Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram (PS Vita)
What Is It?
The anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica was renowned for its trippy aesthetics and fresh take on the magical schoolgirl warrior premise. Naturally, that makes for perfect video game fodder as Namco Bandai is developing a third-person action game where players control a group of school girls brandishing bow & arrows and machine guns as they fend off evil butterflies and loli-witches in the dead of night.
Borrowing cues from roguelike RPGs, players have to balance whatever finite resources they have as they play through multiple dungeons tailored out of a Lewis Carroll-inspired LSD trip. To mix things up, gamers will be coupled with an A.I partner during missions. Their performance and effectiveness are determined on whether players make an effort in talking to them and building a relationship during the day portions of the game. So far, there hasn’t been any word on the game’s touch screen features. One hopes that Namco Bandai takes the high road and make sure it doesn’t involve dress up
The odds aren’t in Namco Bandai’s favor. While the premise and concept seem tame enough, the anime series it’s based upon is not even close to the mainstream levels of shows like One Piece and Naruto. Pushing out an English release for a moderate number will be an uphill battle in licensing and cost justification.