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[PlayStation 5] Kuroi Tsubasa Review

[PlayStation 5] Kuroi Tsubasa Review
  • On June 26, 2023

In Kuroi Tsubasa from Ratalaika Games and Blackwing Gaming, you’ll need to help Blackwing fight its evil shadow before it’s too late. Learn more in our Kuroi Tsubasa review!


In Kuroi Tsubasa from Ratalaika Games and Blackwing Gaming, you’ll need to help Blackwing fight its evil shadow before it’s too late. Blackwing is a devil that left behind a world of fire and brimstone, but he didn’t realize that doing this would make his shadow split. He must now team up with regular office lady Kureha Kurono and her friends to try and defeat the evil shadow. After launching in 2022, this visual novel has made the jump to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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After arriving in our world, Blackwing decides to seek a vessel that can contain his awesome energy and essence. He’s not amused by the noise or all of the pollution, and the people he finds on the street don’t meet his criteria for potential vessels. A salaryman, a school girl, a police officer, a vendor, none of them are good enough for Blackwing. He seeks positive human emotions, which is why he ends up inhabiting Kureha’s winged plushy in the first place since it’s packed with positivity and good vibes.


It will now be up to Kureha and Blackwing – in his new plushy form – to hunt down his evil shadow as it jumps from target to target, corrupting them and luring them into the darkness. You really have no idea what you’ll be going up against because the powers granted by the shadow as it leaps from vessel to vessel can vary and will depend on the negative emotions it feeds on. The good news is that Kureha now has the power to see when the shadow has engulfed someone so that the two of you can act accordingly.

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Games in the visual novel genre offer experiences that can end up spanning novel-length stories. Case in point, Kuroi Tsubasa has over 120,000 words of dialogue for its story. Some visual novels offer voice acting – which is an expensive endeavor – but most of the time, there’s only a lot of text for you to read. That’s the case for Kuroi Tsubasa, which is to be expected from a budget visual novel. Oh, and for this particular game, all main characters are based on actual VTubers!


Kuroi Tsubasa is a Cross-Buy title, and it features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy. That means that if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can download both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game, with each version having a separate trophy list. Each list includes 2 Bronze trophies, a single Silver trophy, and 11 Gold trophies. Most trophies will pop as you progress through the game’s story, but there are some that are related to the choices you make along the way, which is to be expected from a visual novel. If you need some extra help, you can check out this Kuroi Tsubasa Trophy Guide.

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Kuroi Tsubasa will have you helping the Blackwing devil fight its evil shadow before it wreaks havoc on the city and its inhabitants. It certainly stands out from other visual novels on PlayStation since its main cast is directly based on actual VTubers, which is an interesting twist. Kuroi Tsubasa is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $4.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

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This Kuroi Tsubasa review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.

Review Overview

Can you help Blackwing defeat its evil shadow before it's too late?