allowing you to add pets to your line-up. Each pet has its own special powers and abilities, so you just need to find the ones that work well with your play style. You can only find new pets by completing side quests in previously played areas, so finding all of them is a bit of a pain in the butt, but the effort is worth it for the additional firepower and pays off in the end.

I really enjoyed the witty banter between sexy anime Angels without wings that was included within the explanations during tutorials. You can also try other hunting grounds by challenging them, and is a great place to level up if you are struggling.

Empire of Angels IV is a lot of fun and visually appealing with the 3D graphics and the beautiful anime style art. The vast ability to customize your team and their skills is a great way to play and find what works best for you to achieve your goals. I found it had great tutorials of how to play and what each character can do, easing me into the strategic gameplay. There is a lot of dialogue, but can be easily skipped if you are not the type of person to sit through and read everything. This old-school turn-based game is a great homage to the classics in the RPG world with bright colorful 3D imaging upgrade that really brings it to the current level of other games developed more recently.

When I first looked at Empire of Angels IV I was worried about how the translations would work out from Mandarin to English but once I started playing it was very well put together and easy to follow the story. With so many characters available once you have them, pets to summon and roles to choose from, Empire of Angels IV has the ability for you to play for many hours depending on how much time you want to sink into it. So, if you enjoy classic style turn-based RPG with beautiful graphics and sound that matches, I suggest you get check out Empire of Angels IV because it is a lot of strategic fun!

**Empire of Angels IV was provided by the publisher and reviewed on an Xbox One S**

Overall: 9.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.5 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10


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