• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Apr 28, 2020
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  • Summary: Improve the Revue Flower Division team's fortune to avoid being shut down in Sakura Wars for PlayStation 4. Set in a 1940s steampunk Tokyo, this single-player game features a dynamic LIPS dialogue system so you can build relationships through what you say and the way you say it. Lead yourImprove the Revue Flower Division team's fortune to avoid being shut down in Sakura Wars for PlayStation 4. Set in a 1940s steampunk Tokyo, this single-player game features a dynamic LIPS dialogue system so you can build relationships through what you say and the way you say it. Lead your motivated team members to victory on the battlefield for a thrilling Sakura Wars experience. Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 62
  2. Negative: 2 out of 62
  1. May 22, 2020
    90
    The soft reboot of Sakura Wars has secured its place in the new era of the adventure/ visual novel genre by offering characters and settings that are unique, well written and mostly different from what we see in other games of the genre.
  2. Apr 27, 2020
    85
    Sakura Wars honors what came before it while offering a brand new experience that’s worth checking out.
  3. Apr 29, 2020
    80
    As a soft reboot, this new entry of Sakura Wars works perfectly as it offers some fresh ideas and changes to its gameplay mechanics while retaining the essence of the series, as well as most of the key aspects that turned it in one of the most beloved franchises in Japan. However, it is not suited for everyone as its combat controls feels clunky and basic and the combination of genres is unbalanced, so much that it will mostly appeal to those that love dating sims and visual novels.
  4. Apr 27, 2020
    73
    Sakura Wars is an easy title to recommend to anyone looking for a layered game world populated by a cast of memorable characters. However, those who prefer a more immediately rewarding adventure will likely get exhausted by its story-heavy setup.
  5. Apr 29, 2020
    70
    I’ve had a soft place in my heart for Sakura Wars since I was first introduced to the series a decade ago. I personally lament the change to an action game, especially since it seems to make it feel a bit more dialogue-heavy without the lengthy strategy sections to balance out the gameplay. However, Sakura Wars has always been about the characters, interacting via L.I.P.S., and experiencing some insane, over-the-top anime antics. In that respect, the new Sakura Wars recaptures the spirit of the earlier entries and is a perfect bit of RPG comfort food to brighten your soul.
  6. Apr 27, 2020
    70
    Sakura Wars is an enjoyable revival of the iconic series, presenting a fascinating blend of genres. Unfortunately, it far too often falls victim to tired tropes and writing which treats its excellent female cast as little more than objects. Still, if you're a sucker for engaging stories, wacky combat and a strange, unusual world I recommend giving Sakura Wars a try.
  7. Apr 27, 2020
    40
    Sakura Wars is a soft reboot of a classic Japanese game that is sadly plagued with repetitive combat, dated gameplay, and creepy relationships.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 47
  2. Negative: 6 out of 47
  1. May 28, 2020
    10
    Graphics are very nice, the story is wonderful. The fighting mechanics are a bit flawed but the rest is wonderful and warm.
  2. Apr 30, 2020
    10
    This game is a masterpiece. It is a glorious return to the former glory days of a franchise that took Japan by the storm.
    There have been very
    This game is a masterpiece. It is a glorious return to the former glory days of a franchise that took Japan by the storm.
    There have been very very few games where after beating them, I want to see that very same cast continue doing what they were doing, and Sakura Wars is exactly that.
    The passing of the torch from Sakura Shinguji to Sakura Amamiya was presented well and I do hope that this game is just the start of a new series and that these games will keep coming to the west too. I am more than happy with what I have played- every character, every scenario, every song and location- everything was crafted to be the finest theatrical game ever made. I hope that the Imperial Theatre Flower Division’s adventures will continue. Now I have an anime to watch.
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  3. Apr 29, 2020
    10
    Damn the game is good. Didnt play any of the older ones but now I kinda want to. Shame theyre not in english. But this game is beyond a treatDamn the game is good. Didnt play any of the older ones but now I kinda want to. Shame theyre not in english. But this game is beyond a treat to play. Highly recommended Expand
  4. Jun 25, 2020
    9
    The old Sakura Wars games are all incredible so it was hard for this one to try to deliver. Fortunately it was able to do so, the new cast forThe old Sakura Wars games are all incredible so it was hard for this one to try to deliver. Fortunately it was able to do so, the new cast for this game was able to grow on me overtime the more I played the game.
    Music is amazing, presentation too, combat was pretty simple and easy. For those who are looking for an easy anime dating sim action game, look no further than Sakura Wars.
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  5. Jun 20, 2020
    8
    My review is all over the place but basically if cliches dot not annoy you and the combat is not what you are looking forward to buy the gameMy review is all over the place but basically if cliches dot not annoy you and the combat is not what you are looking forward to buy the game

    Good reboot/sequel of the series that can draw in new player like me
    but if you do not know the franchise don't expect something like personna which emphasizes a lot on a lot more on the combat sakura wars is more like 90% visual novel and 10% combat
    the combat is not that good and has pretty much never been amazing in the series
    this time it's pretty much hack and slash and it's ridiculously easy
    the other 90% of the game is however really good it's a bit cliche but it's mostly on the earlier parts of the games it did not bother me after the first chapters
    the meat of the games is not the story but the interaction that you have with the characters and that's where the games shine the choices are well thought and diverse never i felt that a choice was missing and it's satisfying when you pick the good one
    the main characters have been designed by kubo and they very charming and fit well what they are supposed to be
    the game felt a little short one more chapter would have been perfect but this a game made to be replayed and that's why i think that they need to implement multiple paths in the story
    the combat is very bland and needs a lot of improvement for stater it's too easy
    there is no gard button adding that would help with a flash gard system
    they are no skill's only a "super attack" that does way too much damage
    the level design is good and the graphics are good too
    Sakura best girl
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  6. Nov 10, 2021
    7
    I, like many westerners, have never got to experience any of the Sakura Wars games due to fact that they were released exclusively in Japan onI, like many westerners, have never got to experience any of the Sakura Wars games due to fact that they were released exclusively in Japan on the Sega Dreamcast and Sega Saturn. Now Sega has decided to give us a new entry after ten years that serves as a soft reboot for the franchise allowing more people to experience the action dating sim. The final product is an odd, but delightful experience that stuck with me long after I stopped playing. If you are familiar with the original games or perhaps watched the anime and movie then you are probably wondering where the original characters are. Well don’t worry about that, it will be explained in the story. You take the role of Seijuro Kamiyama who has just been appointed as the new captain of the combat revue known as the Flower Division, the absolute bottom of the barrel compared to the other combat units. How do I know that their status is so low? Because literally every other combat revue will show up to your base of operations to remind you how pathetic your group is. Seriously they go out of their way to belittle you. So it is up to you and your new unit to prove to everyone that the new Flower Division is just as capable as their predecessors.
    No underdog narrative like that would work unless you have likable characters and thankfully Sakura Wars has a bunch of lovable leads.

    We have the fiery shrine maiden Hatsuko, the aspiring ninja master Azami, the actress Anastasia, Clarisis the book worm, and the pure hearted swords woman Sakura. It’s through helping them with their insecurities that you see new sides to these girls and you start to form a genuine connection. You can develop these bonds even further with romance or the “te a te” moments as they are referred. If your bond is high enough before the final missions you can choose who will be your destined partner. The fact that every woman gets a different ending makes each of them feel special. Just for the love of god DO NOT FORGET TO GO ON A DATE WITH THEM. The consequences of doing so are severe. Our protagonist Seijuro is a treasure because you can decide if he is a stand up guy who would die for his comrades or you can make him a total sleaze bag who can’t resist peeping into the girls showers. Seriously the dialogue choices range from earnest and encouraging to perverted and juvenile and it’s pretty humorous to be honest.

    Now onto the gameplay. The combat is easy to learn and pick up on as you slice and shoot your way through enemies in your mech. In fact a little too easy as I never once died and my health only dropped to orange once. If you save up your special attack then you can reduce the bosses health by 3/4ths instantly. Hell I obtained several S ranks with ease. I get taking the new player friendly approach, but there still needs to be some challenge. At least these segments don’t last long which was the right call. If you do yearn for more mech action then you can replay missions with the other characters. Again they are the exact same missions, but they really serve as what I like to call “makeup bonding”. If you select the wrong dialogue choice then you can increase your bond levels with the ladies with these mission replays.

    While I stated that I adore our main characters I can’t say the same about our villain. Who is so obviously evil that its shocking no one has once said “Guys I think this man is completely off his rockers. We should probably speak up” Another nitpick I have is that there is no English dub. I don’t mind if I’m playing in Japanese, but there are scenes while in combat characters will deliver loads of exposition that I should be giving my undivided attention to, but I’m a little distracted with the constant fighting. If it was in English then I could hear what they are saying. If you are one of those people who prefers subs over dubs then you’ll be pleasantly surprised that the cast includes several top tier Japanese voice actors like Ayane Sakura, Miyuki Sawashiro, Maaya Uchida, and Tomokazu Sugita (anything with Gintoki’s actor is always worth watching/playing). These actors deliver a hundred and ten percent in almost every scene… even the drag out ones. My final gripe is that while the story is passable it tends to drag out certain moments that end up being total fake outs. Some of them try to tug your heart strings, but these don’t feel earned. Maybe that’s because at the end of the day it is still a dating sim game with potential perverted moments. Kind of a drastic change in tone.
    While the lack of a complex story and straightforward action are some of Sakura Wars glaring issues, it makes up for it with it’s cast of oddballs that you can’t help, but grow attached too.
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  7. May 6, 2020
    2
    the game has graphics unacceptable for a ps4 game. at this price point i think the developer should be ashamed of not striving to provide athe game has graphics unacceptable for a ps4 game. at this price point i think the developer should be ashamed of not striving to provide a game at ps4 visual level. shocking! Expand

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