Let’s make one thing crystal clear, right from the start- Cat Quest 2 is one of the most fun, engaging, and ridiculously adorable games I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing on the Nintendo Switch. I have an extensive library of games on Switch and I also have occasional “Game ADD” which means that I bounce between a bunch of games being all indecisive and such. It is somewhat rare for me to sit down and stick with one game until it is done, but that is precisely what happened with Cat Quest 2 and my hat’s off to The Gentlebros for creating such an engrossing little action-RPG.
The cats of Felingard and the dogs of the Lupus Empire are in a constant state of war and the legendary Kinsgblade is the solution to bring peace back into the world. You get to play as two kings, one a dog and one a cat, reincarnated to reclaim their thrones and make things right in the world again. That’s all the story I’m going to give you because there is a really surprising amount of depth and surprise going on here and I don’t want to spoil the fun. You can seamlessly switch between the two characters and both can be equipped and upgraded to fit your playstyle. There is a fantastic amount of customization to be had here (outfits even!) and everything is super intuitive too. There’s a vast overworld to explore, tons of dungeons to loot, and an abundance of hilariously written dialogue that’s a joy to experience.
That’s the thing with this game (and its predecessor as well), everything is razor-sharp and extremely easy to grasp, which is a glorious change of pace from the relative obtuseness of modern games. Me personally? I like to ENJOY my games, not sift through hours of batshit crazy lore, indecipherable menus, and convoluted combat systems that require more fingers than most of us possess. I might be picky too, but it is consistently tough for a game to NAIL the formula for me but Cat Quest 2 nails it in spades, on ALL counts.
You have blades, staves, staffs, axes and all manner of armor to compliment your arsenal of weaponry. You have magic that you learn along the way (won’t spoil how you get that either) and it can ALL be upgraded as you see fit with the currency you earn in-game. It’s pretty liberally given through defeating enemies, chests, etc., and I never really felt much need to “grind” excessively- honestly, I would grind for the FUN of it, so that should speak volumes to the fun factor of this little gem. It’s overworld exploration, dungeon-crawling perfection from start to finish, period.
I don’t really want to tell you too much more about it mechanically, cause it is so much fun to discover on your own. Everything is open-world, gorgeously hand-drawn, and fantastically animated. The world is full of life, there are metric tons of fun side-quests you can take on, and every NPC interaction is cute, funny, and chock full of cat puns. If you don’t like cute stuff I doubt you’ll be reading this review anyway but just know-this sucker is FULL of cuteness.
The combat is simply but deceptively deep, knowing when to dodge roll at the right time is key but never too tricky to pull off with grace. Controls are fantastic, easy to learn, and not gratuitously hard to master. You have buttons for your spells, the dodge-roll, and your attack-nothing complicated and I LOVE that. It is just FUN TO PLAY, and here’s the thing- I have about 3 side quests left to do and then it’s time for me to do the final battles and beat the game. I haven’t done that yet because I don’t WANT to be done with this game. If they made Cat Quest 3 last as long as Breath of The Wild I’d be the happiest guy in the world, cause I would gladly stay in the wonderful, fun world The Gentlebros have created.
I don’t do scored reviews on The Ghost Generation because I like to give my honest analysis, my final thoughts, and let you decide based on that whether or not you want to pick up a game. I’ve said it before, but I see how review scores divide people and opinions, and they can create an instant bias that I don’t want to create with my reviews. It’s my party and I’ll score if I want to. That being said, if I WAS to give this game a score it would get the highest mark I could give. 5/5, 10/10, 5 stars-whatever- this game is WAY more than most sequels ever turn out to be. It delivers on ALL counts to be an engaging, adorable, and out-of-this-world fun experience that you NEED on your Switch day one. I really can’t fault it for anything, that’s the honest truth-some people said the first game was a bit on the repetitive side but I wasn’t one of them. I love what these games do so much that I welcome it, every last second. I genuinely hope we get more of these games from The Gentlebros (and the fantastic publishers at PQube Games) and getting the opportunity to review this wonderful game has been amazing. Cat Quest 2 is a must-buy if you are an action-RPG fan in ANY capacity, so get yourself to the eShop on 10/24 when this goes live (I believe a physical version is coming soon but I don’t have details ATM) and thank me later.
Review code graciously provided by Dominik and the fantastic folks at PQube Games.
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