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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: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 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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  2. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    I'm on chapter 9 and can get onto chapter 10 any time now, but I'm focusing on maxing out all the bonds for the girls to get trophies. TheI'm on chapter 9 and can get onto chapter 10 any time now, but I'm focusing on maxing out all the bonds for the girls to get trophies. The game is quite stunning in its visuals which had quite the appeal for me when I first saw trailers for this game and made me want to pick it up. The music is really amazing too. There's a whole depth to this game as it gets behind the emotions of all the characters and deals with real life emotions in our daily lives. It's certainly a slice of life all girls high school settings, with cute high school girls, dressed or undressed in appealing manners for those with that fetish.

    But even for a teen target audience and perhaps some females, they can relate a lot with these characters. There's magical girls, something like aliens from an alternate dimension or almost coming from the subconscious realm called the common. There the girls fights, gain items to strengthen their fragments and craft items. The battle system, despite slow a bit is rather interesting and fun. You can speed up the wait time or do things later on inbetween the turns for you or the monsters.

    It is full of a lot of cutscenes but this is usually what JRPG fans tend to love. If moe' anime style high school JRPGs with a bonding system and magical girls is your thing, then definitely get this game.

    I probably wouldn't give it a 10/10 in all honesty, maybe a 9/10 or 8.5/10, but I feel I have to balance out that 0 score since reading the review looks a rather unfair assessment even if it is their opinion. From what I got out of it there was a tiny bit of enjoyment they got even to give it 1/10, so this score is making up for that. I also still have yet to beat it, so I'm certain it can only get better than worse by the time I get to the ending, because so far I think it's a fine piece of art.
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  3. 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
  4. Jul 2, 2018
    7
    Whilst not a fantastic game, the RPG elements and battle system are actually pretty good.

    The combat system is turn-based but you can use
    Whilst not a fantastic game, the RPG elements and battle system are actually pretty good.

    The combat system is turn-based but you can use knockback attacks to delay your enemies' turns, which a lot of the battle can boil down to, making it a tad protracted and repetitive.

    Where the game grated on me most was when outside of the Common (where battles take place). The tasks you are assigned to do in the high school are very mundane and interactions with characters are slow and repetitive. I found the dialogue quite immature, but then again it is set in a high school.

    I'm not usually a stickler for graphics, but I couldn't help but notice some severe framerate drops in this game, making it quite smooth and fluid one moment, but jerky and stuttering the next. These are anime-style graphics to begin with, so it's not like they're a challenge on the PS4's processor system.

    Overall, the game is more fan service than anything. Five minutes into it and the protagonist gets shoved into a river, making her underwear visible through her school uniform. That pretty much sums it up.
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  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. Sep 26, 2017
    6
    After playing this for several hours I have to say that I am kind of disappointed in this game. Blue Reflection is a game that tries hard toAfter playing this for several hours I have to say that I am kind of disappointed in this game. Blue Reflection is a game that tries hard to be a little bit like Persona but falls flat on its face.

    The world of Common is a beautiful and bright setting for this game and the soundtrack is pretty good too. Sadly these things are the only things I liked about the game. The area you will be spending the most time is the school area where you can talk to other classmates to strengthen your character.

    Battles in the Common do not yield you any EXP so talking to the other classmates and getting their emotion fragments give you growth points which is used to level up your character. This is an interesting way to strengthen a character but I would much rather battles do that. The battles are not all that difficult and are easy to get through and after each one your health and energy is replenished to full making it even easier between battles. The Common is easy to traverse since it is usually a small area.

    The game's characters feel real in the sense they are regular school girls going through everyday issues while your character is coming to terms that she has joined a magical girl group.

    The game is a good pick up for those into the magical girl genre but it feels like a jrpg that wants to hold my hand through the entire game with how easy it is.
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  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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