Piofiore: Fated Memories is wild y’all and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on all the hype! I mean, who doesn’t want a group of hot Mafia boys fighting over them? So, with its sequel, Piofiore: Episodio 1926 coming out later on this month, I finally sat down and finished Fated Memories! With its intense, action packed story and complex characters, this is definitely an otome game that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Follow Liliana, as her peaceful life in the church is thrown into chaos, when she is pulled into the conflict between three of Burlone’s most powerful crime families. Delve into the seedy underbelly of the city and get to know the dangerous men that run Burlone, and along the way uncover secrets that could change the fates of everyone.
- Genre: Action | Romance | Mystery
- Rating: ESRB M
- Developer & Publisher: Otomate & Aksys Games
- Where to Get the Game: Aksys Games | Amazon | Nintendo eShop
- Similar Games: OZMAFIA | BUSTAFELLOWS | Collar x Malice
Many secrets lie dormant in this town…
During the 1920’s, as the world is beginning to recover after World War I, the protagonist lives in a town in southern Italy known as Burlone. The area is controlled by three criminal organizations commonly knows as the Burlone Mafia. Our protagonist, living peacefully in the city finds herself unexpectedly dependent on one of the families.
Why is she being targeted? What do they want with her?
Unknowingly a key player in the deadly turf wars, she is thrown into the midst of the extraordinary….
Piofiore: Fated Memories Characters
In Piofiore: Fated Memories there are five love interests (and one secret unlockable LI): Nicola Francesca, Gilbert Redford, Dante Falzone, Yang, and Orlok. At the start of the game only Dante and Nicola’s routes are open, but after you finish one of those, Yang and Orlok’s routes unlock. After you finish those four routes, then Gilbert’s route is available to play. Then, after you finish all of those routes the Finale and the Secret LI routes are available (they are offshoots of Gil’s route so it makes sense story wise). The recommended play order is Nicola, Yang, Orlok, Dante, Gilbert, and then the Finale/Secret LI. But, I switched out Dante and Orlok and there was no issue with the flow of the story—though I will say any route you play after Yang will seem lackluster in comparison.
Nicola Francesca (VA. Ryohei Kimura)
Nicola is Dante’s cousin and the second in command of the Falzone family. He and Dante were raised together and have a strong brotherly bond, with Nicola especially treating Dante like a baby brother. Fiercely loyal and protective of Dante, Nicola will lay down his life for the family and he isn’t above getting his hands dirty if the situation calls for it. Nicola is known for being a bit of a flirt, though we never actually see his womanizing ways in the game. He is one of the most approachable and least threatening looking LIs in the game, but with his ever present smile it’s kind of hard to know what he’s really thinking. He doesn’t really let others get too close, but once you break through his defenses he’s really quite sweet and 100% a tease.
Nicola isn’t my cup of tea, but he and Lili had some sweet genuine moments and I love how he lets himself be vulnerable with her throughout his route.
Yang (VA. Nobuhiko Okamoto)
Yang is the leader of the Lao-Shu and one of the most dangerous men in Burlone. While the Falzone and the Visconti have a code of honor when it comes to running their criminal enterprises, Yang has no such sentiments, running the Lao-Shu based on his whims. You never really know what his true goals are and he will not hesitate to throw someone in the line of fire just because he can. He is literally what happens when someone’s Id goes unchecked. Yang lives life in the moment and most of his actions can be seen as cruel, but when he does take an interest in someone he can be extremely possessive (and affectionate(?)). This is probably the steamiest route in the game, though, some of the intimate moments have dubious consent (at best) so be mindful of that.
I honestly thought I’d hate Yang, he’s a bad guy and he doesn’t pretend to be anything else, he shows Lili his worst and doesn’t care how she perceives him. But, there’s something kind of appealing about a guy that could literally take me out without warning and I kinda appreciate his honesty.
Orlok (VA. Toshiyuki Toyonaga)
Not much is known about Orlok other than he acts as an informant for the Burlone crime families. He always seems to be in the background of everything going on in the city and he possesses an almost inhuman fighting ability. He is a man of few words and he can be a bit naïve about the ways of the world, but he occasionally reveals that he knows more about Liliana and her connection to the Falzone than he initially lets on. Orlok is extremely pious and takes his faith very seriously, which is a point of connection between him and Lili. He can be a sweetheart, but when Lili is in danger he won’t hesitate to kill to protect her.
So, Orlok is the youngest LI of the bunch and while he’s cute he seems to be a bit too innocent—which is perfect for Lili, since she’s lived a pretty sheltered life and could do with someone more on her level. But, on the flipside I couldn’t take Orlok seriously as an LI, he felt more like someone’s kid brother. Though, his route definitely had me bawling the most.
Dante Falzone (VA. Kaito Ishikawa)
Despite his young age, Dante is the head of the Falzone family. While he is a capable leader and respected by the rest of the family, he is very aware of his own shortcomings and works had to be worthy of the title. He is loyal to the family and leads his mean the level-headedness one would expect of someone in his position, and at times he can go a bit overboard to maintain his strong tough-guy act. But deep down, Dante is a sensitive and caring man who prefers sweets and cakes to bitter espresso.
Dante just fell flat for me, he’s much more subtle with his affections and after the rollercoaster that is Yang’s route, he was very underwhelming in comparison. Don’t get me wrong, he is sweet as pie and one of the most caring LIs in the game. It just takes too long for things to “heat up” between him and Lili (though for those in the know, Dante’s dick is 100% the 8th Sacrament).
Gilbert Redford (VA. Showtaro Morikubo)
Gil is the progressive, charismatic leader of the Visconti family. Unlike Dante who inherited his position, Gil earned his through his own efforts. He is brimming with confidence and good vibes, and he isn’t really big on tradition. Gil has a strong sense of justice and he has a deep love for the city of Burlone and its people. He is beloved by all and is always there for a laugh and a good time. Gil is respected by his men and the people of Burlone and always makes time to walk around town and chat up the locals. He is extremely generous regularly donating to the church and when he needs odd jobs done he turns to the poor, paying them much more than expected. Gil is a perfect gentleman, he is respectful of others and ALWAYS asks for consent with his partners!
I LOVE Gilbert Redford, he is the perfect LI, PERFECT. He is the only LI that doesn’t just snatch Lili off the street, he gives her a choice and he is always careful to respect her wishes and keep her informed of what’s going on. He is a big ol’ softie and he is super sweet. Gil is just such a lovable dork. They really saved the best for last.
Secret Character Route
Secret Character – Click for Thoughts (spoilers)
Henri (VA. Shinnosuke Tachibana)
Woah boy, this route was something else 👀 So, Henri’s route is an offshoot of Gil’s route and ties up most of the loose ends regarding the Key Maiden storyline and the counterfeiting scandal. His route does give more insight into the nature of the Key Maiden lore, but I think Dante’s route did a better job of it than Henri’s. I’ll be honest, this route felt pretty rushed and could have done better if Henri had been introduced earlier in the game. Despite being a major player in many events of the game he doesn’t really get any major screen time until Gil’s route. I mean yeah, his alter-ego does appear several times in the game, but we don’t meet Henri until much later and that just isn’t enough time to get invested in him as an LI.
Secret LI routes can be a bit of a mixed bag, like I hated Bro’s in Period Cube but, [redacted] in Cupid Parasite was really well done because the writers took the time to flesh him out as a character BEFORE we romance him.
IDK Henri just wasn’t doing it for me and his route felt like one big info dump of sadness and angst. He has some serious baggage and the story never truly gives him a chance to fully heal from his trauma, the writers just slap a “love” bandaid on it and call it a day. Henri does get his own route in Piofiore Episodio 1926 so here’s hoping they do right by him in the follow-up.
Has been living at the church for as long as she can remember. Becomes involved with the Burlone Mafia due to a certain incident… Has little to no knowledge of her family or childhood.
I think it’s blasphemy in the otome community to not love Lili, and for good reason, she’s awesome. She’s been living a peaceful life in the church, only to find herself thrown headfirst into a conflict between three Mafia families. While she doesn’t always condone the things that the Mafia does, something she is very vocal about, she does understand that sometimes you have to get your hands dirty to keep the peace. She reminds me a lot of Ichika from Collar x Malice in that she isn’t the strongest or the best, but she doesn’t let that stop her from doing what she can to help those around her, even if that’s just baking pastries for the boys after a hard day or helping feed the poor in Strano.
Piofiore Fated Memories Review
There is a lot to take in with Piofiore: Fated Memories and trust me when I say it more than earns it’s ESRB M rating. It’s about the Mafia, so there are more than a few violent situations, characters can and will die (especially in the Bad and Tragic ends) and there are a few intimate scenes that fell more into the dubious consent category. Yang’s route was especially bad about consent early on since he kind of just takes what he wants without bothering with asking. So, a lot of his steamier encounters with Lili can feel a bit icky. He does get better as the route progresses, but there is always that underlying consent issue. But, the worst offenders are the Bad ends which do not hold back on some of the more triggering stuff, so please tread with caution.
On the flipside of that I love that Piofiore doesn’t shy away from the darker elements. This is a game about dangerous men, you expect a bit moral ambiguous-ness. All of the LIs (except Orlok) are criminals, they run crime families and they are not shy about the things that they do. Most of the LIs have a strong moral code so they go out of their way to not intentionally put Lili in harms way, but then there are others *cough* Yang *cough* who don’t care if she gets dinged up a bit.
In Yang’s route he takes Lili on a ship full of trafficked women like it’s nothing and in Dante and Orlok’s route you see them kill more than a few folks in broad daylight most of the time. So, if you’re expecting something cute and sweet and full of fluff, this ain’t the game for you fam. But for all the sus stuff the guys do there are plenty of sweet moments. Like Dante secretly buying Lili a kitty so she won’t be lonesome at the Falzone estate or just about everything Gil does in his route—he is the perfect otome LI.
Granted for all potentially uncomfortable situations, Piofiore is a damn good story that will have you eagerly clicking along! The game hits the ground running, Lili is snatched from her comfortable life at the church and thrust into the dangerous world of Burlone’s Mafia. She becomes privy to the innerworkings of their enterprises and has to navigate the delicate relationship the Mafia has with the city of Burlone. Sure Lili is a bit naïve and she goes in expecting the best of everything, but that doesn’t mean she takes everything lying down. She has a strong sense of self and despite being in the company of the most dangerous men in Burlone, she doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind and that really made Lili work where other heroine fell flat.
Of course she isn’t completely removed from everything and she does have her own special role to play in events. There is more to her than meets the eye and the closer she gets to the Mafia the closer she gets to the truth about her identity and the secrets of Burlone. Spoiler Alert: It involves the church. I am a sucker for good worldbuilding and lore and the writers do a fantastic job of fully immersing us in this world. I found myself wanting to know more even if that meant staying up into the wee hours of the morning.
The Verdict: So, is Piofiore: Fated Memories Worth Playing?
Absolutely! Piofiore: Fated Memories more than lives up to the hype. This a much more mature story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on clicking till the very end. All of the love interests were a lot of fun, yes, even the ones I wasn’t fond of, and I liked seeing them pop up in each other’s routes in supporting roles. While the story can get pretty dark, there were more than enough romantic and lighthearted moments to balance out all the angst. But, if you’re going to play Piofiore be mindful of the content warnings. All in all I had a great time with Piofiore: Fated Memories and I can’t wait to dive into Piofiore: Episodio 1926!
25 thoughts on “Piofiore: Fated Memories Review”
The artstyle looks so pretty , reminds me of old Final Fantasy Tactics . Plus i like mafia stories .
Oh this is one of the prettiest otome games out there right now! Also, the Mafia romance is *chef’s kiss* we need more of these stories!!
I am absolutely LOVING those mini images with the brief description of your thoughts! Or were they always there and I was just too stupid to notice…?
I’m so glad! Oh, no you’re right they’re new (I’m using my Twitch emotes). I thought it would be a cute, fun, quick way to get my thoughts on the route across.
The inclusion of mini image is super cute! Too bad Dante is the only one that doesn’t have one. I’m looking forward to see more of your chibi images!
I actually once wondered why I could love Yang. I hate yandere like Tohma from Amnesia, yet I love Yang who no doubt had done things worse than him, being a mafia boss and all. (^_^;)
After playing his route in Episodio 1926, I love him even more with his character development! You definitely should look forward for the sequel because it’s GOAT! (^w^)
And I am so glad that you can see Liliana’s worth as heroine! I was frustrated when people called her mere wallflower or cardboard MC. Liliana is smart, she knows what needs to be done and what decision to be made to survive among the mafia.
Thank you! I wanted to do something to spice the reviews up a bit, so I used some of my Twitch emotes for the reactions. Sadly, I realized I don’t have a “meh” emote lol so no react for Dante. I’m playing 1926 now and hopefully his route wows me so he can get one in the next review.
From what I’ve seen of him in 1926 (I’ve only done Gil so far) he and one of the new side characters has me SO READY for Yang’s route! I NEED to see the two of them in a full route together.
Yes! Lili isn’t one of those grab a sword kinda gal, but her strengths definitely shine through. She is level headed, the way she interacts with the LIs and handles all the danger is award worthy! If I was in her place I’d have had more than a few breakdowns.
I’m glad you liked the review and thank you for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment! 💖
I loved everything about Piofiore: Fated Memories when I first played it 2 years ago and I still think about it regularly. It had so much to offer and I’d probably go as far as saying it’s my all time favourite otome game, so I’m ridiculously excited for 1926!
I’m so pleased you finally finished it and I loved reading your thoughts (the emotes are also a super cute addition)!
I have been sleeping on Piofiore, but I am so glad I was able to play it before the 1926 release! 1926 is so good, I hope you enjoy it too when you get it!
Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts! And thank you, the artist I commissioned did a wonderful job with my emotes!!
Yang was the best route. But I do have a thing for 2D bad boys.
Love to read your review on the characters routes. Can’t wait to read more of them.
I’m so stoked for this. I’d be curious as to your recommended route order, given how some fell flat in comparison.
So for Episodio 1926, I did Gil, Orlok, Nicola, Yang, Dante. Then there’s the Alternatavia path and then finally the secret character from Fated Memories gets a route. But, honestly you can play in any order.
In Fated memories, the order the characters are listed is my play order.
I love Yang so much. Piofiore is a masterpiece in the story, the setting, the art, and of course the men. Yang will always be my favorite character hands down. I adore the trash man and I would sell my soul to him.
Yang is 100% my trash bae love (but Gil has my whole heart)!! He’s definitely fun in 1926!
Amazing review as always! And thank you for the warnings!, Looking forward to the release of the fandisk
Thank you!! 💜 I’m glad you enjoyed the review and thank you for reading!!
If you loved the first game you’re going to love 1926, they take everything to the next level!
Also the warnings are a must for games like Piofiore!
The art style is sooooo lovely 🥰
YES the art in this game is some of the best I’ve seen!
I love the character design in this game.
Right, the art in this game is gorgeous and I love guys in suits!
The emotes are so cute!
Thank you! 💜 I’m glad you like them!
Thanks for the review. I’ve always known Otome games existed but this was an indepth look into how they play. I’m even learning tips from their ways of life!
The artwork is beautiful!