Kansen - Clipping Chronicle Review
It appears like zombies themselves, even the Kansen series won’t be gone for very long no matter what may try to return them to the grave. Let’s continue in our Halloween 2016 review-athon with a return to Speed’s well known series with Kansen - Clipping Chronicle, initially released digitally December 18, 2015 (there was apparently a limited physical edition too) and given a later physical release May 27, 2016. After the infuriatingly franchise disrespectful abomination that was Kansen Ball Buster things can go is up, right?...The answer is “sort of” but as you’ll soon see, the series still has a ways to go before a true return to form.
Pros: Likable characters, mostly good voice acting, good artwork.
Cons: Slow story, endings don’t feel as conclusive as in previous games, Misuzu is unwinnable, certain plot elements feel useless, a neat reference to previous games ends up poorly used in the end, kind of a flub on one VA’s front.
WTF?!: Glad to see Kansen’s getting into the Halloween spirit.
Set at the same time as the first, second and fourth games, Kansen Clipping Chronicle follows Akira Shibue and his circle of friends who are among a group of school fitness clubs attending a training camp. As time passes with potential romances blossoming, Akira can’t help but get an unsettling feeling as word of unusual happenings not too far from the camp start going around. Little does he or any of those around him realize the horrors that await them as these events slowly escalate to the inevitable outbreak…
Okay, let’s get the main question out of the way: yes, Kansen Clipping Chronicle is a way better game than Ball Buster. I also wouldn’t even call it a bad game, but as I’m going to explain, it has problems. Still, let’s start with what this game does right as I feel it’s enough for it to at least half stand on.
If there is one thing that all the good Kansen games have in common, it’s having a likable cast of characters (click here for profiles). Even an almost good title like Kansen 2 at least focused on the likable characters and thankfully Clipping Chronicle has that. We’re given a good intro of Akira and his circle of friends, learn their quirks, some details of their lives back home, and it’s enough to get you at least fond of them so when the outbreak does occur you have some investment in their fates. While admittedly that sounds par for the course for this series considering that in the last game we had Kasumi the failure clown (because clowns are supposed to be funny…and/or scary) a cast of likable characters is an accomplishment.