Bara ni Kakusareshi Verite – Review

薔薇に隠されしヴェリテ 

 Cast: Shirai Yuusuke, Okitsu Kazuyuki, Toriumi Kousuke, Shigeyuki Susaki, Takayasu Usui, Shinshuu Fuji

Release Date: September 1, 2016

Localization: No

Initially I didn’t get this game because I wasn’t too familiar with the cast, the art wasn’t too appealing to me and I thought I could live without experiencing that love Marie Antoinette could possibly have but BOY WAS I WRONG.

Story/Plot: 

You play as Liese who is Marie Antoinette’s maid/servant and under VARIOUS reasons (main one being Marie Antoinette gets a huge fever the day of her meeting with Louis XVI)  you end up taking an elixir that can transform you into a spitting image of Marie Antoinette herself so you can impersonate and take care of some of her duties for her! Because of this, Liese is swept away into a life of luxury and royalty, struggling to maintain her ruse of a pampered princess. Eventually Marie Antoinette does get better so what will happen to Liese now that the real Marie Antoinette is back? (GET FCUKED BY HISTORY THAT’S WHAT–)

Like I said, at first I wasn’t interested in the plot at all based on the summary but it worked out a lot better than I thought! There’s a lot of attention and detail about historical events/people so that really piqued my interests during my play. I love it when historically focused games actually pay attention to historical events and details. Of course being a fictional game, some events were thrown out the window but the one’s they did keep really worked. They did a really interesting take with the elixir that can transform one’s appearance but not their personality so we got to see a lot different sides of characters. That also means a lot of things can go wrong if that elixir gets into the wrong hands- The game felt pretty long to me as common route was quite a few chapters long…. 5 chapters of common route and 5 chapters of character route (If you’ve played Ken ga Kimi I think it’s kind of like that). Definitely a game you can’t zoom through. Though it may seem long most of the scenes are pretty important and help build the world so it’s not like it’s padding for content or anything, just a lot of historical and political plot related things. There’s probably only one route that doesn’t really follow the whole historical time line as closely as others but I’ll let you find out who that is. 

Characters:

I loved all the characters! It was interesting to see their take on them since they were real people. I honestly went into this game without much interest in any of them but I ended up loving them all in one way or another. Their interactions with Liese were adorable and left me wanting more (but then history blocks happy cute times) The voice actors did a good job on them too! Louis’ cold tone in the beginning really softens as he becomes interested in Liese and in the time skip to 4 years later everyone more or else gets a little change in their voices which was nice to hear. Because the game is pretty aligned with history it had me screaming for the characters because how will we find happiness if you’re going to get executed wwwwww. Luckily everyone got the happiness they deserved for the most part

Liese herself was a really good heroine, her personality and the actions she took made sense and were aligned with her morals so I liked that. She also didn’t make any major decisions that had me screaming BUT WHY…… but sometimes the options were just???? so no choice but to make a rash decision. A good balance of supporting the guys but also doing what she wanted/believed was right/best.

Fersen told everyone Liese and Lafayette shared a hot n' steamy kiss and misunderstandings escalated

Art:

To be honest the art did not sell the game to me at all, pretty sure this went under my radar because of that. There were also some CG and sprite inconsistencies that I can’t post here because it would be huge spoilers for [REDACTED]. However, the backgrounds and details were really nicely done and the art style eventually grew on me. I guess people’s biggest gripes were definitely the sprites but the CGs look fine to me so I got over it quick. While it’s not the most amazing thing, it’s wel done and matches the whole theme of the game. Heck, I said the art isn’t my style but I’m still buying the artbook because I NEED TO SEE THOSE ROUGH DRAFTS or I just want to see the characters again because I’m not ready to let go.

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Please be happy forever and ever
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Everything is so ornate and pretty
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Fersen is a loser but also super smooth but mostly a dork

Music:

The music was probably one of the biggest highlights of the game, it matches the theme and time period well and helped bring out the mood for many scenes. The soundtrack is only available with the Limited Edition version of the game so luckily I was able to grab that. You can listen to a sample of some of my favourite tracks here . I think it might as well be my favourite soundtrack from any game I’ve played. Bach’s Air D dur will now never fail to make me cry.

System: 

Oh gosh the system was so foreign to me at first because the placement and shortcut buttons were so different from what I’m used to in other Otomate games. The flow chart was kind of helpful to see where I was going but I couldn’t exactly jump anywhere I needed to go from it. The neat thing about Verite is that it allows for a lot of customization from the text boxes to dressing up Liese when she’s acting as Marie Antoinette- pretty fitting for a time period of aesthetics. The minigame system is pretty cute to if you like playing dress up, but depending on who you do or don’t talk to can change the plot during this mode. It was a fun mini game but as I was trying to go for Platinum it got pretty redundant. The game also has a few glitches so you have to patch the game first but I still ended up missing a few things (like in Lafayette route) and started panicking like is this another glitch or me lol. DID I MENTION YOU COULD ALSO SKIP SCENES IN THIS GAME which is another great option since the common route is so long.

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Customizable text box, you can change the transparency of the boxes too
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Minigame system where you collect items and talk to people, can play dress-up too
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LOL I’m not used to these button layouts at all
Did I mention you have to sign your name as Marie Antoinette but I got lazy

Execution:

Even through the route changes, the plot more or less connected everything together, all the events made sense and the character’s actions don’t drastically change/become inconsistent between each route (A GIANT PET PEEVE OF MINE) Some people might think this game is a lot of copy-pasta since the “same” thing happens over and over again but I think the game pulled it off well. I mean, there’s a time line to follow and in each characters route you follow their perspective and it really changes how you view the ending. Basically while events may be similar, because the characters are so fleshed out and have their own history and concerns the game plays out in such a way that every route has something new and refreshing to offer. 

Overall: 8.0/10

UWydWHA copy

I definitely enjoyed this game so much, I regret not picking it up earlier but I’m glad I was able to grab the LE at 55% off on Amazon. This is definitely an underrated game I feel like it went past everyone’s radar both JP and Western fandom wise (heck that’s why it was so cheap on Amazon). This game made me tear up so many times, that’s what you get for combining tragic events and love divided by social standings. I’d definitely replay parts of this game, the story was so captivating and the characters were really interesting. It was also fun seeing events happen that I learned in history class way back when like “OH HEY I KNEW THAT!!” 

PROS: 

  • Interesting story and good, fleshed out characters
  • A+++++ Music
  • Good use and blending of historical events and fictional elements

Cons:

  • System layout can be confusing at first
  • Minor glitches in game even when game is patched (i.e. frozen screen)
  • Some inconsistencies with CGs and in game sprites

Recommended for people who:

  • Who like history, especially involving the French Revolution
  • Tragic love/overcoming class
  • Enjoy plot oriented games
  • Not looking for an overly fluffy/fanservice game

You can buy the game here:  

Read my reactions of the game here: #michiplaysverite

7 thoughts on “Bara ni Kakusareshi Verite – Review

  1. YASSSSSS I had a feeling this would be overlooked but I wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or not. I’m really glad I picked it up but it’s going to be a while before my Japanese is that advanced to understand all the keigo it threw at me lol. Thank you so much for your review!!

    1. I definitely enjoyed it more than I hated it, mostly because the game chooses to be glitchy at the worst times possible… Oh yeah, there’s a lot of keigo in here but I think once you understand a bit of it it will be easy sailing.

      1. Haha really? Good! I think I’ll have another go then since I am just so in love with the whole idea of the game lol. Thank you so much for your review and I am looking forward to all your posts! ^^ Do you want to exchange blogrolls?

  2. I read this review and decided to get it, now my heart is broken into pieces and I’m feeling so empty (in a good way) :’) Thank you!

    1. Omg I can’t believe my random thought regurgitation would actually convince people to get the game but at least everyone who did seemed to enjoy it and the empty feelings it left them with. 😂👌 I’m glad you liked it!! My wounds from Louis and __________ still hurt!!

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