This game features 2 dimensional spites on a 3 dimensional areas that come across as cheap! Characters are 1 dimensional stereotypes of Japanese anime.. Nobody ever shows character development either..
A large portion of this game are just overly simplified over world maps and menus, It takes forever to install this game and it takes a long time to uninstall... I wish the characters were more likeable, but they aren't.. Towa's portrait on the Affection screen is one of the highlights of this game given that she isn't wearing clothes.. Combat is 2 dimensional as well, and this game can't for the life of it can't shake that cheap and shallow feel to it.. Enemies are palate swaps of each other, and every character that has animation has only a relative few frames which again seems cheap... Wait till the price hits 5 or 10 dollars if you are interested in obtaining this game! Try before you buy!
This game has some interesting ideas which are the battle system and a strong female protagonist, but that’s about it. A lot of things make this game lose points fast. The male main character is the worst protagonist of anything I have seen. He is supposed to be marrying the female protagonist, but is acting like a huge pervert. He is the annoying character that people want to kill (the game actually does that but bring him back to life!) The graphics are 3D environment, with 2D characters which was horridly executed, looks like some sort of bad Photoshop. When a conversation takes place, the expressions, as well as movements are awful. It’s like all the characters have a few expressions. When they talk and show the full body of the character they look all twitchy because of how often they move about. If the developers where trying to make it look more like real life then they failed. Overall the game did have potential but stuff like this can ruin the gaming experience. Don’t bother with buying it and rent it at your own risk. I give it a 4 out of 10.
posted by BloodyButterfly (LINCOLN PARK, MI) Apr 18, 2014
Member since Apr 2014
I have a love/hate relationship with NIS America. On one hand, I love their games themselves. RPGs with generous use of dating sim mechanics is a plus for me. On the other hand, the company seems to have a habit of not properly and fully testing their NA releases (Ar Tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica and Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love being good examples) for playability issues. It's for this reason I was hesitant to play this at first...
So far it doesn't seem to have the issue that causes the hate half of my relationship with the production company. But I'm not done yet, and Melody of Metafalica's major issue was near the end of the game (a game breaking glitch in the penultimate boss) so it could be that I just haven't found it yet.
But overall, like other games I've played from the company,I enjoy it. It has its issues (like the stilted animation in conversations as many other reviews have mentioned), but it has a very interesting story and unique gameplay that while it took some getting used to at first,I actually enjoy now that I've gotten the hang of it. I picked up a copy of my own from my local GameStop (getting it for free on a buy two get one free deal is always better than spending the money to keep my rented copy from the site XD), and while I don't think it will appeal to everyone (either because of the genre, gameplay, or whatever other reasons) I think it's at least worth a rent to see if it appeals to you rather than assuming it's awful because it didn't appeal to some others.