unENDing Bloody Call
unENDing Bloody Call is a Japanese visual novel otome game for the PSP that was revamped (including after stories and CGs) from the earlier PC version, Bloody Call. The main protagonist is a 17 year old girl, named Futaba, who comes home one day to find her place ransacked with her mother missing and two suspicious guys loitering around. When they try to force her to come with them, two bishie guys (twins) suddenly appear and fight the bad guys off. She notices that are Hanki, half human, due to their unusual eyes and their ability to generate weapons from their bodies. The twins, Shirou and Reimei, are part of the Fly Call gang which was led by Futaba’s father. The twins were asked by Futaba’s father prior to his death to go and get Futaba and her mother and protect them. The bishie twins take Futaba to their mansion and inform her that since her father passed away suddenly and they no longer have a boss, she will have to fit the bill. There is a rival gang, Nede, causing trouble in the town where Futaba lives and they are also the ones who kidnapped her mom.
I am still working on this game… I started playing it a couple years ago, but never finished it. This is my initial review and I will update again when I’ve finished the game or most of the routes.
Overall rating (initial): 4.1 out of 5 stars
Story (4 out of 5 stars): The story is interesting enough with rival gangs, half-humans, and cool weapons, coupled with the mystery regarding Nede. It has a lot of action and decent amount of romance, as far as I can tell.
Art (4.5 out of 5 stars): The art is really nice! Pretty much all the guys in this game are good-looking… which is actually pretty surprising since most games usually have at least a couple of guys who aren’t bishie, lol. The CGs for the route that I’m currently playing (Reimei) look good. The background scenes are nicely done with enough variety so you don’t get too bored. The animation scenes when the weapons come out are a nice touch.
Voice (4.5 out of 5 stars): The voice acting for the main characters is really good with some really popular seiyuus, including Nakamura Yuichi, Hino Satoshi, and Namikawa Daisuke.
Sound (4 out of 5 stars): The BGM is decent with nice variety. The voice level is good for the most part. I like the opening rock song.
Game Play (3.5 out 5 stars): The game play is the typical VN type of play, so no mini-games or quests. There’s a skip to the next chapter option, as well as an extensive album section with Music, CG, Scene Replays, and Animation galleries. Unfortunately, there is an annoying issue where the game freezes on the “now loading” screen… and it usually happens when I try to save the game, argh. Fortunately, there is a way to return to the game without quitting first, which is what I was doing. I used the tip from Hinano’s Game Babbles, about turning your PSP screen off and on to get it to wake up again, and it works, yay!
Romance (4 out of 5 stars): The romance aspect is pretty decent so far… not too exciting on the regular route (Reimei), but the omake made up for it. 🙂 There’s also a parallel route for each character, but it seems like you have to finish all of the characters’ regular routes first… which will be tough for me… but I think for this game, I may have to buckle down and complete all of them. 😉