In a real battle in feudal Japan (but no giant enemy crabs).
The trailer I ran at this year’s New Game Plus Expo introduced “Bilshana: Genpei’s Rising Flower” for the first time, but soon after I started the game I didn’t realize that this was an attempt to change the Japanese era. .. History to romance games. We postponed the review until the release date to see what the patch would look like (it was necessary after it happened in the last game from this developer / publisher combo), and now it’s mostly It’s a decent novel because it’s been fixed I’m not interested in trying 100%.
Birshana uses a gender-reversed version of one of the main characters in the war as the main character, set in Japan against the backdrop of the Genpei War (1180-1185), but she started with the most famous name. Not (there are ceremonies in which they take adult names on all routes) and their names can be changed. You cannot change the name for plot reasons. They start the game as a woman forced to live as a man at a Buddhist temple just outside Kyoto. This is done so that they can stay in the temple and be trained to help their Genji defeat the Heike, who controls Kyoto. (The depiction is not historically accurate, but is often portrayed in fiction as a young boy or a charming young man. Obviously turning it into a woman makes it an extreme.) The plot is the actual event of the civil war. There are a lot of fantastic elements, as I think the real soldiers didn’t have the ability to dive into Berserker’s wrath or deplete people’s vitality. Still, as a historical lesson, it’s great to have a change from the Warring States period in the form of a video game.
With the exception of the naive protagonist, who has lived most of his life as a man, most other characters are interesting adaptations of historical figures. Love’s interests are based on the familiar character prototypes that apply. In the “recommended order”, rivals, wise men, big men (actual warriors are also defeated monks), ace (Genji army, and they put a lot of effort into avoiding incest. Masu), and the evil ones of tokens. On most routes, the only female characters mentioned by name are the mother of the protagonist who abandoned them and the mother who will become Emperor Heike. In almost all cases, they are probably accurate, but written to be still a frustrating sink of hatred in the modern context (especially because there was a female samurai who helped Genji in real life). .. The other hatred sink is a pair of Heike clan brothers who kidnap the protagonist on almost every route and try to rape effectively: setting one of them as a potential love interest at the end of the game. , I completely skipped their route. So they can write great adversaries, but maybe a little too good.
Each route has 12 chapters. A common route for 3 chapters, and 9 chapters for each love interest. Most of the options come out on a common route. There are up to eight choices in Chapter 2, but most of the chapters on the post-common route are three, and if checked, the last route in the recommended order has no choices after Chapter 9. Therefore, there are many A buttons via text. .. There are up-to-date options for successful choices, but the general route doesn’t immediately tell which suitor is happy with the choice. They are shown in colors, but these colors are only actually displayed in the game flowchart. ..
In the second consecutive release, the maiden released by Idea Factory was saved in the patch of the first day. About half of the first two routes and the third route were played before the patch, with an unpleasant amount of typos and missing or duplicate words. Getting the game now makes it “slightly annoying” rather than permanent. Graphically, given the amount of Japan they have to explore, there is a decent environmental variety, but as the plot goes through the war itself, it becomes increasingly necessary from Chapter 7 of the iterative route. Music is a standard stereotyped Japanese fare, but sound effects (especially sword collisions) may need to be lowered by one or two notches when played on TV.
Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei does a really good job as an excuse to look up Wikipedia sources and read about the actual wars that formed Japan’s political system for more than half a century. As a romance … Do you think 4 out of 5 people are not bad? However, due to the existence of that fifth game, one of these games was released on bail much faster than usual.