Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Vanguard Princess Review



So here's a little doozy I've found a couple days back; a doujin fighting game called Vanguard Princess, which seems to be taking the gaming otaku world by storm.

So what's Vanguard Princess? It's a free doujin fighting game, involving a bunch of moe stereotypes beating the shit out of each other. So why has it been gathering so much attention? Two reasons; the game is fantastically well made, and moe sells.

STORY
It is the year 2050. Moe, the once lucrative market has become overly saturated; profits have fallen to record low levels as the various moe subsets battle each other for the hearts, minds and wallets of the male otaku market.

Realizing that the continued competition would eventually destroy all involved, the various moe factions decided that they had to settle their differences in a new way, lest the self destructive war continue and consume all.

After lengthy considerations, it was finally decided that there would be a great tournament. Every moe faction would send their greatest champion as a representative, and they would engage each other in mortal combat. To the victor would go dominance of the moe market, and the sole dominion over the otaku market. And to the losers would go the ash heaps of history. Thus, the brave champions who would stake it all in the greatest fight of their lives would be known as...Vanguard Princesses.

Oh, and they also conscripted underage girls as personal servants. Because child labour is cheap.

CHARACTERS
The characters of Vanguard Princess can be divided into two camps; the Princesses, and the lolis. The princesses are the characters who you directly control and whom you beat the shit out of, whereas the lolis are the child labourers who aid your character through various attacks.

VANGUARD PRINCESS

Kutuna Yui
Champion of Sword Moe, Yui represents the subset of moe that appeals to otaku who like little girls with huge weapons. Yui's father was a legendary sword master, who had wanted a son to teach his secret sword techniques to. Unfortunately, shortly after his first child Yui was born, he was involved in a nasty biking accident that left him impotent.

With no other choice but to treat his daughter Yui as a son, he trained her in the secret arts of the sword. Sadly, shortly before the Vanguard Princess tournament, Yui's father died of old age. Now all Yui has left of her father are his sword, the skills he taught her, and a confused gender identity.



Kutuna Haruka
Yui's adopted sister and Champion of Longhair Moe. After Mr. Kutuna's biking accident which left him impotent, he decided to adopt a girl to raise as a daughter, as he was now treating Yui as a son.

Coming across an orphen girl, he brought her home and named her Haruka, vowing to love her as if she were his own daughter.

This however became harder then he thought, as he found that he really didn't love Haruka all that much, and actually found her a little annoying.

After old man Kutuna's death, Haruka was scorned by receiving far less of the inheritance as compared to her sister Yui. She has thus entered the Vanguard Princess tournament to kill her sister and steal her share of the inheritance.



Lilith
Champion of Loli Moe, Lilith is actually a 36 year old investment banker, who was tragically cursed with the body of a 10 year old. Her lack of bodily development has left Lilith bitter and angry, and the many shapely girls who populate the moe industry serves to further fuel her already blazing anger.

In her quest for a better body, Lilith has begun dabbling in mad science and has discovered a way to transplant her mind into the bodies of others. She has thus entered the Vanguard Princess tournament to find the most busty, curvaceous woman in the tournament, kill her, and claim her tits and ass for her own!



Luna Himeki
Champion of Nudity Moe. Luna is a public exhibitionist of legendary proportions. Tragically however, draconian Japanese law demands the censorship of genitalia, which obviously puts a damper on her nudist tendencies.

Wishing to enter politics in order to repeal this law, Luna has decided that the best way to run for public office is to appeal to otaku voters. She therefore plans to win the Vanguard Princess tournament to increase her public profile, and thus take her first step towards her ultimate goal of becoming Prime Minister of Japan.



Mirumati Kurumi
Champion of Schoolgirl Moe, Kurumi is the obscenely rich, only daughter of a Japanese business tycoon. Whilst she is not a trained fighter, her affluence has allowed her to hire many loli child labourers, who do the fighting for her.

Needing new household staff to clean her newly built holiday home in the Maldives, Kurumi has entered the Vanguard Princess tournament to find some strong commoners who could handle the long work hours and minimum wage.



Mitonoya Saki
Champion of Yamato Nadesico Moe, Saki was raised in a very traditional household which emphasized the need for women to be loyal, wise, humble and to never question the patriarchal power structure.

Unhappy with the increasing acceptance of non traditional family structure, career women and the independent female lifestyle, Saki has defied the wishes of her father (seemingly unaware of the irony) to enter the Vanguard Princess tournament to beat some sense into these girls and remind them that a woman's place is at home, particularly the kitchen.



Hioh Kaeda
Champion of Glasses Moe, Kaeda was also the former Goddess of Fanservice until Luna shamelessly stole the title from her with her skanky outfit.

Scorned and bitter that she would lose to such a tasteless tart, Kaeda has entered the Vanguard Princess tournament to teach that little slut a lesson in classy fanservice!



Natalia Glinka
Champion of Mecha Musume Moe, Natalia's is a sad tale. A Russian tourist, Natalia had flown to Tokyo for a well deserved holiday. However, tragedy occured when she lost her passport in Narita Airport.

Fearing that she might be trapped in a foreign country, she searched high and low for her missing passport. Eventually, airport personnel discovered the missing Russian passport...but poor Natalia's trials were just beginning.

The airport officials decided it'd be funny to watch a silly gaijin do stuff for their amusement, and thus offered to return a passport on one condition; she must win the Vanguard Princess tournament. Alone in a foreign land, Natalia thus sets off to beat up a bunch of people she doesn't even know, just to find a way back home.

Oh, and the reality tv show about her battles will be airing at 7.30pm every Friday, starting this week.



Hasumi Eri
Champion of Fitness Moe, Eri was formerly a body building nut by the name of Erik. Sadly, Erik's overuse of steroids eventually caused him to develop breasts.

The irreversible physical changes in Eri(k)'s body caused him such great psychological trauma that every time he looks at a woman, the association threatens to break his now fragile grip on sanity.

He has thus entered the Vanguard Princess tournament as the first step in his plan to kill every woman in Japan, so that he will never again have to suffer the constant visage of the female body which he has now essentially confined himself to.



Ikuse Ayane
Champion of Miko Moe, Ayane is a modern day crusader. Angered at the increasing materialism in modern society, Ayane believes that the heathens need to have a little faith beaten into them.

Entering the Vanguard Princess tournament, Ayane plans to spread the message of God's love through violence. Sprinkled with love. But mainly violence. And torture.



THE LOLIS



Kanae
The witch/painter loli. Uses unorthodox, unblockeble attacks. If you like her, you're a pedophile.



Shiera
The mecha musume loli. Uses powerful but slow long ranged attacks. If you like her, you're a pedophile.



Eko
The plain loli. Uses a variety of versatile attacks. If you like her, you're a pedophile.



Juliet
The maid loli. Uses powerful, close range attacks. If you like her, you're a pedophile.



GAMEPLAY
Look, I'm no expert on fighting games, so I can really say much. But according to fighting game enthusiasts I know, it's reminiscent of traditional 2D fighters like Street Fighter 2. Anyways, here are some videos for you to judge for yourself:





OVERALL
Vanguard Princess is an exceedingly well made doujin game with a little for everyone. For the fighting game enthusiasts, it's got enough depth to be a challenging technical fighter. For the casual gamer, it's a fun, entertaining experience. For the moe fans, it's got every moe archetype you could possibly imagine. And for the pedophiles, it's got the lolis. And best of all, it's free!


Classy

The most recent version (1.01 as of this writing) of Vanguard Princess can be downloaded here
Pictures taken from the Vanguard Princess wiki and the creator's blog.

52 comments:

  1. sexy :D

    for the first time the only appealing charac is actually the one with the specs! considering i never fall for characs with glasses, hahahaha. (charac wise, not looks. but somehow that short hair charac for this doujin game manages to attract!)

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  2. Whoa a moe version of QB^^. Wheres the gunslinging /Giant @ss gun wielding girl

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  3. I laughed hard at the If you like her your a pedophile part ^^

    So hmmm...the only somewhat interesting girls to me are the Russian Mecha Musume and the Nudity girls with Guns.What a suprise....

    The fact that I dont own a joypad makes this game unplayable for me I guess

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  4. While all the moe battling to death is all fine and well, but we need to throw in some Aphrodite A action there!

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  5. I just saw this over at ANN. I finally learned what the hell Melty Blood is^^; I've neverplayed a doujin game though. The only one that I every even felt the need to play was the genshiken 3 box excusive one, but I guess it technically isn't a real DOUJIN game. I just picked up Person 3 today though. I've really been wanting to get a new game for the summer and after hearing all the fandom over this series I couldn't resist. I've never been good at rpg's like this though so I bet I'll quit before I'm even and hour into game play.

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  6. Covering yourself up in the mirror before yourself is wrong. Needs moar creative censorship.
    Or better, none at all.

    Why so little coverage of the lolis ;-;?
    And a seigi no miko w/ eyepatch has gotta be t3h shit. She might just be what gets me playing.

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  7. Ok, I like Kanae, pedophile?? so what??

    Believe it or not, I couldnt make this moe fighting game run in my computer..

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  8. mitonoya saki <3

    vagant princess's character design definitely appeal to otakus (the reson it is popular?). game play is impressive for doujin game, but a little bit messy when 4 characters actually "stick" together. i'll download it later when i reach home, thanks for recommendation!

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  9. Lol!@"because child labour is cheap"
    (no offense anyone)

    Natalie FTW!
    Mecha + Moe = Winner
    forgot where I got this formula.. Lol! Just popped into my head.

    @phossil
    did you try setting the unicode ji-ga-ma-bob under Regional and Language Settings at your control panel? If you are using Windows that is.. :)

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  10. Err Screw my first comment, Himeki and Glinka FTW

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  11. @ Anna
    Yeah, Keada's pretty cool. She's sorta like Street Fighter's Vega, but with tits.

    @ GunStray
    Heheh, I'm presuming you've used Himeki's BFG attack? ;)

    @ Blowfish
    Yeah, the games a lot easier with a controller. Still, you can play reasonably well with a keyboard, I for one played quite a bit with the board before getting a controller.

    @ Wolfheinrich
    Bah! Aphrodite A is shit! Get me Angelg or Valsione!

    @ Gordanham
    Trust me, even if you're not into RPGs, Persona 3 will suck your soul. This is a good thing.

    @ Ningyo
    I propose no censorship!

    @ Phossil
    As blur mentioned, if you go to Control Panel, then to Regional and Language Settings and change your non-unicode language to Japanese, you should be able to get it to work ;)

    @ BMecha
    Yeah, the games messy, but once you get used to it, its pretty sweet

    @ blur
    Bah! Mecha = Winner! The moe is just dead weight.

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  12. Ack I'm not good at fighting games, so it's a pass for me... -_-

    But the game engine does seem pretty well made though. Doujin stuff can be surprisingly good and look almost professional.

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  13. it look nice ^__^..
    downloaing it ^_^

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  14. the game senses your enjoyment level while its installing and if it detects any high pedo-type enjoyment will self corrupt in the process, thus making any pedos extremely frustrated at their inability to access this free gratuitous material.

    atleast thats what SHE said

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  15. MECHA WIN!!! Moe is just handicap, as she can win even with that.

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  16. I will just stick to SFIV. LOL
    Considering I retired from PC gaming, not even loli can bring me back in it. lol

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  17. lol. i finished the game within one hour. i give it a 4:5 stars game compare to guilty gear XX (5:5 stars)

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  18. I hope people realise this isn't the game's *real* story, lol. But this author's interpretation is hilarious.

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