Review Report: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Has Lots Of Censorship Sympathizers

Atlus and Nintendo’s Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for the Nintendo Wii U is a pseudo crossover game featuring light elements from Fire Emblem and the Shin Megami Tensei series. It’s a niche game designed for a niche audience in mind, and most gamers are calling it a decent entry as a Persona spin-off with a strong focus on Japanese idol culture and the pop music scene.

Players will take on monsters as a group of idol wannabes, battling against evil forces from another dimension who are trying to steal the energy of Japan’s pop stars. There are a variety of weapons to acquire, items to use, and clothing attire to equip.

You can see a basic gameplay trailer for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE below to get an idea of what the game is like.

The game features turn based party battles, lots of J-Pop music, and plenty of Japanese-centric cultural references. There is no English dub this time around, only English subtitles with Japanese voice-overs. This decision was met with some mixed results by some gamers, a few of who felt as if it was difficult to get into the game due to the Japanese-only voices.

On Metacritic HardeesEom points out that not every scene has English subtitles, leaving some gamers scrambling to understand what’s being said….

“Its a playable game but the localization team should be fired as theres a bunch of dialogue that you cannot understand due to lack of subs. Where did this game go wrong?”

TacoCowboy14 also chimed in about the lack of subtitles during battle scenes, where characters speak in Japanese but it isn’t translated, stating…

“Most of what your characters say in battle is not subbed, I know a little Japanese though and most of it seems unimportant,

 

“In my opinion the Pros of this game outweigh the Cons of this game and I’d recommend it for people who are a fan of RPG’s or anyone looking to try something different.

 

“Some of the Fan-Service in this game was censored when it was localized from Japan so if the bothers you then you may want to skip this game.”

Lazy_Fish also commented about preferring English voice overs, and made note that the animations were sometimes choppy in places (an issue that was repeated a couple of times in other reviews by other users as well), but enjoyed most of the game save for the fact that Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE suffers from some heavy censorship, writing…

“It made me a upset that they didn’t get English voice actors for this game. Id much rather have English than Japanese so I can understand it easier. This may leave most who don’t know a thing about Japanese confused on how the pacing of songs or dialogue goes. Censorship made some laughably bad changes, such as changing a wedding dress to be completely covered. The changes seem unnecessary and the game would be great without them”

On Amazon sourmilkandcereal had mostly nothing but praise to shower on Atlus for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, saying that the story is “dumb fun” and that it has a three-person party limit similar to Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2, but with the button layout and skills setup similar to Shin Megami Tensei 4. He also explains that the crafting system is similar to Strange Journey and that the difficulty of the game can changed at any time. Others also noted that the game is about 80% Persona and 20% Fire Emblem.

Sourmilkandcereal took a different approach to the translation debate, saying that it was fine if you prefer dubs, and also brushed over the censorship issue by saying that gamers should just seek to have fun…

“The lack of English dub isn’t too bad either if you ask me a game heavily based on JPOP and Japanese idol culture wouldn’t translate well with a dub. And keep in mind I prefer dubs.

 

“I played bad games before and this is most certainly not a a bad game. Honestly I don’t get the negativity behind it. Did people just forgot to have FUN with games? Cause I dunno about you but I like to have fun because fun is fun. And this game is mostly certainly fun. It’s not perfect”

Michael, on Amazon, also didn’t mind the censorship too much, encouraging people to give the game a chance because he claims it’s a fun music-rhythm JRPG that focuses more heavily on the Persona side than the Fire Emblem side, but is fun nonetheless…

“I hear a lot of people are up in arms because there’s censorship by Nintendo. There was some Hot Springs DLC in Japan with everybody in bathing suits that’s completely gone. Bikini tops are less revealing throughout the game. I think the core game is here and I’m didn’t come for fan-service so I’m ok with what I got. And it’s weird to me because they didn’t take out all the cleavage. I think the changes to the second level dungeon take away from the meaning, but other than that I’m not sure if I mind.

 

“To me it’s an rpg with an interesting story. The premises of bad guys stealing pop energy isn’t deep, but it’s fun. The battle system is great. The dungeon level design is ok. The cut scenes and overall style is great. I’m enjoying it and it’s interesting enough that I think it will stay fresh for the whole game.”

Phantom also echoed many of the other customers, stating that the game is fun and that he’s more than 50 hours into the game…

“This game is so over the top and ridiculous. The acrobatics, the music, the art, the stories and the gameplay are incredible. This story is a great change of pace from your traditional recycled stories from games in the same genre. You will randomly laugh throughout the game.

 

“I’m 52 hours in the game and I’m still loving it. Just when you think you’ve gotten accustomed to the gameplay, a new mechanic comes into play. This keeps the game fresh and entertaining.”

 

J. Steele also rated the game five out of five stars, attempting to dissuade anyone from forfeiting a purchase because they have principles against censorship, writing…

“First thing first, Don’t give in to the censorship hate that is floating around with this game as what was changed will not impact the game at all. These changes are cosmetic for a few characters (basically they added some extra clothing for a couple of outfits), along with making the US characters older (18 vs 16) due to the age of consent laws.

 

“As for the game, I am hooked. I have been playing non-stop since I bought it on a whim.”

Bianca calls the anti-censorship groups “dummies”, writing…

“People bitching about the censorship are dummies, all we’re missing here is some underaged cleavage (and only some of it, there’s still plenty left in if that’s your thing). Bottom line, this is what games are supposed to be – FUN!!! Stop reading reviews and just get it.”

Brandon Thaxton also shrugged off the censorship issues, saying the game was fun enough and the turn-based system works well…

“Censorship is not an issue, to be honest, they still show plenty for you people who like that kind of stuff. Besides that, the gameplay is great and the visuals are good as well. I am very happy that the turn based battle system works so well.”

Neonstars768 from Metacritic also advised people to ignore the issues of censorship, saying it was just /v/ from the chan boards who were angry…

“Ignore the 0 scores. Its just /v/ trying to bring the game down cause they can’t look at anime girl boobs. Even so, The game is pretty good but not perfect.”

Elkdaddy also advised people to ignore the complaints about censorship and support the game for being so well polished, writing…

“Ignore bad reviews about censorship, there is none and the game feels like a more polished then persona 4. Only bad thing is some of the animations take forever to play, but that’s not enough to take off a point.”

AlucardVonHell also had some unpleasant words for the people who care about their games being censored, writing…

“If you cared more about the censorship, than the game, then go play something else, as this game is enjoyable to both FE/SMT fans, and those new to the series, but who love JRPG’s, not players who care more about censorship.”

Blester gave the game a 10 out of 10 as a way to fight back against the 0 out of 10s being handed out for the censorship, stating…

“Seriously, at this point, you shouldn’t trust the user review section when anybody can dislike the game at will. The game is good, but people are just disliking it because it was localized, and they had to to cover some revealing outfit for some characters and now they are angry and calling it censorship.”

Chinesecartoons nearly hinges on the verge of stating that it’s not censorship at all, and that it was just a bunch of “bottomblasted kids from 4chan” trying to stir up a situation, writing…

“Surprisingly enough, if you’re into cheap and blatant japanese fanservice, full of out-of-place pantsushots and other Senran Kagura’s like garbage – this one might be not quite your choice, since the game, despite its thematics, remains pretty modest and light about those kind of things, even without censorship. Speaking of which, censorship in the game is completely not important. It is not affecting the gameplay or story by any means. Sometimes its weird, sure, but its not a dealbreaker in the slightest.”

Gezcoh tops it off by stating that anyone concerned about the censorship should probably just go play a hentai game, writing…

“I hate metacritic because it gives the possibility to the idiots to destroy a game becouse of silly things. Do you want more boobs? Play an Hetai visual novel. Do you want to play a great Jrpg from a great Software House? Then go play Tokyo mirage sessions and ignore trolls”

Richard_chronos felt the game was a “blast” to play, and was one of the few people who suggested getting the game used if the censorship issues are a problem for you…

“Yes it was censored but not a big deal to be honest, you can always get it second hand if you don’t feel like paying full price.”

There are a few people across the board who did not like that the game was censored. There were the typical 0 out of 10 votes of no confidence from those who are staunchly anti-censorship, and then there are a lot of positive, five out of five and 10 out of 10 review scores with people clearly sympathizing with the censorship choices because they feel as if Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a fun game.

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