Hi guyys, Dave MK here. What happens when on the one hand somebody uses the typical “Persona” element as we
know, for example from “Persona 5” or even “Persona 4”, on the one side is the real world but
on the other is another dimension, if somebody mixes that with the typical Magical-Girl element, like in “Sailor Moon”, “Wedding Peach”, “Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne”, even “DoReMi” among many others if we just talk about Anime and Manga. Out of that, a new game gets created called “Blue Reflection”. Well, this game isn’t new, it was released
a good while ago but i don’t buy everything day one. Especially for the PS4 not anymore but i’ll get to that later because there is an issue regarding “Blue Reflection”
(among other japanese games). The story tells about a girl named “Hinako”,
she goes to an all girl school and she wants to be a ballet dancer. Hoewever, she is……she is basically injured. and that injury can destroy her dream permanently. Somehow, she finds herself in an alternative world, a world where that injury isn’t a thing anymore. A world where she can run, dance and jump around as much as she likes without injuring herself. That means, in that world she could be a
ballet dancer since her injury isn’t an issue. However, she has to defeat monsters. And that’s not so good. To defeat the monsters, she has to transform in the typical Magical-Girl way. And if you’ve ever watched “Sailor Moon” you know what i mean. It’s not for everybody, it doesn’t do much for me either but if the game is good then……well, ok. She meets two other characters rather quickly: Yuzu and Lime. They also are…….let’s call them magical-girls and they can also jump from real world
to alternative world. And from then on, the story continues. In the end of the day, the story isn’t really inovative but for what it is, is it rather nice. The characters are also fine……Hinako is a bit… i call it a bit stiff, at least in the beginning, however even she turns out to be a fine character. But also the characters that you’ll meet at school,
they have their own little stories that you can follow and experience and they are fine as well. And those characters can be used during fights, not really as actual fighters but as support. They only help out because the actual fighters
are the three main characters Hinako, Yuzu and Lime. I don’t think i have to mention much about the visuals.
I mean, you are seeing it yourself. It actually looks really nice, colorful but it still doesn’t stand out too much. The backgrounds are really nice as well. The characters all have that Anime-Style which is not everybodies cup of tea but i love it. I love it, i love it. When it comes to the sound,
there isn’t much to moan about. Well, i can’t play the tracks during the video because
then comes Youtube with “How dare you”. But let’s be real, when you take a lot at pictures from the game or when you take a look at the video, what are you imagining? Or what kind of music are you imagining when you look at these pictures? The first thing that pops up in your head
is probably right. The battle-system is one the one hand typical
turn-based J-RPG like but on the other hand it still has it’s own little elements which allows “Blue Reflection” to stand out a bit more. It has nice ideas there
(like not being able to use items during battle) which gives way for some nice tactics even if the AI isn’t all that hard. It can be a bit tough here and there but overall still
not really hard. An interesting thing in “Blue Reflection”
is the leveling-up system. Basically you don’t level-up in the alternative world
by running and grinding, rinse and repeat. You level-up in the real world with social stuff like talking with others,
maximizing firiendships, you do little missions from the real world and that’s how you level-up.
Not through grinding. It’s indeed something outside the norm in the typical J-RPG world, it is a really nice thing and it’s something different. But to go back to the visuals a little bit the transformations and the single attacks especially during bosses actually look really nice for a game like this.
Of course this isn’t “Final Fantasy”. It’s not the usual SquareEnix
or maybe even Tri-Ace stuff but for a game like this, a niche game, it really is a damn nice thing to see. Maybe even outside of the norm nice. However, the bosses are a little ……they could have been more inventive. Yeah, they are almost those Kaiju-like monsters basically big monsters that need a pounding, and that’s cool especially with those kind of visuals, it’s wonderful however, they repeat. Later in the game you’ll have to fight
the same (four) bosses again. They are the same. That is a thing that annoys me a little bit, when they take this route. Like
“Oh, there we have a boss ….but here towards the end…. we don’t have any ideas but oh,
we’ll take the same boss again.” Really, i think that’s somewhat lazy and they should have been a bit more inventive. But otherwise the game still offers a bit, but just a little fanservice. In the real world, the weather changes.
Sometimes sunny, sometimes rainy. And when it rains, of course the clothes get wet. And the girls all wear a school uniform, they are around 15, 16 maybe 17 years old max. With men, you would see their nipples………..
at least a bit, especially when they are hard. But with the girls, of course you’ll see their bra. Surely only when they are wet and
didn’t use an umbrella, then you’ll see their bra. It’s basically a little bit fanservice.
But only a little. But by the way, there are also two things. By the way, the game isn’t perfect, surely not. There are things they could have done better. Even though it looks good visually, for example
the individual maps that idea that a map represents a specific emotion, is actually nice but they could have been bigger, the monsters could have used a bit more variety, the social stuff in the real world could have offered a bit more (don’t forget the frame-rate issues). Basically the game also has misses, it has things that could have been
cooked up a little longer but still as is, it continues to be a nice one. But now to these two things. Because i’ve mentioned fanservice before. One thing is: censorship. And that’s exactly why i bought this game used. Because….while i love to support good developers, that deliver a complete game without bullshit DLC,
without bullshit microtransactions, without bullshit Loot-Boxes, or crap like that that for some reason are the norm today. Who the hell knows why (actually i do but still). I don’t support censorship. Absolutely not, at least not if i know that the game was actually censored.
If i know that Uh-huh. No. Do i still get the game?
Sure …..or rather maybe.
But then only used. Because i refuse to support developers
(or publishers) like that. And that’s the case with “Blue Reflection”. Sadly, the game is censored. Even though, it’s funny. In the beginning, the game wasn’t
censored at all anywhere. The game was released on the PS4, PSVita and PC. And in the beginning it wasn’t censored. But i’ll speak only about the PS4 version even though supposedly even the PC version got censored. But i am not sure about that since i don’t own
the PC version nor did i ever played it. I am only talking about the PS4 version. In Japan…or rather worldwide, the game wasn’t
censored at all, which means what was the issue? In the wardrobe, if you bought a costume as DLC or if you pre-ordered the game, i think you got a DLC costume, only then you’ll get access to the wardrobe. You see the girls, you can change their costumes and you can rotate them. Which means…..they rotate. Earlier you could also move them up and down like an elevator. And there, something fanservice-like happened. Of course, two things moved up and down. And i think you know what i mean,
those tow things moved. Which actually is natural. And that’s not really fanservice, that’s why
i’ve mentioned fanservice-like. Well that’s like on the one hand it is fanservice
but on the other it’s natural. I mean, if you go outside and look at a woman walking or, even better, running around then those things simply move up and down. It’s normal. Those move. Except her bra is so damn tight then of course (almost) nothing moves. But if her bra fits naturally, meaning not too tight, basically a normal size for whatever the size
of those sisters are, then they move up and down. More or less, it’s real life. That was also in the game. However, after the patch… 1.01 for the PS4, if i am not mistaken, there is probably also one for the PSVita but i am talking about the PS4 one, The game in Japan, regardless if they got a patch or not,
still isn’t censored to this day. In the US and EU, the game was censored
after the patch. Meaning, you still can rotate the girls but not
move them up and down anymore. Why? Why did this need to happen? To release the game normally but then to censor it after a while with a patch. Why the hell did this need to happen? Especially after you think about the fact that you can actually see their bras. When it rains, you’ll see their bras. Even during the transformations with those typical magical-girl transformations,
for example during Sailor Moon the camera zooms and moves everywhere down and then up from their legs,
through their hips and beyond. All of it is here. And that’s not censored. At least not up until the point i’d played the game and that’s when finished it, up until then it didn’t get censored,
so why the wardrobe thing? But of course, the japanese still have it. When they move it’s fully natural that’s a natural thing. Where is the problem? But now thing number two. By the way, i bought the game used
because of the censorship. But second thing is, the game has
two different editions. Sadly i don’t any of those because it’s a bit hard to find. A “Premium Box” and a “Special Collector’s Box”. Sadly, both are Japan exclusive. The special collector’s box has a few things more
than the premium box which means, if anybody wants to own one edition
but for a little cheaper, then the premium box is there. But if anybody wants literally everything, then there is
the special collector’s box. Otherwise, this was “Blue Reflection”, a niche game, a niche game and not triple A. not on the SquareEnix level, maybe nowhere near it, but for what it is and what it does? Kudos. Most respect.
I never expected that the game… i actually didn’t expect much at all when i bought it. I simply love J-RPG’s and that’s mainly why i bought it but it didn’t expect much. However, as soon as i started i was rather fascinated. And i only stopped playing after beating it, it only took a few days. From my point of view, “Blue Reflection” is a nice little surprise. Kudos. Otherwise, did you ever or would you play
“Blue Reflection”? As i’ve said, Anime fans or rather not Anime fans out. Not magical girls fans out. Or rather if you have big problems with magical girls out. You should be a bit more open-minded on this one. Finally, what is your opinion about this game?
Otherwise See ya.