By David Fernandes / February 14th, 2013
Following up on Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom (which was the sixth in the series), Aksys Games is bringing us yet another otome game: Sweet Fuse: At Your Side for the PlayStation Portable. The game was developed by Idea Factory, and from what was described almost two years ago, it seems to boast quite an eccentric cast, puzzles that look to rival 999 & Zero Escape’s, and an engaging plot that is sure to please those who have a palate for visual novels and are just starving for more. Check out Sweet Fuse: At Your Side’s official website for more details!
Aksys yet again taking more risks with releasing a PSP game this late in the console’s life, but hey, appreciate it and love them for it. The handheld is still alive in Japan and they don’t want to leave some potential overseas sales just because of a few downers. As a fan of visual novels myself, Hakuoki was quite a welcome surprise with merit to boot. With XSEED’s localization of Corpse Party being such a success (even having its sequel localized), visual novels of any kind have an auspicious time to further burst on the Western scene. Times have certainly changed.
Saki Inafune, niece to legendary game developer Keiji Inafune, can’t wait to visit her uncle’s new theme park. She’s been invited to the opening day ceremonies, and is looking forward to a day of fun and excitement when suddenly Count Hogstein—a villain as corpulent and cliché as he is evil—blows up the Ferris wheel, takes the park management hostage, and declares the beginning of a deadly series of games.
Desperate to save her uncle, Saki volunteers to be one of the participants in Hogstein’s games, and finds herself thrust into the midst of excitement very different from what she’d expected when she woke up that morning. She’ll need all of her cunning, determination, and exceptional insight to get herself and her fellow participants—all available bachelors—out alive and maybe, with a little luck, find love along the way.
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side Features
-Vast, Diverging Story – 14 different endings and a host of unexpected twists and turns allow for over 30 hours of compelling gameplay.
-Stylish Art – Sweet Fuse: At Your Side is an experience that is stylish and easy on the eyes, with complex, eye-catching character designs.
-Disarm Perilous Puzzles – Reach an epiphany and solve dangerous puzzles; the fate of you and your companions depends on your insight.
-Unique Characters and Interactions – Blow your fuse or stay completely cool, the choice is yours when dealing with this crazy cast of characters.
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