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Blue Archive | Japanese

Blue Archive | Japanese

Blue Archive | Japanese

Wa3Wa

4.0

Here's my first impressions as a casual gamer:

The graphics are ok.
The UI looks a little basic and outdated imo but that's not a huge issue. The character illustrations look great, the characters are more on the "cute/kawaii" side. In combat, they turn into decent looking 3D chibis, which I'm not a big fan of, but you might be.

The BGM is amazing.
The OSTs are mostly EDM/J-Pop, but there's also chill instrumental tracks. I can say for sure that this game has some of the best OSTs. The game isn't fully voiced, but the existing voice-overs are very good.

I haven't progressed much through the story, but from what I've seen, it's pretty enjoyable. You play as a teacher with, I should've guessed it, amnesia, you wake up in Kivotos, a futuristic city full of different academies and students, and now you have to help the city with it's various problems and cases.
The teacher is undoubtedly a pervert (like me hehehe), but hey! Unlike in other games, where the MC is just the typical "omg I have amnesia I'm so clueless I need plot armor QAQ", the MC has CHARACTER. The other characters we encounter in the story aren't uninteresting either, some of them (especially Aru omg ily aru) can be extremely funny as well. Lorewise, it has a LOT. You can literally deduce the backstory of BA with the name itself and the first two sentences. And I also heard that the story gets better later on...

Now, my main problem with this game is that the gameplay is extremely repetitive amd boring. Basically, the characters fight by themselves and you have no control over their position and movements whatsoever. The only thing you can do is use their respective skills, which deal extra damage, give buffs/debuffs or heals etc., but that's it. You could even say the game plays itself. That also causes the game to be very meta-based and the performance only depends on whether your characters are good or not. And since it's a gacha game, getting a good one might not be that easy...

Although the gameplay is so boring and repetitive, I still keep coming back to this game mainly because of its amazing soundtracks and immersive storyline.

Overall, if you don't mind auto-battling and appreciate good BGM and game stories, I think this game is worth giving a try.

Further topics:

Gacha:
Tbh I can't really say. I haven't done any gacha at all (except for the one they force you to do), so I can't tell if the rates are good or bad. But I do think that the game is pretty generous when it comes to gems (currency you use to gacha). Within the first 3 weeks of playing, I even got 50 rolls for free, even though I only play like 25 min per day.

Farming:
There's auto-farming for stages you've perfected. You click a button, and then you get the drops as if you were doing the stage again. So don't worry about investing too much time into farming.

Stamina:
I used to be worried about the stamina running out, but it's actually the opposite. For a while, I couldn't even get rid of the stamina I had (I was on 999 stamina which is the system max, it's impossible to get more). As for now I still have around 800. Let's see how it goes for the future...

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SeishinnFox

4.5

Wake up kid! We're gonna write our 30th game review! [發火] Eh? Yeah yeah. alright... What are we in for anyway Sei? [睡覺] Blue Archive! The one with that cute innocent looking girl as the icon! [開心] Jeez... alright. Let's start Sei. You've been wandering at qooapp, looking for games to play when you've suddenly saw this cute anime girl... you've read the title and it says "Blue Archive". You've told yourself: "This looks interesting!" and proceeded to download the game. Is that what happened to you? Well, if it is then we're the same! Because I'm a sucker for cute anime girls. [開心] So what do we have on this game Sei? Oh! Yes! I've said it earlier. Cute anime girls. Angelic anime girls. And not just because they're too cute. It's also because each of them have halo! [賣萌] All of them! Maji Tenshi! [開心] But objectively? Yostar or whoever did all of the character design on this really have done well. The game have this really "brand new" feel to it. Everything feels popping and fresh and it really attracts you as you navigate through the menu, the story, the gacha, everything that you'll probably will see on the interface level of the game really pops! I know it's not the game itself but it really is the one of the things that I have noticed. It really is well-made. How about the gameplay Sei? [汗顏] Well... we used to play priconne (Princess Connect) before right? It kinda is like that. But.... Wait for it... In 3D! [開心] Everything is better in 3D! Just kidding. [開心] They also have guns! Lots of them! Because FREEEEDOOOMM! [開心][開心][開心] But in seriousness, the gameplay feels like priconne with a mix of also a Yostar game, Arknights. It really just an auto game while you just tap the character portrait for them to perform their special move with an added Arknights twist of somekind of energy bar so you wouldn't be able to spam them. (Just correct me on this term lol) What's that? The auto will automatically do the special move for you without tapping? Yes! yes! But does anybody really play at full auto anyway? I guess if you kind of want to not have much of interaction on the game and your girls OP, just go. [厲害] Other worth note-taking thing on the game is the visual novel like aspect that shows how well-made the art is and kind of a breath of fresh air on the action-packed stuff this has. It will also give you a chance to try other characters aside from the ones you have. Real nice if you ask me. How about the gacha Sei? Ah... gacha... I haven't really have read about the rates but as usual for JP gachas, you won't really have pity pulls on this one. But it doesn't matter really... You remembered that I've said it's like priconne? It's because.. Introducing! The best system you'll ever get on a gacha game! (joking) Whale tears! [賣萌] Whale tears is an specialized gem that can be used to buy at the whale shop for the character fragments. This way, you can farm for the waif- *ahem* angel student you want. Note: Student-Teacher relationship is prohibited. And yes, I forgot to tell that you're kind of a teacher here. Also they can pronounce your name on the game. Really Sei?! [驚訝] Yep, if you have written a Japanese name. [開心] I really haven't tried it. But that's what my friends have said. So... I just believed them. Yes, I have friends. [發困] Any final notes Sei? Final notes eh? Well, the game is fun. But in all honesty? It will bore you after a lot of stages. One thing that could make it fresh is you having a lot a team setup to shuffle from. The game is rewarding for beginners as a lot of mobile games are but I really see that it will really come to the point where you'll be bored. Well, the game is quite young and surely, improvements and events will come. Just try to enjoy yourself on the Arknights like aspect of the game wherein you can also strategize based on your team composition. If you enjoy games like that? This game surely will fit you. [微笑]

SkyMercer

5.0

Cute Angelic Anime girls,not angelic because they are too cute(even tho they are) its because they literally are angels. Wait is this heaven or something?we've been playing too much helltaker and gacha hell ges I guess. Character Animations....THE BEST! Gacha rates : Awesome! the menu and everything has a unique pop up style which is cute in its own way.2.5% For 3 stars i think but you get the characters too often and gacha currency is super easy to get! Story? we'll you've been appointed as a Sensei/Teacher in heaven and you'll just have to find Miracles in daily life...jist kidding...it's good(use a screen translator if you really wanna enjoy the story) Gameplay....hmm.... kind of like a 3D combonation of Arknights,Priconne and Girls Frontline... the characters shoot on their own and they have their type(like tank or sniper) according to which they are placed front or back and they move accordingly. All you have to do is use their skill by pressing or dragging the skill button. also the is a skill point bar similar to arknights so that you can't spam skill(skills have cooldown and costs skill point) MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS GAME HAS THE CUTEST LIVE2D YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN YOUR LIFE,INCREASE YOUR BOND WITH A STUDENT AND YOU MIGHT UNLOCK HER LIVE2D!!!!

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