Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition

Rating Summary

Based on 16 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

81%

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7 / 10
Jan 5, 2021

Root Double: Before Crime * After Days Xtend Edition is a stellar story full of incredible twists and well-explored themes. It's just a shame that it hits a few bumps as it gets to those moments. Mind-numbing exposition dumps, vague narrative decisions, and some inconsistent pacing sour the experience a fair bit. Even so, there's an incredibly memorable visual novel experience here as long as you've got the patience for some nagging issues.

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78%
May 22, 2016

A ridiculously compelling opening that turns into a tragic waste of potential.

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4 / 5.0
May 28, 2016

Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- is an incredibly surprising visual novel in that it manages to tell a dramatic tale in a way which never comes across as ham-fisted or particularly childish.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2020

Root Double: Before Crime * After Days Xtend Edition is a visual novel that tells a captivating sci-fi story with lots of mystery and intrigue. Despite some pacing issues and uninteresting sections, I still found myself playing all of the routes through to see what was going on and how the story would end. I like the idea of the SSS system but I think more can be done to make it stand apart more from the typical visual novel choice system.

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Dec 2, 2020

Root Double lets itself down in the way it indulges nonsense like scientific explanations and science fiction when really it wants to be a taut psychological thriller about a group of people caught in a truly desperate situation. Thankfully, when it focuses on what it's best at it's a near-on perfect example of the genre. It can be both bewildering and exhausting, but one thing Root Double will never let you forget is that it is also compelling.

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7.5 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2020

If you've got any doubts about visual novels in general, Root Double isn't the best starting point on Switch. The structure is going to be intimidating at first, and the environment is as oppressive as the design suggests. But if you've gone and turned a Switch Lite into a visual novel reader, Root Double will keep you up late at night trying to get to that next ending.

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9 / 10
May 20, 2016

The art of Root Double is that of a contemporary anime – the characters and the background are animated in full colour and frankly, look gorgeous

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Ofisil

Top Critic

5 / 10
Feb 15, 2017

Where does Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition sit on the visual novel scale? The answer is: perfectly in the middle. Enjoyable plot? Yes, but nothing to die for. Well-written? Sure, but also way too long. Has an innovative choice mechanic? Yes… but then again, no.

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85 / 100
Jun 2, 2018

With ideas and plot twists as creative and complicated as its name, Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition is a visual novel with a great, very captivating and fun story that, even with some pacing issues, still is a great choice for fans of the genre.

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10 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2020

Root Double: Before Crime * After Days – Xtend Edition is easily the best visual novel I’ve read all year, I love how all four routes come together to reveal new perspectives and truths behind the events which have played out previously, blowing your mind and both answering and creating more questions at the same time. It’s a very long narrative, easily taking over fifty hours to experience all four routes and most of the endings, but the time invested is worth it as the experience is quite something! I personally recommend using an ‘endings guide’ to ensure you pick the right options to see everything the game has to offer, as the SSS mechanic is quite confusing as to what outcome you’ll get, but even if you don’t then the game offers hints on how to avoid the inevitable ‘bad ending’ you arrive at.

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