Mixing together some decent story beats with choices to be made and some fighting it’s at least novel, but it lacks real depth
I’ll always happily admit that I’m a fan of games that combine elements or do things in a way that feels fresh, and to its credit Shuyan Saga does that. With a story that involves a bit more choices than you may expect, and allowing you to play your character as being quite sassy if you’d like, the narrative end of the bargain is the breath of fresh air here, even if some of the beats feel very familiar. The other side of the experience offers a quasi-fighting game sort of setup, though its overall simplicity makes it feel a bit more like a one-on-one beat-em-up at times. Initially this feels like it could have some promise, but it really doesn’t evolve or go anywhere so that becomes a bit of a disappointment. With decent art and a unique spirit I appreciate what Shuyan Saga brings to the table, but it’s also hard not to acknowledge that it has its issues.
Justin Nation, Score: