百花繚乱エリクシル – Thoughts

At least it had a high tier childhood friend.

At least it had a high tier childhood friend.

… Man I really don’t have much to say about it.

Also my reading speeds have been somewhat reduced. Extremely busy with some matters lately and will probably be for a while on. At this point the time I make for reading is my only oasis in this world ;_;

Let’s see… compared to their previous work that I played I feel it’s a step up in terms of setting. In fact, the setting may as well be one of their better made ones with the entire theme of revitalizing a dying village. I mentioned much of what I feel about AXL games in my post about Dolphin Divers.

So, while the setting is pretty nice the rest of it feels like average AXL. People really aren’t kidding when they say you’ve played all of AXL games after picking one or two of them to try.

I almost wonder how AXL manages to produce games with such stable quality, by the end of every game my impressions are roughly the same: a decent, by no means bad, but lacking a punch and easily forgettable story.

It’s also a bit of a pity how AXL games tend to bring in potentially interesting settings that could put the characters into a life or death crisis but rarely makes use of it properly. It gets lightly used here and there but never gets focused on. They mostly end up as something not much better than a SoL regardless of the setting.

It’s just that man, if they’re capable of creating such stable quality, I wish their games were a step above and they produced above average tier games with every release. Then they would be a pretty cool company you can put trust in producing an enjoyable story with every release. It always feels like their games are one step off of reaching that point.

So yeah, typical AXL game. Good setting, could be better, but doesn’t get much better than slightly above average. Enjoyable story but forgettable and relatively plain, lacks a punch to make the story memorable.

Next up is ひとつ飛ばし恋愛.

6 thoughts on “百花繚乱エリクシル – Thoughts

  1. So it’s another average one again? The starting was kind of slow for me, and I find my interest waning fast. Not sure whether to keep with it or not.

      • I’m not really sure what I want in my VNs, but humor and action are usually great parts of it. Which is why I seem to enjoy Itoshii Kanojo no Mamorikata while most people said it was average.

        • I’m not sure about humor since that’s fairly subjective but in this case the story is more focused on economics than fighting. Though it’s not as if there’s no fighting either as well. It’s just that the protagonist this time around lacks fighting capabilities so yeah.

          That said for me as long as it manages to amuse me it passes, even if the story doesn’t have a single ounce of logic contained in it. Saying this myself is questionable but I sure do have pretty low standards.

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