Review of Eiyuu Senki: The World Conquest

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Everybody wants to rule the world, or so Tears for Fears proclaimed back in the mid-eighties. If you happen to agree with the ageing rockers, I would endorse satiating your global takeover aspirations with a game of Eiyuu Senki: The World Conquest. Brought over to the west by the folks at Fruitbat Factory, this visual novel/strategy game hybrid asks players to command an army of anime hotties in a campaign to subjugate all of the Earth’s nations. Given that 2015 is about to come to an end, this could well be the final PS3 release I ever purchase. If that happens to be the case I can happily say that my relationship with Sony’s console came to a close on a very positive note.

OVERVIEW

The story of Eiyuu Senki begins with players assuming the role of an amnesiac chap who is crowned king of a Japanese province. His rule begins with a brief war to unify the country’s rival factions under his flag. Once in charge of Japan he sets his sights on conquering the rest of the world, in order to avert a global catastrophe predicted by his girlfriend. Using flimsy clairvoyance to justify the invasion of foreign lands? Sure, why not? It’s no less plausible than fabricating non-existent weapons of mass destruction as a pretext to snatch oil reserves. Seizing control of the planet won’t be easy however, as impeding your progress are a multitude of savvy generals including Chris Columbus, Tutankhamun and Napoleon. Don’t let their masculine names deceive you; in this game all of the world’s leaders are cute girls!

One of the most impressive things about Eiyuu Senki is the huge array of historical characters you meet during your travels. Enemy commanders can be recruited to your cause, once you occupy their territory, which I soon discovered is of paramount importance. A sizeable army is advantageous, as each general can only perform one action per turn… plus who wouldn’t want to amass a huge harem of sexy tactical geniuses? How effective your subordinates perform on the battlefield is determined by their attack, defence and speed stats – in addition to the number of soldiers they lead. Extra soldiers can be hired (to bolster a platoon’s might) via cash donations made to the squad’s female leader. Don’t do this in real life though. Handing over your wallet to a girl is a good way of becoming bankrupt.

Battles take place on tiny maps that are three rows tall and twelve tiles wide. The turn based combat reminds me a little of Fire Emblem, as the weapons your characters wield influence the strategy you employ during skirmishes. Characters who brandish an axe for example can only hack opponents within melee range, whilst warriors who fire cannons can blast foes cowering in the back row. Another thing worth noting is that bashing opponents with armaments they are weak against can inflict bonus damage. Arrows for instance wreck spell casters whilst katanas make mince meat of gunfighters. Makes sense really – Star Wars has after all taught us that projectile weapons are ineffective versus glowy swords.

VERDICT

My rating for Eiyuu Senki: The World Conquest is five stars. No surprise really, given that it combines planetary domination with adorable waifus – a winning combination for anyone who grew up enjoying the Sid Meier Civilisation games and anime. The only aspect I can criticise the title on would be how text heavy it is. To unlock new skills the “King of Lust” you control needs to flirt with his attractive minions. This meant that a good chunk of my playthrough involved skimming through cut scenes of seduction rather than directing troops on the frontlines. Thankfully the clips in question are rather amusing. Some highlights of note include teaching Sex Ed to Alexander the Great and reading Nostradamus’ kinky novels, which feature tales of all male romance.

If strategy games are your thing, I can highly recommend unearthing your PlayStation 3 from storage to give Eiyuu Senki a go. It’s rather odd that Fruitbat Factory chose to localise the PS3 port of the game, given that the console is on its last legs. I would have preferred to play the Vita edition instead, particularly as the sprite graphics and anime portraits on show seem like a perfect fit for Sony’s handheld. Financially speaking, I also imagine that the PC version would sell considerably more copies via Steam. Either way, the game is worth checking out – providing that you can tolerate the excessive dialogue between battles. I suppose that is to be expected though, given that your army is exclusively female. No offence ladies, but I am certain that male soldiers are far less chatty!

13 thoughts on “Review of Eiyuu Senki: The World Conquest

  1. Looks and sounds freakin’ epic, and ooh, finally a PS3 game I should be able to play. Glad you had fun with it!
    On a side note, how in the world do you upload media like videos from YouTube with this current WordPress update??? I’m struggling so hard it’s depressing.

    • If you like strategy games and don’t mind a little reading you should enjoy this game. As for your Youtube query, all I do is paste the video URL and WordPress automatically adds the video to the post.

    • Next to where it says “Paragraph” there is a small icon on the left hand side. Click on that to add all media files. Or just do what Judge said xDD.

      • Well see, I try that over and over again and it keeps telling me the media file is the wrong format or something . . . Perhaps I’ll try what the Judge says. Thanks for chiming in, Rocco, hopefully I figure out this darn thing 😀

      • Takuto, just use the dash board one for any media related posts. I tried the new interface. I’ve posted up an image on imgur, tried using the new image via url link to a post and the new wordpress interface just ended up adding the image to the media library as if I’ve uploaded on the site itself!.

  2. It sounds interesting, but there’s only a few strategy games that I’ll play without getting bored, but then again the addition of anime might change my mind. Good review by the way. I look forward to more in the New Year!

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