Latest issue of magazine Weekly Famitsuu's review of the game granted the Gold award to Sakura Taisen 3, with scores of 9, 8, 8, 9 for a total of 35/40 -- an excellent score. One of their grievances was the long loading time. Dreamcast Magazine on the other hand gave marks of 10, 9 and 9 to the game. In addition to the normal LIPS (Live Interactive Picture System) and double LIPS, a new LIPS system has been added, the Analog LIPS, that allows a player to emphasize the strength of his reaction.
We've previously presented to you the main characters info. Now the descriptions for the secondary characters have been revealed:
Kagekidan Commander, director and owner of the Chattes Noires theater, Grand-Ma's duty is to protect and watch over Paris and its Kagekidan (flower assault group). Despite her sometimes cold behaviour, she cares deeply about the Paris flower assault group. Grand-Ma's voice is done by Aizawa Keiko.
The secretary of the Chattes Noires theater. Studious but shy, Mer's personality (and name) are the exact opposite of her co-worker Ci's, even though the two of them make a match and seem to get along well. "Raison" means "reason". Mer is played by Kojima Sachiko.
The daydreaming and cheerful assistant of Grand-Ma. In contradiction with Mer's hobby of crafts, Ci's hobbies are bakery and going shopping. Ci is played by Kanai Mika.
Grand-Ma's beloved cat, a cute 'watchcat' that likes to stay on Grand-Ma's lap. He's famous only for becoming attached to women, and having a high pride.
Having animal appearences, the bad guys are riding machines ('steam monsters') named after musical genres (Nocturne, Prelude...).
The name means "scissors". This evil rabbit, wearing a moustache and red glasses, is armed with a pair of giant scissors. His Steam monster is named "Prélude".
A snake woman able to attack within a large range with her long arms. Her Steam monster's name is "Berceuse" (Lullaby).
A lion character. Léon is proud and confident, as the king of animals should be. He rides the steam beast called "Marche" (March).
Wearing a scorpion pattern on her body, this venomous woman controls a squad of scorpions. Her steam beast is "Nocturne".
Masque de corbeau
Always wearing a hat and black mask, this crow character is leader of the evil clan. His steam monster is Serenade, and his name means "crow mask".
To conclude this ST3 update, we have new artwork, the official ad, new products, and the packaging.
Also, if you haven't seen the Sakura Taisen 3 commercials yet, GameSpot Japan has posted them on a special page, along with the opening movie and a demo.