Beneath the Flag (御旗のもとに)

by wfgodbold

Sakura Wars 3: Is Paris Burning? was the first game in the series to change the setting away from Tokyo (and the first to be developed for the Dreamcast). Sakura Wars 3 departed from the grid-based battlefields used in the first two games, and replaced them with a free-roaming system (that system was used in the remake of Sakura Wars 1, and has been mostly unchanged since).

The game picks up at the end of Lt. Ohgami’s voyage to Paris, and he’s looking forward to meeting the Paris Defense Force. Unfortunately for him, his cover job is the same as it was in Tokyo; he’s the ticket puncher for the Les Chattes Noires dinner theater. Just like the Imperial Assault Force’s cover identity was the Imperial Opera Troupe, the Paris Defense Force also sings and dances the night away undercover as performers at the dinner theater.

The game’s plot wasn’t as well done as the plots of the first two games, but the characterization made up for its shortcomings. Several Parisian landmarks make appearances during the game; one battle takes place outside the Notre Dame cathedral, and the Arc de Triomphe conceals a gun large enough to launch mecha to wherever they are needed.

The heroes and villains make their required appearances in the opening movie, along with some very nice CG of the mecha in action.

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