Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
It’s the first Friday of October and normally I’d be basking in the brisk fall breeze, enjoying a hot coffee, but it’s 97 degrees here in South Carolina. Fucking woof.
Anyway, what’s on your gaming agenda this weekend?
On deck for me we have…
This visual novel puts you in the shoes of a high school student who just relocated to Mihate Town and lives in his uncle’s mansion with his distant cousin. It’s part slice-of-life relationship building and part supernatural mystery, as Mihate Town is believed to be revisited by the murderous deceased every 100 years. Guess what time it is?
The prologue ran me about 2 hours and ends with a giant “what the fuck?” moment where most of the cast dies after their August summer break. There are 5 routes in all, each focusing on your relationship with the game’s various characters (all of which are fantastic) during that month and potentially alters the outcome. Like most visual novels, it’s a lot of story beats and dialogue prompts, so it’s easy to get side-tracked during a route without a guide handy. I’ve been using one so I don’t miss out on anything.
This’ll be my main game this weekend, but just in case I finish it up…
AI: The Somnium Files
This is Spike Chunsoft’s newest adventure game, which also happens to be a mystery visual novel focusing on serial murders. Unlike WorldEnd Syndrome, though, you actually investigate the murders by jacking into people’s memories with the help of an A.I. companion.
I’m not sure what to expect here, but some of my friends on Twitter seem to be enjoying it quite a bit.
I’ll have more to say once I actually play it myself, so hopefully by next weekend.
What about you, folks? What are your weekend gaming plans?