Reviewed by Craxton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
||$24.95 US (old price)
||Okay, but a bit underdeveloped.
||Good to Excellent.
Light bondage, some scenes involving torture. May
or may not contain rape scenes, depending on how
you play it.
NOTE: Although out of print
for some years, Three Sisters' Story has been re-released
as part of the JAST
USA Memorial Collection
. The new game includes three complete classic bishoujo games with many new features. See this product for information on this game.
is war. Not just the "Dilbert" style cubicle life- upper management
is no picnic either. Take Koichi, for example. When he was
eight years old, his father's multimillion dollar company
began to fail due to corporate sabotage at the hands of a
friend, Shoji Okamura. As a result, Koichi's father committed
suicide, his wife died trying to support Koichi and his brother,
and the children were seperated and passed around to various
aunts and uncles who were willing to take them on, only to
pass them to someone else at the next chance.
Or take the Okamura sisters.
After being passed around for ten years, Koichi finally wound
up in the care of his older brother, Eiichi, who set him up
in a house next to the Okamura residence. He apparently fell
in love with the middle sister, Emi, and began to see much
of the Okamuras. But then, due to an informant giving away
trade secrets, Shoji's business began to fail. When it finally
went belly-up, Shoji disappeared, and the sisters were left
to fend for themselves. Now Koichi has taken it upon himself
to stop the culprit behind the espionage.
Here's the catch: The informant
is Koichi. And the culprit is his brother Eiichi.
JAST USA's ad calls Three Sisters
Story "the best-selling english language Hentai game of all
time." I can see why. What we've got here is a dramatic, emotional
noir story, with a dash of the typical JAST humor. (Koichi
has an altercation with a pervert over peeping rights, gets
attacked by a Ping-Pong player who is easily insulted, gets
yelled at in the library because his heart is beating too
loudly, and so on.) Over the course of a week, Koichi goes
from respecting his brother to working against him. Character
development is not as good as it could have been. Partially,
this is because we enter the story at a turning point, a few
days after Shoji Okamura disappears. Eiichi wants to continue
to torment the Sisters until Shoji takes his own life, but
Koichi has an attack of conscience and decides that no, this
revenge plot has gone too far. This sets up the conflict well,
but I would have preferred if you started the beginning of
the plot, so that you could see the characters changing in
response to the worsening situation. In particular, we never
really know much about Shoji, which gave me a hard time understanding
why Koichi played along to this point in the first place.
But what we do have in the way of character is sufficient.
What really impresses me about
Three Sisters Story is the amount of freedom the player has.
In a lot of games, you have very little control over the path
the story takes. Three Sisters Story guides you along a set
path from beginning to end, but you have control over several
subplots and small scenes. As a result the player feels in
control even when he technically isn't in control. Most significantly,
the game gives you control over Koichi's sex life, in a way
that's so simple it makes me feel stupid for not thinking
of it myself- The game lets you decide wether to make love
or not. (A few scenes are obligatory.) For example, at one
point where Koichi has to calm a hysterical woman, he can
either embrace her reassuringly, or slap her to bring her
back to her senses. If the former, the woman asks him to make
love, and you can either accept or decline. This effectively
circumvents the old h-game problem of too much sex vs. not
enough, by letting the player decide for himself. There's
even an entire subplot which is completely optional and unrelated
to the main plot.
There is a catch, though- unlike
some games, Three Sisters Story does not condone unrestrained
sexual activity. This is not the kind of game you can barge
through without a second thought. Several of the choices you're
called on to make can lead to a "Game Over" screen. This is
especially true during the endgame, which I had to go through
several times before getting it right. (Not, however, to the
extent of Runaway City's endgame.) Even if you make it all
the way to the end, you might find yourself in an unenviable
situation if you were careless with your dick. There are three
"successful" endings, where you save the sisters from Eiichi,
but only one can be considered a truly "good" ending.
Some people frown on JAST USA
for constantly translating games that are several years old,
instead of more recent and visually impressive titles. But
3 Sisters shows just why they operate that way: graphics always
begin to look dated over time, but three things never go out
of style: sex, love, and stories. Three Sisters Story balences
them all to perfection.
Bottom Line: A game that is entertaining,
dramatic, emotional, and well worth the money.