Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded by NIS America.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from NIS America for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded is a remastered version of the PS Vita game Genso Wanderer. The game was released on both PS4 and the Nintendo Switch.
The game follows a shrine maiden named Reimu Hakurei as she travels across Gensokyo in order to stop a friend who has been turned evil by a mysterious orb. After the initial cutscenes, a giant tower has appeared in the land of Gensokyo and it’s up to Reimu to travere the many floors of a dungeon in order to stop her now evil friend.
The game’s entire world is a dungeon and with each area that you pass through is a floor within the dungeon. In the beginning, you’ll find it very difficult to progress through the many floors of the dungeon due to being underpowered.
Once you reach the Yokai Village you’ll unlock the ability to fuse items together. Fusion is incredibly important in this game because it lets you upgrade your weapons, armor and items to become that much more powerful. With increased power comes the ability to reach higher floors in the game.
If you happen to die during a dungeon, you’ll be given the option to retry it. If you choose not to retry you’ll get sent back to the Hakurei Shrine which acts as the game’s hub world. Any items you acquire during your run are brought back with you to the hub world so you can use them to upgrade your favorite equips.
Returning to the Hakurei Shrine resets your level and progress back to 1 but sometimes it’s better to head back instead of dying numerous times. It’s also worth mentioning that you can sell items in shops such as the General Store in the Yokai Village.
When exploring the dungeon combat is turn based whenever there’s enemies around. Reimu has various abilities available to her which can aid you in various ways during combat. One fires a 3 shot burst which covers a large area while another fires straight through lined up enemies. It’s a good idea to use different abilities depending on the situation you’re in. If you take damage, you’ll regenerate health as you walk around.
Walking around also makes Reimu hungry so you’ll need to replenish her stomach bar by eating various types of bean cakes. There’s a shop in the Yokai Village that allows you to upgrade low grade bean cakes into higher quality ones, for a small fee of course.
Overall, Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded is a pretty entertaining game. It’s also quite challenging too and it’s enemies become quite tough early on. I will admit that it does take a while to make progress through the game because it requires you to have some pretty powerful weapons and armor through fusion first. If you can’t take or do a lot of damage you’ll be stuck on the same floors for quite a while. The requirement for points in fusion also adds to the time consuming nature of the game because you run out pretty quickly and will need to grind to get more.
Even though its time consuming and pretty grindy, I still enjoyed the game and would recommend giving it a shot if you enjoy the Touhou series or roguelikes in general.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks! I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!
Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded$49.99
Features of Interest
- Interesting Story
- Great Cast of Entertaining Characters
- Fun Gameplay
- Looks Pretty Good In Game/Great Artwork
- Decent Entertainment Value
- It Does Get A Bit Boring After A While
- Very Time Consuming
- Quite Pricey At $49.99