Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest is a Visual Novel and turn-based Strategy RPG hybrid. You play as a nameless male protagonist who turns the tides of battle after Himiko fails to succeed. You are regarded as a Servent of Heaven, and you have absolutely no memories at all! Himiko asks you to take charge of her army, and you agree to help her. The game is set in an alternative world where all famous historical figures are alive and well, all living in the same period despite actually belonging to different timelines!
You will remember some of the famous historical figures if you have played games such as Nobunaga’s Sphere of Ambition or other history-based games. Do not link Eiyuu Senki to any other titles as they are not even in the same genre, but the characters in those games such as Oda Nobunaga and Himiko do feature in this one.
The start of the game focuses on the conquest of the first three cities of Zipang. There are no real threats and nothing to worry about, so treat this section of the game as a learning curve/tutorial where you’ll learn how to initiate attacks, use magic and so on. This is also the easiest strategy game I have ever played and perfect, and this makes it perfect for those new to strategy games. I think this would serve as a perfect stepping stone into the genre for those who have stayed far away from it for now.
Once you have achieved the unification of Zipang, the fun will begin. Each location is represented by a famous historical figure, but said famous historical figures are not men! Yep, you read that right: Oda Nobunaga, Himiko and all other famous figures are actually now girls! It certainly makes for an interesting game. The protagonist you control is the only male in the game.
The combat in Eiyuu Senki is set on a 3×6 grid and you have a general as a leader. You take in turns to initiate attacks and then see what the enemy does. Early on, you have two turns each, but as you progress through the game you will unlock more turns. Some characters have magical abilities that use magical points, and magical abilities have varying degrees of range – some are for use very close to your units while others you can use from far away. If you are out of range, consider using defend until your next turn or just use your melee attacks to damage enemy units and bring them closer to their doom.
The game is split into rounds that alternate between you and the enemy. During your round you can do missions, intiate attacks, declare war or buy troops. Speaking of troops, there is not much in terms of resource management: you earn money from event cutscenes, and you also earn money depending on how many locations you have conqured at the start of each new turn. Money is used to reinforce your army by buying more troops for you generals. There is not much in terms of character development either, with the exception of learning new skills by doing side events that will strenghthen your bonds with other characters.
The overworld map is huge, and you have 120+ locations to conquer. These include famous spots such as Calcutta, Kyoto, Timbuckto, and more. As your empire grows your brightly coloured flag will be displayed all over the place and you will earn money at the start of each turn.
As for the missions, not all of them are battles. Some are event cutscenes, and others are exploration or negotiations tasks. They take very little time to do, but there are a LOT of missions to do, which makes the game’s length roughly 40-70 hours depending on how much you do
If you want the shiny platinum then multiple playthroughs are a necessity as you will need to do all the side events to bond with all the characters and there are more than sixty, so to fully experience this you need to bond with everybody, so that’s a lot of replayabilty right there.
As for the graphics the game has a great cartoony art style that is easy on the eyes, showcasing lots of bright colours. The Overworld map has a lot of attention to detail, with some areas even showing a bit of snow, which makes it look very good.
Let’s not forget the game is also a visual novel so do expect a lot of text-heavy scenes, of which there are plenty. Overall Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest is a very relaxing and charming release that is perfect for people who usually stay away from SRPG releases.T he story is good, full of humor that will surely give you a chuckle here and there.
Easy to pick up and play.
This review is based on a PS3 review copy of Eiyuu Senki – The World Conquest provided by Fruitbat Factory
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor