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Higurashi Daybreak
ひぐらしデイブレイク
Higurashi Daybreak
Information
Developers:
  • Twilight Frontier (PC)
  • Cavia (PSP)
  • Original Release Date
  • August 13, 2006 (PC)
  • November 27, 2008 (PSP)
  • Append Release Date April 22, 2007
    Platform PC, PSP
    Genre Third person shooter, versus battle

    Higurashi Daybreak is a Japanese dōjin third person shooter developed by Twilight Frontier. It was first released on August 13, 2006 and is based on the popular visual novel Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. It was Twilight Frontier's first attempt in making a 3D game. Ryukishi07, the writer of the original game, provided the script for Higurashi Daybreak. This game uses the same voice cast as the drama CD of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei's Hirukowashi-hen arc is based on this game. Also, a related short story, "Higurashi Outbreak", was included in the original soundtrack of the game, which was released on April 22, 2007 along with the expansion Higurashi Daybreak Kai.

    Higurashi Daybreak was ported to the Playstation Portable on November, 27 2008 by Alchemist.

    PlotEdit

    On a peaceful day at Hinamizawa, a small box drops on Furude Rika's head when she was sweeping in the Furude Shrine. In it was a pair of magatama, one red and one white.

    The magatama are actually the sacred treasure of the Furude Shrine. With its magical powers, the holder of the red magatama would unconditionally fall for the holder of the white one. Upon testing its effects on the school faculty, the club members of the Hinamizawa Branch School decided a club game in which they will duel each other to see which pair gets to keep the magatama. In the beginning it was only an afterschool club activity, but their game eventually engulfed all of Hinamizawa.

    GameplayEdit

    The game is a 2 vs. 2 versus third person shooter based on the system of the Mobile Suit Gundam VS Series. Each of the four players can be played by humans (either together locally or through netplay) or controlled by the computer. Each character has a choice of two to three different weapons, with vastly different properties. Actions such as dashing, guarding, jumping, or flying through the air are restricted by a "stamina" gauge — once that gauge is depleted, none of the said actions can be carried out, though the gauge refills itself when it is not in use. Also, a "charge" and "main" gauge determine what kind of projectile the player fires, and how many he or she can fire. And finally, there is also a "limit gauge" that can be charged in one of two ways: when the player is damaged, or when the player deals damage. Once the gauge is full, the player can go into Hypermode and receive some stat bonuses for a limited period of time. The game ends when a team's balloon reaches a preset limit (default at 100%); the percentage increases when a team member's HP bar gets depleted.

    In the story mode, there are initially three storylines to go through, while more can be unlocked after the initial three has been played through. The teams are preset in the story mode, they are:
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    Daybreak (PC)

    Although the teams are preset in the story mode, a team can consist of any two characters in other matches.

    ExpansionEdit

    The expansion, Higurashi Daybreak Kai (ひぐらしデイブレイク改) was announced and was released on April 22, 2007, in the convention Sunshine Creation 37. Aside from adding new characters and new teams, new features include a third new weapon for the original characters, new costumes, a new stage, a third mode to increase the limit gauge, and a functionality enabling observers in a netplay match. Minor balance adjustments were also implemented.

    The "Kai" (改, revision) in the expansion's title is a homonym to the "Kai" (解, solutions) in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, which is the title of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni during its answer chapters (and also the title of the second season of the Higurashi anime).

    Playstation Portable VersionEdit

    Higurashi Daybreak Portable (ひぐらしデイブレイクPortable, ひぐらしデイブレイクポータブル) was released on November 27, 2008. It was developed by Cavia, with the assistance from the original makers, Twilight Frontier and 07th Expansion. The port boasts revamped character graphics to match Alchemist's previous Higurashi ports, new storylines for Hanyū and Kimiyoshi Natsumi, new costumes and weapons, a new opening animation with a theme song, as well as a "shop" feature.

    An enhanced version, Higurashi Daybreak Portable MEGA EDITION (ひぐらしデイブレイクPortable MEGA EDITION, ひぐらしデイブレイクポータブル メガエディション), was released on November 26, 2009. This new version features three new characters—Hōjō Satoshi, Tanashi Miyoko and Okonogi—alongside new stages and several changes.

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