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Welcome to my blog. I write visual novel reviews and short impressions on a variety of other fiction. Hopefully, you will enjoy your stay.

[Game] Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations

Phoenix Wright 3


A fascinating addition to the Phoenix Wright series, though unlike the popular opinion, I didn’t feel it quite surpassed the original, especially the NDS version.

Positive: Negative:
Ageless 2D hand-painted graphics Investigation parts can get tedious if you can’t figure out what to do
Cool, catchy music Recurring characters feel like they are a bit out of steam
Immersing, tense atmosphere None of the cases are as crafty as the last two of the original’s NDS port
Likable, quirky characters Overarching story isn’t that memorable and supernatural elements cheapen it
Some ingenious twists
Investigating the mysteries is fun
Rubbing your findings into the faces of your opponents in court is even more fun
Good English translation



[Game] The Walking Dead – A New Frontier

The Walking Dead - A New Frontier


Well… I wasn’t hoping A New Frontier to beat the prequels, but I certainly didn’t expect this.

It’s still The Walking Dead with a few cool moral choices here and there, but most characters and the plot just feel uninspired and bland. The prequels kept me on the edge of my seat. This game just kept me wondering when the fun stuff’s supposed to be coming.

Beautiful hand-drawn character designs
The story is actually kind of bland and uninspired
Likable, well-written characters
The Garcia family is not all that interesting
Clementine is cool
Nowhere near as many memorable moments as in the prequels
Well managed moral choice system
Does not offer much in terms of game-play

[Game] The Evil Within 2

Evil Within 2


The sequel to The Evil Within drops all pretense and tells you that everything is happening in virtual reality right off the bat, so you know there are no rules or sense to all the random crap happening. It’s a somewhat competent horror game as far as game-play is concerned, but the premise just completely sabotages any chance of it having any tension or interesting narrative.

Cool, creepy atmosphere
The premise ruins all tension and any incentive to explore
Game-play is okay
Disjointed plot is hard to get invested in
Boring story
Boring characters
Open world sequences are tedious

[Novel] Beach (Alex Garland)



All this thriller novel has is its interesting, exotic setting of Thailand, but it takes forever to get anywhere and the pay-off is not even that memorable. That said, I ended up really enjoying the stuff that the book taught me on traveling.

Interesting exotic setting
Not much happens in the plot
Interesting, likable characters
The final payoff isn’t all that great
Enlightening on traveling

[Game] Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle Earth - Shadow of Mordor


The game offers a very-well polished sandbox experience, but the narrative that ties it together is so dull you are pretty much forced to go out of your way to entertain yourself.

Positive: Negative:
Attractive visuals Dull narrative where it feels you aren’t doing anything of significance
Good fighting and climbing mechanics The games starts feeling a bit repetitive after a while
Lots of little challenges and activities on the map
The nemesis system can get quite immersing if you give it a chance

[Novel] Dr. Bloodmoney (Philip K. Dick)

Doctor Bloodmoney

It might have felt a bit more novel back when it was written, but this post-apocalyptic book still definitely offers all the surreal quirkiness of Philip K. Dick.

Positive: Negative:
Crisp, flowing prose and natural-sounding dialogue The plot feels a bit unfocused as it jumps between a bunch of characters
Interesting post-apocalyptic setting The story seems to just stop rather than ending with a bang
Interesting, likable, quirky characters
Thought-provoking on human society

[VN] Hikari no Umi no Apeiria


A thrilling visual novel that somehow seamlessly combines time travel, hard quantum mechanics, and a guy who literally fights enemies with his dick into a fantastic ride of scientific mystery and adventure.

Release: 2017 (Silky’s Plus Dolce)
Writers: Hanno Shuusei (Ano Harewataru Sora yori Takaku)
Japanese difficulty: Hard
English: None
Ratings: VNDB (7.91); EGS (8.21)

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