Look, it’s Seirei Tenshou, Xuse’s latest upcoming title! Well, to be exact, it’s the trial for Seirei Tenshou, and it’s pretty fun.
First off, it’s in native widescreen resolution. Glorious widescreen resolution…finally! *sniffs*
So, the story involves Cristopher Tangram, a treasure hunter turned yuusha after certain circumstances, and the five Spirits Crystals, from Seinarukana. While searching for a legendary treasure, Christopher and his friends end up in the world where the five Spirits Crystals are seen fighting desperately to protect a town, and without a second thought he jumps in to help them. Then some more stuff unfolds, but hey…
I can bother with the story stuff later (especially since I don’t know how the hell the Aselia story is to go on now with the whole crew behind it gone from Xuse but what the hell), the gameplay comes first! So in the town of Erdanoome, there are four buildings: one where you to go in order to get quests, one where you buy items for your Spirits Crystals, one where you power up your Spirits Crystals’ HP/Material/Force, and another where you Save/Load or rest in order to let the day pass. It’s nothing new for those who have played Toushin Toushi 3, in case an analogy would suffice.
For the gameplay itself, you have three choices of attacks at your displosal: the normal one, the Force attack and the Material attack.
While your normal attacks change depending on the combo you rack up, Material and Force attack strength and combo depend on their charge-up. The meter for Material Attacks refill whenever your Spirit Crystal isn’t using it, while the meter for the Force Attack is always empty, with you having to manually press and hold the button for the attack in order to charge it up and unleash it. You can also choose to use various items on your Spirits Crystals, but I didn’t really see any need to.
The quests involved in the trial were all fairly easy, once I picked up how the system works. Touhou comparisons aside (I KNOW the comparison is inevitable, it’s been there ever since the damn thing was announced by Xuse), I’m picking it up because I’m interested in finding out just what Xuse intends to do with the Aselia series. Will it be left open-ended with Seinarukana and instead milked for all its worth? Or would they actually try and finish the entire thing with an Eien no Aselia 3?
That aside, here’s some pic spam from the available CGs in the trial!