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Plk_Lesiak’s Shovelware Adventures: Yuri Sakura Games, part 1

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Yuri as a fully-fledged main theme came a bit late to the Sakura Gaming Universe (they’re all connected, I tell you!), but for the last year, it absolutely dominated Winged Cloud’s production, with their last het hentai game, Sakura Magical Girls, released in early 2017. That transition, however, was a long and inconsistent process, which produced both the absolute best among Sakura games (especially Sakura Dungeon with its never-ending stream of good-quality f/f porn and fanservice CGs) and some… Less fortunate projects. Today and two weeks from now I’ll take a closer look at WC’s iterations of Girls’ Love, without ever hiding my intense bias for the genre – one which makes me that more excited when the formula is applied well and that more furious when it’s desecrated by really crappy, uninspired VNs.

 

Sakura Fantasy, chapter 1

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Fantasy, one of WC’s most ambitious, but never-finalized projects, proved above anything else the biggest advantage of yuri-themed ecchi VNs – having a protagonist who is more than just a faceless self-insert, given the minimal amount of character development and as few significant traits as possible, to not disturb the player filling this hollow husk with his own fantasies. Realin is not only an actual character, with a sprite and proper personality (and a convenient, voyeuristic gift of “farsight”, mostly used to peek at people in baths), but even gives out traces of interesting backstory and compelling relationships with the other heroines. The game also, as one of the very few entries in the Sakura series, does some effort to build a setting and a linear story of sorts, predictably based on fairly common fantasy tropes, but nonetheless semi-serious and interesting. The biggest problem is, however, that we’re unlikely to ever know what happened with the crumbling Empire, besieged by magical monsters and the quest to retrieve the Fallen Star – as much as anyone can tell, after the first chapter (which is still rather worth reading by itself, but obviously doesn’t conclude the plot in any way), WC buried this series forever.

Final rating: Golden Poo! gold_by_szafalesiaka-dcbhwal.png

Read the full article at evnchronicles.blogspot.com



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I'm still peeved at the whole Sakura Fantasy thing because I was genuinely interested in how the series chapters progressed, but nah let's just permanently leave it in an unfinished state so we can work on Sakura Ditch Digging

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1 hour ago, Ranzo said:

I'm still peeved at the whole Sakura Fantasy thing because I was genuinely interested in how the series chapters progressed, but nah let's just permanently leave it in an unfinished state so we can work on Sakura Ditch Digging

Of course, after all, Sakura Ditch Digging needs 30% less fanservice CGs (fewer characters, no optional scenes beyond alternative endings), no event CGs beyond porn and we'll just need 2 backgrounds beyond the ditch one and the generic field one. It will sell a similar amount of copies, as 60% of our fanbase don't even bother to read the stuff and just skip to the h-scenes. Why make an effort, when you can feed literal crap to people and they're still asking for more? :mare:

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Hmm... Unfortunately I wasn't able to play any of the Sakura games/VN?  However from what I gathered from the reviews, it seems pretty... mediocre?:leecher:

So is this worth playing or better skip this VN and look for something better? :vanilla:

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53 minutes ago, Templarseeker said:

Hmm... Unfortunately I wasn't able to play any of the Sakura games/VN?  However from what I gathered from the reviews, it seems pretty... mediocre?:leecher:

So is this worth playing or better skip this VN and look for something better? :vanilla:

Depends on what you're looking for. If it's anime boobs or even straight-up hentai, those are admittedly of consistently nice quality (both character artists that work for Winged Cloud are quite talented). If you're looking for a story, or at least something well written... Some Sakura games, like Dungeon, Fantasy or Nova have their moments, but they're generally shit when it goes to storytelling. And most of them don't even pretend to have a plot, they're just loose collections of fanservice/porn CGs. :P

So, in short, most of them look nice, but saying they're mediocre is being generous. You can try Sakura Dungeon (nicely-crafted dungeon crawler), Sakura Fantasy, Sakura Nova (cool sci-fi/fantasy aesthetic and lovely heroines) or Sakura Santa (no hentai, just a rather cute, dumb ecchi VN) if you want a VN you can burn a few hours with without straining your brain, but they're generally something to be avoided. :meguface:

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1 minute ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

Depends on what you're looking for. If it's anime boobs or even straight-up hentai, those are admittedly of consistently nice quality (both character artists that work for Winged Cloud are quite talented). If you're looking for a story, or at least something well written... Some Sakura games, like Dungeon, Fantasy or Nova have their moments, but they're generally shit when it goes to storytelling. And most of them don't even pretend to have a plot, they're just loose collections of fanservice/porn CGs. :P

So, in short, most of them look nice, but saying they're mediocre is being generous. You can try Sakura Dungeon (nicely-crafted dungeon crawler), Sakura Fantasy, Sakura Nova (cool sci-fi/fantasy aesthetic and lovely heroines) or Sakura Santa (no hentai, just a rather cute, dumb ecchi VN) if you want a VN you can burn a few hours with without straining your brain, but they're generally something to be avoided. :meguface:

Thanks for the info! Umm... I'll think about it then. I do like them boobs since I'm a simple man :wahaha:

And the art seems to be of decent quality, however at the end of the day, you read Visual Novels for the storytelling and compelling characters, 

I have plenty of full fledged Eroges laying around designed for erm... Stimulation of sensual desires hahha:sachi: with animated scenes with cool female voices to boot even its they're old ones... I could even share it if you like ahem..... :sacchan:

Anyways the details provided are very helpful! I couldn't play much VNs today being sick with fever and all... Such a bummer wanted to stimulate my **** but that'll only prolong my fever huhuhu:nokia:

 

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