Mary Skelter 2 - Opening Movie, Character Profiles, Battle System Details
Over the last several weeks, Idea Factory International has been providing new information and media for Mary Skelter 2, including an opening movie, character profiles, and battle system basics. We've compiled all this info below.
For more information, you can find the announcement post here.
The protagonist who is also a Blood Maiden associated with Dawn. She made a vow of matrimony with Little Mermaid in their youth, and carries herself in a princely manner so she can become "Little Mermaid's true prince."
At times, her timidity peeks from under her front, but she's straightforward and trustworthy at heart and will fight for her friends. She has a Blood Libido of wanting to return favors, which she is trying to hold back. Because of this, she is often heard using the word "owe," just so that she doesn't need to return favors.
Otsuu is the only one who seems to be able to understand Nightmare Jack.
A very thoughtful girl who finds happiness in bringing happiness to others.
She speaks in a soft tone, and gets along well with others, but she is very bold and may sometimes take actions that surprise those around her.
She asked Otsuu to become her "prince" when Otsuu proposed to her in their youth. She's embarrassed she said that, but at the same time, she holds great affection towards Otsuu who is trying to fulfill her wish.
A brave boy who sacrificed himself to save Little Mermaid.
As he lay dying, his anger about his own weakness attracted mysterious vines that transformed him into a Nightmare.
In this new form, he's unintelligible, but his kind heart remains to help support the Blood Maidens in battle. Despite his gentle nature, too much trauma can send him on a rampage, so he sticks close to Otsuu - the only one with whom he can communicate and be calmed.
A curious girl found during Otsuu's exploration in the underground caverns.
She is powerful enough to rule the denizens of the underground caverns, but she seems to have a hard time saying her lines straight, and can be found tripping on herself, which makes it hard for many to take her seriously.
At first, she called herself the "Demon King," defeating the many Marchens in the underground caverns, but now that she gained friends, she apparently "changed jobs," and is now a self-proclaimed "Hero."
An odd girl who lives in the prison with her brother, "Hansel."
She's curious and inquisitive, but what doesn’t interest her is met with a lack of emotion. Her speech indicates a lack of awareness of common morals.
She can be detached in her outlook, even in the face of trouble. She teases Hameln quite often, too.
A golden-haired Blood Maiden. She is very bright and lively, and can be found biting Little Mermaid and calling her "Fishy."
She seems to get along well with Otsuu, Little Mermaid, and the others, and her honesty and purity often helps bring calm and resolution to the other Blood Maidens.
An optimistic girl who has a gentle and calm aura about her. She is found during the groups' explorations in her Blood Skelter state. She rides and fights on her special ride, "Bamboo One," and carries with her seven mysterious objects that she puts to good use, such as a water sprayer.
For some reason she seems very anxious when someone says something that may make her sound like a burden...
Battle System Details
Battle Basics - The player's battle party consists of Otsuu, Jack, and 5 other members. In this turn-based dungeon RPG, players will use attacks that strike at enemy weaknesses, and doing Overkill finishes will draw enemy blood that can splatter on to the area and characters.The blood splattered on the characters can be "licked" off of them to activate special Blood Skills, but one can choose to let the blood splatter accumulate to activate the furious power of Massacre mode and Blood Skelter mode.
- Massacre Mode - When the character's turn comes and the blood icon is filled, the character will enter Massacre mode. In Massacre mode, the character's form and speech changes, as well as a boosts in stats. Players also gain access to powerful Massacre skills.
- Blood Skelter Mode - If a Blood Maiden's Corruption gauge is filled and she continues to be exposed to blood, she will enter a deeper state of madness called Blood Skelter mode. The berserk state during Blood Skelter mode will cause the Blood Maidens to attack enemies and allies. Avoid the Blood Skelter Mode or use it to your advantage during battle. Players can utilize Nightmare Jack's special Purge command to bring the Blood Maiden out of their Blood Skelter state.
Kagome-Kagome Effect - Using a weapon that has a "Bloodshot" effect can bring about the Kagome-Kagome effect where enemies take massive bleed damage, and are forced to turn their back towards you. Enemies that have been affected are open to attacks. Players can strategize by focusing attacks on the hapless enemy, or use this opportunity to take down the other enemies.
Revisit Mary Skelter: Nightmares - The game is designed so that players can play Mary Skelter: Nightmares after clearing Mary Skelter 2. However, players can unlock Mary Skelter: Nightmares as a free AoC if players would like to play it before completing Mary Skelter 2. Once Mary Skelter: Nightmares is unlocked, players can toggle between either of the games at the title screen. We highly recommend playing Mary Skelter 2 first and then Mary Skelter: Nightmares.
Battle - Otsuu and Jack's Turn
When playing as Otsuu and Nightmare Jack, players are able to input two actions and switch off between the two characters. Otsuu can use one turn to attack the enemy, while Nightmare Jack can use the second turn to use his Purge Abilities. Or even have one character perform two actions - it's up to you!
However, if players overuse Nightmare Jack's nightmare powers or purge skill, his Mind Meter gauge will reach a point where he turns into Ripper Jack - a maddening version of Nightmare Jack that is uncontrollable. Because Otsuu and Nightmare Jack are connected through their minds, Otsuu may also enter Blood Skelter mode if Nightmare Jack transforms into Ripper Jack. Players must use Otsuu's command, "Counseling," that will help lower Nightmare Jack's Mind Meter gauge and bring him back to normal.
Battle - Murder Hunt
Nightmares can appear around any corner, so players must be extra cautious. Because Nightmares move in real-time, players can get ambushed even when accessing the menus. This unexpected ambush is called Murder Hunt. Whenever a white haze appears, it signifies that a Nightmare is nearby.
If players are stuck in the white haze, a real-time Murder Hunt chase starts. Nightmares are invincible, so defeating it is out of the question unless players destroy the Jail's core. If the Jail's core is not destroyed, the Blood Maidens must use skills to attack specific Nightmare weak points and stun them long enough to escape. The white haze can heavily reduce visibility, so it is suggested to splatter the dungeons with enemy blood, which can help guide players through the maze and escape.