Review #1 by Jotaru
Card Captor Sakura is currently one of the most popular anime and
manga series in Japan, created by CLAMP (X, RG Veda and Tokyo Babylon).
To make a game that is based on a popular series like this, it can be
a major challenge. Why? As most anime fans know, most video games that
based on anime series don't usually turn out so well (ex: Macross VFX-1,
The Vision of Escaflowne...etc). Luckily, Card Captor Sakura for Playstation
turns out to be a nice game. Don't get me wrong, it's not an exceptional
game, but it's definitely good enough to satisfy the fans, especially
the younger fans. By the way, this game is developed by Arika, the company
who behinds all the Street Fighter EX games for the arcades and Playstation.
This is quite a surprise to see Arika who specializing 3D fighting games
have licensed Card Captor Sakura and made it as a cute 2D game.
Gameplay: Each stage is broken up exactly like the original anime
TV series (ex: the first stage is the first episode). In the story mode,
you control the main character walking around the screen, like talking
with people, interacting with objects and searching for clues. A lot
of the times, the computer controls where you go and what you do, this
is somewhat a limitation, but I understand the developer wants to make
it simple enough for the kids to understand. After through the story
mode, you will enter the game mode which it usually has a bit more actions.
For example in the first stage, you have to jump up and down to avoid
the wind spirit. Or in the third stage, you have to lead the water spirit
to break through the door. Once in a while, Sakura's best friend, Tomoyo
is also controllable in certain stages. After each stage, you will able
to save it into the memory card. In this game, there's also an option
for you to use the Pocket Station, but since I don't have this device,
I cannot comment about it.
Graphics: The hand-drawn 2D artworks are exceptional. As you see from
the pictures, the characters are all designed in SD (Super-Deformed)
forms, very cute (kawaii!!). The sprites animate quite well, not using
a lot of frames, but decent enough for this type of game. The background
environments are drawn in overhead 3/4 perspective views, very nicely
drawn. Throughout the games, there are many FMV scenes showing frequently,
that's why this game comes with 2 CDs. All the FMV scenes are directly
transferred from the original anime TV series. If you have watched the
TV series, you should see all of them before. The FMV scenes transferred
pretty well, you don't see too much pixelization like the other games.
Overall, as an anime-based game, this is pretty well-done. And everything in this game can be described in one word, cute. The graphics and voices are so cute that will hook the fans in for the long haul. Like I mentioned earlier, this game is built for kids in mind, so the difficulty is easy for kids to play. If you're looking for a challenging game, you may want to look elsewhere. Card Captor Sakura fans will want to check this game out, it's definitely one of the better anime based games available for Playstation.
Score: Best out of 10