Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love
Getting it on the ps2!
For a while I was really debating about getting this on the ps2 or the wii. I considered the wii because I really need an excuse to play on the stupid system other than letting it collect about a foot of dust, but then I discovered: the ps2 version of the game lets you play in the orginial japanese voices, and this is a must for me because i just listened to the game trailer in english and I HATED the english voice actors- the wii version of the game only lets you play in english. Thats a no go. So Ive decided to fork over the extra ten dollars for the "premium" version of Sakura Wars. I mean, why not? its the first Sakura Wars to be legally lisenced to the states! I wish they would translate the first four games!
Play an Anime!
The Sakura Wars series is as close to being able to play an Anime as you can get, especially outside of Japan! The game is divided into episodes, each of which focuses on a specific character or story arc just like an Anime series. There are even eyecatches (which allow you to save your game, monitor relationships between characters, etc) and next episode previews. Don't let the strategic RPG combat fool you: The focus of the game is to play your role in the storyline. The course of the story changes constantly depending on your words and actions. There are dialog choices to be made at least every few minutes, some simply making a difference in the information you receive or the way other characters perceive you but others making a lasting difference in the storyline. You quickly come to know and love all the characters, and how well you understand their personalities will ultimately determine how competent you are at bolstering their confidence, convincing them to follow your orders and helping them find their place in the world. As the bad guys progress their evil plans and the action starts to heat up the choices you make may literally mean the difference between life and death. That having been said, the combat isn't bad. It's flavored after the kind of fighting you find in Anime: fast-paced, stylish, and over-the-top. Once you know what you're doing you will be able to advance your units, cover each other's flanks and take down tough enemies at almost the speed of an action game. Meanwhile, the combat will be interspersed with fully animated special attack sequences, dialogue between squad members, and turns of events in the battle that change up the pace and throw in a new twist. If you're expecting a realistic squad-based combat simulation, you're in the wrong place. However, if you love watching Anime and always wondered what it would be like to be the main character guy then welcome to heaven!
Not for older gamers
I suspect the target audience for this game is younger gamers. But if the game is for younger players, the Sakura Wars designers should hope players don't mind sitting through boring and ridiculous scenes only having to answer questions with an A, B or C response before eventually getting to some gameplay.
And the premise of the story? Even too silly for fanstastic sci-fi like this. Anime doesn't have to be this bad. I wasted my money on this title.
Love n some RPG
i loved every minute of this game. It was the best game ever. Although the battle gave me some helI,I love the adventuring and the building friendships, the strategy needed for this game is immense and should be played only by strategists.if your not a strategist, try another game. But since I'm a strategist I loved it. The best ps2 game I've played. I'm Yune Goddess getting all up in your views -snap-.
I saw the trailer the game looks good the robots look nice and everything looks so cool but the girls voice sounds annoying
So long my ps2
Tis is probably the last good ps2 game release.
Sakura Wars Finally in the US
For those who have never heard of Sakura Taisen/Wars before this game, you probably dont know this is actually Sakura Wars 5. Luckily, the story in this game is irrelevant to earlier games, so you wont miss anything. Also, this game is already extremely popular in Japan, as were its predecessors, one of which I imported and was able to enjoy using a translation guide. (GameFAQs) The series is famous for both Sim and RPG elements, but be cautious, Sim is usually the majority of the game, and while the RPG elements are fantastic, it is not the main point of the game.
Amazing Artwork and Story
This game is going to be amazing! I checked out the website and the storyline seems solid and interesting and I love how the game represents a blending with cultures in America's melting pot with each character having their own cultural background. The game looks like a solid battle system and it's not going to be a typical dating sim with more perverted values but something that both men and women can enjoy with characters that have realistic personalities that can emerge you into the gameplay. I can't wait to get this game.
Now We See Why These Games Are So Fun!
I've been an anime fan for about 25 years, having started in on it back in Jr. High School. The selling slogan for this game was spot on. Ever wanted to be the main character in an Anime series? Well...here's your chance! With all the trappings of the better anime series, from a somewhat lost and clueless hero, to having to take such a wide away of personalities, earn their trust and help them work together. With light hearted comedy, a little fan service and a lot of great character depth Sakura Wars V (Sakura Taisen V) is the perfect game to get that feel!
The combat is fairly intuitive once you've gone through the introductory combat (and saved Lady Liberty!), allowing you to become more involved in the deep story that flows behind the combat. Intrigue, friendship and love await, but are you brave enough to overcome not only the doubt and distrust of your teammates, but your own self doubt? Take the lead role of Shinjiro Taiga, and find out for yourself!
Replay is awesome. Every game you find new side quests you missed and try different combinations of answers to see if you can get the girl that you want Taiga to have. Every "episode" even concludes with Taiga writing a letter to his mom back in Japan, summarizing the episode's message. And the insanity of some of the characters adds to the fun. Someone usually has something funny or smart to say, and if you have my sense of humor, you'll hurl a retort right back at them!
Support Sakura Wars (this game got me to order the series based on the original game. If you get hooked on the game, check out the tv series!) and maybe I through IV will find their way to Western Shores.
really really great game
Since no one is writing a review i guess i will. Just to let everyone know, i have not beat the game yet. I'm taking a little break from it. I will tell you what i think about the game so far. I really didn't know how this game would play. it's just like a normal strategy RPG except your characters don't level up. I have to say this game plays more like a dating sim, which is pretty cool. I think this game is pretty easy but if your character's die in battle, their affection goes down. Just like in Adventure mode where you pick the wrong thing to say. So make sure none of your characters die. I only had to start over once so far, since one of my chacters died. I like the sound since you don't have to turn it up. Some games i had played before i had to turn up the volume almost to the maximum. The controls are pretty easy to use. I never really had any problems mastering them. I have to say this game reminds me of Spectral Force 3 except that game had more characters. I like the graphics, sure they are not next gen but i don't really care. Playing this game is like watching an anime, except you get to control what your player is saying and doing. i have played three chapters so far and i have been playing for a little over 6 hours. It might take me maybe 20 hours to beat the rest, maybe. The storyline is pretty cool so far. The villians are pretty cool though and also funny. Don't know who will agree with me. After all, this is my first review ever. I know japan has a lot of dating sim like games over there. Too bad more won't be coming over here. Before i forget, i will play this game multiple times. Hopefully you will too. If you have played a dating sim before, like anime, strategy RPG's and of course cute girls. Then buy this game.