Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Koihime Musou (PC) 18+ Review

Koihime Musou presents us with a story that has been done a million times (Romance of the Three Kingdoms) and spins it into visual novel form. Which means that most of your favourite Three Kingdoms characters are gonna get sexin. Oh and by the way they're all female if you are new to visual novels or this series. This game is intended for people 18 and over you have been warned it contains.....BOOBIES (GASP)

So you play as Kazuto an average student who tries to stop a theif and ends up on an adventure that stretches time itself. Now since this is based around Three Kingdoms it weaves that tale albeit with a lot more sex and less dudes, you get the picture. If your into visual novels or anything that comes out of Japan then this is pretty familiar territory. You spend your time (50 hrs give or take) speeding through the main narrative while trying to woo fair maidens hearts. In total 13 girls are selectable from the base menu and each take a while to get through but for the most part each is different enough that it never feels forced. Though only three of the girls have their own ending's the others are considered a side story that won't effect the main narrative. As opposed to other visual novels instead of picking out of a selection of paths to take you play a mini strategy game. Now its more like strategy lite as the battles are never really difficult and you will only ever use one or two formations. The voice acting in the game is pretty good, considering the amount of characters in this game. I for one never got tired of Kan'u busting Kazuto's balls both physically and mentally. The soundtrack is good for what its worth, a few nice set pieces and the closing are my favourite. Now one of the most important elements in a visual novel is the art style. While this is your standard visual novel look and feel, I found that the characters where all nicely drawn for the most part, though a few of the sex scenes in my mind needed to be redrawn or rethought of....just saying.

In closing, this is a solid visual novel for anyone to pick up but be prepared to put in so time or you will come out feeling emptyish (whatever that means). One more thing ther is a sequel "Shin Koihime Musou" which adds more characters and allows you to pick which side you want to ally with. As far as I know it hasn't been confirmed for an English translation but since the first was  translated hopefully the second will follow.

Game 4/5
Visual 4/5
Audio 5/5
Lasting Appeal 4/5
Overall 4.5/5

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