Title: Cross Fire
Original Title: クロスファイア
Release Date: 2006-12-22
Summary: Kai lives a peaceful life at St. Lilium High School. But his life starts to collapse after a girl, Rena, transfers to his school. Murder cases, ugly rumors and hostile eyes.... Rena, who's got red eyes, says to Kai, "I'll save you. It's my mission." And the situation starts to involve people around Kai....
-"I'll save you. It's my mission." -"Yes, PLEASE!"
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v505
Game Type: Action ADV
Story Length: Medium (15 Hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Easy
Comments of Difficulty: Three main routes, forced playing order.
Character Design Rating: 8/10
Story Rating: 4/10
Protagonist Rating: 1/10
Game Quality: Medium
Overall Rating: 6/10
Rating Comments: First common part of the game was great. Red flashbacks, nightmarish shadows, first encounters. As usual, the problems started with individual routes. First of all, routes were very much alike and follow the pattern : you choose to visit girl's place -> you get to remember that you've known this girl since childhood but forgot about that later -> girl SOMEHOW starts to use weapons to protect Kai -> final battle of girl and her friend. Mindblowing as it may look, that's how it is. Secondly, battles are very long and usually have one static CG of each character with weapon drawn... the whole point of action gets lost completely. Only last third route starts to make sense, but too late, after 10 hours of drowsy sleepiness.
Battles with monsters were always fun. Monsters murmur funny words all the time. And battles end fast unlike inter-human ones.
Structure: Setting is great. Church motives and music intertwine with nightmare monsters and mechanized troops. The capes that heroines are wearing are awesome. If such plot had taken less time and bothered to present more meaningful and active battles, the game would have a chance to be special.
Story: There's little story in here, actually. Monsters attack. Rena gets wounded in one of the fights and so characters have to find inner reserves to protect themselves. Everything else is a spoiler.
Characters summary: Kaoru is typical red-haired cheerful osananajimi, Rena is kind of asocial typical bishoujo transferred student and Angela is klutz transferred student from America.
Ok, I like the moon. And red eyes on the moon background especially.
She also has a dual-blade and pretty much every her weapon higher than the owner.
I've seen such CG somewhere... Right, in every 2nd game
Protagonist: Well, it's not the strongest trait of the game. He's faceless, he's the only one in the game who can't fight and he's not good at anything. All three heroines pursue his attention from the start so no need to undertake any efforts. He happens to have close ties with each of girls from the childhood, but of course he's no recollection of it since he has AMNESIA without even reason for it. He's the usual jelly. BUT HE IS KIND TO GIRLS! Oh, right - as in 99% of other VNs.
Sexual Content: Low. And what I especially liked was that relations between characters do not change afterwards. Story goes on as if nothing ever happened so noting missed on skipping.
Affection for the Characters: Moderate
CG Score: 10/10.
CG are from splendid to breathtaking. All the bad CG reserved for Kaoru. Really, art is second to none to my taste and this game was worth it just for the sake of CG. What lacked in here was that CG are of quite low resolution and quite often one part of CG was enlarged to underline some feature talked about and those lookups were horrible since all the pixels ran wild crying to read faster to get a change of screen.
I can literally see this jolt flying off
H-scenes: Well, there is censorship. Scenes varied greatly and I liked the use of clothes in there. Boring nakedness only encountered in couple scenes.
Sound Score: 8/10. I liked the music. But the number of compositions seemed few to me. There is like exactly the same one composition for each anxiety scene, one for battle and so on. At some point I had to turn music really low.
What I loved greatly about the game is the love for details and guns. It's not just the gun that Rena shoots - it's Mauser C96. It's not just some grenade that's being thrown - it's M24 type.
All you need is guns.
Conclusion: Game is almost forgotten and that's no good. Beautiful CG, great setting and pleasant heroines make the game warm and cosy. First part of the game is great and then things get repetitive. At 10th monster encounter you kind of stop following the battle flow and just can't wait for it to end.
- Great setting
- Beautiful CG
- Lovable and mostly mature characters
- Cloggy story
- Routes look very much alike
- Battles too prolonged
Till next time!