Blue Reflection: Second Light combines turn-based combat, item crafting, and base building with a quiet JRPG story of rediscovering the past.
Developed by Gust Co. Ltd. and published by Koei Tecmo, Blue reflection: second light is the sequel to the 2017 JRPG / High School simulator Blue light, which serves as the final part of Gust’s “Beautiful Girls Festival” project. Blue reflection: second light seeks to build on the formula of the first real-time combat title, social interaction between squad mates and even elements of element creation and base construction.
The story of Blue reflection: second light centers around Ao, whose average life is turned upside down when she is transported to a parallel dimension called Far. There, he meets Kokoro, Rena, and Yuki, all of whom suffer a mysterious case of amnesia. To return home, the girls must work together to survive in their new environment, find other castaways, and uncover the mystery of how they got there and why. In standard JRPG style, the plot is slow at first, but soon begins with moments of self-discovery and flashbacks, as the girls work to uncover their lost memories within the “Heartscapes” that embody their past lives.
Players control Ao as he navigates a world, completing side quests and collecting items to aid in the adventure. At the party’s school base of operations, players will often create new items, cook dinner for everyone, go on ‘dates’ with teammates to help them unlock additional skills, or even build new products by placing and placing them on the school grounds. There is also a photo mode, which allows players to insert, position and pose characters for fun screenshots.
Blue reflection: second light makes players face a variety of demons as their main mode of combat. Battles unfold in real time, and players send orders to the girls in standard JRPG turn-based style. Teams consist of three characters on the battlefield, with one of the other girls serving as a Supporter who can use items or provide buffs and debuffs from the sidelines. Attacks and item consumption consume Ether, which each character recovers at a different rate. This increases with each skill used during a battle, meaning that the longer a fight lasts, the shorter the corresponding time between attacks and other special actions. Characters can also “shift gears” or assume a higher power level once their ether recovery rate reaches a certain level. At Gear level 3, they can transform into a Reflector, a stronger form that allows them to access even more powerful attacks.
Every now and then, players will engage in one-on-one battles, where a single girl takes on an enemy by unleashing an attack, dodging, or countering an opponent’s moves to build enough combos to unleash a final attack. At the end of a battle, everyone who participates in the fight gets EXP and can level up for better stats. The battles are fun for the most part, but the grind that’s all too common in the genre rears its ugly head. Additionally, players cannot use healing spells outside of battle, forcing them to turn to items for a post-fight patch.
Blue reflection: second light Dialogue is a mix of full voice cut scenes and text-only game conversations. The game features the cell-shaded art style that is becoming increasingly common among JRPGs, albeit with a softer, paint-like aesthetic. Eye-catching energy effects and elaborate Magical Girl-style transformations are equally part of the course. The music is soft and upbeat in most places, accentuating the calm but hopeful tone of the story.
Blue reflection: second light It might not break any mold when it comes to JRPG, but it does a solid job of combining different game mechanics with an emotional tale of reconnecting with old friends and making peace with the past. Players who enjoyed the social interactions and teen drama of the Person games should feel like home here as Blue reflection: second light It has all the makings of a decent anime style high school adventure.
Blue reflection: second light Releases today, November 8, for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows. A PlayStation digital code was provided to Jugo Mobile for the purpose of this review.