Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-The Prophecy of the Throne”, which will be released on January 28, 2021, is a new adventure game based on “Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-“, the original novel and anime of which are immensely popular.
The player takes on the role of the main character, Natsuki Subaru, and takes on various challenges just as in the original story.
This article is a review by a writer who has played the game. In this article, we will talk about the appeal of various aspects of the game, including the playability and scenario.
Of course, there will be no spoilers, so if you’re thinking of playing it, don’t worry.
|This is exactly what “Re:Zero” is all about!
This is the game version of “Re:Zero”, which is currently being broadcasted as a TV anime, so I was really looking forward to it. This time, I would like to share with you my impressions after playing through to the ending.
The main character of “Re:Zero” is Natsuki Subaru, who is ignorant, incompetent, powerless, reckless, and lacking in all four elements. Although the “other world” genre is currently very popular in the novel genre, Subaru does not have any so-called “cheat-like combat power” and is just an ordinary person.
However, he is the only one who has the ability to rewind time to the past while retaining his memories when he dies. …… This is the introduction to the story depicted in the original novel and TV anime. This is the introduction to the story as depicted in the original novel and TV anime.
Subaru is elated and ready to enjoy life in another world, but what awaits him is a harsh fate. While being tossed around by these fates, he repeatedly returns to his death and makes seven difficult and painful moves in order to reach a happy ending.
The sudden death of Subaru himself or someone close to him. A powerful enemy that Subaru cannot face alone. In the face of numerous difficulties, Subaru repeatedly “dies”.
When you die, it is a painful and scary experience. Even so, Subaru does not give up, but rises to the occasion and eventually twists his own fate around.
The game is characterized by its hard content, which is unimaginable from the graphic aspect with many cute characters.
This work has an original scenario that is fully supervised by the original author, Tatsuhei Nagatsuki. In addition, new characters designed by Shinichiro Otsuka, who illustrated the novel version, will also appear. This is a completely new “Rizero” that no one has ever seen before.
If you’re a fan of the original story, you won’t be able to resist playing this one!
The story starts about a month after Subaru was summoned to the other world. In the original story, it starts around the time when the magical beast riot in Aram Village has ended.
After this, in the original story, the “royal election” to elect the next king of the Kingdom of Lugnica begins, and Subaru and Emilia are separated from each other …….
There are originally five candidates for the election of the king, including Emilia. However, with the addition of the new character Melty, there are now six candidates.
Due to the unexpected situation, the candidates receive the news that the election of the king will be postponed.
Emilia is the first to be suspected of being a fake. For Emilia’s sake, Subaru decides to look for a fake candidate for the royal election. …… is the story of this work!
Re:Zero” is characterized by an ensemble drama that depicts the past and inner lives of various characters, not just Subaru. This work also depicts the story of various characters, including the candidates for the royal election, the knights who protect them, and the enemies of Subaru and his friends.
The story is fully supervised by Tatsuhei Nagatsuki, and the taste is just like the original. The conversations between Subaru and his friends in their daily lives, the text describing the scenes of the incidents that occur, and the comedic exchanges that pop up from time to time. You can fully enjoy all of this.
I love the comedic aspects of “Re:Zero” such as Emilia’s occasional use of words that you don’t hear anymore, Lem’s lines that make Subaru fall in love with her, and Subaru’s tweets when Ram teases him. I’m very happy to see that this kind of fan service is included.
Currently, in the second season of the anime, Rem has become a sleeping princess, and unfortunately, she doesn’t get much to do.
However, in this work, Lem is always by Subaru’s side, and there are many opportunities for her to be active! For those of you who are Rem fans, I hope you enjoy seeing Rem again after a long absence.
|Overcome the mission through trial and error!
One of the most noteworthy elements of the game is the “missions”. This is the part of the game where you control Subaru and try to solve the problems that stand in your way.
The strategies vary from fighting off bandits to escaping people. If you clear the mission, the scenario will move on, but if you fail, the game will be over, or Subaru may die, triggering a return to death.
In this game, information obtained by Subaru during the story can be possessed as an item. You can obtain information during conversations, by talking to people during the movement part, and by investigating suspicious places.
The more information you have, the more strategies you will be able to come up with during the “briefing” that occurs before the mission, and the better the situation will be. On the other hand, if you don’t have enough information, you will have to take on the mission with a high degree of difficulty.
The amount of information you gather beforehand is crucial to the success of the mission.
During the mission, the player controls Subaru. Just as in the original story, Subaru does not have the ability to fight enemies, so he has to give instructions to his friends and move things around to support them.
If a mission fails, the player can try again as many times as they want. Players who retry will know what will happen in that mission. If you repeat the trial and error process, you will surely reach the clearing point someday.
Redoing the situation over and over again until you reach your ideal development is just like Subaru’s return to death! I was impressed with how well the game system and the story setting were blended together.
All of the missions are set at a moderate level of difficulty, so even those who are not familiar with the game can clear them with a few retries. I think even light-user “Re:Zero” fans who don’t usually play action games will be able to clear them.
Even if you don’t have all the necessary information for a mission, you can clear any of the stages by learning all the gimmicks and using the most appropriate controls, so don’t be afraid to play.
Even if a mission seems completely impossible to clear, if you play it over and over again, you will surely be able to clear it someday. You can experience the same kind of feeling as Subaru himself. It’s a “Re:Zero” game.
|What about the scenario?
As for the quality of the scenario, I was introduced to “Re:Zero” from the anime, but after playing through the game, I thought, “Oh, this is “Re:Zero”! That’s what I thought.
As I mentioned earlier, “Re:Zero” is an ensemble drama with many characters. It is not a work where the superhero protagonist fights alone against a giant evil.
In order to solve the problems in front of him, Subaru uses the power of death to prevent the problems from sprouting in the first place, or he creates a cooperative system in advance to face the problems.
In the anime, the battle of the white whale in the first season is a remarkable example of this, and I personally think that this is the episode where you can most appreciate the atmosphere of “Re:Zero” as an ensemble drama.
I’m sure you’ll be able to feel the thrill of the HAKUGEI Battle in this episode as well.
In addition, the characters other than Subaru are all elites with fighting skills, power, and financial resources. In particular, the candidates for the king’s election are all people who are in a position of power over others, so they are not all people who would immediately say “Yes, I understand” just because they are asked to cooperate with Subaru.
In order to convince these people, presenting them with advantages and laying the groundwork is depicted realistically in the original story.
It is not a matter of expediency, but rather a matter of showing the advantages and disadvantages and then building a cooperative relationship. I think this is one of the reasons why I feel that this work is “Re:Zero”.
Now, one more thing about the scenario.
One of the important keywords in “Re:Zero” is the election of the king. However, in the novels and TV anime of “Re:Zero”, there are already five candidates for the royal election, right?
There is an oracle in the kingdom of Lugnica that chooses five candidates for the election of the king. From that point of view, you may simply feel that the sixth new character, Melty, is a fake. You may feel that it is simple. But as you talk to Melty and get to know her personality, you will find it hard to believe that she is the kind of person who would play a fake.
If that’s the case, then who among the other four, excluding Melty and Emilia, is the fake? No, but …… that would be inconsistent …… with the original story. I’ve been playing the game for a while now, and I’ve been wondering about these questions, and I’ve been wanting to read the story. It’s like “I don’t know how to stop the game”.
An ensemble drama with characters full of individuality and charm, realistic negotiation to build a cooperative system, and a setting and story where mystery leads to mystery. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-The Prophecy of the Throne is a work where you can fully enjoy the unique charm of “Re:Zero”.
Of course, you’ll also get to see the cool Subaru, who is usually a badass, but makes decisions when he has to. When you finish the game, I’m sure you’ll be thinking, “This was a great “Re:Zero” story! When you finish the game, you will surely think, “This was a wonderful story of ‘Re:Zero’!
The mission parts are moderately difficult, so even fans of “Re:Zero” who are not used to playing games can definitely enjoy the content. We hope you’ll look forward to the latest episode of the anime every week, and enjoy this game in between, so that you can spend February and March immersed in “Re:Zero”.
|Will The Game (Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne) Appear in English?
This game is available on Nintendo DS, PlayStation and other platforms as well as in Japan. There is an English version of the game, so even if you don’t speak Japanese, you can enjoy the game without any problems.
What did you think?
The Re:Zero game is what the fans have been waiting for, and their expectations were high for it.
But we can call it a divine game that greatly surpassed those expectations!
If you like Re:Zero, but haven’t played the game yet, please take this opportunity to try it out.
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