Sakura Wars - PlayStation 4
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- The Imperial Combat Revue takes the stage as Tokyo’s defense force against a demon threat in this extravagant adventure.
- Soldiers in wartime, but theater performers in peacetime, the Revue’s Flower Division is not living up to their legacy and is at risk of being shut down. As newly appointed captain Seijuro Kamiyama, it’s up to you to turn the team around.
- Dramatic Character Interplay — Engage with a colorful cast through the dynamic LIPS dialogue system where what you say and how you say it has a profound impact on relationships off and on the battlefield.
- Exciting Combat Payoffs — Your bonds with team members flow into the high-energy combat finale of each episode, featuring action-packed fights with giant steam-powered mecha.
- Brilliant Anime Production — Gorgeous animated sequences, a lush soundtrack, and characters designed by anime and JRPG luminaries will transport you into a vibrant 1940s steampunk Tokyo.
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The Imperial Combat Revue takes the stage as Tokyo’s defense force against a demon threat in this extravagant adventure. Soldiers in wartime, but theater performers in peacetime, the Revue’s Flower Division is not living up to their legacy and is at risk of being shut down. As newly appointed captain Seijuro Kamiyama, it’s up to you to turn the team around. • Dramatic Character Interplay — Engage with a colorful cast through the dynamic LIPS dialogue system where what you say and how you say it has a profound impact on relationships off and on the battlefield. • Exciting Combat Payoffs — Your bonds with team members flow into the high-energy combat finale of each episode, featuring action-packed fights with giant steam-powered mecha. • Brilliant Anime Production — Gorgeous animated sequences, a lush soundtrack, and characters designed by anime and JRPG luminaries will transport you into a vibrant 1940s steampunk Tokyo.
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Keep in mind sakura wars haa been a thing for Japan for a LONG time mostly as a visual novel/romance series, this is more like a soft reboot new sakura wars game strictly for the north america audience as most of us are unaware of the sakura wars franchise.
You play in a Steampunk version of 1940 tokyo. The Imperial Combat Revue, the captial's global defense force, is on the verge of disbanding, which offers the city little protection against external threats. You play as the captain of the Tokyo Revue were it's up to you to mend the hearts of your troops and restore the revue to it's former glory.
You can play as other characters from your troops of course, all of then pretty much being women *cough* your own harem of beautiful woman *cough*
There is this LIPS dialogue system were you as the captain interact with your female soilders and the way you say things to then will have a effects on relationships off and on the battlefield. This is important because there is no leveling up in this game, so you got to pretty much charm or even romance these ladys to be more effective in battle.
Point and simple the main combat in this game is MECHA COMBAT, which is one of the reasons why I bought it because I love Gundam so this really clicked with me. As you play as the captain with his mecha you also play the other characters with their own mechas it's pretty nice action paced and it feels great as you can imagine if you saw gameplay videos of it.
Keep in mind though you will not jumping into the mecha fights until near the end of every chapter..... So this game is 80% visual novel/romance and 20% mecha fighting..... So basically if you don't like visual novels you will not enjoy this at all.
The soundtrack is actually pretty good, I guess lush would be a good way to describe it..... Soundtrack gets an 8/10 from me.
And since this very much an anime type game, there will be a couple of anime cutscenes here and there... That is also obvious from the overal style of the game and also the typical over the top anime dialogue.
Oh should I mention the character designer is none other than the legend himself Title Kubo the creator of bleach? Ya he KNOWS how to draw beautiful woman and really good looking guys that's for sure, it's the second reason I bought this game. My man Kubo is on a ROLL this year.
Also I don't know why the costume set that comes with this physical edition is like 349 MB...... That's a really big file for just freaken costumes.... And of course you can buy more costume DLC in the Playstation Store as well as a 20 dollar deluxe upgrade with a bunch of costume DLC, BGM's, and Static Themes with probably to be added later.
In any case if you like beautiful woman, and mechas then you will defently love sakura wars!
Game play- You travel multiple areas interacting with your friends to build their trust and complete side missions or conversations. Building trust will allow your teammates to be more combat effective and even open the door to romance. You have multiple responses to choose from in conversations, so it is kinda like persona, but not quite as deep. When not doing the social interactions at the main base, you are either fighting demons or other mechs. The combat is fun but not to complicated at all. You press circle and triangle to do basic combos, and square to do your special attacks. Enemies are easy to beat and each time a new one is presented, the characters explain how to defeat them. This is not a platinum style combat game, but it still flows good and is fun to play.
Visuals and Sound- the game is very anime style with anime cut scenes. It is very well done and I personally loved the visuals. Character models are unique and each of the main characters stand out. The mechs and battle effects look great as well. The music is OK, with many Japanese songs playing during cut scenes and boss battles. None of the music really stood out to me and either really good or bad.
Overall, Sakura Wars is a fun game for those who enjoy social interactions with comrades, mech battles, romance, silliness, and anime.
If you liked the quirky, emotionally charged, at times funny and at times deeply moving stories of 90's and early 00's anime then this is for you. It's gorgeous, which great comedic timing and punchy camera movements that never lets even simple scenes feel boring (though it's never frenetic or bothersome to detract from the moment). Great voice Japanese voice work, fun simple Dynasty Warriors combat with characters who have genuine personality and touching arcs, and the music! It's just like classic Sakura Wars.
Fans of the original games will be put off by the combat and certain story elements but overall it's exactly what we'd hope for in a new ST game in terms of character and writing.