June 24th, 2021 by Simon Elliott

Sakura Succubus 3 - PS5 Platinum Review

The Succubus queen wants to whisk Hiroki off to her realm. Will he succumb to her advances or try to escape? Find out in Sakura Succubus 3 (and grab another 3 minute Platinum)!

Welcome to the third part of the story, following on from Sakura Succubus and Sakura Succubus 2. To recap, the game is an adult-themed visual novel following a relatively normal man called Hiroki who comes to discover most of Japan's most famous and important women are actually Succubi - demons who appear in female form (in this case through barely clothed, big breasted, beautiful women). For a normal guy, these women would be well out of his league and not interested in him in the slightest, but for some reason they're all obsessed by Hiroki's scent leaving him stuck in complicated love games as he's dragged back and forth trying to keep them all happy.

The third story continues from the previous games and introduces a new character called Yue - the succubus queen, who wants to whisk Hiroki away to the succubus realm to have him all to herself. He must decide whether to succumb to her advances or try to escape.

As is the standard for the Sakura Succubus games, it follows a basic visual novel format with a variety of settings you can change to increase the speed of the text or to allow you to skip to important choices. There are a number of dialogue choices you'll have to make as you work through the story, but with the fast forward functionality the Platinum can still be yours within 3 or 4 minutes.




Overview

  • Release Date: 24th June, 2021
  • Publisher: Gamuzumi
  • Developer: Winged Cloud
  • Date Started: 23rd June, 2021
  • Date Completed: 23rd June, 2021
  • Version Played: Digital
  • Price: £7.99 (PS4 & PS5 Version Bundle)
  • Note: Gamuzumi were kind enough to provide a copy of the game for me to review.

The Good

  • The PS4 and PS5 version are bundled together meaning two Platinum trophies are available.
  • If you want to fast forward through the story, the Platinum can be yours in around 3 minutes!
  • Like the earlier games, the story continues to be well written, entertaining and full of twists and turns.
  • New artwork showing off the new characters & outfits as well as unseen background locations.
  • New dialogue routes to discover.
  • Probably the most lewd game in the series so far, filled with innuendos.



The Bad

  • The dialogue choices don't have a huge impact on the outcome of the story as it's pretty linear.
  • The story does become a little bit predictable. Every time Hiroki has a dream about something in his past, whoever he's dreaming about seems to turn up in his life almost immediately.



Hardest Trophy

  • Alls well that ends well - What a happy reunion

The majority of the trophies will unlock just by reading through the story. There are about 4 of them linked to the 2nd 'ending' which is laid out below when making your choice with Yue. This trophy should unlock towards the end of the 2nd route. Other than that, everything else is easy and will usually unlock naturally.




Helpful Tips / Bugs / Glitches / Exploits

No exploits are required. If you're looking for a fast Platinum, head into the settings before you start and copy the image below, then press R1 to skip the story. On your first playthrough always choose the first (top) dialogue option. When you reach the image below ("Let Yue do what she wants" vs "Push Yue away") press Triangle and make a save. From this point, always choose the top option until the end of the story. Once you're back at the main menu, load your save and always choose the bottom option in the dialogue choices until the end of the story and the remainder of the trophies should pop.




Platinum Difficulty Rating - 1/10

1/10

It's very simple. Just read (or skip) through the story and make your dialogue choices. Follow the mini-guide above and make a tactical save when deciding what to do with Yue, or just do 2 playthroughs and make alternate choices. Either way there's no challenge at all.




Platinum Time - 3 Minutes

Skipping the story and quickly choosing the dialogue options I mentioned in the helpful tips section above will allow you to unlock the Platinum in around 3 minutes. Playing through and reading the story properly will obviously depend on your reading speed, but it should take somewhere around 2-4 hours.




Platinum Enjoyment Rating - 10/10

10/10
Another incredibly easy Platinum trophy (or two of them if you include the PS4 and PS5 version), continuing the entertaining story and bringing some new characters and locations into it.


Overall Game Rating - 9/10

9/10
I actually think this is one of the better games in the series. The story was a bit easier to follow and I found it quite entertaining. Although the Platinum is very quick and requires no effort, I actually think it's worth reading the story. Of course it's completely over the top but it's well written and always interesting to see what happens next and how the girls end up in the situations they're depicted in their artwork.




Platinum #617

Here are my most recent Platinum Trophies up to and including this game.

# Game Date
617 Sakura Succubus 3
PS5
23rd June 2021
616 Sakura Succubus 3
PS4
23rd June 2021
615 Our Church and Halloween RPG: Story One
PS4
22nd June 2021
614 Our Church and Halloween RPG: Story Three
PS4
22nd June 2021
613 Our Church and Halloween RPG: Story Two
PS4
21st June 2021
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