"A Large Treasure Chest of Memories"
Game: XBlaze Lost: Memories
Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Aksys Games
Genre: Adventure/Visual Novel
PSN: Click Me!
XBlaze Lost: Memories is the sequel to XBlaze Code: Embryo. This game was developed by Arc System Works and published by Aksys Games. This is a visual novel game.
I still hasn't played the XBlaze Code: Embryo. I went straight on playing XBlaze Lost: Memories after reading that this game retells the story of the first game.
The story starts somewhere where a crying child can be seen talking to her mother. The mother was telling her daughter all her final words before leaving the world of the living. Eventually, her father shows up, but it's already too late. Her father grabbed her dead mother and took her somewhere and locked the room leaving the daughter outside begging to bring back her mother and stop on whatever her father was going to do with her mother. And then, Me, the heroine, finally wakes up from her dream. She recalls having the same nightmare and that her hatred toward his father is still there waiting to explode.
One day, when Me was out, she detected that the ward around their house was triggered. So, she rushed to their house worrying that something might happen to her younger sister. She searched for her sister all over their house. She cannot find her anywhere. She then remembered a place that her father used to do his experiment on. She thinks that her father has her sister and might be doing an experiment on her sister. She rushed to the place. When she opened it, she was taken in to a new dimension that was called "Phantom Field".
This is where the actual gameplay starts. You can now control Me in a top-down graphics. You can walk around the field and teleport to the next field. Your goal is to collect all the memory fragments in the whole map. Collecting them is actually very easy. There are really no obstacles that will block you, no enemies that will stop you or any puzzles that will make you quit. If you wanted to know how many more memory fragments are left, you can just call Nobody, which is the very first person you'll meet after you've entered the "Phantom Field". After collecting all the memory fragments, Nobody will give you a set of questions that you will need to answer correctly to advance to the next map. Do not worry if you get a wrong answer because you can just simply repeat the questions without any problem. After answering all the questions correctly, you can now go to the next map.
Every time you go to the next map, you will be able to see an event from the first game. After watching the event, you will be given a memory stones that you can then use in the Memory Viewer when you pause the game. These memory stones will let you view the memories of the characters from the first game in each of their own perspective. I find it very entertaining to watch because I get to see on what the other characters are doing when they are not present in the main memory or event that you viewed after each transfer to the next map.
The one that I really love in this game is how the conversation was presented. I feel like I was watching an anime during their conversation.
You can see their mouth opening as they speak. You can also see them move. Most Visual Novel games are just still portraits. The fight scenes are nicely done too. It's fun to watch and not boring like the other Visual Novel that only tells you what's happening in the fight. This is probably one of the most visually appealing visual novel game I've played.
The game is fully voiced. There are no English dub, but the quality of the Japanese dub was awesome. You can feel each character's emotions even if you don't understand Japanese. I mostly listen to them to better enjoy the game.
If you are a trophy hunter, this game is the easiest game to acquire a platinum trophy. Took me almost no effort to get the platinum trophy. Was expecting to do something else just to get every trophy in the game.
Maybe the only thing that I didn't like in this game is the lack of challenge in the short gameplay this game has. There are really no obstacles or any enemies that will block you or try to stop you. You just roam around and collect all the memory fragments and that's it.
But other than that, this is going in my top favorite games of all time. I've enjoyed the story. The ending was nice. I had a feeling of completion after finishing this game. A must have for anime and visual novel fans.
Score: 4.5 / 5