Review – Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate

Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon? Well, why not ask Bell, the protagonist, and one of the main characters in the anime and new game, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate. From this point forward, for the sake of the length of this review, as well as my sanity, I’ll just call it Is It Wrong… This new game follows the anime’s plot pretty closely, with the only key difference being that it’s much less back and forth in terms of its timeline, and much more back and forth as to who did what, and when.

Is It Wrong… follows two separate adventures: Bell’s and Aiz’s. Each character that ventures into these dungeons are part of familias, families or houses that are led by gods. These gods give them the ability to fight and kill monsters, improve their stats, and basically provide the audience with massive levels of fanservice…

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Trust me. This is far from the most “fanservice” that this game has to offer.

Bell ended up in Hestia’s house, a smaller girl with much less than smaller parts. Bell is the only character in Hestia’s house when we them. Aiz, on the other hand, leads the Loki house, a very popular house with glamour, riches, and power. Both parties venture dungeons separately, killing monsters and collecting crystals. Crystals are worth money, and just like real life, money is needed for food.

While the two parties venture the dungeons separately, tackling them is pretty similar. As Bell, you’ll venture alone, fighting goblins and maybe a few kobolds. As Aiz, you’ll also have teammates to choose from. They don’t exactly help that much, they aren’t out walking around and killing the creatures as well. Your teammates are more there to let you use additional strong spells. Not that you’ll need them anyway.

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It’s raining skill points!

Very quickly into my spelunking, I noticed that the game has a very fatal flaw. All enemies can be stunlocked… with one hit. From that moment onwards, the game simply became “press O to win”. You press it, all the enemies are stunned, you press it again, you hit them again, all the enemies are stunned again. Rinse and repeat until everyone around you is dead. 

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Gotta love collecting some long horns

Combat aside, Is It Wrong… uses a chibi-like art style, which is a weird choice, considering how well designed the characters are in the anime. The other weird part is the fact that Is It Wrong… follows the anime to a tee, outside of a few small things added in it. That means that all of the same characters, and presumably most of the same dialogue are included in here, but I’m not here to cross examine. Oddly enough, there is almost zero voice acting in the entire game, be it English or Japanese. Just awkward portrait movements and silence outside of the faint and unbelievably boring background music.

While you will find yourself slaying monsters quite often, Is It Wrong… also features a skill tree and lots of equipment management. Skill points as more than easy to come by, as every enemy gives at least one skill point, with plenty of others providing even more. Skills will cost anywhere from 50 to a few hundred skill points, so be sure to kill everything in sight. The equipment management is actually slightly useless. When you level up, you’ll gain MUCH more attack stats than you will from any equipment. It’s almost more worth just not buying any of it, but it’s doesn’t hurt to do those extra 10 points of damage.

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Massive stat gain, without gaining a level, of course

As it stands, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate truly immerses you into the anime’s story. Shot by shot, with little to no surprises, you’ll follow the two key characters and their adventures. The real struggle with this game is simply how easy it is, which isn’t always a bad thing if you’re looking to unwind, but sometimes you expect more challenge out of a anime-themed dungeon crawler.

 

Graphics: 7.0

The chibi-themed design style works for the game, but the dungeon design is very bland. It doesn’t use any scenes from the anime it’s based on, by the way.

Gameplay: 5.0

Finding out there’s a very, very easy way to test your way through every enemy made the game a bit boring.

Sound: 1.0

Honestly nothing memorable here. How can a game with a full anime release not use dialogue from the anime? To make matters worse, the soundtrack itself is already painfully mediocre.

Fun Factor: 4.0

It’s limited, the story isn’t that interesting, and it’s completely devoid of challenge. You can still have enough fun to warrant a platinum trophy, but don’t expect much from it.

Final Verdict: 4.5

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Reviewed on PlayStation 4.

A copy of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate was provided by the publisher.