The game fell flat at times and I wish they would’ve spent more time on the characters all together to help make the story a little better. With all the flaws present, you could still find yourself enjoying a game that others may question because of the slow yet fast paced of everything and the way it doesn’t really tell you where to go exactly. You’re forced to just explore every single section of the area you’re in to get to the next point in the game. All in all, The Caligula Effect is a fun game but it could’ve been better.
Although with all of this being said, if you are looking for an adventure/point-and-click style detective game, this is definitely one to take into consideration. The main issue I have with The Silver Case is that it shows its age all too well. You can easily tell by looking at and playing the game that it was originally released over 17 years ago. No amount of remastering is going to make this any better, unless the entire game was to be remade from the ground up, which just isn’t feasible at the moment. However, fans of Suda51 should absolutely pick this up and digest it at some point, as it is extremely fun to go back and see where his career with Grasshopper Manufacture all began. Everyone else should probably think hard before jumping in.
New Frontier Days ~Founding Pioneers~ is one that I would recommend if you own a Nintendo Switch and are into farming/city building mechanics with a bit of a challenge. This is a great mix of all of those elements combined. Those that are easily put off by the simplistic style, or aren’t fans of the farming and city building genres may want to steer clear of this release. It’s a fun game, but I can say with certainty that it won’t be for everyone.
All in all I thought Root Letter was okay. Again it was a great idea of a story but I finished all the endings and I am still confused about a few things that I wish were cleared up. I would say this game is for you if you’re into visual novels along with mysteries, but if you’re looking for a great story due to the fact that this is a visual novel, I think you will be slightly disappointed.
I would say that this is more of an experience than a game, but there is nothing wrong with that. You get to experience something different and unique with light interactions to make you feel like you are not just sitting there. I wish there were more songs or maybe different interactions, but I know more songs are coming with the Second Stage and Third Stage DLC’s. Unfortunately, because there isn’t much else to do, the game only lasts as long as the songs, so you can get through the entire thing, minus replayability for the unlockable costumes, in roughly 20 minutes.
This is a great game for what it is. I feel like if this wasn’t a Batman related game it wouldn’t of been as good, and that’s a huge flaw. The best parts of it were being able to actually be a hero that you have always wanted to be but if it was just a normal person it would’ve lost my interest. It kind of felt like a “take your child to work day” kind of game.
There are certainly juggernauts in this genre, such as Stardew Valley, Story of Seasons, and even to an extent, Harvest Moon (though the last true good game in that franchise was before the teams split and we ended up with Story of Seasons here in the West). Doraemon Story of Seasons does a well enough job holding its own while delivering on a beautiful word that consistently calls out for you to explore it, even when you’re not physically sitting there playing it.
Not all games need to be taken seriously which is why I really enjoyed this one. Other than offering minimal customization options for players, the actual gameplay of Two Point Hospital was beyond fun. Fans of these types of games and this genre will definitely find enough to enjoy here to keep them busy for hours upon hours on end.
All together I thought PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness was very good. Every choice you make changes the outcome in the end so be very careful with what choices you make. And this goes without saying for veterans of visual novels, but save often! It makes multiple playthroughs a lot easier. At the end of the day, I felt like I could also start bringing justice to the world. I just have to start managing my own Hue first!
All together Ray Gigant was very impressive and it’s extremely easy to get lost in the world they created. I fell in love with all of the characters and their stories. If you are a big anime fan and a lover of RPG’s like me, I definitely recommend this game. You could beat this game in around 20 hours if you speed through it, but if you decide to take your time and see the different endings this game has to offer you will not be upset with what you get.
Ever Oasis is all about trying to be as happy as possible and making a happy place for others to live. This is definitely a cute game and it's refreshing to be able to sit down and really enjoy a game with only minor things you would change. Between the peaceful music as you walk around the Oasis and the cute penguins who purchase items from the town, it is sweet and nice. Battles, puzzles, quest. This game offers so many great features it's hard not to enjoy.
If you enjoy darker stories, crime, Mafia, police, and more I definitely recommend this game. Even if you did the bad endings it gets even more gory. Plus after finishing everything you also get a surprise romance so that was nice! I think if you want a change of pace with a good crime heavy story this is the visual novel for you!
Although the game is short for the fun you’ll have while playing it, it’s worth every penny. I loved the different levels and environments of the game. Even with some things I would personally change. It doesn’t take away the fact that this is a whole heartingly good game. With the cute humor and cute graphics you can play this yourself or your kids could play it too. Because if this game teaches you anything, It’s patience and well... don’t create killer robots to steal a secret formula. All jokes aside this game will always be on my shelf. I enjoyed it and I could see myself picking up this game again, sitting back, and just enjoying my time playing.
Utawarerumono ZAN is a great example of a way to turn a tactical strategy RPG into a much more action-oriented gameplay experience. I had way more fun this time around than I did a few years ago playing through the original release. I do hope that the developers are able to do with the other games in the series what they did with this one, because the stories have all been so excellent. If you’ve not played the original release, it’s still recommended to go back and do so to see where it all began, especially because the character development is a lot more in-depth with deeper RPG elements.
Corpse Party: Sweet Sachiko’s Hysteric Birthday Bash is a welcome addition to the series that focuses more on the fun instead of the death we’re used to seeing.
Little Dragons Cafe is truly the perfect Nintendo Switch title. If you’re traveling, watching TV, picking this up during a lunch break, or even playing on the big screen during an extended gaming session, this is such an easy game to follow and enjoy.