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Ryuukishi Bloody†Saga

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Clephas

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Ryuukishi is the sequel to Ryakudatsusha no In'en, which was released last month... or rather, Ryakudatsusha is a prelude/prequel to this game.  However, the fundamental nature of the game has changed greatly.  For one thing, this VN lacks the constant rape and mutilation scenes that were so a part of Ryakudatsusha...

... well not entirely.  There is only one rape scene, and there are a few guro scenes.  However, those scenes are not nearly as dominant as the ones in Ryakudatsusha.  For those who liked the prelude, this game might be a bit of a shock to the system.

Anyway, this VN is based some time after the events in Ryakudatsusha, and Roy's manner and appearance have changed greatly.  The grim adolescent of the first game has become a smiling young wandering apothecary, and his sword is now no longer in evidence.  The setting is in a walled city at the foot of a mountain where a fire dragon lairs.  Despite attacks by the dragon at irregular intervals, the city has thrived for several centuries, and its knights have systematized the process of sacrificing their lives to draw the dragon away from the civilians, knowing they can do nothing else. 

The tone of this game, despite its frequently bloody/gory events, is far milder than Ryakudatsusha.  There is some slice-of-life, which is mostly used for deepening the connection to the setting and heroines, as well as progressing the story.  There are also some seriously good fights in this game, as Roy sometimes is forced to show his old skills in order to protect the four female knights who serve as the harem/heroines for the game (yes, it is a harem, lol). 

The actual progression of the game is kinetic, with all the choices merely creating changes in individual scenes, rather than the story itself.  The setting itself retains the darkness of Ryakudatsusha, while leavening the blood-soaked dough that is this particular fantasy world with lighter and gentler moments.

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You think it would be okay to read this without the prequel? Really not interested in reading that kind of grim, snuff porn.

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Mmm... I'd suggest that you ask for a summary of what happened in the previous game, so you at least have an idea of what is driving Roy.

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Hm, might as well give this a go. I did like the first game, though it wasn't anything amazing. The art was stunning and certain parts of the game was pretty badass, but other than that it bored be a bit at times. And if you ask me, I think the game was a bit tame during the "guro" scenes. (Most of it happened "off screen" in narration, and the really dark scenes were extremely short.)

Then again, as a fan of guro games I might have a pretty different opinion compared to most other people on that front, lol.

Anyways, I love dragons and knights and stuff, plus I am a bit interested in knowing what happens next with Roy, so I'll check it out at least.

 

Quick question

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Is there an H-scene involving a dragon at any point in the game, kind of like with the giant in the first game?

 

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2 minutes ago, Dergonu said:

Hm, might as well give this a go. I did like the first game, though it wasn't anything amazing. The art was stunning and certain parts of the game was pretty badass, but other than that it bored be a bit at times. And if you ask me, I think the game was a bit tame during the "guro" scenes. (Most of it happened "off screen" in narration, and the really dark scenes were extremely short.)

Then again, as a fan of guro games I might have a pretty different opinion compared to most other people on that front, lol.

Anyways, I love dragons and knights and stuff, plus I am a bit interested in knowing what happens next with Roy, so I'll check it out at least.

 

Quick question

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Is there an H-scene involving a dragon at any point in the game, kind of like with the giant in the first game?

 

Answer to your spoiler box:

No, but there is an indiscriminate nympho antagonist who has necro tendencies, as well as a cannibal antagonist.  Generally speaking, the sexual elements in this one are mild, with only one non-consensual scene.  The really brutal stuff is in the killing scenes.  I especially like the dragon-slaying one, lol.

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Just now, Clephas said:

Answer to your spoiler box:

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No, but there is an indiscriminate nympho antagonist who has necro tendencies, as well as a cannibal antagonist.  Generally speaking, the sexual elements in this one are mild, with only one non-consensual scene.  The really brutal stuff is in the killing scenes.  I especially like the dragon-slaying one, lol.

 

Hm, I see.

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That might actually be for the better. The last game seemed slightly indecisive on whether or not it should just be a guro nukige or if it should keep the focus on Roy's revenge story and tone down the unnecessary brutality in H-scenes. It just kept going back and forth, which annoyed me a bit. Keeping the gore and what not mainly in combat scenes etc and not in "pointless" H-scenes might make the game a better read overall.

Though, I would have loved that dragon scene, lol. Dragons are awesome.

 

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Wow, I had no idea that Ryakudatsusha was the prelude. Talk about genre shift.

I have an admiration for dark stories which lighten up after time, so this has my interest piqued some more.

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