Foreword: An extremely high rating game, which will definitely surprise all readers. Contrary to the popular belief, this game is extremely unpredictable; don’t try to determine what happens in the later parts of the story, because 90% of the time, you’ll be wrong. Despite this, I correctly predicted the outcomes when this game was announced, in my previews.
However, you’ll definitely find this game worth your time, regardless of your experience with eroge. Yes, this game is actually pretty difficult to understand. Yes, this game has a lot of psychological traits that a normal person wouldn’t understand “Why would she do that?!” But, you’ll find that the heroines below, as well as subcharacters that interact in a very complex manner, and create various dramatic ironies (This term means that the readers are shown what the characters have no ideas about).
I will try to not give any part of the storyline in this review. This is mainly because this game is so good, it is a definite must for any player, just like how Ever17 was a must for any English players. Please also note that this game is EXTREMELY inciting. You really must resist your urge to punch your computer, because some of the characters will make you VERY MAD. In addition, make sure you have a box of tissues nearby, because this game will also make you CRY.
In general, this game was a sad game, and there are very little comical scenes. Keep this in mind as you continue down to the review, or think about playing this game.
Title: White Album 2
Release Date: December 22, 2011
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v7771
Game Type: Novel
Summary: This is the after story to White Album 2 introductory chapter. The story takes place 3 years after the introductory chapter, and features stories of 5 characters: Setsuna and Touma is definitely coming back, but the story can wander towards heroines Chiaki, Mari, and Koharu.
The game itself includes the introductory chapter, so for the players who have already seen the beginning of the story can simply change the skip option to “All” and watch as the text flies by.
The white snow falls gently on to the ground, covering everything with white. However, when spring comes, the snow will melt, and reveal everything that was hidden.
Story Length: FRIGGING LONG (50+ hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Extremely Hard
Comments: I had trouble several times within the game trying to find the right routes, and finally went to a Korean player’s walkthrough after countless hours of struggling. Even then I got lost because some of the choices were repeated several times. Without that walkthrough, I would’ve given up this game a long time ago. Please note that you SHOULD use a walkthrough, because without it, it’s extremely hard to find the correct routes, and considering that this story is extremely long in the first place, it will be a wise decision.
Character Design Rating: 8/10
Story Rating: 12/10
Game Quality: High
Overall Rating: 11/10
Rating Comments: Disagree with my ratings? Laugh while you can. Closing Chapter is arguably better than the introductory chapter, as it contains quick plot twists and beautiful stories that connect with events and plot within the game. All of the plot line is extremely unexpected, and there will be lots of “Holy Shit” moments for the reader that will make this game certainly a memorable one. Even for myself, it has been at least a year since I’ve played this game, and through that year, I have played many games. Despite this, White Album 2’s plotline is engraved firmly into my memory.
This is one of the scenes that made me cry. Avoiding spoilers, Setsuna plays a very crucial role in all of these stories, and perhaps because of this, I felt the most affection for this poor girl, who suffered for so long.
Sexual Content: High. This was quite a surprise. While there was little 18+ content in the introductory chapter, you’ll be able to find that there is actually lots of sexual content within the concluding chapter. Perhaps this was because of the long story…? Nonetheless, I skipped most of them.
Translations: There are none… However, from day 1 of this release, there has been translators working on a patch. Team Utamaru is working on a Korean patch, and I believe there’s an English Patch that’s being progressed somewhere around.
Hooking Recommendations: I highly recommend AGTH. ITH will not pick up the processes, and while AGTH isn’t perfect, it will be good enough.
Affection for the Characters: Extremely High
This character’s name is “Chiaki”. She is arguably the most significant from the three heroines, because she has a very strange role, even in her route, but in other routes as well. Another spoiler is that the reader will be EXTREMELY angry at this girl in one of her routes.
CG Quality: Moderate. Despite that it was a good game, Leaf’s CGs were never of the best quality.
Music Quality: Very High. Do note that the introductory chapter’s theme is “music”. Including songs like “White Album” and “Todokanai Koi”, this game is filled to the brim with great BGMs and insert songs.
Addictiveness: Very High. Despite being over 7 gb in size, even when archived, this game is well protected and preserved for when the Korean Patch is released, so I can spend another 40-50 hours playing it.
This is Haruki’s boss, Mari, who is also a heroine herself. I guarantee the readers will be surprised at how their story works out.
Comments: Wow. Simply an awesome game. I’ve had high hopes for this game because it’s Leaf we’re talking about, but Leaf overcame that expectation easily. From the very first moment I opened this game, I saw the great movie design, and the high-quality movie-like scenes that captured my heart. When the opening movie came along, I was hooked for GOOD.
Don’t stop there. The following video is a spoiler of the Introductory Chapter.
Conclusion: Personally, this is the #1 game from Leaf, and easily the top 5 favorite games I’ve ever played.
I guarantee you, dear reader, that even if you prefer comical games, this game will still occupy your “top favorite games”.
White Album is a story about love, trust, and betrayal. Who can you trust? Who can you love? and Who will you betray? The answers all depend on you, dear reader.
Please note that the following are spoilers. Please do not continue if you wish to find out the story for yourself.
Well, after you get all the happy ends for the three heroines and Setsuna, something happens…
An Ending Movie? Well, Touma didn’t appear, but that’s okay. Bring on the staff cred–
“WHITE ALBUM 2
… 30 minutes later…
WHAT THE FFFFFFF— *table flip*
==THIS IS THE BEST PART OF THIS GAME!==
What are you waiting for? Go play White Album 2!!