Sakura MMO 2 is the sequel to Sakura MMO and continues the story of Viola and was written by Winged Cloud. This visual novel was originally released on Steam in January of 2019 and Gamuzumi ported it to console in September 2022.
*Disclaimer: A code was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review. This in no way affects the review, as my thoughts are mine and mine alone.
It’s been one month since Viola and Eleri have been transported to Asaph Online. They’ve taken to life better than expected and are still trying to figure out why they were taken there in the first place. They’ve started taking quests from the adventurers guild hoping that they’ll run across a quest that answers something, but along the way, they stumble upon a quest that they can’t say no to because it’s far too interesting.
The story mostly revolves around the aforementioned quest they get at the guild, as it revolves around a new character, Aislinn, and her lost necklace. As the crew has three days to find it or something dreadful ends up happening. But who knows what it is. Unfortunately for everyone, they still end up finding their way into silly situations that had me genuinely laughing. I expected the lewd factor to be as wild as it was in the first game, but it wasn’t even close and I’m actually quite okay with that. Instead it builds the characters more, and by the end I was left caring about everyone even more than I already did.
Bringing a new character into the mix actually worked really well. I wasn’t sure about it all considering they’re barely on screen, but I really hope we see them in the next entry. I was surprised how sad the game actually got, not only because of Aislinns’ backstory, but more so because of a couple other events that happened in the game, especially with Viola. I got choked up quite a bit, but that’s because the music and the writing is so in tune with each other during these parts, and I can’t praise Winged Cloud enough during these sections.
There was a part in the game that felt a little out of place unfortunately. About ¾ of the way through, you end up having a choice of who to spend time with. One of these events really didn’t feel like it progressed anything properly, but instead was just there for some laughs and a good time. Not saying it was a bad scene, but I question why it was there in the first place. At least the other two scenes grew Viola’s relationship with Fion and Eleri respectively.
There was a surprising little twist at the end of the story. At least it was sort of a twist. We all know that Viola is trying to find a way back home, but the way it unfolds is what really had me a little shocked. It made me question the entire universe of the world and I hope it truly gets answered in the next entry. It also has a major impact on everyone and with the three endings, you actually get to see how each character deals with the shocking revelation, depending on who you romance throughout the game. Though there aren’t many choices to make, it’s all very easy to know what option romances who. I enjoyed seeing every single one of these endings and it makes me curious as to whether any of them will matter, or if we’ll see some major fallout later on. Either way, I cannot wait.
- Well Written
- Not Being So Fan Servicey Works Well
- A Funny Scene Even If It’s Out Of Place
- Endings Probably Won’t Matter
- Not Many Choices
Sakura MMO 2 is a blast to read. It continues the story it set out to, while introducing a new character that I hope we see more of. I can’t wait to see the fallout from the ending revelation and I hope we don’t have to wait long for it on consoles. This is definitely a fun afternoon read that I absolutely recommend.
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Game & Developer Information
Developer Website: Winged Cloud
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Publisher Website: Gamuzumi
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