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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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Magic is Never Perfect: Review of [150724] Sorcery Jokers

Foreword: And quite a while since another post from me. I’m pretty sure I said this hundreds of times already, but not many games are really in deserving of a review recently… which is my pitiful excuse for not having more posts as I should be making like a good reviewer. I’m mostly interested in nukige, finished games, and MMOs on top of my already busy schedule of work and college, so we’ll see how this blog fares for the next couple of months, yes? (I also have another review coming up; just wanted to give some time between that one and this one right now.)

Right on to this title, Sorcery Jokers. Originally interested due to someone talking about how good it was, I was also intrigued by how it was also from 3rdEye, the company I had a horrible first-impression from this game. Despite this, I was pleased to see that Aoba Ringo does have a part in this game as well (although it’s not so major), and let’s just say that I have mixed feelings for how this game turned out.

Let’s go ahead and get started then!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING REVIEW WILL CONTAIN INTENTIONAL MAJOR SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

Title: ソーサリージョーカーズ (Sorcery Jokers)
Producers: 3rdEye
Release Date: July 24th, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v16337
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=836703
Game Type: Fantasy Sci-Fi Novel with themes of “Magic” with philosophy of “human differences”.

Summary: Magic suddenly appeared one day, and it was startling for everyone in the world, who now had to become adapted to this new environment of magic. With groups creating utilities and tools powered by magic and schools training new, young “Casters”, it seems that magic was widely accepted… Or so everyone may think.

In reality, there are “Outcasts”, or people who possess magic power, but not authorized to use this power. These outcasts hide low from the government and other authorities as they are wanted people, and it’s never really known why these people are so oppressed compared to people like Haruto, who live his daily life fulfilled and happy when he is really nothing different than these “Outcasts”.

Of course, there are people who utilize their magic power inappropriately; some will try to oppress others using this power for their own good, and not surprising to Senri, they are often the ones who are smiling harmlessly or the most generous.

Magic… What really is it? How did it appear? Is it really the wonderful thing that everyone imagines about? Perhaps this story may change some of your viewpoints…
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We have no Wings, no Hope, and no Future. Review of [090130]Oretachi ni Tsubasa ha nai

Foreword: Well, this is quite an old game! As I’ve stated in the previous review, Oretsuba is actually the SECOND non-translated game I’ve played in my eroge career (the first being a Yuzusoft title). Obviously at the time, I wasn’t exactly sure of what the game was talking about since this is a Navel game actually slightly more complicated and possibly harder to comprehend.

But that’s not the case this time around! I have 5 years of experience and counting! Along with how there was an anime series focusing on more of the important points (plus blatant fanservice … … …), I’ll also discuss this game’s after-story as well.

For this reason, mild spoilers are included. Sorry!

Oretsuba itself is very unique in the sense it literally has 5 protagonists of varying personalities. Not many games actually have this kind of setting, and I’ll be placing each protagonist with their respective heroine within the review.

Title: 俺たちに翼はない (Oretachi ni tsubasa ha nai) [Lit. Trans: We do not have wings]
Producers: Navel
Release Date: January 30, 2009
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v1141
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=526725
Game Type: Slice of Life novel with themes of “life and reality”

Summary: Yanagihara is a mysterious place, but in reality, this individual named Haneda Takashi is actually a more interesting individual. While he’s very quiet, he seems to hold a secret that no one else knows. This is including how he’s dating the school’s prettiest girl, Watarai Asuka.

“Why Hello Sueko (Youngest Brother)!”
“Good afternoon, Mr. Death God!”
“…So who the hell are you?”

But this story is not about him. It’s about the 5 wingless brothers who are continuously oppressed from the winged people. It’s their story of hating society, the real world, and life itself.
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