Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines

Over My Dead Body

Oreshika Tainted Bloodlines psvita cover

Fantastic RPG, particularly for old-school fans. One of my favorite Vita games.

In Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, your ancient Japanese clan has been cursed–everyone will die within two years, and nobody can have children. To save your clan, you work with the gods and goddesses to create adult children (through… magic), but to do so requires points you earn defeating yokai creatures and deadly deities in the dungeons. Your ultimate goal is to defeat the sorcerer Abe no Seimei, the one who cursed your clan in order to smoothly take control of the nation.

There isn’t much else to the story. This is why I note that this title is best-geared toward old-school RPG fans, who are more familiar with the idea of creating their own characters and filling in the details of the overarching plot with their imaginations. I found it loads of fun, personally–and this is largely thanks to the game’s in-depth customization, eye-catching presentation, and ease of play that is well-designed for quick sessions of handheld gaming. In-game months will pass as you fight through the dungeons, and it is inevitable that many of your characters will pass away. There’s a unique “somber determination” sort of mood to this game, and I strongly recommend it for anyone looking for a breath of fresh air in the genre.

The bright and colorful art style is wonderfully vibrant. The traditional-sounding Japanese music fits perfectly. And the game is designed really well for easing you into its complex yet engaging clan management and turn-based battle systems. I feel we’re pretty lucky that this got localized, actually, since it’s 1) very unusual, 2) very culturally Japanese, and 3) just on the Vita. But it’s a perfect fit there, so at least give the free demo a spin and see if Oreshika clicks with you too.

Get it on the Vita.


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