Foreword: Here’s the second review in a while! As my first Eushully game, I’m wondering why the hell I didn’t get to this game any sooner. Remember Eternal’s eroge with gameplay elements? Think of those except a lot better with more H-scenes (which is primarily because of the greater number of characters).
There were a lot of similarities between the two companies, but I’ll obviously focus on this title as much as possible. While I’d hate to give away spoilers, it’s actually pretty hard to do, so I’ll just go with the flow (irresponsible)
Overall, this game was pretty much perfect in character design: much to my surprise. That’s why it does receive a 10/10 for the respective category. As expected however, story design will fall inevitably because it’s really hard to implement a good and solid story into such a long game.
Frankly, I got lazy with the leveling of the characters after I hit level 65 on Serika. I’ll make sure to explain this portion as well.
Title: 天秤のLa DEA。 ～戦女神MEMORIA～(Tenbin no La DEA. ~Ikusa Megami Memoria) [Lit. Trans: Divine Judgment of La Dea (the God). Battle Goddess Memoria]
Release Date: April 25, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v13999
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=792202
Game Type: Turn-Rotation Advanced Strategy Fighting Game (Final Fantasy Style)
Game Walkthrough Wiki: http://www60.atwiki.jp/ladea_memoria/
Summary: Serika is an individual known as the “God Murderer” and hunted by everyone. This is why he must hide his identity from as many people as possible as he strives to reach a normal life. Regardless of his efforts, there will be someone who finds out about him, and try to hunt him down as well.
This was when the Water Miko advised him to head west, to a town called Lerun, where he would assist the Knights of Lewinia with their missing Princess. While it was unknown why he was advised to do so, Serika agrees and heads out with his loyal maid(?), Shuri.
Tenbin no La Dea is about Serika’s story as he meets various individuals during his stay at this small town, and how these people will affect his daily (and immortal) life.
This game is the remake of an older Eushully title back in 1997. Graphics, system, and story are greatly improved.
This is Alicia, a girl who became a victim of the thieves in the beginning of the scenes.
Story Length: Short (10 hours, story only). Extremely tedious (>50 hours, gameplay included)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Extremely Difficult
Comments: Despite what it says, clearing the game once isn’t so hard: it’s just that in order to unlock all the CG, events, and even the BGM, you need to complete the game AT LEAST twice and possibly even more since there are plenty of chances you can screw up and miss a “flag” that you needed to raise AT THAT moment. There’s a wiki for this game, and one should use it to the fullest extent.
In addition, leveling of the characters is such a grind. In order to make leveling faster, you can use the Append Disc’s Powerlevel feature, but if you do, you get a new interface that says “Hetare (noob, or coward) Setting” on the side, as well as the interface’s goddess statue facepalming.
I don’t know. I just found that so freaking hilarious.
Character Design Rating: 10/10
Story Rating: 5/10
Game Quality: High
Overall Rating: 8/10
Rating Comments: Perfect character design, of where the protagonist scores so many girls, not because he’s a coward or just randomly attracts them, but he actually does stuff for the heroines. Story obviously gets a drop because some parts of the story do not make sense and there’s less focus on it, but overall, a great game (8/10) that should receive more attention.
Character Summary: Due to the high number of characters in this game, I’ll just focus on the ones who seem to have the greatest influence.
Let’s start with the main character: Serika! Despite how you can see boobs on this character (huehueheuhuehue), this character is actually a guy. Now, I know what’s going through your heads: he’s not a hermaphrodite. According to the story, as he becomes closer to a goddess by becoming fatigued (this is actually shown with a “Goddess Gauge” in game), he grows out a pair of melons. Even in the later portions of the game, it explains that when the Goddess Gauge reaches “0”, Serika’s soul will dissipate and the Goddess will be reborn again. This is because the body is actually that of the Goddess that Serika killed and took over. His real looks are unknown.
Well, now you’re asking what does it take to remove these melons? Good question! It turns out, Serika is extremely skilled with…
Yep! SEX MAGIC!
No. I’m not joking.
From using magic to turn on a girl or giving her an orgasm, Serika uses his “sex magic” to replenish his own energy. This is why when you see a H-scene where he replenishes his energy, you’ll see the “Goddess Gauge” filled up. If that’s not enough, he can use sex magic to lift or lay curses on the girls as well.
Hey, what did you expect? It’s an eroge.
Well, this is why Serika uses Shuri’s body to replenish his energy. As it turns out, Shuri is also completely okay with this, and even enjoys it to a certain extent. In game, you can replenish your Goddess Gauge through having a “good night” (meaningful grin) with Shuri.
Gameplay-wise, this character is extremely weak in the beginning. Getting KO’ed in a single hit by bosses, you can’t help but wonder if Eushully is trolling you. However, obtaining a certain set of equipment, Serika becomes the most powerful character. Dealing 9999 (max damage without special conditions) damage consistently with astonishing speeds, it’s possible to simply have this character blitz through the entire game at later levels. It’s truly enough to help you realize that this guy is called the “God Murderer” for a reason.
Next is Shuri, an adorable character with a CV that I haven’t even heard of during my years of gameplay (according to the staff credits, it’s someone called “Dynamite Ami(?)”. It is revealed that she’s one of the maids in Serika’s household back in Lewinia, and followed him all the way to Lerun.
As shown immediately, this character is completely infatuated with Serika. The reason for this is shown in Saria’s story, where Shuri’s past (for the reference, it’s also hinted in the Opening Movie) is revealed to the greatest extent.
Shuri is very skilled with any form of cooking or cleaning, but soon joins Serika using dual guns protesting that she wants to fight by Serika’s side.
She’s often mistaken for Serika’s lover, but she often rejects the idea with a blushed face, even once explaining that they’re “too close” to each other. I wonder if there’s a reason why Shuri can’t see herself as Serika’s lover?
Next is Loka, a mysterious priest that doesn’t really join the crew until later. Her appearance triggers the opening movie, along with a script that makes the reader think she’s a “central heroine”.
In fact, a lot of players will agree on this aspect. The cool and stoic Serika loses his words after meeting this woman, because of a reason he doesn’t remember until later into the game. In return, Loka admits to him at one point that Serika was a “love at first sight”.
The point with Loka’s background is that she is a priest to Mazteria, who is a goddess. As a God-Murderer, the two are supposed to be sworn enemies, but you can soon see the series of conflicts unfold as you go through the story.
This is Levia, who is also shown early in the game to be the “Knight of White Rose”. She is the captain of the search party for the Princess of Lewinia, and actually plays the role of “tsundere” in this game.
Obviously infatuated with Serika, this is due to her constant sneaking into the mansion where Serika lived in the past. The two became very good friends, and Levia’s affection likely stems from the past.
With the same CV as Serika (Kawashimarino), my complaint as I realized this was that I wanted Serika to be voiced: I mean… If you’re going to voice a protagonist in the battle scenes, and even have a separate heroine voiced by the same CV, why not the protagonist’s normal voice? >:|
Saria is probably the last character I’ll probably introduce. Likely from my bias, Saria is originally shown to be a slave girl working for Crock, the merchant. Instead of helping him, however, Saria is a “dojikko”, which means that she makes mistakes unusually frequently.
Despite this, Saria is very hardworking. In addition, some characters also realize that Saria has a special power (hinted on this CG), which makes merchants like Ludon want to pay outrageous amounts to obtain custody of this girl.
Saria is unplayable, but she does have a couple of H-scenes and is the only way to unlock a special route that introduces additional characters. In addition, if you know of the title “Wanko to Kurasou“, she has the very same CV that Mikan is voiced by. Imagine my surprise when I realized how Saria calls Serika “goshujin-sama” (Master; Serika does become her master in the later portions) is nearly identical to how Mikan would say the same word!
Valforu is a wandering bandit that gets attracted to Shuri’s “smell”.
Despite this, she becomes the main character in the game’s “EX” Chapter
Sexual Content: High
Comments: Well, with a relatively high sexual content (I exclude the length of gameplay for obvious reasons), this game even has some rape scenes which was a surprise to me. As with games of similar genre, there’s an H-scene for pretty much every female character and even an NTR scene.
The sheer fact that such emphasis was placed into sexual content (the quantity as well as Serika’s design to be skilled at “sex magic”) makes this game feel more like a nukige instead.
Don’t lie: I know some of you guys have a thing for “neko-succubus”
Regardless, I actually like this kind of protagonist: stoic and extremely donkan, he ironically becomes the “boke” character throughout the comical scenes in the game. He gets desensitized to sexual intercourse so much that he doesn’t really “feel the pleasure”, and only engages in it to replenish his magic… yet the girls fall in love with him left and right because he repeatedly saves their behind.
Even more ironically, Eushully is CLEARLY explicit to why the heroines fall in love with Serika. Yes, it might not even be a good reason (aka, several characters comes to like him because sex feels good with Serika), but it’s a definite reason that’s clearly stated in game for the heroine to come to like him, and even betray their former masters (in the case of Ririem).
It’s also amazing how the gameplay is designed. There’s special conditions you can perform to avoid heroine rape or NTR scenes, and even “Social Points” that determine an ending for the player. This is excluding a whole “EX” chapter that focuses on Valforu, as well as several other side stories that you can unlock.
Affection for the Characters: Moderate
CG Score: 8/10. Above average CG score that gets a major drop for not having enough of them, along with the fact that it should’ve had more normal CGs (non-HCG) and perhaps a few SDCG as well.
This is Eu-ko, or “Eushully-ko” (White), the mascot character of Eushully. She’s also a playable character.
Music Score: 9/10. The battle music is great, while even the comical/normal/carefree music is very well designed. Here’s the Opening Movie as well as one of the boss-fight soundtracks (coming soon) I found pretty cool:
Addictiveness: Relatively High. Right now, I’m on my third playthrough of this game, just so I can unlock the special scenes and such, haha
Conclusion: A great game from Eushully, which was completely unexpected. I’ll definitely follow this company from now on, and will have to go back to some of their previous titles to experience some that I may have missed. (Includes Kamidori)
Bonuses (Includes a mild spoiler):
So yeah… 9999 damage…
lel this boss looks pretty ugly. (for the reference, it (?) has a ridiculously large HP)
Last but not least! The cool soundtrack I promised. I couldn’t extract the game files, so I just recorded it (wow much lazy) o3o