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Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER

MidBoss, Chorus Worldwide Games
May 16, 2024 - PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

57%

Critics Recommend

TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
Shacknews
9 / 10
God is a Geek
9.5 / 10
Slant Magazine
3 / 5
RPG Fan
78%
TechRaptor
3 / 10
Digitally Downloaded
4 / 5
PSX Brasil
85 / 100
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Critic Reviews for Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER

Read Only Memories: Neurodiver is a game that wears it's influences on it's sleeve, from corny 90s anime dubs to slick sci-fi and even Mexican culture. It's all worn and shown off so proudly that the resulting mix is loud, proud, and unforgettable. I just wish that it was so much longer, because I already miss my time in Neo-San Francisco.

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Despite the snags I’ve mentioned, I’m still thinking about Read Only Memories: Neurodiver well after I finished the story. It’s such a pitch-perfect execution on its premise, mixing the worlds of modern cyberpunk with ancient PC technology and western anime fandom. I had a blast spending several hours with these characters and the world they inhabit, and would gladly have spent several hours more. A little more narrative depth and some puzzle guardrails and we’d have a true all-timer on our hands. But as it is, Neurodiver still stands out as a dope slice of niche gaming in a month stupidly crowded with that kind of thing.

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Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER is a wonderful sci-fi romp with a story that has to be experienced to be believed.

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One gets the sense that adding that little bit of extra context might’ve made Neurodiver feel more Phoenix Wright than the folks at MiniBoss intended. But that wouldn’t have necessarily been a bad thing given that the game always feels as if wants for, well, more context. It’s a testament to the work that was done by MidBoss that the game’s characters, their history with the various conflicts of the world, and the specific psychic damage being done to the Golden Butterfly’s victims that Neurodiver will leave players wanting more. There are just far too many moments where wanting to know more crosses the line into “the game isn’t providing enough.”

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A decent game that ends before it begins.

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A beautiful picture book with an intriguing mechanic that devolves into flavourless surface-level commentary of consent, character, and childlike curiosities. (Review Policy)

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So many parts of Read Only Memories: Neurodiver make me happy: the sound the Neurodiver makes plus its cute little tentacles, a purple heroine, spunky personalities, and a good mystery make the game easy to pick up and enjoy. Players can add a layer of philosophy to the game by digging into the moral questions posed through the narrative, or stay at the surface level. Either way is good. The learning curve is more than reasonable. A lack of accessibility options (including text and control settings) is a bummer, and not something to be overlooked. Still, Read Only Memories: Neurodiver is a phenomenal psychic mystery game. It’s one I plan on returning to soon.

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Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER is a great narrative game with very interesting themes and an engaging story, driven by both its creative themes and captivating characters that bring the Neo-San Francisco universe back to life.

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