Our heroine Yamada Oscar was given a weeb name by her otaku (and famous actress) mom whose favorite shoujo manga was Rose of Versailles. 😂 Like her mom, she’s also a huge otaku, but she likes a manga called RomaKoi where her favorite dude is Hikaru-sama who she has plastered all over her bedroom. She goes to a famous acting school but there’s a caste system where you have both the rich and the “normal” students attending. Needless to say there’s a huge divide between the two. Because Oscar is great at remembering lines after only reading them once, she gets scouted to join a newly formed acting club called Lumiere. Lumiere was formed by Maki Nozomi, a former member of another theatre group called Soleil. The teacher who leads Soleil, keeps trying to sabotage Lumiere so it’s up to Oscar, and Lumiere to ward off the attempts and win the upcoming acting competition to prove they are a real club who can stand out on their own.
It was fun but short lived and still contained some rage-inducing mechanics I wish I didn’t encounter RIGHT before I finished the game. 😂 As usual my husband played along so his comments will be in blue.
FFX was a game I’ve wanted to play since my college days, when I saw someone playing it in the commuter lounge on the PS2 they brought from their dorm room. I always had watched it and it looked interesting but not having a PS2 for years and eventually losing interest…thanks to FF14 and FF14 I rekindled my interest in other Final Fantasy games. During a steam sale 2 years ago I purchased this game but due to a huge otome game backlog I never touched it…until about 2 months ago when I finally decided to sit down and see what the greatness was all about. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed. If you’re a hard core FFX fan I suggest skipping this review, because as a first time player in 2018, a lot of things bothered me and really took away from the overall enjoyment. Also this review will contain spoilers so read at your own risk. Since my husband pretty much played this game together with me, I’m having him write his thoughts in green.
I bought this game because it had surprisingly high reviews BUT I guess I am on the side of the few non-high reviews in there because all the flaws mentioned in the bad reviews stuck out like a sore thumb to me. The game basically suffers from the Norn9 syndrome of too many characters and because they are not all fully fleshed out it felt like an unfinished game to me. Anyway more on this in my final thoughts, first the summary which WILL contain spoilers so if you do plan to play the game as some point I suggest skipping it. But in some way, maybe getting spoiled in advance might game strangely more interesting to play 🤔 lol. The story takes place in the future where the entire country is very technologically advanced. Everyone wears these special bracelets that do basic things like help them heal mentally and physically and are basically an identity that’s connected to a huge government information system for every identifiable person. Think of Social Security Numbers but futuristic & digital (～￣∇)～. Our heroine Sena Hiyori is attending school with her childhood friend and hears word of these “Other World Program” which everyone watches and everyone talks about VR games that feel incredibly realistic. All of a sudden Hiyori finds herself sucked into a VR game by a stranger with a mask on. Not realizing it’s VR she thinks she’s been abducted to a different world, and the world has 1 rule: You must act in a drama and read the given lines or else face a penalty. The penalty varies from taking away your arm, your voice, to taking away your memories. If your drama points fall into the negative, you will face death. Paired with her childhood friend and 8 other guys, Hiyori must act out all the dramas, no matter how gruesome the script is.
Lied, an orphan whose parents supposedly died in an accident, has recently began to live on her own (with her cockatiel ojisan BFF Soprano who can talk due to all the magic of her town of Shall). She is also a pianist for her former orphanage but she’s not really that good. Actually she really sucks at both playing piano and cooking lol. One day she meets a bunch of dudes who happen to have the magical “Falga” powers of famous classical pianists. An evil force called the Forgotten Apostle comes and tries to steal all the sound from the town because of the “evil noise” that’s coming from the darkness inside the performers. Most average people are affected but Lied is safe – so now she joins the musical academy to work with everyone to help restore music back to Shall and defeat the Forgotten Apostle. Continue reading “Otome Game Review: Heiligenstadt Lied”