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Overview

Fuuraiki (風雨来記) is a Japanese adventure game made up of hand-drawn characters and real-world photographs of actual locations in Japan developed by FOG and O-TWO. The game follows a young reporter for a travel magazine on a writing assignment in Hokkaido, Japan. For one month he will journey across the region on his motorcycle all while taking pictures and interviewing residents in order to construct articles that he uploads to the magazine's online blog. Along the way he will also meet several heroines that he can get to known throughout his trip and maybe develop a relationship with. The game was initially published in Japan on January 18, 2001 for the PlayStation with an enhanced port later released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2, which contained higher resolution graphics, a new voice cast as well as a newly written bonus scenario. Both versions of the game were later made available as digital downloads on the PlayStation Network with the PlayStation version coming out in 2011 and Nippon Ichi releasing the PS2 edition in 2015.

A direct sequel was released in 2005 called Fuuraiki 2 featuring the same protagonist traveling to Okinawa and a third installment was also published in 2013 which was set in Hokkaido once again with a new lead.

Gameplay

Tetsu Soma, the lead character who the player can rename, goes on a road trip across Hokkaido that is presented through three different gameplay styles. These include riding on Tetsu's motorcycle, traditional adventure segments and writing articles.

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There are 80 real-world Hokkaido landmarks that can be visited during Tetsu's journey and the way the player travels to these locations is by entering a first-person driving segment similar in presentation to Google Street View. Each section of road is shown as a single photograph with up to three other selectable photos appearing at the top of the screen corresponding to different directions. The camera will slowly zoom in to represent the movement of the motorcycle and indicating how long the player has to make a choice. If the player selects a photo the motorcycle will move in that direction but if no choice is made the player will automatically move forward. The game is structured non-linearly so the player is free to go wherever they wish at any time. A map of the region can be viewed while driving as well, which shows where the player is heading and where they have been recently. Red dots show where the various landmarks are located and a flag can be placed on the map to mark a point of interest, which will appear on the game's compass. The compass in the bottom left corner not only shows what direction the player is heading but also displays the player's current stamina, which drains as they travel or take any action outside of driving.

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When the player parks at a landmark they will enter the game's adventure section. During these segments the player can talk with locals and other travelers while making dialogue choices that will effect what Tetsu can write about. The player can also interact with one of the game's five heroines that they'll meet throughout their playthrough, where their choices will build Tetsu's relationship with one of the women and unlock special events which will effect the game's ending. To navigate each location, the player selects large arrows on the screen which moves them to new areas. At anytime a camera can be taken out to photograph the background, which starts a small mini-game where the picture needs to be taken once it comes into focus. Tetsu can photograph the game's heroines as well by asking them to pose for photos at any of the locations they visit. Certain landmarks will also have camping sites that the player can use to recharge Tetsu's stamina by sleeping. If the player doesn't choose a camping site by choice, Tetsu will automatically set up camp wherever he is once his stamina is fully drained.

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While camping, the player can write articles that will be uploaded to Tetsu's travel blog, which Tetsu is required to do at least once a week or else the player will get a game over. Depending on what the player did during the day, different subjects will be available to write about and choices can be made about what details to put in the article. The player will also have to choose two photos to include in the article which are selected from a digital album full of all of the pictures they have taken throughout their journey. After the article is uploaded to the internet, the player can also visit the blog's website to read comments, check their emails and see how well their articles are ranked. If the articles all get high rankings the magazine's website could win a popularity contest which can effect how the game ends. Once the player has finished writing they can go to sleep and begin the next day.

After one month of time has passed the game will come to an end with the player's choices effecting which of the game's endings will be obtained. Four of these endings are connected to each of the game's heroines but despite Fuuraiki being marketed as a "gal game" these endings do not lead to the two characters starting a long lasting relationship but instead end with the characters saying good-bye and going their separate ways, never to see each other again. It is even possible for Tetsu to not interact with the heroines outside of their initial meeting and simply have him go on a road trip by himself where the story focuses more on Tetsu's backstory, which leads to its own ending.

Characters

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Tetsu Soma

  • Age: 20

A young man who is a fairly experienced camper and reporter for a medium sized publication that releases a traveling magazine that Tetsu writes for. He has suffered many loses in his life, experiencing the death of not only both of his parents but also his close childhood friend as well, who he often went on trips with. Following in his father's footsteps, who was a famous photographer, he takes on the Hokkaido writing assignment while riding on the motorcycle that once belonged to his friend.

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Natsu Saito

  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: February 2nd
  • Blood Type: A
  • Place of Origin: Nagoya
  • Voice: 多田智美 (PS1) / Mai Nakahara (PS2)

A strong-willed tomboy who meets Tetsu on the ferry to Hokkaido. She has taken a leave of absence from her high school in order to travel to Hokkaido to fulfill some kind of promise. Natsu is also Fuyu's identical twin and shares one of the game's endings with her sister.

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Tamae Takizawa

  • Age: 21
  • Birthday: August 13th
  • Blood Type: B
  • Place of Origin: Kamakura
  • Voice: 妹尾真理 (PS1) / Akiko Hiramatsu (PS2)

Tamae is an energetic biker that is going on a road trip across Hokkaido similar to Tetsu, although it is her first time doing so and she has only just recently gotten her license.

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Fuyu Saito

  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: February 2nd
  • Blood Type: A
  • Place of Origin: Nagoya
  • Voice: 多田智美 (PS1) / Mai Nakahara (PS2)

The polar opposite of Natsu, Fuyu is an feminine young woman who also meets Tetsu aboard the ferry to Hokkaido. She is an avid reader of the travel magazine Tetsu writes for and is actually a big fan of his articles.

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Itsuki Tokisaka

  • Age: 20
  • Birthday: November 8th
  • Blood Type: O
  • Place of Origin: Minato, Tokyo
  • Voice: 中矢由紀 (PS1) / Rina Satou (PS2)

A quite woman that Tetsu can meet at Lake Mashu. She belongs to a canoe club and has a sad disposition due to recently having an argument with her close friend and fellow club member.

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Yumi Morioka

  • Age: 26
  • Birthday: July 30th
  • Blood Type: A
  • Place of Origin: Hakodate
  • Voice: 井上こより (PS1) / Miho Yamada (PS2)

Yumi is a doctor that studies cancer treatments and is a character that originates from FOG's first video game, a title called Michinoku Hisen Koimonogatari. She is a hidden love interest that can only be met during the the final week of the game where Tetsu helps her after she gets into a car accident caused by a cow running into the road. Like the other heroines, Tetsu can take pictures of Yumi at different landmarks, but in order to get her permission the player first has to beat her in a game of hanafuda. This is a callback to Michinoku Hisen Koimonogatari, which had a similar requirement to photograph the heroines in that title.

External Links

  1. Official Website (PlayStation)
  2. Official Website (PlayStation 2)
  3. Dengeki Online: Memory Revival Game Feature - Fuuraiki
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