Sony Japan has released tons of new gameplay information for its upcoming PS Vita genetics RPG, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, this time showcasing two types of special abilities that players can pull off in combat, as well as Kochin, a new character designed to assist players navigate various gameplay systems.
You’ll also find details on a unique limited-time demo version of the PSP remake for the first Oreshika, which includes the full storyline.
Read on for all the details.
The Jutsu in Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines come in a variety of overarching types that focus on things such as offense, healing, and support, among others. Naturally, making use of these Jutsu well in combat after they learn how to use them improves their battlefield prospects tremendously. Doing so, however, takes Skills Points, as represented by the middle blue bar by each character’s portrait. The learning process for these skills takes two steps. First, you have to get your hands on a scroll that contains a Jutsu by winning battles. The next month, if a character’s status parameters are sufficient, they can then learn the Jutsu for themselves.
Offensive Jutsu Examples
- Karenka: Deals heavy damage to one enemy on the front line via a fireball.
- Bashouran: Deals heavy damage mainly to enemies on the front line with violent winds.
Healing Jutsu Examples
- Maruko: Heal one ally’s health substantially.
- Sensuishu: Heal all allies’ status effects and return them to normal.
Support Jutsu Examples
- Kurara: Paralyze one enemy, making them unable to act.
- Kagerou: Raise all allies’ attack evasion.
- Combo Jutsu
In the event that multiple characters in your battle party happen to know the same Jutsu, you can have them pull off a Combo Jutsu. Combo Jutsu are handy in a variety of situations, as not only can they net you rare items as battle rewards, but they can also be used to contain enemy groups so their commanders can’t flee and for taking down especially hearty Onigami hard and fast.
- How to Perform a Combo Jutsu:
1. Pick the first character and choose the “Combo” option when selecting a Jutsu to perform.
2. Pick another character and after selecting that same Jutsu, choose the “Combo” option for them as well.
3. When it becomes the first character’s turn again, the Combo Jutsu will be triggered.
※Although the casting for a Combo Jutsu doesn’t take place until the next turn, its effects are doubled over what would normally be provided.
※For Support Jutsu, their effects stack when the same one is used repeatedly.Characters involved in performing a Combo Jutsu will yell out a hearty “Wasshoi!” as they do so, with the damage dealt increasing four-fold with two characters, six-fold with three characters, and eight-fold if all four-characters are used.
Each of the eight basic job classes in Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines have several Ougi skills that they can use when they find themselves in a real bind. However, whereas a Jutsu uses up a characters Skill Points, an Ougi instead relies on Stamina Points, represented by the green bar at the bottom of each character’s portrait. Be warned, though: a dwindling Stamina meter raises a character’s likelihood of dying. It’s best to use an Ougi only when victory has to be attained at any cost. Much like a Jutsu, an Ougi can be pulled off in tandem with other characters in your party.
- Creating Ougi
After a character has grown and levelled up from battling and their status parameters meet certain requirements, they’ll create an Ougi, which can then be used from the next battle onwards. In cases where the Ougi is being created in the game for the very first time, the character’s name will be appended to the Ougi’s name.
- Inheriting Ougi
Should a parent and child have the same job class, the former can pass down Ougi that they’ve learned onto the latter by making them undergo training. Unless this step is taken prior to the parent character’s death, their Ougi will otherwise die with them. Their descendants can still learn that same Ougi, but will have do so from scratch using the previously described means.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Kochin
- Kochin’s Suggestions
“Kochin’s Suggestions” is designed to help newcomers to the Oreshika series who are feeling lost and unsure of what to do land on their feet. When selecting it as a menu option, Kochin will think about what needs to get done for the month, with her ideas coming in two varieties. The first of these, “Decide Everything for Me,” will result in Kochin deciding the specifics of what to do for the month. Conversely, you can also pick “Deliberate Together,” which lets you make choices in response to Kochin’s take on topics such as your objectives and course of actions, whether to buy/sell equipment, etc.
- Monthly Report
Every month, Kochin will put up a new diary entry that details the month’s events along with screenshots taken during your adventures, allowing you to look back on what your clan has accomplished. For months that have no such screenshots, Kochin will instead put up cute little doodles for you to admire.
- Family History
You can also brush up on information related to your family and its accomplishments under a number of different categories. “The Chronicles of Bravery,” for instance, let you verify things such as your family tree, who’s participated in battles the most, and who’s survived the longest, all according to family branch, while the “Demon Records” allow you to review the demons you’ve previously fought.
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines features a lot of unique terminology. The glossary can provide much-needed insight, as Kochin will walk you through what these terms mean, as well as dispense helpful information that are worth knowing for your journey.
In addition to the Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines demo that’s been available for download since April 24, a new demo for the first Ore no Shika wo Koeteyuke on PSP has also come out as of May 8! Details are as follow below:
- Availability: May 8, 2014 to July 16, 2014. (This is a limited time download!)
- Contents: This demo allows you to experience the storyline of the PSP Ore no Shikabane wo Koeteyuke in its entirety. Whether you’ve never played any entry in this series, only previously played the other demo version, or stopped playing the final retail version, this demo is for you! Additionally, you can import your save data from either this new demo or from the retail version of the PSP into Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, which will in turn reward you with items in the new game! Specific details on what sort of items will be handed out will be revealed at a later date.
- ※The gameplay experience on the PS Vita may be slightly different from that of the PSP, but it will not otherwise affect overall progression.
- ※While it’s possible to reach the ending in this new demo, the difficulty setting will be fixed to “Easy” and Ura Kyoto will not be accessible after clearing the game.
- ※Save data between this demo and the retail version of the game can be used interchangeably. However, the difficulty level will be lowered to “Easy” if it was originally saved at a higher level and Ura Kyoto remains inaccessible after clearing the game.
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is due out for PS Vita in Japan on July 17, with a localized version to follow later. View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.