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Posted 4/16/17
Just finished Blue Reflection and figured I would share a few thoughts since it's likely something that quite a few users of this site may have had their eye on given all of the promotion it's been getting in Japan.

The presentation is really solid. Graphics overall, as with many "current gen" JRPGs still look a lot like late last gen titles instead of much that fully takes advantage of the current technology but there is a definite sense of style in Blue Reflection. Characters, enemies and bosses are very well done. The UI is extremely nice and clean though the deeper menus such as for inventory and crafting are a little wonky, but very few games get those elements right anyway. The music is very good though probably not good enough to warrant a soundtrack purchase.

Gameplay is solid and fun if quite repetitive and a little easy. Repetition, in fact, really is the games biggest downfall as there really is very little variety in any element of the game. The basic structure is repetitious, the enemy types are repetitious, the environments are repetitious. Even the bosses are re-used multiple times. Thankfully the basics are handled pretty well with the combat actually being quite enjoyable. It's your now typical turn based with player/enemy turn display style system that shines quite brightly when it comes to boss fights particularly. There is quite a bit of character build customization but it rarely feels you have to take full advantage of it or of your characters full tool kits.

Story is fairly typical magical girl stuff but that's just not something we get too often in videogame form. It's well crafted for what it is and the characters, while cliched, are all likable in their own ways.

All told, it's a fun game but probably won't really click for anyone outside of the people who may already be interested in it. It is being pushed pretty hard in Japan but I don't know if it will end up localized at all. Even for an anime styled game it feels fairly niche. If it does make it overseas, I can't see it ending up with a full dub or anything, and I would expect it to get raked over the coals pretty harshly by a more critical audience.
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Posted 4/18/17 , edited 4/18/17
I'll consider it if it ever gets a US localization, but I certainly can't imagine it being a priority considering all the good JRPGs that have already released or will be released later this year. I am a tad bit interested in checking it out since magical girl JRPGs of this nature are surprisingly not very abundant.
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Posted 6/6/17 , edited 6/6/17
Well, there we go. It is coming to North America and the EU for PS4 and PC with a release date of Sep 26.

https://www.destructoid.com/blue-reflection-is-coming-west-to-ps4-and-pc-440057.phtml

It does have some really stupid (and stupidly expensive) DLC that may be coming as well. Don't worry about it. It is completely unnecessary and actually would hurt the game experience given that you spend the majority of the game either in your school or in the alternate universe "dungeons." Unless you think it's normal for the girls to wander around in bath towels or bikinis while going through a normal school day I guess.
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Posted 6/6/17
After looking over some of the Japanese release stuff it looked promising at first ( I needed to fill in the void finally finishing Tales of Berseria left) but then it got down to the magic girl stuff ..And well I don't do magical girl stuff ( Puella magi madoka being the exception since it broke with magical girl stereotypes).

Still I might give a go if I can get a hold of a Japanese disc since I am not waiting till freaking Sept 26.
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Posted 6/7/17
I've been curious to the game play and story line for quite some time. I might buy the game day one when it is released in North America. Meanwhile, I know for sure I'll be occupied with several other titles.
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Posted 6/7/17

angelboricua wrote:

I've been curious to the game play and story line for quite some time. I might buy the game day one when it is released in North America. Meanwhile, I know for sure I'll be occupied with several other titles.


Why wait, plenty of Japanese retailers do international overnight shipping? And it's not like region locking is a thing anymore. I mean hell my order should get here sometime around 6 pm Pacific time. It's probably the only good thing about the free market economy, the ability to order from anywhere that is.
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Posted 6/8/17
Oh man, it's even going to be on Steam. I'm going to be all over this when it releases on September 26th.
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Posted 9/26/17
Blue Reflection is now out on Steam and PS4 for those who are interested. It's currently getting largely middling reviews, which is largely what I expected, but I'd still say it's well worth looking into if you like the subject matter. And, heck, it's not like you really have a lot of options anyway.

I do find it interesting that so many people seem to be comparing it to Persona. I suppose I can see the comparison but I didn't really ever feel that Blue Reflection was trying to be Persona outside of some general inspiration in combining school life and combat oriented zones.
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Posted 9/27/17
I picked the game up on Steam, but seeing as it's apparently riddled with bugs and technical issues, I'll wait until it's patched to give it a whirl.
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Posted 9/29/17
Blue Reflection is not persona. It's a magical girl JRPG set in a japanese highschool. Is it a masterpiece? Probably not. But how many magical girl JRPGs are there?

I love magical girls and jrpg so my opinion of this game is bias as can be. Int erms of comparing it to Persona I don't even know that is fair. I don't know what the production schedule was like for either the latest persona game or this game, but I seriously doubt Blue Reflection had any modicum of the kind of support pushing it along that a hyped up and anticipated project like Persona 5 had.

Gust has their own main series of JRPG which they pretty much release on a yearly basis and this seems to have been a side project. All of that considered, I'm very satisfied and impressed.

I do need to go online and figure out what the hell difference it makes to pick different options for the evening section of each day. I always take choose a bath because I don't want to be some stank ass Mahou Shoujo but the fact that I can opt not to bathe makes me curious about what would happen if I opted for that xD. "Hina-chan kusai!"
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Posted 10/2/17
Was going to consider getting this one.... till I saw the price tag on Steam and the, apparent, negative reviews of a bad port!
Well, guess I will hold back then.
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