Based on a recent manga and anime series, Black Clover: Quartet Knights is a recently released action game catering to users of the PlayStation 4 and PC. The story focuses on a duo of orphans named Asta and Yuno. Growing up from a poor rural area, they train and work hard to become magic knights and fulfill their childhood challenge to become the next Wizard King. Now for the anime twist, the story is set in a world where magic is everything where even basic tasks are completed by the use of magic. The main character, Asta, was born without magic while his friend, Yuno, is gifted with extremely powerful magic. However, Asta makes up for his lack of magic with a special power: a great sword that he can summon with the power to both cut through and deflect magic. His magic (arguably) is Anti-Magic.
Quartet Knights features two primary contents: a single player campaign and a 4 vs. 4 multiplayer mode. Featuring seventeen different characters, they are mainly split up into 4 different sub-classes: Fighter (Close Range Fighting), Shooter (Long Ranged Fighting), Support (Defense/Buffing), and Healer (Medic).
For the campaign, players are introduced into the world of Black Clover surprisingly with little context to the series, feeling as if it was incomplete and unenthusiastic. The story moves itself though chapters, each consisting of one battle lasting only a few minutes. Interludes play between each chapter displayed with either fully animated scenes or text boxes in which still images of the characters speak to each other all voiced in Japanese. The tale itself was pretty straightforward and predictable in such a way where it caters mostly to Black Clover fans who are well versed with the manga or anime. Each character is presented with one-dimensional personalities besides the main characters of Asta and Yami who are given deeper personalities that build up their role within the story line.
On the other hand, the multiplayer mode provides players with more vibrant gameplay. However, it does come with some shortcomings. As a more niche game, there is a lack of human players who play the multiplayer role, leaving many to play matches with A.I. bots for open slots in the 4 vs 4. Rarely would there be a full game of human players. In the instances that include a full roster of players, we can being to see a huge problem with balancing. While the best multiplayer match-ups involve a group of players that focus on skill and teamwork. It is possible to forgo the need of certain classes in favor of a full offensive team, consisting of either the Fighter or Shooter classes. The most popular of the two being the Fighter class for its ability to eliminate any opposition though a series of combos and button mashing. If were it not for the meta for players to find ways to win easily, this game could have a lot more potential with the various characters it provides.
The game visually captures the world of Black Clover pretty well with bright-colors, defined character outlines, and a vibrant world. Some rougher imagery can come about in some instances of the game which break this, but for the most part can be overlooked. The game runs on 60 FPS for the most part, but drops do happen in moments of intense activities as one would expect, however, it seems to happen more often than in most games.
Black Clover: Quartet Knights for the most part presents a fun universe with a diverse array of playable characters that add to the gameplay. It introduces a different story from the anime and plays with a simple and fun combat system. However, the game requires some work. From the lacking campaign story to its multiplayer woes, Quartet Knights does not present a playable game that lasts past a single afternoon.
GLHF is my motto