Yo-Kai Watch 2 review – Bigger and more refined

When you’re not walking or biking from point to point, you’ll have time to take stock of what’s to do in Yo-Kai Watch 2. There’s tons. Too much almost. Yo-Kai Watch 2 is absolutely packed with quests, minigames, side-stories and adventures. It’s almost ridiculous how much you can do in this game.

There’s the story, of course, befriending Yo-Kai, battling online, trading, fusing Yo-Kai to make new Yo-Kai, catching Yo-Kai criminals, collecting bugs, racing bikes, tracking down Gates of Whimsy, answering Yo-Kai quizzes (thanks, Google), going for Trophies, using the 3DS’ camera for AR Yo-Kai stuff… the list goes on.

With so much to do and almost all of it introduced within the first three or four hours of play, I’ll openly admit that I was initially overloaded with information. If this is a game you’re considering for a younger player, take heed of the fact that they will be hit with a barrage of info. It’s nothing they can’t get over, but be ready to answer questions and look at the help menu built into the game. As a kid, I loved it when games gave me so much to do like this. Talk about bang for buck, Yo-Kai Watch 2 has enough to go around for the holiday if you’re looking for a single game for your kid to play this year.

Or you, for that matter. This is yet another RPG brimming with content, as if we needed more of those this year. Oy.

Yo-Kai Watch 2 is a game I have no problem recommending.

I’m sort of in love with Yo-Kai Watch 2. It’s exactly the type of light, easy going adventure I want on my Nintendo 3DS. It fills that need for something to play while chewing on so many other games at once for me perfectly.

I’m an oddball, and I know that. I play a ton of games for work, and that means I love little distractions like this one. Yo-Kai Watch 2 improves upon a lot of the original’s faults while making the game bigger and adding some new spirits to the mix. It doesn’t fix everything, and I definitely feel like the decision to split the game into two titles instead of keeping it as one came as a cash-grab on Level-5’s part.

Ultimately, I don’t care. Completionists might, though, and I feel their pain.

There’s so much to do in this title that it’s easy to forgive its issues, and I know that I’ll be sticking with the Yo-Kai Watch franchise as long as Level-5 is making them and Nintendo of America is localizing them.

I do wish there were more anime cutscenes, though. I miss those.


Disclaimer: We received physical copies of both Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls from Nintendo for this review.

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