Re:ZERO – The Prophecy of the Throne Collector’s Edition – PlayStation 4
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- Enjoy a new Re:ZERO storyline, fully supervised by the Japanese light novel series author Tappei Nagatsuki.
- Featuring brand-new characters designed by the original light novel artist Shinichirou Otsuka as well as your favorites from the series.
- The Collector’s Edition includes 4 exclusive, limited run only original pins in a display box, featuring Emilia, Subaru, Rem, and a brand-new character Melty, a full-color art book including concept art, sketches, and commentary with a special foreword from the creators, a SteelBook collector's display case, the official soundtrack containing original music from the game, and the Collector’s Edition outerbox!
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One month after Subaru's new life in another world began, an emissary sent by the royal castle suddenly appears with news that the royal selection has been postponed, but offers no reason as to why.
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Straight up, I don’t think the price is worth it. I completed the game within 17 hours. As someone who likes to get 100% on her games, I am currently speedrunning a second playthrough. That is something I can probably achieve in 4-5 hours. So, 21-22 hours in total. As someone who has played a few visual novels that had the same quality of graphics, fully voice casted and good story line, the price did not add up. Yes, the extras were super cool. But was the extras worth $60 (let’s just say that game is technically worth about $30 at best)?! The game focuses on events that took place after a month that Subaru Natsuki (the hero) arrives in this new magical world. He discovered that he has this ability. If he died, he will be sent back to a “save point” and has to figure out in this new timeline how to prevent his demise. Now, the country's ruler and his family has died and they have to appoint a new one. According to a prophecy, there were five possible royal candidates. However, there are now six! That means that there is an imposter and it is Subaru’s job to figure out who it is. So, you pretty much go through cycles of dying until he manages to discover the truth.
I like the plot, despite not knowing anything about the story and characters. (Even if you are not familiar with the series, they do give you a quick synopsis in your first decision). It was interesting and I was able to figure out the fake before it was revealed. The characters were hilarious. I found all them charming in their own way. Great dialogue. Great cast of well-known VA. What I didn’t like was a lot of the plot that was not addressed. Like what happened with the Witch Cult? Who is the mysterious being constantly freezing them? Who is Mother? I thought these would be addressed later but nope. You are left hanging despite the big deal they made about them.
The game did crash on me once when I was trying to retry a mission. That was the only bug that I encountered. There were a few times that the dialogue did not match the script. Other than that, everything was good for what it was. I personally would not recommend this game unless you can get it for a very good price or a fan of the series. I can’t believe I spent this much money on a game that I didn’t fall in love with! >_<
I will mention this; some reviews mention that they bought this game and didn’t think it was worth the price or by the end of the game they were confused because of some things concerning outside of the main story (main story in game IS wrapped up nicely) were not “answered yet.” I will say this, if you go in to play this game not having watched at least season one of the anime or read the Light Novel you of course are going to be a little confused and wonder why some things are not answered or addressed. This game is an alternate “what-if” type story and only covers a certain part of the plot in the main series. You don’t necessarily HAVE to have watched/read the source material to enjoy the game on its own. However, I would highly recommend doing so. You would understand at least the background premise of the plot and characters a lot more. Plus, if you haven’t watched the anime or read the source material I will say this; YOU ARE DEFINITELY MISSING OUT!!! So please consider that before you purchase this game. And remember this is a story based visual novel type game, so keep that in mind.
While the VN is short, the experience is so novel & unique that I didn’t really mind. The music is really well done too, and in the collectors edition it includes the soundtrack. It also includes a Steelbook with gorgeous artwork, and a really nice pin set & art book.
Personally I think if you’re familiar with visual novels, you’d really appreciate the quality and the attention to detail of this one. It’s roughly 20-25 hours or so depending on your play-style, but I don’t regret having bought this at all. It’s been a lot of fun, and all of the new characters are interesting and mysterious. I waited until finishing the end of volume 9 of the light novel before starting this, so that way I could compare the two. I actually enjoy this alternate retelling of this arc more compared to the original in the LN.
My only critique would be that I wish there was more VN elements and less 3D adventure elements. There are times where you’re asked to walk around and such, and there’s missions as well. I think it would’ve been even better as a pure visual novel, but it doesn’t ruin anything or make the experience less enjoyable, plus these sequences are very short and few and far between.
If you clear the game and load that save the second time around adds new options and allows you to see new cut scenes and a new order of events. In that sense it’s like most visual novels, but it adds to the replay ability. I’m now going through my second play through to see just how much changes.
I’d give this a 7.5/10 for what it is, while short, the story is well done and entertaining. Although as far as my pure enjoyment I’d give it a 10/10. I’ve really enjoyed this and highly recommend it to fans of Re:Zero and/or visual novels. It’s cool to see all the characters with the level of detail this VN provides, as well as the voice acting up close and personal. Plus the collectibles from this version look really cool next to my Re:Zero LN’s. As long as you know it’s 90% visual novel I highly recommend it, and if you’re a Re:Zero fan I know you’d enjoy it. Just don’t expect many branching story lines or multiple endings, it’s about as linear and short as a VN can get. I’d love to see the quality of the visuals in Re:Zero, paired with some of the best story telling VN’s have to offer someday.