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The Consequences of Sin and Hatred: Review of [120928]SINCLIENT

Foreword: So I’ve actually gotten into replaying games that I’ve finished already and found to be enjoyable. One of them was this title, called “SINCLIENT”, published by Boost5 way back in 2012.

To make things short, this was a great game. From climactic scenes to character designs with impact and a resourceful protagonist, this game had quite a bit of the elements I would prefer in a “good game”, and especially after charage like Kodomo no Asobi, I found this to be quite a good change in pace and atmosphere.

Yet I’m here to talk about things I didn’t really appreciate. While much less prevalent than the good portions, it’s something that needs to be pointed out in a good review, no?

While I do have another review for this title on this blog, I’m probably going to be much more detailed with this more recent review.

In addition to this, due to how old this title is, this review will contain INTENTIONAL AND MAJOR spoilers! Please refrain from reading this review if you don’t want the title to be spoiled!

Title: シンクライアント (SINCLIENT)
Producers: BOOST5
Release Date: September 28, 2012
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v10605
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=744542
Game Type: Suspense Kinetic Novel with themes of Social Philosophy and Religion

Summary:

…Who am I? I wake up in an ambulance where the worker tries his best to calm me down in my confusion. Whatever happened, I don’t know who I am, nor why I am in an ambulance. Suddenly, a car crashes into the ambulance!! Out pops several men in black suits and sunglasses, and they kill everyone in the ambulance within a matter of seconds.

But how…

… How does my body react so quickly? I quickly steal a gun from one of them and eliminate them all… How was I able to do that? What the hell am I?

I look around the environment I’m in, but nothing comes to mind. I don’t know who I am, I don’t know where I live, and I realize that now that I’ve killed people, I can’t stroll out in the daylight freely.

In my wallet, I have many fake IDs, and a hotel key. Maybe I’ll learn something when I get there! In great hopes, I open the door…

… A woman lies face up, her throat cut open, with “pigrizia” (laziness in Italian) written on the wall with her blood.

WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO ME?!
(Copy-pasted from my previous review)
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All Alone in this Cruel and Harsh World: Review of [110128] Bloody Rondo

Foreword: Sometimes, life isn’t fair. Well scratch that. Most of the time, life just doesn’t go the way you want it to go, and at least for this game, that was the case.

3rd Eye is a company that I’ve been eye’ing (pun intended) for a while now, as their games are often quite interesting. This title is their first game, and similar to the previous review, related to vampires.

But it sucks.

Never have I in my 4 years of Visual Novels have I seen any worse writing. It’s just so bad and there’s just nothing good about the novel portion of the game that I have a ridiculous headache. I know this game is from a while back, but that still doesn’t mean that you make a story like this.

Oh man, this is gonna be one of my “usual” rant reviews, so take it easy, grab a can of soda, and get ready to laugh at how horrible this game was.

Title: BLOODY†RONDO
Producers: 3rdEye
Release Date: January 28, 2011
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v5349
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=692831
Game Type: Mystery Action Novel with themes of Vampires

Summary: Shinkuro is an under-cover independent Vampire Hunter who hides his identity by acting as a “Student Detective” in the daytime. At night, he would go out to take out Master-less vampires who have gone out of control attacking other humans. As expected, Shinkuro hates vampires for killing his family in the past.

One day, his fate is changed when he sees a girl being assualted by multiple of these vampires. Saving the girl and bringing her back to his home, Shinkuro lays her on his bed.

Instead, however, this girl reaches out and bites him on the neck. Realizing that she is also vampire, Shinkuro points his gun at the girl’s head, ready to kill her at a moment’s notice, until the girl’s stomach growls loudly and crashes the serious atmosphere.

From then on, this vampire named “Luna” starts to live with Shinkuro, and their story has only just started.

And this would be Luna, voiced by none other than Aoba Ringo *fanboy scream*

Story Length: Moderate (20 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Comments: The difficulty stems from the fact that all the path splits are exactly the same as the other; there’s no word change that would suggest any forms of hints to which heroine you’re befriending, so that made it even more hard. While this is a minus for poor design, it pretty much forces everyone to use a walkthrough.
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Review of [120928]SINCLIENT

Foreword: I am so proud of myself to have finished this game (while studying in college) within one week of its release. In all seriousness, SINCLIENT is a game consisting of mystery, as many of you probably expected. Even as a mystery, there were many fun themes and plotline, and I can definitely say that this was a game that is worth playing. There are very few comical scenes in this game, but it works mostly to create a warm atmosphere as an intermission between events (They say that there’s a calm before the storm, right?)

Despite this, I warn readers that this game contains MASSIVE amounts of difficult kanji. These are the games that even the most proficient Japanese cannot play without some tool to help him, as essentially nothing is written in hiragana or katakana. It’s quite a pity, however, since this game would’ve been enjoyed by much of the English Community.

Finally, this was a game with a LOT of impact, unlike the few games that preceded it.

Unfortunately, I can’t post screenshots due to many of them being spoilers =P

Title: SINCLIENT
Producers: Boost5
Release Date: September 28th, 2012
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v10605
Game Type: Mystery, Kinetic Novel

Summary: …Who am I? I wake up in an ambulance where the worker tries his best to calm me down in my confusion. Whatever happened, I don’t know who I am, nor why I am in an ambulance. Suddenly, a car crashes into the ambulance!! Out pops several men in black suits and sunglasses, and they kill everyone in the ambulance within a matter of seconds.

But how…

… How does my body react so quickly? I quickly steal a gun from one of them and eliminate them all… How was I able to do that? What the hell am I?

I look around the environment I’m in, but nothing comes to mind. I don’t know who I am, I don’t know where I live, and I realize that now that I’ve killed people, I can’t stroll out in the daylight freely.

In my wallet, I have many fake IDs, and a hotel key. Maybe I’ll learn something when I get there! In great hopes, I open the door…

… A woman lies face up, her throat cut open, with “pigrizia” (laziness in Italian) written on the wall with her blood.

WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO ME?!

Story Length: Moderate (25 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: N/A
Comments: There are two parts to the story: Begining (it is spelled like this) and Babylon. Personally, I like the Begining Story a lot better, because there’s more mystery and more thrill.

Character Design Rating: 9/10
Story Rating: 8/10
Game Quality: Moderate
Overall Rating: 8/10
Rating Comments: Wow. That’s all I can say. While it’s true that this game lost few points on the “story” due to it being slightly inconsistent and somewhat predictable, the character design was nearly perfect. In the game, you will see many dynamic characters and stories that connect them all together in a heartwarming way.

Sexual Content: Low

Comments: I’ll say this right off the bat. Many characters will die in this story. It’s up to you to guess how and when they die, but they do. However, this only works to increase the sympathy/empathy you feel for them, and even after the story is finished, you will find that you want more of the story, even with the epilogue in the end.

Affection for the Characters: Extremely High.

CG Quality: Moderate. Here’s a spoiler for you: I’ve figured out the plot based on various CG/Sprites that was presented.
Music Quality: Superior. All the music has a tune that makes your adrenaline rush, and combined with the (literally) breathtaking story line, it’s not surprising to be physically dizzy after a while.

Addictiveness: Slightly Low. Even as I can argue that this is a great game, this is not a game that would be worth playing again, as all the plotline is clear to you. I am looking forward to Boost5’s next games, however!

SPOILERS!! : Here