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[PlayStation 5] Violet Wisteria Review

[PlayStation 5] Violet Wisteria Review
EdEN
  • On April 5, 2024

Violet Wisteria from eastasiasoft and KaniPro Games is an old-school infused 2D action game inspired by Japanese fantasy platformers of the 1980s and 1990s. Check our Violet Wisteria review!

 

Violet Wisteria from eastasiasoft and KaniPro Games is an old-school infused 2D action game inspired by Japanese fantasy platformers of the 1980s and 1990s. You’ll be taking on the role of heroine Wisteria Asagiri, who is on a quest to save Earth, the Higher Realm, and the Under-Realms from the evil wizard Maskandes. It’s a game that could have certainly been released on the TuboGrafx-16 – a.k.a. the PC Engine – way back in the day. It’s a vibe you’ll certainly feel right away from checking out the screens and trailer in this Violet Wisteria review. So, yeah, it’s an homage to Valis. There. I said it.

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What’s the twist for this 2D side-scroller? You’ll need to pay attention to each enemy’s color since you’ll have a tri-color attack system at your disposal. Strike an enemy with the right color, and you’ll deal damage. Attack with the wrong color, and you can send Wisteria Asigiri sorta flying, which can be used to your advantage for some of the trickier platforming segments. And no, you won’t be able to memorize color patterns since colors are randomized for each run that you take on.

 

You’ll control Wisteria with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping with the X button and attacking with the Square, Triangle, and Circle buttons to attack with the blue, white, and red colors, respectively. Blue attacks are for white enemies, blue colors are for attacking red enemies, and red colors are for attacking blue enemies. Hit an enemy with an attack that matches its color, and Wisteria will be sent flying in the opposite direction.

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Wisteria can also cast powerful spells. Colors also rule magic, and you can switch between them by pressing the R2 button before using it by pressing the R1 button. Be careful because every time you use a spell, you’ll lose 15 seconds. Got it? Oh, and Wisteria can slide by pressing down on the left analog stick or the D-Pad and pressing the X button.

 

As you explore each level, be sure to keep an eye out for item boxes. You can break them open to collect point items, recovery items, a time extend, and even a temporary power-up. If you’re lucky, you could even find an extra life! Grabbing these power-ups is a must, or you’ll lose all your health before reaching the next checkpoint and must repeat the whole section. Lose all lives, and you’ll have to continue at the start of the current level.

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Since this one is from eastasiasoft, that means you can expect to have a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to work on. It’s a straightforward list with a single Silver trophy and 11 Gold trophies. You’ll have to collect 10, 50, and 100 items, die 99 times, score more than 25,000 points during a run, and beat each stage in the game. Since this is a Cross-Buy release, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can download both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game, and each one will have its own trophy list.

 

Violet Wisteria is an old-school infused 2D action game inspired by Japanese fantasy platformers of the 1980s and 1990s. It’s a release that could have had a home back in the day on consoles such as the TurboGrafx-16. Because of this, if you’re not the type of gamer who played challenging 2D games decades ago, this one won’t click with you… at all. It’s an homage to Valis in particular, so that will give you a hint of what you’ll be getting yourself into. Violet Wisteria is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $9.99 purchase will allow you to download the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

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Disclaimer
This Violet Wisteria review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.

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A loving homage to Valis on the TG-16
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