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Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram (PS Vita)

What Is It?

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram (PS Vita)

The anime TV series Puella Magi Madoka Magica was renowned for its trippy aesthetics and fresh take on the magical schoolgirl warrior premise (yes, in Japan there's more than one magical schoolgirl warrior series). Naturally, that made it perfect video game fodder, so Namco Bandai has developed a third-person action game based upon it. In the game, players control a group of school girls brandishing bows and arrows and machine guns as they fend off evil butterflies and witches in the dead of night.

Borrowing from RPGs, the game forces players to balance their finite resources, working their way through dungeons that look like they sprung from Timothy Leary's fevered imaginings. To mix things up, gamers are paired with an A.I. partner during missions. Their effectiveness is affected by whether players make an effort to talk to them and build a relationship during the day portions of the game. So far, there hasn’t been any word on the game’s touch screen features. 

Chances of seeing it outside Japan?

The odds aren’t in the girls' favour. Magical schoolgirl warrior series don't have quite the same pull outside Japan, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica isn't even close to the popularity of anime shows like One Piece and Naruto. So don't expect to see it on store shelves any time soon.

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