The visual novel rampage continues! This particular train continues to gain steam – turns out those decades where the genre remained in Japan were actually a total waste, since apparently people here in the West love ’em. Today we’re talking about XBlaze Lost: Memories, the sequel to XBlaze Code: Embryo; this one’s set in the same universe as the ultra-popular BlazBlue series of fighting games.
Much like Code: Embryo, Lost: Memories is a fairly standard visual novel of the sort that’s been popping up all over the place these days. You play as, uh, Me. That’s her name, I mean, or rather it’s the default so that’s what we’ll call her. Me’s sister runs off and ends up in another dimension, one also populated by Nobody. Again, that’s her name.While you’d expect a convoluted joke about baseball to result from characters with these names, what actually happens is that Me and Nobody team up to search for Me’s sister by collecting memories from another world. These memories are fragments originally belonging to others. Essentially, you’re going to be seeing both Me’s story and those of other characters, which makes for some interesting variety.
Said memories, of course, tie back into Code: Embryo, bringing back that game’s protagonists Touya and Es. This, in turn, all ties back into the plot of the BlazBlue series. It’s complicated. As a visual novel, I won’t say too much about the plot, but suffice to say you’ll be reading a lot and interacting a lot less. In terms of “gameplay,” the main new innovation is a top-down map where Me runs around looking for goodies.
As before, the game looks and sounds fantastic. The writing is top notch per modern visual novel standards, as well. BlazBlue fans should absolutely apply here – someone familiar with the series will take one look at Me’s character design and know what kind of story they’re in for. There isn’t much else to say; visual novel fans will enjoy Xblaze Lost: Memories, though ideally you’d start with Code: Embryo or even become acquainted with the BlazBlue games first. Best of luck.