Genre-mashing cinematic robot-girly goodness
It might seem surprising that one of Sega's longest-running and most successful franchises would never have seen the light of day outside of Japan, possibly a result of it being perceived as "too Japanese". namely due to a strong adventure game component which is commonly referred to as a...
"You're a shining star, no matter who you are..."
Sakura Wars is a rather interesting series of games and one of Sega's biggest franchises in Japan, though oddly only the spin-off anime has been seen elsewhere – until now. The fifth Sakura Taisen game (as the series is known in Japan), So Long, My Love is the first to get localised for Western...
Japanese hit reaching the West for the first time
It only took until the fifth game in the series, but Sakura Wars is finally making its way outside of Japan. And we've got the screenshots to prove it! Part dating sim, part fighting game, Sakura Wars has enjoyed massive success in Japan, spawning tons of manga, anime and, of all things, a musical...
Since the Sakura Wars franchise first started in 1995, it has sold over 3.5 million units worldwide.
This success isn't limited to just video games; Sakura Wars has found popularity as a staged production, anime series, and printed publications. In this game, the setting moves from Japan to New York, bringing with it a whole new cast of characters. The series conventions remain fresh and intact along with some new features to enhance game play. It's a completely unique, but related, title in the Sakura Wars franchise!
The main character is Shinjiro Taiga, a young Navy Lieutenant and nephew of the hero of the previous 4 games. The story begins as Shinjiro arrives in 1928 New York.
Sakura Wars V: So Long, My Love welcomes some new features to the game play. In addition to ground-based battles (ARMS: Active & Real-time Machine System), you can engage in air combat. While in air combat mode, the STARs transform from their robotic form to an air fighter form to further enhance the experience of fighting in the skies.
During the Adventure portions of the game, characters have made the transition into 3D and the world map has been extended in order to allow you to freely walk around New York City. New features have been added to the long-standing LIPS (Live & Interactive Picture System), and new gameplay variations utilizing LIPS further improve the game play.