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Tonberry, gaming

Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love

So, tonight I finished Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love (called Sakura Taisen V in Japan, and the only game in the series to be exported). My verdict: I loved it to pieces.

Now, this game gets a lot of bad press in the nerdy gamer corners of the internet. It's supposedly inferior to previous Sakura Wars games that never got exported to North America, but I suspect that's "grass is always greener" thinking. The game is pretty much perfect at what it wants to be: a cheesy, campy, upbeat story about the spirit of New York, couched as a combination dating sim/mecha combat game.

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Basically, if you don't want to think too much, but want to enjoy some pretty animation, engaging mecha battles, fun over-the-top characters, and cheerful upbeat camp, this is the game for you. Especially if you like dating sims or mecha.

Which isn't to say it's perfect! As you might have guessed by now, it's a pretty shallow game, and most of its characters aren't anything special. It's also occasionally tedious, as there can be long stretches that are essentially nothing but visual novel. Still, so long as you enjoy the genres and can put up with camp and cheese, you should have a good time with this game.

¹ On the other hand, if you hate dating sims or mecha because both genres tend to treat female characters like pieces of meat, then you might be able to tolerate this game, as while it's nothing spectacular, its mostly-female cast has a decent amount of agency and badassitude despite the dating sim angle.