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Another review of a visual novel, more or less. Xblaze Lost: Memories is certainly more a traditional game than the previous game Xblaze Code: Embryo, Xblaze Lost: Memories is the sequel of Xblaze Code: Embryo, the sequel is focused on new characters, to some extent. I know that Xblaze Lost: Memories got an M rating like Xblaze Code: Embryo, this is my fourth review of a game rated M, and it probably won't be the last. Xblaze Lost: Memories isn't more violent than Xblaze Code: Embryo, however, there is frequent swearing once again, and of course, there are f-bombs in the game, also, when it comes to fanservice...this game perhaps has more of it than Xblaze Code: Embryo, even during the opening, there are at least 3 brief instances of partial nudity that leave very little to the imagination, that's...something, considering that Xblaze Code: Embryo has an opening that doesn't really have suggestive imagery or partial nudity, besides a very brief instance of jiggle physics and one female character, maybe, other than that though, this game definitely has an opening that reflects the kind of game that Xblaze Lost: Memories is, a game with a phenomenal story with fantasy elements...and partial nudity/fanservice that might or might not be necessary. One of the new characters, Nobody, wears what might be one of the most extreme outfits ever seen in a video game that isn't some kind of swimsuit or bikini, at least, she is wearing so little that she might as well not be wearing anything, the previous statement might be even more true if we don't consider characters that wear different outfits, because yes, Dead or Alive, for example, also has female characters wearing very little, but for the most part, the most extreme outfits aren't the clothes that the characters wear by default and those outfits can't be compared with...the ''clothes'' Nobody wears...anyway, let's begin.
Story: Xblaze Lost: Memories has a better story than Xblaze Code: Embryo in my opinion, the game really wants your attention from beginning to end, literally within the first 12 minutes at most, everyone should have already seen a moment where the mother of the main character (literally named ''Me'') dies, that's...how the game starts, with a ''cutscene'' of the death of a character, in this case, Me's mother, and although the sad moment (that will make you feel a little sad, at least) was just a dream, if I remember well, canonically speaking, Me's mother really is dead, and she is living alone with her little sister...Little Sister...(oh, these names...Nobody, Me, Little Sister...this game is something else) After talking with her sister for a while, Me goes outside for a moment but then she returns almost immediately, Little Sister mysteriously goes missing and in her search, Me goes into another world, the Phantom Field, where she meets Nobody, a woman who cannot remember anything about her past, she also has no idea how long she's been in the Phantom Field, Me starts to explore the Phantom Field with Nobody, Nobody tells the main character that her little sister is actually in the Phantom Field as well, and so, Me and Nobody have to get where Little Sister is, while Me collects memories on the way. Although the structure of the story is repetitive at first, it goes without saying that Xblaze Lost: Memories is for people who have played the previous game, and as I said, I recommend getting at least 2 different endings before playing Xblaze Lost: Memories. It's true that the story is repetitive at first, but it's still interesting to see the same events of the previous game seen from the perspective of another character, not to mention that some memories are also seen by the characters themselves, Me and Nobody have funny conversations because of that, Nobody is a character I really love, ''she's very happy-go-lucky'' and is a character I can't hate because of that, she is often a funny character. Overall, I love the story, in my opinion it's fantastic, a story with characters you can't hate for the most part, serious moments, funny moments, and sad/moving moments, Xblaze Lost: Memories is a game that made me shed some tears, the game isn't on the same level as Blue Reflection, but it really moved me, and that's something I really like.
Graphics: The graphics are on par with the previous game, except for the 2D sections when you explore the Phantom Field, Me and Nobody both have sprites that look 8-bit, which if I remember well, don't clash with the rest of the graphics used for the Phantom field and its different floors. The character designs are varied like in the previous game and it's an amazing art style, the many CG images look really nice, and, well, they gave Es a new outfit, so, that's nice. There are occasional animations during the game, and sometimes they are funny, a few Nobody animations come to mind, overall it's a beautiful game, it's true that part of the graphics (the Phantom Field and sprites) are really bad even for PS Vita standards, which probably was intentional, but that's more or less a small part of the graphics, Xblaze Lost: Memories is, perhaps, more beautiful 2D art and nice animations than anything else, and yes...the suggestive images and instances of partial nudity are well made.
Sound: I'm giving this category an 8 mainly because of the recycled music, it's well known that I don't tolerate recycled music that much, and when it comes to the recycling of assets, reused music is what perhaps bothers me more than anything else that can be recycled, at least the music was great and it still is for this game, and of course, there are many original themes composed for this game, the opening song ''ENDGAZER'' is great and totally fitting for the game, the choir, guitar...everything, it's an amazing song and it's fitting for the game, it really sounds like a fantasy game with a serious and (to an extent) deep story, the other original songs are...interesting...''Fun With Riddles'', also known as ''A Fun Riddle'' is catchy, and it's one of the most interesting themes I have ever heard in a game rated M, it...doesn't sound like something that would be used in a game for adults, and I love that. For some reason, there are songs that have different names between Xblaze Code: Embryo and this game, ''Viridian Tranquility'' is instead named ''Green Peace'', ''Time of Death'' is ''Massacre Show Time'', ''Secret Arts'' is ''Between Mysteries''...I can't keep going, it doesn't apply for every reused song of course, but it must be mentioned, a lot of songs have slightly or not-so-slightly different names in Xblaze Lost: Memories. Of course, just like the first game, Xblaze Lost: Memories doesn't have English audio, which means more of the same: Good voice acting without being my favorite, Hinata Himezuru still has that unfitting voice, obviously, but fortunately, when it comes to voice acting, she still is the worst example of this game...maybe, Me and Little Sister have fitting voices and the acting was great, I think, still, I'll say it again, it would be great if this game had an English dub...I prefer English dubs.
Addictive: Half visual novel, half traditional game. For most of the game, you'll play as Me and explore the Phantom Field with the (amazing) D-pad, it's nothing out of the ordinary, but the exploration works and serves its purpose, the simple controls work really well and the game is kind of fun to play, you'll also solve riddles, Nobody likes riddles, these are presented in the form of questions that Me has to answer correctly, an incorrect answer means ''try again'', you can try to solve a riddle as many times as you want. The Phantom Field is kind of fun to explore, collecting memories is more or less fun, the occasional obstacles in the Phantom Field contribute to the fun factor, solving the riddles is a little fun...basically, Xblaze Lost: Memories is slightly more fun to play than Xblaze Code: Embryo, perhaps the game is more interested in telling a story than being a fun game, but what is here works and...it's a little fun...after a long time, the game is a real visual novel, which means that you won't explore the Phantom Field anymore and instead just read a lot of dialogue, unlike Xblaze Code: Embryo, Xblaze Lost: Memories actually has several options to choose from, I say ''options'' and not ''dialogue choices'' because not all the options are simply a dialogue choice. I think that some choices don't affect the story that much or don't matter in the grand scheme of things, but I'm not sure, in any case...it's a functional game.
Depth: The game doesn't feel bigger than Xblaze Code: Embryo, and that's probably because it isn't, it only has one ending, and overall, the game isn't extremely long, there are shorter games, sure, but there are also longer games, and Xblaze Lost: Memories offers almost a lot...almost. The game contains many CG images, but for some reason, it seems that there are less CG images than in the previous game, at least the Museum seems to have less images than in the previous game...some scenes can't be seen there for some reason...that image of Es that leaves very little to the imagination doesn't appear in the Museum, even though it should be a CG image as well...and to think that it's used more than once if I remember well...
Difficulty: It's impossible to lose in the Phantom Field, some obstacles will briefly paralyze Me, but she can't die in the Phantom Field, it doesn't matter how many times you touch said obstacles. I will mention that it's possible to lose in Xblaze Lost: Memories, some choices result in death or a game over, but...not only that happens waaaay later in the game, it's also obvious which choice is correct, considering that you have two choices, if you lost, then...just choose the other option, it's...hard to believe that a game where you can lose still gets only a 3 in this category, also, accessing the Backlog is easier than in Xblaze Code: Embryo.
Compared to Xblaze Code: Embryo, I think I can recommend this game more easily, but of course, if you are interested in Xblaze Lost: Memories, play the previous game first, this is the sequel of Xblaze Code: Embryo after all. Xblaze Lost: Memories isn't a very fun game, and it's actually one of my least favorite PS Vita games, more or less, but still, I like it better than Xblaze Code: Embryo, the phenomenal and moving story, great music (both recycled and new), and beautiful graphics make the game worth playing at least once, more than the gameplay itself, perhaps.
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