Whether it’s TV, movies or anime, it can be a little difficult to recommend a tie-in game to players who aren’t necessarily fans of the source material. That’s kind of the point, though, isn’t it? These are usually titles made for fans in particular, after all, and if you’re new to the concept then you’re probably going ot be missing out. Now we’ve got yet another of these tie-in games with Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Infinite Combate, which falls very much on the “for fans only” side of things; that’s not necessarily bad, but it does means it’s a tough sell for anyone who’s not already familiar with the show.
That title is quite the mouthful, so for brevity (and our sanity) we’ll just call the series DanMachi like fans do and refer to the game as Infinite Combate for the sake of everyone’s sanity.
Being a god sounds great, but after a while you’re bound to get bored, right? The gods of DanMachi certainly think so. They’ve decided to incarnate on the human world, offering their blessings to adventurers by bringing them into guild groups called familia and granting them power. We follow Bell, a new adventurer in a tiny familia under the goddess Hestia, and Aiz, an experienced veteran known throughout the adventuring world, as they explore dungeons and interact with gods, monsters and each other.
As you probably expected given the title, you’re going to spend the lion’s share of your time in Infinite Combate rummaging around in dungeons. Dungeon crawling in this case is an action-RPG hack-and-slash affair where you’re usually tasked with killing a certain number of monsters, finding a certain number of items (by killing a certain number of monsters) or reaching a certain floor. You’re booted out of the dungeon upon completing an objective, Super Mario 64-style, so if you were hoping for an extended crawl then that’s probably not something you’re going to get until the postgame when the system opens up a bit.
As for the actual dungeon-crawling experience, it’s a pretty no-frills affair. You’ll control protagonists Bell or Aiz and hack away at baddies with melee weapons. These have a combo attack and, spoiler alert, the key to victory in this game is to never use it. Swing a few times then stop. You won’t incur enough recovery time to take any damage while stunlocking enemies to their doom. This is pretty much all you need, but if you want to mix things up, you’ve got magic and summonable support characters to help you out a bit. While it’s nice to have options, the simplistic nature of combat means that Infinite Combate’s gameplay doesn’t have a lot of lasting power. As for out-of-combat activities, these are mostly relegated to chatting with party members and upgrading gear using materials found from enemies.
Again, in the postgame Extra mode there’s a bit more to do and you’re free to experiment with the game. It’s a more freeform take on the experience with some cute dating sim elements. The rest of Infinite Combate ends up coming off as a recap of the anime if you aren’t familiar with the setting or plot. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, in particular if you’re new to this series, but it does mean that series vets might be in for a bit of a slog.
This is pretty clearly a low-budget affair, so Infinite Combate isn’t going to blow your socks off from a presentation point of view. The dungeon crawling is strictly a PSX-level affair when it comes to graphics and there’s no animation or such in the dialogue. The focus is clearly on the plot and characters from Fujino Omori and Suzuhito Yasuda’s popular manga and anime series more than anything original, but that shouldn’t be a problem for fans.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Infinite Combate is a bite-sized snack that’s largely intended for fans of the long-named series. Dungeon-crawling aficionados may find something to love here as well, but this is generally a pretty simplistic title that doesn’t have much to offer until you’ve finished the plot – and even then, the Extra mode is all about fanservice, and if you aren’t a fan…well. If you aren’t already familiar with the anime, it might be best to watch that first before venturing into this world blind.