Angel Blade (エンジェル・ブレード), launched 7/3/1997, developed by Nippon Ichi, printed by On Dimaend
This sport is notable for being Nippon Ichi’s entry into the world of SRPGs, though because it was printed by a unique firm their title will not be distinguished. After this sport the subsequent pseudo-SRPG was the primary Marl Kingdom sport (“Rhapsody” in English). It wasn’t till 2002 with La Pucelle and naturally 2003’s Disgaea that they actually got here to prominence. (Incidentally, there’s an eroge with the identical title as this, though that one is spelled ブレイド as an alternative of ブレード).
Overall the sport is insubstantial in nearly each manner — it’s quick to play and will be crushed in round 6 hours with little bother, however it doesn’t have a lot to supply. The story is only a string of parodies, gags, and meta-humor (the instruction guide even calls the story segments “comical parts”). The major characters are 4 ladies and a man who’re members of the Neo Tokyo Guardians’ sixth division, combating in opposition to an deliberately stereotypical evil group. There is little character improvement and solely a really slight little bit of extra critical plot on the finish.
All the dialogue is voice acted, however the voicing is amateurish and it glitched quite a bit for me so I turned it off.
The battle system is common. Each character has a set variety of AP (4 in the beginning, 8 within the latter half of the sport). Each sq. of motion prices one AP and assaults price from 1-4 AP relying on their energy. It’s a participant turn-enemy flip system. In addition to quite a lot of particular assaults, there are additionally multi-person formation assaults.
There is not any tools. There are some objects you could find randomly on the map. Rather than ranges, on the finish of every stage, all characters get 3 factors to place into varied stats, with an extra 1 level to individuals who carried out effectively within the battle.
However, there appears to be no specific purpose to present one particular person or one other sure stats. It’s additionally a moot concern as a result of the sport is pathetically simple. All you need to do is let the enemies come to you and you’ll kill most of them earlier than they will assault. The bosses typically sit nonetheless and haven’t any ranged assaults, so there isn’t a hazard for them in any respect. The particular multi-person assaults are too exhausting to arrange, and the 2 occasions they pressure you to make use of them, the enemy doesn’t transfer.
The sport is comparatively fast paced for probably the most half, so it’s playable should you aren’t offended by the non-existent issue. But it additionally has nothing of substance to supply — even the jokes get outdated after some time.
After taking part in this sport you may need low hopes for Nippon Ichi’s future success — I suppose that it does present the buds of the meta-humor, parody, and gags that may reoccur within the Disgaea sequence, however there’s actually no purpose to play the sport.