First review post of the year! I haven’t played that much lately and I’m currently 夢中 with some japanese rock bands.
Reviews are some games I wanted to write.
The Caligula Effect
Protagonist discovers he’s in some cyber world were he repeats being a high school student all over again. Tries to escape but he can’t. He joins the Go Home Club where its members are also trying to escape from the “perfect world”. The club is being targeted by the musicians who support μ, the creator of the “perfect world”
I haven’t finished the game because I lost my copy. The game was fun during the first hours and the battle system was fun with the combo system and weakness but the game has a lot of bugs and the lag is very bad. Sometimes, you’re ambushed by a lot of NPCs and it makes you to get a game over. The NPC characters you can recruit are almost the same. Story was very simple and made me wonder if the scenario was really written by Tadashi Satomi. I would say the music is good but most of the music it’s only the music from the musicians I told before. Instrumental version during the dungeon and vocal version when you fight.
The game is set in Tokyo. The protagonist gets put on probation after being falsely accused. He stays with one of his dad friends and goes to a new school. During his first day, he ends up in a parade (which is the other world where the protagonists can use Persona and fight demons) and there he awakes his Persona. Later, with the talking cat Morgana, Ann and Ryuji, they found the Phantom Thieves to steal the corrupt hearts from the adults and try to reform the city.
The story involves the modern japanese society so I really recommend to know more about it before playing the game so you can understand it. Heck, even some of the stories are very similar to news that happened years ago, like Yusuke teacher’s case.
Gameplay is similar to the previous games but this time you can use guns. Guns are also the weakness of some of the demons. Dungeons aren’t random generated and demons have their own sprite. You can’t visit the Parade after the day limit. Also, you can do subquests which involves going to Mementos. Some subquests are important for the Social Links. Unlike the Parades, Mementos map is randomly generated.
I liked the game but it was too long. Had to stop playing after 50 hours because I was too tired and I got bored. Is better than Persona 3 and 4 but it feels too long, took me like 85 hours to finish the game. Battles were easy until the last Parade. I liked it but I wouldn’t consider it a kamige like other people do.
Taisho x Taisho Alice all in one
The protagonist Arisu awakes without any memory. She finds a shota called Alice who also lost his memory. Arisu and Alice then goes to various mirrors to try to remember.
Each mirror has characters with their own route and endings. The routes aren’t very long and the characters are based on fairy tales like Cinderella, snow-white and Little Red Riding Hood.
I can’t remember much about the story but it was fun. The game is getting an english version but I can’t trust the localization company because it looks very shady.
CATS! ZOMBIES! NINJAS! GHOSTBUSTERS NINJAS! IKEMENS! CHILDHOOD FRIENDS! STALKERS AND MORE CATS!
During summer vacation, the protagonist is invited by her childhood friend, Hino, to go to a village called Okunezato. One year before the story, the protagonist brother disappears on the village, so she decides to go to search for him by Hino’s suggestion. The group members of the Forbidden Okunezato Club, where the protagonist and Hino are members, gather on the hotel where the two are staying and they’re involved in mysterious incidents related to a legend from the village called the “Legend of the Dead”.
Unlike the other Otomate games, 7’scarlet makes you to play the routes in order. You have to finish Hino or Isora route before being able to play the routes of the other characters. Those routes leaves you with many questions about the village and what happened to the protagonist brother.
The story is actually good and gives you a sense of mystery. It’s more about the story and the mystery of the village rather than being a game with ikemens. My only problem is the last route: it’s just a copy paste text and the last route character doesn’t have too many CGs. Like they ended up without budget for the CG.
I wasn’t interested in playing it at first but after I friend told me to play it, I bought it. I expected it not to be good but it was really great. Too bad not many people bought the game because it was released near Collar x Malice release date.
Eve Burst Error R
All ages “remaster” of the Sega Saturn version of Eve Burst Error. Unlike the awful remake of YU-NO, Eve Burst Error R includes the original CG remastered, new CG drew by the original illustrator, new music (you can change it for the old one if you don’t like it) and the old voice cast.
The game features two protagonists: Kojiroh, a private detective, and Marina, a national intelligence agent. Kojiroh is hired to find a mysterious piece of art. When he returns to his office, he find a girl being ambushed by some random guys. So he helps her. The girl, called Purin, decides to stick with him. Marina is hired to protect Mayoko, the daughter of the Edian Embassy’s Ambassador, from a group of terrorists.
The remake features a help mode that tells you were to go next. The game is a classic that is a must play if you like VN. I found the remake very enjoyable like the original game but the new CG looked weird with all the CG and characters sprites taken from the SS version. The game only has one ending.