Review: Touhou Genso Wanderer (PS4)

NIS has brought us another game from over seas, this time its Touhou Genso Wanderer by AQUA STYLE. It is a rouge-like RPG game which if ,that means anything to you, you know you’re in for a hard game.

GW_ss02.pngStory:

Story wise this game is kinda simple. You play as Reimu Hakurei who is hanging out with her friend Rinnosuke. He gets possessed by an evil entity and beats up Reimu so now she’s out to investigate what truly happened and to stop Rinnosuke. So as not to spoil the story, suffice it to say that if you’re a Touhou fan you are sure to enjoy it there are references to their other games along with new things to experience.

GW_ss01.pngGame play:

As I mentioned this game is a rogue like RPG which means it’s very hard but fair, if you die you go back to level 1 with only personal experience and some items. I’ll be honest, I’ve never really been a huge fan of rouge likes because of how easily you can lose all your progress. I, personally, want to have my progress saved and see the ending. In this particular game its turn based; you move a space and the enemies move a space as well. You attack, then the enemy attacks. I have played games like this before but the style is not something I’m used to. I prefer turn based like Disgaea turn based.

As I mentioned the game is hard but fair. It is fair in that it gives you all the tools to succeed; if you lose then it’s pretty much your own fault and this is evident right from the get-go in the tutorial. Small spoiler for the tutorial, they give you an item to protect your other items from harm and shortly after acquiring this item you step on a mine that spoils your food (SERIOUSLY! COME ON!!!!) that was my own fault for not paying attention to the item I picked up. Later, I picked up a float potion. They go on to tell you that sometimes there’s hidden rooms that are only reachable by using certain items, and lo and behold I use it and get to a treasure room -Woo, free coins! Then another warning, “Hey if you touch this thingy it will lock you in this room” I pay attention and avoid the thing. Like I said, hard but fair, you have your fair warning and your tools, use em!

GW_ss03.pngGraphics:

So maybe I’m just being critical but, well, this is a PS4 game so why are the graphics so PS1/PS2 like? Not that it’s a bad thing, but it would be way cooler, in my opinion, if the fighting was a little more animated. Overall, the graphics are nothing to write home about. Some may be turned off the game because of them but honestly this is a fun enough game to look past this.

Overall, if you are a glutton for punishment I definitely recommend this one. It has its perks. I’ve been enjoying the game in smaller sessions; I can only take so much punishment, after all (damn you traps!). Give it a shot if you’re a fan of Touhou and/or Rouge-like games, this one is worth it!

You can find Touhou Genso Wanderer in stores March 21, 2017 for the PS4/PS Vita. Let us know if you try it out!GW_ss04

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