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  • Summary: Touhou Genso Rondo is a remastered shoot 'em up that takes place in the Touhou universe.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. 90
    There’s never been a better time in history for those upset with conservative shooters to set aside all preconceived notions and just experiment. Touhou deserves to be praised equally as a bullet hell and a fighter, performing like almost nothing else on the market. This, ladies and gentlemen, is bullet heaven.
  2. Sep 1, 2016
    70
    When a game has such a unique premise in terms of its gameplay, I find it disappointing to see it limited by the same traditional modes as in the average fighting game.
  3. Sep 9, 2016
    65
    Bullet Ballet has a lot of depth to it and even is fun in short bursts but is let down by a dull story mode and annoying controls.
  4. Sep 1, 2016
    60
    Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet is a niche title, mostly enjoyable with other players. The idea of mixing shoot’em’up and fighting mechanics it’s not so bad, even tough there’s not enough contents to play.
  5. Sep 12, 2016
    55
    Touhou Genso Rondo is a funny mix of bullet hell and fighting games, which can grant a small amount of satisfaction in mastering its frantic gameplay. However, no one could be really feel involved in this boring, repetitive title, except for shooter's fans.
  6. Sep 23, 2016
    40
    The interest that gets sparked by the sheer “weirdness” of Touhou Genso Rendo goes as fast as it appears. Lack of content, lack of variation and especially lack of balancing take this generally interesting bullet hell mix out of the skies.
  7. 30
    A few players will absolutely adore Genso Rondo, of that there’s no doubt. For most though, this is an interesting concept that falls short on quality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Sep 7, 2016
    9
    The first Touhou game in the west with a physical release and it's already getting unfairly review-bombed on Metacritic? Why am I notThe first Touhou game in the west with a physical release and it's already getting unfairly review-bombed on Metacritic? Why am I not surprised...?

    Anyway, this game is a good, fun multiplayer experience in the vein of Senko no Ronde starring the cast of the Touhou Franchise. The goal is to use danmaku to outmanuver and box in your opponent to whittle away their life bar. You can use Spellcards to act as a 'Boss Character' to force your opponent on the defensive. Every character has unique properties, like Reimu's smaller hitbox or Utsuho's shots covering more screen real estate.

    The game includes a story mode and an Arcade Survival Mode where you face random opponents, as well as a Boss Survival Mode where you have to survive against spellcards for single player content. Although singleplayer is bare-bones, where the game truly shines is multiplayer. While the servers had issues on day one, human opponents are smarter than the AI, and even then, a high level AI is brutal and fun to fight.

    As far as visuals go, they're what you'd expect from a doujin developer worth their salt. The visuals are beautiful for what the devs could pull off, and the artwork is very nice. While occasionally you will get lost when a melee attack is performed, characters rarely get lost in the hail of danmaku. There are only a handful of stages, but aside from the grid, they all look very nice and true to their locations in the canon games.

    Finally, and an important note, the dialogue in story mode is amusing, even if it leans a little too close to Touhou fanon for my tastes. Story Mode is very lighthearted and a good way to kill an evening. In all, this is what a fan game should be: A love letter to the fandom.

    The game has it's share of flaws, mostly being the servers on launch day being a little buggy in some cases. Also, you cannot just pick up and play this game. You will need the tutorial if you don't want your rear handed to you on a silver platter.

    This game gets a 9/10. I would have given it a more fair score, but considering my contemporaries, I felt that the game needed a kinder review to begin with. At worst, it's an 8/10, and worth your time if you want a good multiplayer experience and am a Touhou fan.
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  2. Jun 13, 2017
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Being a Touhou game, I'd probably like it even if DOUBLE SPOILER was terrible 0/10 and honestly one problem is many of the characters are broken in story mode I was playing as Sanae and Yuyuko used too many spells the gameplay is great even if some people disagree and I can believe why people hate this. in my opinion this is a great game Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2016
    8
    This game doesn't deserve zeros to be sure. It's no 'No man's sky' to be sure. As it is, it's not a bad game to be sure, yes there isn't muchThis game doesn't deserve zeros to be sure. It's no 'No man's sky' to be sure. As it is, it's not a bad game to be sure, yes there isn't much content- but do you expect much for a fighter game? The base mechanics are solid enough, all you need really. Expand
  4. Nov 28, 2016
    7
    For what it is, it's a pretty solid game. I'm a sucker for niche titles like these and bought it on a whim. Can't say I'm disappointed. I'veFor what it is, it's a pretty solid game. I'm a sucker for niche titles like these and bought it on a whim. Can't say I'm disappointed. I've played many bullet-hell games in the past and this one stands out with its interesting combat mechanics and 1 v 1 battles. I'd say it's at least worth it to get on a good sale for established fans of the genre. Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2016
    6
    A pesar de que la calidad del título no sea excesivamente alta, si que es de celebrar que por fin nos haya llegado un juego de la saga TouhouA pesar de que la calidad del título no sea excesivamente alta, si que es de celebrar que por fin nos haya llegado un juego de la saga Touhou a nuestras tierras, lo cual es buena seña y puede que en un futuro podamos disfrutar de la saga al completo aquí.

    En cuanto al título en cuestión, aunque la mezcla de géneros es original e interesante (SHMUP y juego de lucha), la escasez de contenido para un solo jugador, mecánicas algo complejas y un anticuado apartado gráfico, hacen que sólo los conocedores y fans de la saga Touhou sepan sacarle todo el partido posible y disfrutarlo como es debido .

    En cuanto al resto, esperad a que llegue un Touhou "de verdad" (de la serie principal), porque desde luego este no creo que sea el título en el que iniciarse a la saga.
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  6. Sep 27, 2016
    5
    I personally have a soft spot for arcade shoot em ups, and I have only heard of the touhou project up until playing genso rondo. From myI personally have a soft spot for arcade shoot em ups, and I have only heard of the touhou project up until playing genso rondo. From my understanding this is only a fan made indie project but not a main game in the series. This makes it strange for one of the first U.S. releases. Gameplay wise each characters attack variations are separated by either dashing or slowing down, along with a melee which works as a bomb in shmup sense, as well as a special attack or super move each attached to a meter like in a fighting game. Each battle is a 1v1 against each of the 10 or so characters like in a traditional fighter, although each level is just a 360 degree ring with dull back drops. Probably the most interesting part of combat is when a super move is activated. The game then becomes a top down shooter where the user gains a.seperate health bar the defender tries to deplete as quickly as possible all while dodging hundred of bullets. The game ends up becoming only fun in short sessions, making me feel it would have made a better handheld or mobile release at a third or half its initial price of $30. Being such a nice game based on 1v1 competitive play, don't buy looking for an online community because I have never seen more than one player online since launch, just come in for the single player which isn't very exciting. Personally I purchased this more as a hope to encourage more Touhou releases in the US, more so from the main series. I don't regret the purchase but for me this is a backlog title to play occasionally. Expand
  7. Sep 7, 2016
    0
    I actually thought this game was going to be good but it isn't that great. Its so lacking in content and I didn't really enjoy it for thatI actually thought this game was going to be good but it isn't that great. Its so lacking in content and I didn't really enjoy it for that long. I like how its unique to other Touhou games but other than that this game isn't that great at all. Expand

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