VN name: Duel Savior Justice
Developer: Team Baldrhead
Language: English & Japanese
Duel Savior Justice review.
Recommendation: I don't think it's worth your time. IF you want to play this, get a 100% save file, then play the harem route, that should cover everything. Beware of spoilers ahead at the plot section.Overview
Duel Savior Justice is a beat-em-up/VN game released in 2004.System
This particular game is released in 2004 and has a 16 color bits restriction, meaning you can only play this 640*480 in full screen (terribad) or windowed (you have to turn the entire windows into 16 bits color). Needless to say I'm a little annoyed by this. There's also a functionality done by a few VNs that allow you to skip directly to the next decision or even jump to the next point, and duel savior justice badly needed it. More on that later in plot section. The girl that you pick in the character screen will allow you to enter the route.Voice + Music
Other than recognizing the profilic guy who did Emiya Shirou/Sasuke/That cat from Alice, and that guy who did Charles zi Britannia. Music is listenable, but it's nothing compared to Fate Stay/night or Umineko VN.Plot
For the first time, I actually felt utterly annoyed by bad systems. Picture this in your mind. Imagine this. It takes you about 30 minutes to "skip" the common route, because you have to go through beat-em-up battles. There are about 6 heroines. So I spent 3 hours just to read the SAME plot over and over and over again. Gosh. That was annoying.
While the premise itself is interesting, protagonist gets summoned to a different world to "save" the land. If you have read Zero No Tsukaima, the premise is relatively identical, but the protagonist is VASTLY less douche, the girls to have more depth and far more likable.
Taiga is a relatively dislikable character from the start, but the worst part about this VN is not the character itself, it's the concept behind it. The PWP or Nukige element is very prominent here. In many multiple scenes, be it early (rape) or late (firing a megalaser cannon by... means of if-you-know-what-I-mean release...), this quickly became a wtf-am-I-reading VN.
Coming back to the point, the people who get summoned to this world are called Savior candidates and they are also given powerful weapons for being 'chosen'. The plot is somewhat distributed amongst the girls, but the common plot has Taiga winning the battles amongst the savior candidates (all girls, Taiga is the first male savior candidate). The winner of the battles gets to command the loser to do whatever he/she wants, so early on we get to see some eye candy, ifyouknowhatImean. Moving on, however, explains that they are two factions. One that seeks to protect the world, and one that seeks to destroy it.
Now, all the girls have some form of history problems with the villains. There are more problems here, because different girls you pick somehow gives you different villains. Villian B was never there in Villain A's route, or even Villain C.
So, big question here is, is this worth your time?
The answer is... no. I would actually spend my time reading on Zero no Tsukaima light novels, unfortunately. But in case you still do want to know how the plot goes, carry on reading.
Taiga Touma, the protagonist gets summoned to world called Avatar. The sister, Mia Touma also gets summoned to this world. As you can infer from the surnames, these two are siblings (I'm pretty sure they are blood related too, but the VN still pairs them up anyway. And the sister's a closet yandere.)
Berio Trope - Dual personality girl. Her route shows that her entire family is dysfunctional. Her parents cannot help stealing. She can't stop herself from stealing others' pride. Her brother, Villain A, won't stop stealing lives. Taiga goes into her route, her villain brother suddenly shows up during the final boss battle (and dies), the principal of Savior Candidate school sends him back to his world. Wtf just happened? Indeed. But hey, all is well with Berio Trope. Her bad brother is gone, and she gets to stick with Taiga (who grows from douchebag pervert to someone more reliable.) The end.
Hiiragi Kaede - Fail Ninja girl. Her entire family either killed or raped by Villain B. Due to that, she gets PTSD from seeing blood. However, her nin-nin skills activate during the last moment and she defeats Villain B. Taiga goes to Kaede's world. The end.
Lilly Sheerfield - Hmmm. Her entire world got smashed by Evil Faction. There's more plot on her route, as she reveals that the Good Faction/Bad Faction are just pawns to call out "God". Now God wants to destroy things. The pawns rebeled and formed Good faction, and Evil faction couldn't call out god, so it was a tie 1000 years ago. Now back to present, Evil Faction is about to call out God again. Good Faction team Lilly + Taiga beats Evil Faction, and reinforces the Hero system so that Good Faction always wins Evil Faction (Taiga stays in this world). The end.
Nanashi - One of the Ex-Savior Candidate 1000 years ago. Defeats Villain C, woman who stole Nanashi's REAL body. Nanashi is actually an artifical human being. Taiga sacrifices to beat down Villain C and Nanashi does drastic actions to convert Taiga to an artifical human too. But even so, they still can do things, if you know what I mean. The end.
Rico-Risu - Her real identity is a book. This is a true artifact of "God" who calls out people from other worlds to do God's bidding. Taiga and her defeats Villain D (Evil Faction's BOOK), are you guys tired of seeing me write different villains that never appear in any other girls' routes... Anyway, I think her ending is her sending Taiga back to his old world, then chasing after him. Mmm.
Touma Mia - Sister who got nearly got raped by other boys during childhood. Now her backstory is Taiga saving her when she was a kid, and this led to some form of twisted state. If you enter her route. Be prepared to see some serious yandere action that nearly gets everyone killed. It nearly ends with
Taiga dying by her sister's hand. But luckily, the title isn't named School Days.
The Harem ending - You see, in all other endings, Taiga couldn't beat the villains completely. For one reason or another, he gets cockblocked or fails to beat up God. But in this ending, Taiga powers up by unlocking all the powers in his weapon and proceeds to beat up the incomplete God summoned in the world. After killing God for the next few years or so, he finally returns to Avatar. Did I forget to mention that he had an orgy with ALL the girls before fighting God? The end.Conclusion
I didn't like this. I might have enjoyed this when I was 18. Sadly, I read too many good quality novels and played many nice VNs that made this outdated and pretty awful.In other news....
I now have my very nice samsung s4 phone (PSP emulator) and I have Wand of Fortune PSP, Toradora english in it. Not too sure I want to play WOF in trains though (why is this dude playing a game with full of boys in it. Probably couldn't live with it, cough.)