_Relics: The 2nd Birth_ is an action role-playing game. Being a sequel to
Relics: The Recur of Origin, this game retains the core gameplay of the former
title, having players explore dungeons in the isometric perspective and
relying on the possession mechanic. Unlike most RPGs, _Relics_ doesn’t award
players with experience points when defeating enemies and the key to powering
up lies within swapping characters, acquiring their skills and using the
appropriate skills and attacks to clear the path from enemies and get to the
next area of a dungeon.
Compared to its predecessor, the game has players take the role of a living
character and adds up to two extra party members that follow players and
assist them in battles. The game also changes the latency system to allow
players to transfer skills from one creature to another. Characters now have 6
attributes such as _Fire, Ice, Wind, Thunder, Holy_ and _Demon_ as well as HP
and SP recovery speed. The 2nd Birth adds a new faction to the series: Mutants
and there are over 120 distinctive characters for players to possess. Some
extra RPG elements were added as well such as shops where players can sell the
items they’ve gathered at dungeons and use the gold to purchase various jewels
and healing items. The game has multiple endings, but there are no branching
paths in the story and in order to get them, players have to finish the game
and start over using their save files.
New and unique to this game is a multiplayer mode which allows up to four
players to explore four vast dungeons together via LAN and the Internet.
Clearing these maps and defeating their bosses rewards players with exclusive
items which can be transferred into the Single Player campaign.
The story of _Relics: The 2nd Birth_ is set in the distant future. A group of
MARX colonists have settled on another planet and during their research, they
found out about the everlasting conflict between the HEAVEN and HELL factions.
Among the discoveries they’ve made was the ability to separate one’s spirit
from the body and transfer it to other life forms. The colonists titled this
ability “Spirit Ride”. This game has players take the role of Randy, the
Spirit Ride experimental unit’s commander and players will once again get
caught up in the conflict between the two factions. During his journey, Randy
destroys his own body, breaking up with his human self and is reincarnated as
a HELL creature, which is what the 2nd Birth stands for.
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