Excerpt: Despite being an old and beloved series in Japan, it’s easy to see why publishers haven’t exactly been queuing up to localize Sakura Wars for the west. It’s a curious mixture of strategy and character interaction, a concoction that doesn’t have the same appeal over here as it does in Japan.
Excerpt: Sakura Wars is one of those games where you feel like you're playing an anime, specifically in this instance it’s like playing Voltron squished together with Tenchi Muyo. You pilot giant robots trying to save the world while working together with a large group of women who can all act as love...
Summary: Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love is a strategy role-playing game that cleverly mimics Japanese animation, presenting a highly original and hilarious adventure. The game unfolds like an interactive anime, implementing wild situations and comical characters.
Pros: Entertaining plot and characters, Multiple dialogue paths and endings, Attractive animated sequences and portraits, Novel friendship concept
Summary: Sakura Wars is a Strategy RPG that features a unique sim-based story system. An in-depth storyline exists, much like in any other RPG; however, the player’s destiny in the game is not predetermined.
Conclusion: Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love is one of those titles that not everyone will run out immediately to pick up. It’s a great SRPG that took five years to finally reach our shores, and was and is well worth the wait.
Summary: Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love is a niche title, there is no doubt about that. If you do want to try it, then give it time; its intricacies aren’t immediately apparent, but they are there and will offer an immense amount of replay value to fans.