First Impressions - Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Available on the Wii U

The Game
The crossover of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem is here. While it may be a crossover its handled in a different way than one would expect a crossover to be handled. The story is very Japanese, so much so to the point that there isn't an english voiceover. Also the J-Pop is strong with this title. As the game is heavily influenced by music and how music can reach people. The game centers around Tsubasa who at the very beginning of the game witness' everyone in an auditorium vanish. Flash forward five years later and we see eighteen year old Tsubasa trying out for a shot at being an idol. Her friend Tsuki is there and decides to check it out and that is where the action starts. One thing to note, is that there are animated sequences in the game, which are handled by Studio 4 degrees. They look great and matches the tone and artistry of the story itself. Graphically, I have to say that I like it, is it the most realistic, no it is not but I like the way the art is used. I also liked the way that the NPC's are just outlines, for some reason it works for me.

The Game Play
The combat is that of a turn based RPG and it is kind of similar to Child of Light and the Grandia series in that regard. The move sets are interesting and require some strategy in order to set up big moves. Session moves are cool and fun to pull off. Each character has a session move that they can pull off with another character. Session moves have saved me on more than one occasion and I can't lie they are beautiful in motion. One important thing you will come to learn is Unity its kinda complicated to explain but you may want to pay attention to that part when it is explained in game. If you pick up this game you will need to fight a lot of enemies as that is how you can upgrade your weapons. Some enemies have what you need to make better and more powerful weapons. Here's the part where I both love and become frustrated with the game and that is the Idolasphere aka dungeons. Some Idolasphere's can be ridiculously long, the good news is that you can go out of them and re up any items or make any weapons you may need and come back in to finish what you have started. At the moment I am having a lot of fun going through the game. A nice game to have for a JRPG enthusiast.

Final Thoughts
I can not lie the game is fun. At first I thought I was not going to like it with all the J-Pop and talk of Idol (read American Idol). However, this game is a lot of fun. Especially if you are into anime, I feel that this game is a great addition to the Wii U gaming library. From the soundtrack to the animation to the game play itself I am having a great time. Looking forward to finishing this game up and seeing how this story wraps up.

Game Play Vids (Part 1 0f 3 check out the rest on the Youtube channel)

Images via Wii U Image Share

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