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  • Summary: Blue Reflection takes place at Hoshinomiya Girls' High School, where players assume the role of student Hinako Shirai. When Hinako's ballet career comes to an end after a tragic accident, she closes her heart off from the rest of the world. However, her life changes when she meets her newBlue Reflection takes place at Hoshinomiya Girls' High School, where players assume the role of student Hinako Shirai. When Hinako's ballet career comes to an end after a tragic accident, she closes her heart off from the rest of the world. However, her life changes when she meets her new best friends, the magical Shijou twins -- Yuzu, who is adored by her classmates for her cheerful and warm personality, and Lime, who is more logical and selfish.

    The twin sisters bestow Hinako with the power of a Reflector, a champion who can manipulate a mysterious parallel dimension known as The Common. Hinako can freely move and shape this mystical realm's beauty with her imagination, but she soon understands the very real perils that await her and her friends. As Hinako learns to treasure her companions and creates new bonds with those around her, she gains new strength to help her fight in The Common.

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    Study, Play, Fight: Blue Reflection takes place at a vibrant all-girls school, Hoshinomiya Girls' High School, where players will experience the everyday school life and hang out with their friends. As players meet emotionally unbalanced characters, a gap to The Common opens, a mysterious parallel dimension filled with demonic inhabitants, allowing them to solve the problems between the dimensions.

    Reflect Pure Emotions: In The Common, Hinako and her friends transform into Reflectors, allowing them to move freely and fight the demonic creatures that live within this realm. Through gathering emotional fragments and the emotional energy, known as Ether, the Reflectors are able to perform incredible abilities.

    Get your own Free Space!: Staying in touch with friends can always be tough, but using the 'Free Space!' social network allows easy communication, and exciting mini-games, in and out of school.

    Make the most of your free time: After classes have ended players can partake in after-class activities, explore The Common or explore a variety of exciting places in town. Your actions affect what events will take place the next day!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. 100
    The story at the heart of it all is one of the most moving and heartfelt tales I’ve ever seen in a game, and that’s a huge achievement. The best part is that Mel Kishida is just getting started—if this is his directorial debut, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.
  2. 80
    Blue Reflection is lacking in a few areas, but it still has enough going for it to offer an overall enjoyable experience that fans of the magical girl sub genre will enjoy.
  3. Sep 26, 2017
    74
    Gust's new turn-based RPG presents good ideas as a more accessible combat system than the Atelier saga or the possibility of choosing which song to listen to. However, the division by zones, not have English voices or the little challenge presented in fighting makes Blue Reflection undeserving of more praise.
  4. Oct 11, 2017
    65
    If you're looking for a simple and pretty easy jPRG, with an original concept and a good combat system, Blue Reflection could be a good fit. Otherwise, you'll find a game that's not so challenging, without grinding and no leveling.
  5. Dec 28, 2017
    60
    Blue Reflection is but a mere reflection of what Gust is capable of. But, though flaws are many, there are some cool things you can enjoy here, especially if you are a hardcore JRPG fan. If not, and you are not into browsing through cute anime girls while listening to badass OST, skip this game like a YouTube ad - as soon as possible.
  6. Sep 27, 2017
    60
    Despite the presence of a genuine and fun combat system at a turn, we need to point out that Blue Reflection has largely missed the target.
  7. Sep 26, 2017
    40
    Blue Reflection has a lot of interesting ideas, from its plot to the core gameplay, so it’s unfortunate that these ideas are left to fester in a pool of mediocrity and drowned in an adventure that feels boring and stale before it’s even really begun. The opening scenes show a lot of promise, but none of it is built upon as the game develops. Blue Reflection feels like a tutorial for JRPG beginners - one that even the most inexperienced player would get bored with.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Mar 15, 2021
    10
    Conclusion from my larger, full review:

    Blue Reflection is the most heart I've seen from a video game. It's gorgeous in every way a video
    Conclusion from my larger, full review:

    Blue Reflection is the most heart I've seen from a video game. It's gorgeous in every way a video game can be and deeply personally impacted me. The combat was engaging and fun, the characters were a joy to meet and grow with, the world was awe-inspiring to explore, and the OST melted my heart while I listened. If it at all looks interesting to you (if you're a fan of slice-of-life anime, Sailor Moon, emotional experiences in games, turn-based JRPGS, etc.), I strongly recommend giving it a try. This game doesn't deserve to fall on deaf ears for no reason other than because no one was willing to listen.

    I can safely say after playing it to 100% completion that its solidified itself as not only a great JRPG and not only as a deeply emotional experience, but also as a close contender for my favorite video game and a modern masterpiece.
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  2. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    Ein rundum gelungenes Spiel mit schöner Grafik, einer etwas anderen Story und gutem Game play, welches mich schon von Anfang an begeisterte.Ein rundum gelungenes Spiel mit schöner Grafik, einer etwas anderen Story und gutem Game play, welches mich schon von Anfang an begeisterte. Die Story hätte etwas besser sein können (z. B. ein bisschen detaillierter und umfangreicher) , dennoch würde ich mich sehr über eine Fortsetzung freuen. Expand
  3. Dec 20, 2017
    10
    Probably the most gorgeous game I've experienced to date. The design factor is stunning.
    The story is rather "slice-of-life". If that isn't
    Probably the most gorgeous game I've experienced to date. The design factor is stunning.
    The story is rather "slice-of-life". If that isn't your cup of tea, you may find this game boring. Otherwise, it is a beautiful, enthralling experience.
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  4. Apr 7, 2018
    8
    Amazing graphics and a good JRPG to calm you down but the Story could have been better and i hoped for more Mahou Shoujo in this game.
  5. Oct 2, 2017
    7
    I'm a Gust fan - together with Atlus and IF - so I was legitimately hyped for this game: alongside Atelier, most of their games tend to beI'm a Gust fan - together with Atlus and IF - so I was legitimately hyped for this game: alongside Atelier, most of their games tend to be rough around the edges but enough quality to make it shine. This means that while their games are good, it will only interest a very small amount of players.

    And this game is no different than the rest of them I'm afraid

    Let's start with the basics: this game is a turn based rpg set in a high school for girls and the protagonists can turn into magical girls who can with magic in a world named Common, where every feeling is unbound and materialized. By using fragments from other girls they get stronger and the school is your general hub where you can quest and interact with said girls.

    The setting is very similar to Persona 5 (and Akiba's Beat too) but unlike that game, Blue Reflection also focuses on the simple things of a girl's life: the main protagonist, Hinako, is struggling to live a normal life after the loss of her ability to dance, due to an injured knee that doesn't let her dance anymore. The game has some dark parts too but the game is also about slice of life storytelling, and that's not always a bad thing...if you're into girl talk. Granted I'm a guy but I've lived with only a mother and sister for many years, so their chat doesn't really bother me.

    On the other hand, I can see most people bored to death about hearing girls talking about making friends, boyfriends, and other stuff. Not that the dialogues are badly written: it's just not for everyone.

    Another big thing is the combat: it's turn-based which means only a few will like it. Granted the combat is actually very good due to its similarities to another classic: Grandia. Basically, by using knockbacks you can delay the enemy attack and you can potentially never get hit once this way - even though you recover hp and mp at the end of every battle.

    The dungeons in the Common are extremely small and that's a big shame considering they're incredibly well done in style: the graphics in this game are very clean and "realistic", but not "too realistic" and the dungeons are instead brimming with color. It feels I'm watching a 3d anime so to speak

    And one last thing that I usually don't bring up in my reviews: the music is AMAZING. If you're into trance or dance music, this game will be a treat: the combat track ("OVERDOSE") it's so good, so cheerful and so full of energy, I never got tired of listening to it while fighting. Or another example of greatness is the track called (and I'm not kidding) "DNF FW15C -II-". It starts odd but once I listen to it, I feel I'm listening to one of my old dance music tracks. I simply love it and it's why I love Gust's soundtracks: so full of energy.

    Well that's all I can say about the pros...let's go to the cons now:

    For starters combat grants no exp
    Yep you read it right, combat grants no exp. It's nothing new of course since Mana Khemia also did the same and some of the crappy final fantasy games I guess. Anyway, with the lack of exp from combat, which is VERY good, it makes the only fun thing of the game redundant. It's not AS bad as, say, Paper Mario Sticker Star since you still get items from enemies, but this makes combat completely and utterly pointless in most case scenarios.

    In other to level up you basically finish dungeons OR do "missions" at school which aren't bad honestly and requires to do specific things, it's definitely not a bad system but I'd like it to be AN OPTION and not the only way. It's also sad because leveling up is kind of interesting since you upgrade 4 stats and depending on the level of each you gain different skills. It's similar to Dragon Quest 8 in that regard...except it actually shows you what you're learning!

    You will only control 3 characters and that's it: the other girls you might get are only supports, which occasionally get into the fight by pressing a button. They grant different effects and they can be useful...but besides them, you'll be stuck with the 3 main girls, which is a little of a shame but they clearly went for quality over quantity.

    Not sure what else I can say honestly because it's a very interesting game, it has pros but also cons, but the cons can become more or less depending on your mood. It's definitely an acquired taste: I personally love it and I can't wait to play more but even a game like Neptunia, filled with girls and other things, it's much better because it's more straightforward and simpler in terms of gaming control.

    So do I recommend it? Honestly no, at least not when there are much better games around, BUT if you're into these niche kind of games I'd highly recommend to at least look at some videos. The game has a lot of flaws, but also a lot of pros!
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  6. Jun 18, 2020
    7
    BR feels a bit empty, but like a sort of "slice of life" game - it's nice, warm and soulful experience. I'll forever remember the music fromBR feels a bit empty, but like a sort of "slice of life" game - it's nice, warm and soulful experience. I'll forever remember the music from this game indeed. Much love, Gust sound team and Hayato Asano♥️ Expand
  7. Oct 13, 2017
    0
    This game is just bad. Firstly, it has a lot more cutscene than gameplay, but that's not such a big problem for me as I've always given a lotThis game is just bad. Firstly, it has a lot more cutscene than gameplay, but that's not such a big problem for me as I've always given a lot of priority to the plot. The problem is that the story is very boring, the first hour is just girls talking about stupid problems like getting a boyfriend, like other boring things and you needing to solve them. The story comes down to stupid things like this without any real drama or plot twist.

    The game's fighting is horrible. I do not know why, but the combat turn system in this game is annoying as hell, although I was ok with other turn-based games like Atelier Sophie.

    The graphics are pretty ugly, it looks like a smartphone game. The animations look like they were made in a hurry and without any care. The characters' hair constantly floating in the air and they move so robotically .

    I do not recommend this game even in promotion sale. 0/10
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