PlayStation Vita RPG Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines was released in Japan last week, and it seems as though fans aren’t too happy with the way the game has turned out.
On Amazon Japan, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines currently sits at 2 out of 5 stars, and this isn’t due to the game being unbalanced, which was the case for Freedom Wars, another Vita game recently published by Sony. Instead, the issue pertains to Nueko, a character in the game.
Nueko is the goddess that sacrificed her own life to save the family with the cursed bloodline. Out of the 170 reviews on Amazon, around 70 of them contain some sort of negative feedback regarding her. Over 92 reviewers out of those 170 have also given the game just 1 star.
One reviewer stated: “At first it was exciting, but the further I got, the more it became a Nueko game. I wonder why. The lead character’s family is basically just there… as Nueko’s bodyguard…”
“Everything about the game’s story is centered around Nueko,” said another. “The boss character has no interest whatsoever in the protagonist’s family, and seems to only care about Nueko.”
The issue here is that Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is supposed to be about your family in the game. One of the most appealing features of the game is the ability to create your own characters to be part of the expanding family. Players can do this by mixing and matching characters with other clans or even gods, to go with job classes for their preferred party setups. This is how Sony marketed the title.
So, naturally, given what seems to be an over-emphasis on a different character that isn’t part of their family, players aren’t happy. Here are some of the other comments people that purchased the game are making:
“There are some enemies that you can’t defeat unless you have Nueko with you, so you can’t really take her out of the party.”
“The leading part goes to Nueko, while the family are just minor characters.”
“I wish they thought of a better way to present Nueko. Everywhere I go, it’s Nueko this, Nueko that.”
“More like Nueko walks forth over my dead body.” (Referring to to the meaning behind the game’s title.)
Many fans of the original PlayStation RPG also mentioned that, while the first Oreshika game had other key characters, the family was much more involved in the story, which is sorely lacking in the latest installment of the series.
While it was possible to rectify Freedom Wars’ issues with an update patch, unfortunately, a simple patch won’t be able to address the concerns people have with Oreshika.