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- From the creators and publisher of the BlazBlue series comes a visual novel prequel set 150 years before the events in BlazBlue!
- Play a new type of visual novel where it's not about the choices you make, but the information you gather!
- TOi System - Rather than choices, XBlaze Code Embryo has an inventive new system that affects the storyline! How you gather information will dictate the path and ending you get
- Branching storylines offer multiple paths and endings
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Touya Kagari is living a typical high school student life until one day a mysterious man attacks him with uncanny powers. He is saved by a strange girl who later explains she is there to protect him. So begins his journey
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While the story and characters aren't groundbreaking, they're well done within the genre constraints. Character designs are appealing and the story fleshes out some of the franchise mythology. The terminology does fly fast and furious, but that isn't unusual for the genre, and even BlazBlue novices can follow along with a modicum of effort.
The downside is that the bugs aren't nominal, as they affect the save system, both the auto-saves and the manual ones. Freezing and even application shut downs are increasingly common as one progresses through the game. To be fair, if you don't mind shutting and restarting the application numerous times, they don't affect progression for the most part. The exception is a trophy that currently cannot be obtained, due to the utter inability to save during the relevant chapter. If you don't care about trophies or seeing every bit of content, it won't affect you, but if you like to 100% games, that's currently impossible. Otherwise, the game runs well, and the grammatical mistakes I noticed aren't dire.
Bottom line, if you like the franchise and VN's, this is a no brainer. If you hate VN's, nothing in this game will make you change your mind (pretty much every mainstay from VN's makes an appearance, complete with wholly gratuitous, albeit tame, fan service scenes). If you fall between those extremes, and are patient with save errors--and aren't a trophy hunter--this is a good, competent entry in the genre. It isn't Little Busters, Stein's Gate, Higurashi, or even Fate/Stay Night, but it's worth a couple days time.
UPDATE: Aksys Games released a patch for the Vita version, and it is now possible to get the platinum. I didn't test it everywhere that the game had saving issues, but as far as I can tell, they fixed the save freezing and the save crashes. I added a star to reflect the fix. Also, kudos to the team for addressing this in such a timely manner--I've waited months for other games to get patched, and sometimes, they're never fixed!
Started out pretty bland in the beginning, but progressively got better and more interesting. Took some time for the characters to grow on me. Didn't like the ending I got, good thing there's 4 more.