Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
I just submitted my last final exam (because “final final exam” sounded weird) and look forward to spending the next three months as far away from college as humanly possible. Time to unwind with some video games.
I celebrated early by finishing up Root Letter on PS4, which arrived from GameFly about a week ago. It was an interesting visual novel about a guy in his thirties named Max who unearths an unopened letter from an old high school penpal while packing up to move. The two only exchanged ten letters before she suddenly stopped responding–so you can imagine his surprise when the dusty envelope ends up housing a murder confession.
Using the information contained in her letters, Max travels to Aya’s hometown and tracks down her old classmates, much to their dismay. Clearly, they’re hiding something.
The overall flow is typical visual novel stuff (reading lots of text and making dialogue choices) but it’s broken up by an investigation mode whenever Max confronts her quirky classmates. These segments hearkened back to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, though Root Letter is nowhere near as endearing or zany. Max is also a complete shithead with a terrible attitude that made him wholly unlikeable. The overall story, however, was super intriguing and took a much darker turn than I anticipated.
I just received a review key for the new Vita visual novel Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~, which not only has an absurd name but initially piqued my interest with its Sword Art Online-esque story.
It’s yet another story of someone searching for a missing person, but it all takes place inside of an in-game MMO called Arcadia. Similar to Sword Art Online, the only way out is to clear the game, which becomes increasingly difficult as the game world begins to crumble around you. Color me intrigued.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes out today, which I definitely plan on picking up, but I also just downloaded Kamiko on the Nintendo Switch. It’s a retro Zelda-like that’s only $5, which has super rad sprite work, a great soundtrack, and three female leads to choose from. It’s split up into bite-sized levels where puzzle solving and monster slaying eventually culminates in a satisfying boss encounter.
I’m near the end already (it’s supposedly under two hours long), and I’d like to review it here as well to give it a bit more exposure. It’s already been reviewed at Switch Player anyway.
My goal this weekend is to finish up the other four endings in Root Letter so I can send it back. GameFly just received my Super Bomberman R return (holy hell that game was incredibly mediocre) and shipped out Suda 51’s serial killer visual novel The Silver Case on PS4. The game initially released in Japan only, back in 1999. It was supposed to be ported to the DS in 2012, but the idea was eventually scrapped. Thankfully, it was recently given the remaster treatment on PC and PS4.
I’m a huge fan of Suda’s work, particularly Shadows of the Damned, Liberation Maiden, and Lollipop Chainsaw, so I look forward to diving in when it arrives next week.
What about you, folks? Have any gaming plans this weekend?
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