XBlaze Code: Embryo’s Story Changes Depending On What You Read

By Spencer . March 26, 2014 . 2:29am

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Having branching paths is a hallmark of the visual novel genre, but most games shift the story depending on the decisions you make. XBlaze Code: Embyro from Arc System Works takes a different approach and what you read changes the flow of the story.

 

XBlaze Code: Embryo has a little info icon in the top right hand corner. Select this and it pulls up something that looks like a RSS reader with different articles to read. Each post gives a clearer picture of the universe and just like articles on the net they even have comments at the end.

 

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XBlaze Code: Embryo takes place in 2050, before the events in BlazBlue, and follows a high school student. When XBlaze begins Touya Kagari is a regular guy, perhaps a bit passive, and starts inside a school. In a brief hands on with the English version, I felt the game has a more cinematic presentation compared to other visual novels since characters have lip movements synchronized to dialogue. Because of that, XBlaze Code: Embyro will only have Japanese voiceovers.

 

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XBlaze Code: Embryo does have direct connections to BlazBlue, but you don’t have to be a fan of the fighting game series to understand XBlaze’s story. The tale, also written by Toshimichi Mori, is a standalone story with Easter Eggs that reveal the origins of some parts of BlazBlue’s plot.

 

XBlaze Code: Embryo is scheduled to come out this summer for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.


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  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    Honest reaction and opinion: Not digging the art direction at all nor digging the character designs. Especially not digging the male MC.

    Put on the to-watch list.

    • Rose Spinoza

      Ahaha, and here I was just thinking to myself that I dug the main characters design.
      Guess I have a thing for scared lookin’ dudes XD .

  • DyLaN

    The system reminds me of the R;N ones which wasn’t well received apparently. Hope XBLAZE does it better.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Isn’t it closer to stiens; gate?

      • DyLaN

        To be fair, the one in R;N is a variation of the phone system in S;G with Not-Twitter instead.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          Ahh how is R;N as an entry in the series? I’ve been wondering that since there’s no pc version and no translation.

          • DyLaN

            Decent Bad depends on who you are asking, but don’t expect it to top S;G.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Aahh i heard it was the weaker in the series but I wasn’t sure. Wouldn’t mind an english release though.

          • Lynx

            I actually thought it topped Steins; Gate, easily.

            Then again, I really hated half the cast in Gate anyway.

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      I haven’t played Robotics;Notes, but I found Steins;Gate’s system to be pretty broken. 90% of the time you have no idea what consequences your text reply is going to have.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Welp I played the japanese demo so I can’t wait for this.
    Always nice to have a english vn and I like the animation direction they took with this.
    Do you know how many endings there are?

    • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

      There’s an ending for each of the main girls: Es, Hinata, Kuon and Mei.

      There’s also a “bad ending” you can get in a few places, as well as a _very excellent_ gag route.

      I enjoyed the main VN quite a lot but the gag route was death-by-laughter inducing in some places.

  • Pyrofrost

    This has given me an excuse to buy another Vita game, YAY!

  • michel

    I’m getting a little tired of blue dressed blond cuties wielding longswords. Fate is OK, but please, stop… :(

    • natchu96

      Blazblue has blue dressed blonde cuties with guns. Try it!

      Also floating swords and lasers. And a villain whose motivation is almost literally “Why not? It’s fun trolling the universe!”

      • michel

        With guns it’s ok. Noel rules.

  • Kornelious

    I still suprised that this is getting a physical release on PS3 AND Vita. A little bummned they’re not dubbing it, but that’s Aksys for you. I already have both versions pre-ordered and this will be my first time buying a PHYSICAL visual novel so I have high hopes for it :)

    • nonscpo

      This is your first physical copy? Out of curiosity did you skip out on Dangan Ronpa or the game simply didn’t appeal to you? I like visual novels and I love to hear different peoples take on the genre.

      • God

        Objection! Any reference related to visual novels in order to make a point, HAS TO BE a Phoenix Wright reference! Even if the consoles you know the person you are talking to is in possesion of don’t support the ace attorney saga!

        • nonscpo

          Phoenix Wright? Is that still a thing cause I haven’t seen one on retail shelves for some time.

          • DarkLight

            The latest one got a digital release.

          • nonscpo

            That’s true but that digital release split the fan-base, I’m on the anti-side just so you know. By the way you should totally join the dark side I’m told we have cookies…lol.

          • DarkLight

            Oh don’t worry,I am ready on the darkside,don’t like digital only releases.

          • God

            Objection! So, do classics lost importance just beacuse you don’t see them on the “news” section? Is Hamlet, not a timeless masterpiece? Is Chrono Trigger not an awesome game? Is Disgaea: HOD, not a good game simply beacuse it is outdated by it’s succesors? I SAY NO, TO THIS DISCRIMINATION!! While the new may incorporate the old, that doesn’t mean the old stops being what it was!!

          • darke

            Objection! Courtroom dramas are boring if they don’t feature Perry Mason. :P

          • God

            Objection! That is simply not true! Take that! *presents a copy of the first Ace Attorney*

      • Kornelious

        Dangan Ronpa looks pretty good, it wasn’t high on my list though so I had to sacrifice :(

  • Qunton C.

    Well that is immensely disappointing. Can you turn the voices off entirely? If not im passing on this for sure.

    • Mirai

      You’re going to pass on this game just because you don’t want to hear Japanese voices? That’s a pretty weird reason then.

      • Somebodyissilent

        You’re going to pass on this game just because you don’t want to hear English voices? That’s a pretty weird reason then. Happens all the time.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          Not at all bad acting is always a reason to pass up something no matter what it is

          • Somebodyissilent

            As long as you can understand it it’s fine-ish.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            No no if it’s not good then what was the point of trying in the first place? They might as well have just translated and left it alone.
            If movies can get a bad time for having bad acting then games can too.

          • Somebodyissilent

            It depends. Some things are so bad that they become good.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            The overall thing can but not the indviual acting.It always gets referenced as bad.

          • Somebodyissilent

            One bad acting job does not ruin a game.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Too bad it isn’t just one bad acting job. Conception 2 is hard to play because the dub is just so ugh. Their voices are distractedly bad and it’s not the voice actors themselves it’s who ever directed the way theyre supposed to go about acting out the script.

          • Somebodyissilent

            Oh so you are one of those people who just have to find some hidden flawing in the dubs of Japanese games…. It’s always Japanese games never English made games those are never bad.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Yep definately have never complained about the acting quality in something english made- sarcasm-

          • Somebodyissilent

            Sure, but not one person has ever stopped and wished to play said English made games with a Japanese dub and English subs.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            That doesn’t make any sense

          • Somebodyissilent

            Really how so? It’s just the reverse of the norm.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            If someone doesn’t like the bad acting in something they just won’t see, hear , watch or play it.Simply as that

          • Somebodyissilent

            So they fix it by using a language they probably do not understand and reading the subs?

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            I was talking about the whole “Well when english made games have bad acting no one asks for japanese only on those”
            Doesn’t make sense bad comparison man
            Anyways having a game stay in it’s original state is a lot better than settling for cheap acting.

          • Somebodyissilent

            Sure but some people like me don’t want to read suds and will take a dub any day of the week.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            That’s fine if you can handle terrible voice acting, Though you are going to be reading the text anyways because it’s a game so yeah

          • Somebodyissilent

            No not really. Most game devs are smart enough to put the text in the menu and not on screen during a battle or any other action packed scene. I hate missing bits of story or action because I was reading or watch a scene.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Stuff said in the battle are not that important anyways unless it’s story relevant which it’s not always. and if it is story relevant usually gets a read line.
            So for the majority of the game you’ll have to read

          • darke

            I have!

            One particular Ratchet & Clank game I’d played through a couple of times I bought the Japanese version so I could find out how they’d translated the English slang idioms into equalivant Japanese versions. Japanese voice over with English subtitles of course, since I’m still too slow to read Japanese in real time.

            Of course my reaction to the dub was pretty much the same as my reaction to English dubs: that it was pretty terrible overall. They’d picked appropriate ‘aged’ voices for what they felt were the character’s ‘appearance’ ages, so a number of characters had too ‘young’ or ‘soft’ sounding voices to what it felt like they should be; exactly the opposite problem that I find with a lot of English dubs where there’s not enough female VAs who can do a young enough voice for the overwhelming number of female characters in most games.

            I’d do it again, but there’s really not enough western games on consoles that interest me that I can play through them more then one time; most have PC ports and I’ll get them there.

        • Mirai

          Er… what? I don’t know why you brought up English voices, since I never said I had any problem with English voices let alone pass the game if they was any. This topic has already stated as well there won’t be any dubbing.

          • Somebodyissilent

            No just pointing out that people pass on games because of voices all the time.

      • Qunton C.

        I can read a fair amount of Japanese and understand and even more of speech. I like what I read to match what I hear in regards to the language being spoken. If I play it in Japanese like I did with Clannad and Idolmaster on PS3, the voices stay on. It helps me learn more of the language too.

        If I play it in English, voices go off if there isnt a dub.There are also instances where I dont like the Japanese voice actors, like with Tao in BlazBlue. Sometimes I dont like the English actors either and the dub will go off too. Is there something wrong with that?

    • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

      I’m going to echo Mirai here in finding your interest in muting the voices because they’re in Japanese strange — primarily because you’re browsing Silicon Era.

      But yes, you can lower the voice volume all the way to 0 to turn off voices.

      • Qunton C.

        See my response to him for my explanation then.

    • Ladius

      You can turn out voices in pretty much every visual novel that has dubbed dialogues, some even include an option to silence only the selected characters.

      Also, visual novels are probably the nichest genre in the west, and one of the most expensive to localize due to the high amount of dialogues. Dubbing them in English (aside from games like Danganronpa, where most dialogues aren’t dubbed regardless of language) would make them financially unfeasible.

      • Qunton C.

        I’m not worried about dubs. I just want the option to turn the voices off period.

  • http://resettears.wordpress.com/ Reset Tears

    This looks great; I’ll definitely be picking this one up for my Vita.
    Mildly curious — how old is the protagonist? It says the story takes place at a school, but is that like high school or a university? By appearance he seems to be in the latter? (But maybe not.)

    • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

      Typical jpn Highschool setting. I don’t remember how old Toya was supposed to be exactly, but it was like 15 or 16.

  • The Watcher

    Looks like Adachi

    • Crevox

      I had the same feeling…

    • Crimson_Cloud

      Don’t tell anyone I said this buut… I think so too. XD
      Gonna buy this for sure.

    • Servant BerserCAR

      Adachi before the-world-is-full-of-shit mode.

  • TheLastBattalion

    One of the main reasons that I’m currently looking for a Vita ^.^

  • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

    Summer huh? That gives me sometime for the two games I’m currently waiting on. I can’t wait! I love games like this ( ^.^)/

    • natchu96

      I barely bought anything last year bur now I have a backlog. Sigh.

      • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

        Haha! Same for me! I had a few games here and there but nothing like the amount already accumulating. I need more time in the day D:!

        • Crimson_Cloud

          Aaah, I have few ones still unopened and that hardly ever happened. The list of games to get this year is huge. XD

          • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

            Right!? So many at once and I want them all! I need to find some extra time the day or something ( >_<)

  • $61526767

    Seems like an interesting game, but haven’t played the JP version demo. Look forward to getting this game on my PS3.

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