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Review of Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Asagiri ni Chiru Hana-
|Subject||Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Asagiri ni Chiru Hana-|
Tokeijikake no Ley Line -Kagerou ni Samayou Majo- Download Edition
Vote: 7.5shiny on 2023-09-22
|Review||Played the Switch port, so I'll forego a review of the story in favor of the things specific to the console version.|
In terms of gameplay and performance, boy do I wish all Switch VNs looked like this. The game runs smooth, the artwork & text is crisp and looks good on a 4K TV and the config settings include pretty much all of the options standard for modern VNs. I'd read the Vita version had some issues with voice quality due to file compression, but I didn't notice anything of the kind with the Switch ver. Overall a very solid port.
The console version includes all 3 episodes of Leyline and adds a 4th mini-episode, Kagerou ni Samayou Majo/Witch wandering in the heat haze. Finishing Asagiri also unlocks the Rito route and Ushio after stories 1&2 in the Extra menu.
This being the all-ages port, of course all 18+ content is cut. The flow of events is the same (so yeah, Heidi's route is still about her trying to get herself pregnant), the H-scenes are just removed. This was pretty jarring TBH, as it's pretty obvious most of the time the characters had sex anyway. Of course the side-heroines suffer the most because of this, since with the H-scenes cut the side routes are just 1-1.5h at most and they just kinda end suddenly (since they originally ended with an epilogue H-scene). So my recommendation would be to maybe just skip them altogether when playing the console ver and maybe consider getting the original PC trilogy when it goes on sale for 500yen apiece again if you're interested enough.
That being said, there are quite a few rewrites and extra scenes (from what I can tell with my limited experience with the PC ver) - but it's mostly text edited for consistency and/or added foreshadowing, so it doesn't really stand out as "new" content. Apart from those, each of the original Leyline episodes gets a few new long-ish scenes introducing Sigma and her subplot, which runs in parallel to the main story. This is essentially buildup for the main draw of this port, meaning the newly-added 4th episode.
So, about Kagerou ni Samayou Majo: it's decently long (3-4 hours of reading) and takes place after the finale of Asagiri but before the Mooko after story. As far as quality goes, it's every bit just as good as the original trilogy - in fact I would rate my enjoyment of it higher than Asagiri and just about at the same level as Zan'ei - and it's just a really entertaining scenario that delivers some good character development and mystery that doesn't feel tacked on. I guess you'll like it especially if you like Koga, Michiru, Shizuka, and Michiru and Shizuka together. If I had to just make a complaint, then it seems the aim of this episode was to redeem Andel and her decision, but the events of the Rito route kinda undermine that, so I can't say the end result was very convincing. Overall though, the inclusion of this extra episode definitely makes the console port worth buying and the sheer fun I had reading it completely nullified my annoyance with the H-scene cuts.
So in total, I wouldn't call this version "the definitive Leyline release" because of all of the cut content in the side routes, but unless a backport to PC materializes, I would still recommend the Switch port on the points of having a very high-quality extra episode, a great interface and being a pretty good deal in getting 3 games as one release.