Another Friday in self-isolation, yeah? What’s on your plate this weekend?
This immaculately-written visual novel has become my current obsession. It focuses on the life of a woman experiencing hallucinations of her former lover, who mysteriously disappeared during a vacation overseas. The story is told nonchronologically, so it’s a treat piecing it all together and determining what’s real and what isn’t.
I’ll be reviewing this in full when it’s all over, but for now, I’ll just say “play this fucking game” if you enjoy visual novels. It’s extraordinary.
Period Cube: Shackles of Amadeus (Vita)
Another visual novel, this otome is basically Sword Art Online and all sorts of messed up. You play as a girl named Kuzuha whose brother hasn’t been heard from in a while, so you head on over to his apartment with one of your childhood mutual friends. He’s nowhere to be found. This friend has been avidly playing an MMORPG called Arcadia with Kuzuha’s brother, which ends up sucking them into the game itself upon logging into the mysterious World V on a nearby laptop. Her friend shows her the ropes, helps her create a character, and then the proverbial shit hits the fan — they’re stuck in this ever-crumbling world until someone reaches the final room and touches a holy artifact.
Like I said, very Sword Art Online.
There are quite a few players in Arcadia, all dudes (of course), and you can choose who to befriend, build a relationship with, and ultimately save everyone else alongside. That’s the good ending. Then there are the bad ones, which are incredibly fucked up. Those are my jam.
Langrisser I & II (PS4)
This recent remake/remaster of the first two strategy RPGs in the Langrisser series just arrived in my inbox a few hours ago, so I’m not quite sure what to expect. I’ve always heard of it explained as a rival to Fire Emblem, which is up my alley. We’ll see.
What about you, folks? What’s on your gaming agenda this weekend while locked away safely inside your home?