Duel Savior! First Impressions

Duel Savior

IT’S A VN, I SWEAR!

Hello everyone! It’s that dude who never makes posts on projects he’s already started! Why? Well, it’s because he has important stuff to do. Like… well, this! This, my friends, is the latest translated VN-Game, Duel Savior!

“There is a prophecy that every 1000 years, when the destruction draws near, the Messiah will come from a different world to the root world of Avatar and save them all.

Mia Touma, while returning home from school, finds an old but highly decorated book. When she shows it to her brother, Taiga, the book teleports them to another world – Avatar.

When they awaken, they find themselves in a world reminiscent of Medieval Europe. Before they understand what’s happening, an energetic woman comes before them and tells them they have become Savior Candidates.

They must use the training they learn at the school to defeat the Lords of Ruin and Ruin itself to save Avatar and every other world along with their friends. However, Taiga finds he has become the Red Apostle, which complicates matters greatly. What is going on with the fight with Ruin? Will he actually be able to become the Messiah and save Avatar?”  (from v309)

The premise slightly reminds me of Koihime Musou, in the sense that the MC gets ported for what seems to be no reason, only to turn out to be the savior of everything. Actually, it’s a lot like Koihime Musou, but hey. Hindsight is everything. So, anyways, about what I’ve seen so far! As you can tell (or guessed), this is made by the same development team as the people who made the entire series of Baldr, Team Baldr Head, sub-division of Giga. I haven’t played any of them myself yet, as I’m waiting for Amaterasu to finish Baldr Sky. I’ve been told that it’s really good and Amaterasu only tends to translate the games that it feels are worthy of translation. Either way, if I do enjoy my run of Duel Savior I will be able to at least slightly justify my excitement over Baldr Sky’s translation.

So, what do we have so far? Well, the intro is fairly as you imagine this going. The game tricks you into thinking that Taiga is actually some sort of womanizing playboy, but it turns out it’s the complete reverse. He is thirty different types of beta, and apparently him and his half-sister Mia are really struggling to get through the day with barely any money and still attending school. Also, Taiga has a voice. I’m sure there’s probably a way to turn it off but so far it doesn’t annoy me to the point of near-suicide like most end up doing, so I’ll leave it on. Anyways, Taiga recognizes some kids as shoplifters and chases them, causing them to drop the crap they stole and high-tail it away. One being this book, which explains that it “finally found you” before the screen does a Pokemon-battle-esque warp and we are treated to a rather amazing OP!

From the info I have received and looked around, apparently the two modes, Destiny and Justice, are different only slightly. Destiny contains a loli route, but is 17+, the dirty-stuff apparently fades to black. The other one, Justice, is 18+. And while it does not have the company of a loli route, it seems to have a harem route in its stead.  I’m wondering where the loli route is placed, mostly due to my curiosity and my need to 100% everything I touch. This game apparently takes the enforced-playing-order way of things, so I don’t have the pleasure of simply making a game on Destiny and picking the loli to review it. I’m hoping after I 100% the Justice mode It’ll count towards the other one as well, letting me pick up the loli route for review. If not, that’s gonna be one hell of a grind.

So, with that in mind, the art seems to be a bit old-fashioned. This was released in 2004 after all, so complaining about that would be silly. The gameplay seems actually really fun and flashy. I’m a bit worried about being able to take the fighting as seriously as it’s meant to be with how the sprites are drawn during the fighting. I plan on counter-balancing this by setting this shit on the hardest difficulty available to me right now and seeing how it goes from there.

What am I expecting? Well, a lot of eroge-games do tend to have interesting gameplay, some being incredibly addicting (HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, ALCHEMIST MEISTER) but sometimes the story suffers for it. The premise seems to actually follow something though and doesn’t seem to be completely open-ended without direction or true conflict (ONCE AGAIN, YOU, ALCHEMIST MEISTER), yet for some reason I have a good feeling. I’ll go on the record saying I am actually excited about starting this.

Anyways, I want to get started. So, in Wahfuu fasion, I’ll announce this the only way I can:

MISSION START

ALWAYS BETTER WITH KYOSUKE!

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