Sakura Wars

Rating Summary

Based on 75 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

53%

Critics Recommend

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Recommended
May 4, 2020

Eager to please genre fans, Sakura Wars delivers an olds-chool experience with a hefty dose of drama.

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5 / 10
May 4, 2020

One of the best attempts at an interactive anime ever, although the nonsensical story, weak combat, and dubious portrayal of female characters will ensure it a limited audience in the West.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2020

Sakura Wars is not perfect, but it is a delightfully charming experience. Between the sweet bonding moments and high-stakes battles, there's plenty to cheer for.

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7 / 10
Apr 28, 2020

Sakura Wars' unique world, fun character interactions, and high-stakes melodrama help it overcome mediocre action sequences.

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Apr 27, 2020

It's not going to be a memorable tale, but this Sakura Wars is an enjoyable adventure while it lasts.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2020

Sakura Wars represents an ambitious new start for the franchise, one that might not be to everyone's tastes.

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8 / 10
May 1, 2020

Sakura Wars may be a crisp, fully 3D modern release, but every inch of the story, characters, and sound feels like it's straight out of the 90s. This soft-reboot may not revolutionise gaming as the original game did, but it still manages to deliver an expertly crafted love letter to those old-school stories and characters that will put a smile on anyone's face. The combat scenes may lack the same depth and intrigue as the story beats of the game, but they're a minor part of an otherwise unforgettable anime adventure.

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78 / 100
Apr 27, 2020

It might look too shallow (and it probably is) in a first glimpse, but the representation of the characters is certainly charming. It's like giving life to a shonen TV show.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2020

Made with care and potentially interesting even for those who do not know the mechanics that distinguish it, Sakura Wars has a charm all its own, without undeniable limits. The important thing, if you want to get closer, is to understand the thematic and gameplay that give substance to the whole experience.

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6.2 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2020

Sakura Wars doesn't finish fulfilling what was expected. Without being a disaster, its story is slow and its battles are too much simple. It builds on the popular LIPS system to deliver conversations that are the backbone of a game that can delight anime fans and no much others.

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