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Old 7th May 2010, 08:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sakura Wars

Sakura Wars



Ever sit through a childrens show that had dialogue that made you want to put your brain through a grinder? Philosophical morals that apeals to friendship and strength from within is not only an old concept, it has been so done to death that it has become laughable. What is cliche is corny and throw it together, you get a product that is laughable. Fortunately Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love is not just laughable, the entire game is set on a level that can't be taken too serious. While you may feel like ripping your brain apart at times, the sweet insanity of this game not only makes up for this flaw, it makes other flaws become part of its charm.

Sakura Wars is a rare gem. I honestly do not know who the developers thought this game would appeal to when they decided to localize the game and share it to the rest of the world, but it is clear there is a sense of love and joy these people must have had for both us, the gamers, and their product. For the price of a Playstation 2 game, you get two copies, one in Japanese if you are not a "dub" fan, a poster because you know you want one, and a booklet that disguises itself as an advertisement book for the setting of the game. It is with the light spirit that this game is presented to you, that you yourself use to play the game. Again, with this lightness, this game becomes something special.

The game is the fifth in the series, however it is the first and only one to be localized. As such their choice in determining to do this particular game is not a bad choice at all considering not only the location of the game, but how it introduces you to a new world through a new character while giving us cameos of characters from the past games. In this way, Shinjiro becomes the player as he is new to the series, as are we the gamer, and in a new location to boot.

The story is that Shinjiro, the main character, has been assigned to the New York Division of a combat unit. This combat unit is made up of female warriors who, by day, pose as a Broadway Theater company in the prosperous 1920's. However, should terror strike the New York, they, via anime montage, pilot warrior mecha. The team dynamics are thrown into chaos however as Shinjiro arrives and soon he has to earn his keep and impress his teammates who instantly give him a cold shoulder. As the story evolves, so do the characters as does the team and the city, not to mention the evil presence that threatens the very existence of New York.

The story is divided into chapters or episodes, clearly anime style from their intoduction, to their "Next Time on..." preview at the end of each adventure. As enjoyable as an episode is, they are more comparable to movies or OVA's as they are compiled with story archs and acts rather than the simplistic beggining, middle, and end. Elongating the chapters not only makes the episodes long, it gives them almost an epic feel to them. By the time an adventure is finished, alot has happened to look back on if you so wish to. If you add the preview for the next episode, it also gives you the promise that all the things you enjoyed about one episode, will be given to you again next time but with a whole new story to look forward to. To get to the point, each chapter leaves you satifyingly full, while the previews for the next chapter wet your appitite.

For the most part, each chapter focuses on a characters development as well as Shinjiro becoming more and more apart of the world around him. That however is not to say the development itself is formuliac. For instance, one chapter may have a trial to decide the fate of an ubran town, another includes a duel on a construction building, the game keeps you on your toes and you don't know what will happen next. In this way, the chapters themselves are as fun to uncover as it is getting to know the characters.

The characters themselves are taken from several archytypes but they work, even when they may get minorly annoying. I would take time to list each character however half the fun in any story driven game is getting to know the new cast. You may find by the end of the game that you have a list of favorite characters in this game.

The gameplay is a mix and match of different genres. At one point you may be doing an interactive novel. You choose from available options and see what they do. This feature may be seen as both a pro and con. Gamers looking for action will be forced to sit through alot of text. However the story is light and the choices and options feel like you can impact the story, and in a way, they do. Many choices also have a timer and they can be made in several other ways that can mix up the gameplay or lack there of in the interactive case. Also with the timer and other features, it leaves room for brash decisions, pondering, and it gives a sort of weight to them.

The second part of the game is exploring. You can explore a sectioned up version of 1920's New York. These moments steal the flow and enjoyment of the story sections as you get to control where you go, who and how you interact with people, and are filled with fun segments that can strengthen your bonds with the characters as well make the gamer more invested in this world. Through these moments, it was easier for me to connect and enjoy the Sakura Wars universe rather than just make cold choices that appealed to whatever humor I felt like having when playing at a given time.

Like a good show, with the heroes gathering strenght, so to do the villians, and each chapter, the villian of the week unleashed his, or her, diabolical plan! This is the prelude to the action part of the game. Put simply, this game is about stories, characters...and FIGHTING ROBOTS!

After an enjoyable anime style montage, our group of heroes are briefed and then sent to be battle. When they enter the scene of battle, the New York Combat Revue (Thats what our team of heroes is called!) makes a spectacular heroic entrance. I am not kidding, by the end of the game, I found myself smiling when they drop from the sky like meteors, heroic music playing, and they pose for battle. It's the little things that make this game so great.

Then comes the combat. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love, is the best turn based robot RPG I have ever played. I said it, it needed to be said. The one thing that could be said about the con of the turn based combat as that, like the ammount of chapters in the game, there is simply not enough. However that being said, there are plenty of hours worth of robot on robot action, don't think there isnt. Infact the last chapters are the closest thing to an overload you will get in this game of the action. (The final battle is epic both in action and scope.)

The battles themselves are perfectly paced. I would call them long but then people would think of the battles as drawn out. I would call them short but people would beleive them to have the pace of a normal turn based strategy game battle. I will say that they are simply well done in both pace and action. The boss battles are all epic but do not take hours like some RPG's, rather they require a level of thinking and tactics.

The battle map is drawn, and the overall level may have several sections. Objectives may be scattered and the enemy may have the ability to spawn more. Thus not only strategy is involved but you get to move around from map to map, via your robot, or STAR as they are called, which can turn into a jet fighter. You move around in real time, no grid. You will either be fighting on ground or in the air. Each character/STAR has a set of abilities, and a certain way of attack. They all have the ability to heal although this drains action points. To move takes action points, but you can return to get them back. Attacks take action pointss but, and this is the fun part, you get to determine how many times you want to attack or use a combo on an enemy. Also each character has a special attack, that is acompanied by an anime cutscene and ends with some cool maneuver.

Using strategy and the right combination of strengths and weaknesses of your characters, you will be doing a victory pose in no time. Other things you can do are joint attacks and duo attacks. There are also some strategems that can be deployed as well as special commands to your teammates.

One important thing to note however, is that the strength of you and your allies, STARS depends on their interactions in both battle and in the story. Due to this, it becomes necessary to do your best to make sure they are happy and you make the right decisions when bonding with your team mates.

What is great is that while the interactivity fluctuates in the game, the game still endures and after beating the game, there is a level of replaybility. This comes from multiple endings and the ability to try and find ways to play the game differently, from wooing a different girl, to finding different side storylines you may, and most likely have, missed. Each playthrough garentees different scenes depending on your choices, unless you decide to play exactly the same way you did before, and there is also the promise that you can do even better by strengthining your bonds and making your team stronger. It thus becomes like a challenge, made by the game itself to be replayed by the gamer.

The good of the game is its fun, funny, light hearted, and over the top. The bad, is that it is in many ways linear, despite the fact that its semi nonlinear, the voice acting and dialogue can be annoying to the point of absurdity, but thats also part of the charm, however expect there to be moments, and depending on how you view this game, alot of moments, when you might cringe at it. Overlook the bad, and you get "one of those good ones." I am talking about those rare games that are just a fond memory, and as stated, "a guilty pleasure."

Sadly this game is not for everyone, as stated, it mixes and matches, is slow to the action, story based, memorable moments, cringeworthy moments, corny moments, but with a colorful cast, notable one liners, and some of the best turn based RPG's in along time.

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Not a bad game but a bit draggy

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sakura war was created by a japanese company.


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