Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is a game PS Vita owners need to watch. It’s releasing incredibly soon (March 3, 2015), features wonderfully unique art, a great premise and an interesting set of mechanics.
Why Sony hasn’t been pushing this PS Vita exclusive harder, I’ll never know. Its release date announcement rolled with very little fanfare on the PlayStation Blog, and I actually had to turn to the Japanese site in order to scoop up a trailer for you folks. That’s right, Sony didn’t even include a new trailer. Why? This game looks really cool!
This is one of the better gameplay trailers I dug up.
Here’s the deal. Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is actually a sequel to the Japanese only Ore no Shikabane wo Koete Yuke. That game came out in 1999, and this new one occurs 100 years later in the same universe. Don’t worry, there’s no connection between the two titles beyond their shared locale. Cool? Cool.
Players are in charge of a family of characters in this JRPG. The family has two curses beset upon them that make conquering the story tough and unique. First, they all rapidly age and only live for two years of in-game time. That means you’ll want to procreate quickly, right? Sorry, the other curse is that family members can’t procreate in the traditional sense. That means they’ll need to gather gods, perform a divine ritual and create new members that way.
The gods they gather for the ritual, coupled with the characters they unionize, will produce new family members with unique abilities and stats. There’s the rub. This is, basically, a JRPG with a breeding system.
The other cool thing about Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is that it couples its ancient art style with ancient Japanese mythology. Get ready for crazy monsters, creatures and characters as you push through the world.
This game did really well in Japan. It’s a first party Sony title, it scored a 36 out of 40 in Famitsu and it sold well at retail. I don’t understand why the western arm of Sony isn’t pushing for this thing’s success.
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines will sell for $19.99 as a digital only title on the PS Vita beginning on March 3. Bonus, here’s some pretty nice art I found on the Japanese site.