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Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward Review: A Game of Doubt, Betrayal, and Secrets

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Well I’ve been pretty busy for the last couple of weeks, and this being a long game didn’t really help either.  But at last, I’ve completed Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, and it was indeed quite a game.  A few weeks ago I’d completed the prequel 999 and was quite amazed by the story it presented.  Of course, with something like that, I was very eager to find out what Virtue’s Last Reward would have to offer, and it had even more endings than its prequel and quite a lot of story material.  Now, does it stack up to the glory that 999 established?  Well, it’s a bit complicated really. Continue reading

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Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Review: The Murderous Mystery Escape Puzzle

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After a week of being busy and distracted by other things, at last I get the chance to write about Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, also known as 999.  999 was a game that I’ve actually wanted to play for quite a while, as I’d constantly heard that it’s one of the best DS games out there with an amazing story.  Ultimately, 999 did in fact live up to its reputation and very much impressed me.  Though I wasn’t sure how much I would like it (especially in the early stages of my 999 experience), the last stretch of the game really proved to me how fantastic its story is. Continue reading

Saya no Uta Review: Distorted Morality and a Horrifying Reality

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Well yesterday I finished playing through the short visual novel known as Saya no Uta, and I can definitely say it was a strange one, to say the very least.  Saya no Uta was easily one of the most disturbing, screwed up stories I have ever encountered in any medium.  Saya was up there with stories like Berserk and Higurashi in terms of insane, explicit content.  The key difference, however, is that I was very engaged with those two because of their intricate plots and wide character development.  Saya no Uta, while a good story, was much less appealing to me in the long run and lacking in a few areas. Continue reading

Katawa Shoujo Review: Disabilities and Defining Oneself

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Well ever since I finished Lilly’s route I’ve been pretty much done with Katawa Shoujo, only needing to go back for one scene.  This last week has been pretty busy with projects and finals to deal with so I didn’t get time to post again, but now that I’m out on summer vacation it’s a good time for me to write about my final impressions on Katawa Shoujo as a whole. Continue reading

Katawa Shoujo: Lilly’s Route Review: My Final KS Adventure

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Yesterday night I managed to complete my final route of Katawa Shoujo, and with one scene after that 100% completion of the entire game.  Now Katawa Shoujo was definitely quite the experience and there’s a lot I could say about it, but before I go on to post about my final thoughts on the game, I think it’s better to focus on the girl of my last route: Lilly Satou. Continue reading

Katawa Shoujo: Shizune’s Route Review: Relationship Issues and Bonds Between Friends

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With schoolwork and the like I haven’t been able to play as quickly as I would prefer but yesterday I finally completed Shizune Hakamichi’s route, leaving me with only Lilly’s.  As I had feared from what I heard about this route, Shizune’s route ended up being my least favorite yet.  Of course, that’s not to say that it’s a bad route, but I certainly enjoyed the others more. Continue reading

Katawa Shoujo: Hanako’s Route Review: The Scars of the Past

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My third route of Katawa Shoujo is complete, which sadly reminds me that I’m getting closer to reaching the end of this adventure.  Two more routes left to go and I hope that they’ll match up to the three I have played.  More importantly though, the latest route I’ve completed is that of Hanako Ikezawa, which was refreshing because she made very few appearances in my previous two routes. Continue reading

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