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How will you Act when you Realize the Truth? Review of [161222] Shinsou Noise

Foreword: Without a doubt I’ve been slowing down. While there’s definitely my fault in this delay of finishing and writing reviews, I also want to place at least a portion of the blame on generic titles which I was simply not interested in or annoyed me to the point I put it off. Instead, I found myself going to doujin titles, games (admittedly, I played roughly 10-15 doujin titles between the last review and this one), and MMOs instead of galge, which is like one certain friend who went down this path (although for other platforms) much earlier than I.

For that reason, the bottom portion of this review (or where I place my “dropped games” explaining my reasoning) may be quite long. I still haven’t really figured out what I wanted to do with all these dropped titles because they’re now becoming rather increasing in number compared to actual review posts (wow much quality)

Let’s get to the review of the most recent game I played which left quite a bit of impression on me, I would first off say that as with a previous game I played, Senmomo, this game was actually rather fun. As that mystery game where you are required to use clues and various other hints to solve a crime or make various conclusions. It was almost like a puzzle game, which I really appreciated.

Obviously, however, this title wasn’t exactly the best ones out there, so I’ll be talking about the things that I found to be not-so-praiseworthy, which mind you, will take up quite a while. Let’s get started!

Please do note that this review may contain mild spoilers for this game! 

Title: シンソウノイズ (Shinsou Noise) [True Emotion Noise]
Producers: Azurite
Release Date: December 22, 2016
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v19684
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=916833
Game Type: Mystery/Suspense Novel with themes of Social and Human Psychology

Summary: Since he was born, Kazuma had a strange ability to hear the “inner thoughts” of people around him. These inner thoughts would never lie and always tell the truth, and would sometimes overwhelm the poor boy.

After being abandoned by his parents and raised by his grandmother who also had this ability, Kazuma learned to live his daily life by shutting himself apart from all his peers and refusing to associate with anyone. Despite how he was able to see the “truth”, it’s this very truth which pushed the poor boy into depression and despair as he saw the evils and trickery that humans were capable of.

It was around this time he meets Yukimoto Sakura, a mysterious girl who would often go to the rooftop of the school and simply stare at the sky. When looking at her inner thoughts coincidentally, Kazuma saw violent and gorey images of her death which at first made him almost want to regurgitate his lunch. However, this event also lead him to wanting to know more about this girl, as he stops her from committing suicide one day.

It won’t be long however, that on another certain day, Kazuma would hear a loud thud, and witness the death of the same person who was his first love, and the inner thoughts of someone who whispers:

“I Killed Her”

Scary!

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The Light of a Changing World: Review of [140328] Hello Lady!

Foreword: Oh man, it’s so hard to do Schoolwork, Studying, Work, MMOs, AND Eroge in a short span of 24 hours! I really need to cut back on other stuff, but it’s not like I can, right…? Q_Q;

Right onto the review, this game was prioritized due to a request, and since it was a title I’ve heard to be good, I also gave it a try.

Overall, this was a very excellent game. Even with story rating achieving near perfect scores, however, I’ve managed to find something to complain about. I hope to explain everything as I go through the game.

Title: ハロー・レディ!(Hello Lady!)
Producers: Akatsuki Works
Release Date: March 28, 2014
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v13631
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=806990
Game Type: Battle Action Novel with Various Themes of Human Morality

Summary: In the 21st century, some individuals have mysterious powers that allow them to bend physics and become something similar to “ESP”. These individuals gather in a place called “School”, as they are not accepted in society–often being tormented or even worse, killed.

It’s unknown how this “ESP” comes to existence, but it’s certain that there are some individuals who have greater powers than others… These members in the “School” called “Crown” maintain the order of the system and if one of these powers called “HMI” goes astray, it’s their job to make sure it doesn’t cause harm to anyone.

Narita Shinri mistakes his plane flight and accidentally arrives to Japan half-a-day early. It’s night, and he is accompanied with his loyal maid, who seems to comment cynically on everything he says.

It’s actually a fortunate thing that Shinri mistakes his flight time, as he decides to go to the school he is about to transfer to: he then encounters a group of people known as the AHM who is pointing a gun at a girl who Shinri “falls in love at first sight”.

After saving the girl, Shinri kneels and kisses the girl’s hand… Only to stand up and fondle her breasts (which he “fell in love at first sight”) right afterwards. As with a normal reaction, the girl knocks him out cold.

and thus starts the story of Hello Lady.

Seriously. I could have never guessed what happens next
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Mastery of Abnormality: Review of [091211]Kurogane no Tsubasa

Foreword: Okay! Another old game finished! My first game from the company “White Cyc”, I’m not sure why I was attracted by this title, but it’s definitely one that I’ve been eye’ing for a while. Nonetheless, I got around to finishing it.



Holy shit it’s long.
Seriously. It’s a decent story and all that good stuff, but it’s so freaking long! The game repeats every 20 lines in SOME different way, using a different kanji that ultimately mean the same thing. This is the best definition of what players (and readers) might call a “filler”.

Well, I’ll try to get into this more with the Comments Section. Otherwise, this was really… normal o_e;;

WARNING: This review contains intentional spoilers that reveal the story. Read at your own Risk. 

Title: クロガネの翼 -The Alchemist’s Story- (Kurogane no Tsubasa) [Lit. Trans: Iron Wing or Wing of Black Gold]
Producers: White Cyc
Release Date: December 11, 2009
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v2918
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=666888 (Caution: Getchu Page contains spoilers)
Game Type: Fantasy Novel with themes of self-identity

Summary: Natsuki was suddenly informed by his father that he is getting remarried. While being awkward at first, his new mother and younger sister are very friendly, and the new family get along very well. One day, as Natsuki goes out to play with his friend Masamune and Nanami, they come across a fortune teller who informs Natsuki that he will be “forced to make a crucial decision”. As they ponder about what that meant, they also come across a girl confronting a few delinquents who are infamous for their violence. As she kicks the sidekicks (icwutididthar), the leader pulls out a knife. Natsuki then instinctively covers the girl, while Masamune disables the leader easily. The trio runs away as police sirens fill the air, with the girl staring blankly.
Turns out, both this fortune teller and the girl that Natsuki covers will transfer into their school. 

Even as Natsuki has strange powers of alchemy, which allows him to turn rock into shiny marble, he despises this power, and has learned to live a normal life. He becomes so headstrong about being “normal” that some of the people around him find him strange. Despite his ideals, Natsuki soon finds out that what the fortune teller told him comes true–he will be forced into a series of events which will destroy his “normal” life.

Story Length: Moderately Long (25 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Difficult
Comments: Apparently, this game features a storyline where you have to completely clear Lilith and Nadia’s story first, then start over to reach Nanami’s route, and then finish off with Haruna’s route. Despite this sophisticated engine design, there’s really no meaning within each route, except for the fact that they rise in quality and description.

The siblings are a bit… too close
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