Crystar

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Crystar
Crystar cover lowres.jpg
Developer(s)Gemdrops
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Fuyuki Hayashi
Producer(s)Fuyuki Hayashi
Artist(s)Riuichi[1]
Writer(s)Naoki Hisaya
Composer(s)Sakuzyo
Platform(s)
ReleasePlayStation 4
  • JP: October 18, 2018
  • NA: August 27, 2019
  • EU: August 30, 2019
Windows
  • WW: August 27, 2019
Genre(s)Action role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player

Crystar[a] is an action role-playing game for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, developed by Gemdrops. The game was released in 2018 in Japan, and is planned for release internationally in 2019.

Gameplay[edit]

The player controls a girl named Rei Hatada, who in order to revive her dead younger sister Mirai Hatada, makes a deal with the devil of the other world that is limbo. The story progresses as the player fights the souls that drift about limbo. The concept of the game revolves around crying, which is helpful in terms of gameplay, by purifying new equipment to use. By defeating specific enemies, "Danmatsuma Thoughts" (The last moments of the dead) will appear, which by crying, will purify the thoughts and develop the protagonist mentally. Weapons called "Shisou" or "Mental Armor", can also be obtained though battle and purification.[2]

Outside of battle and dungeon exploration, the player can also return to the real-world part of the game, where they can go in Rei's room to prepare for battle, view collectibles, pet her dog, and to enjoy everyday life through various angles.[3]

Plot[edit]

Rei, a girl who got lost in the world of life after death that is limbo, and her younger sister Mirai. The sisters, who while confused are trying to return to their original world, are attacked by an unknown creature. In order to protect Mirai, a superpower awakens within Rei. However, unable to control her power, Rei herself ends up killing Mirai. The devil whispers to the despairing Rei. “If you reap the souls of the dead that drift about a different world, and sacrifice the tears you shed through that suffering, I can ‘revive’ the dead Mirai.”

Rei, who makes a deal with the devil for the sake of her sister, will take the stage in a battle that puts her own life at risk. Rei’s hatred for herself and struggles are the source of her own Mental Armor.[4]

Development[edit]

The title of the game, Crystar, is a portmanteau of 'Cry' and 'Star', which combines "cry" (crying) and "star" (star). The idea came the producer Fuyuki Hayashi, who wants to replicate the feelings where you draw shining things (akin to a 'star') in a sad event that makes you 'cry'.[5]

The base story is written by Naoki Hisaya, formerly of Key, known as one of Kanons scenario writers.[6]

The opening theme song is "can cry", and the ending theme song is "re-live", both are composed and sung by Nagi Yanagi.

Release[edit]

The game was announced in the Japanese magazine V Jump. The key staff and release date October 18, 2018 were revealed.[7] A teaser trailer featuring the opening animation and gameplay was uploaded to YouTube in June.[8][9] Pre-order bonuses for the game include an extra in-game costume, special soundtrack CD and a replica film sheet of the opening animation.[10]

Spike Chunsoft is planning to release the game in English for Microsoft Windows on August 27, 2019,[11] and for PlayStation 4 in North America on the same day, and for PlayStation 4 in Europe on August 30, 2019.[12] Arc System Works is planning to release it in traditional Chinese in early 2019.[13]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review score
PublicationScore
Famitsu30/40

Japanese magazine Famitsu rated the game 30/40 (8/8/7/7).[citation needed]

Crystar debuted at No.5 on the Media Create chart during the opening week in Japan, selling 10,473 retail copies.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Crystar (クライスタ, Kuraisuta)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "「CRYSTAR -クライスタ-」のキャラクターデザインを担当させて頂きました。". Pixiv (in JP). 2018-06-21. Retrieved 2019-01-23.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  2. ^ "Crystar first details, gameplay, and screenshots". Gematsu. 2018-06-21. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  3. ^ "Crystar Is About A Useless Girl Who Must Revive Her Beloved Sister… That She Killed". Siliconera. 2018-06-20. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  4. ^ "FuRyu Announces Cry Star For PS4, An Action RPG By Kanon Scenario Writer". Siliconera. 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  5. ^ 電撃オンライン. "『CRYSTAR ‐クライスタ‐』読者からの質問に林P&Dが回答! アクションRPGとした理由は?". 電撃オンライン (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  6. ^ "FuRyu Announces Cry Star For PS4, An Action RPG By Kanon Scenario Writer". Siliconera. 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  7. ^ "Cry Star Release Date and More Details Revealed by FuRyu". PlayStation LifeStyle. 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  8. ^ Game Channel by フリュー, 【CRYSTAR -クライスタ-】ティザームービー, retrieved 2018-12-06
  9. ^ Nelva, Giuseppe (2018-11-22). "Crystar Shows Off its Heroine in Moody Opening Cutscene". Twinfinite. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  10. ^ "Crystar first details, gameplay, and screenshots". Gematsu. 2018-06-21. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  11. ^ https://gematsu.com/2019/03/crystar-coming-west-for-ps4-pc-on-august-27-interview-with-producer-fuyuki-hayashi
  12. ^ https://gematsu.com/2019/05/crystar-launches-august-30-in-europe
  13. ^ "哭泣戰鬥美少女動作 RPG《CRYSTAR》繁體中文版 2019 年登場". 巴哈姆特電玩資訊站. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  14. ^ "Media Create Sales: 10/15/18 – 10/21/18". Gematsu. 2018-10-24. Retrieved 2018-12-06.

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