Fourteen years, if you're counting from the beginning of the series. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love does not contain the greatest story, nor the greatest cast of characters that I've come across (akin to a throwback to the Power Rangers and Robotech era) but it has had a profound impact on niche Japanese gaming in the West.Sakura Wars was eagerly anticipated by Otakus of all ages and sold successfully on the Play Station 2.#9: Princess Waltz (PC, Pulltop/Peach Princess)Pulltop's audaciously entertaining piece shows what happens when Uno meets hentai.Often referred to as a “Fate/Stay Night clone,” Princess Waltz tells the story about a royal dance where six princesses compete for the right to marry the Prince of Eldhiland.Ask PC gamers in Japan what their favorite games are, and Starcraft, World of Warcraft or Call of Duty won't be uttered from many of their mouths. Or how an adult man can be brought to tears with just a little over-the-top melodrama? Curious about what makes these choose-your-own adventure games so memorable?If Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain made you cry, Kana will make you want to slit your wrist while driving off a cliff.There are no antagonists nor deus ex machina endings.
From the hyper-active Luca to the voluptuous Cloche, the memorable cast is the reason Ar Tonelico II is on this list, and the bond between the female protagonists make it hard to put the controller down.
The premise may sound more like something you would expect from a shovelware title like Natsume’s Princess Debut, believe me when I say it’s not.
Instead, the story is closer to an action genre anime like My-Hime in which sexy schoolgirls fight using special weapons and powers, and if that doesn't turn you on...my friends, otaku you are not.
I only hope you don't have the unfortunate luck of running across a game-breaking glitch towards the end.
#6: Phantom of Inferno (DVD, Nitroplus/Hirameki Intl.)Phantom of Inferno put Nitroplus on the map and was later adapted into an anime known as 'Requiem for the Phantom.' Twisting the traditional formula of a high school boy meets high school girl, the game places you in the shoes of Zwei, a fifteen year-old Japanese teenager who's been trained as a professional assassin.