VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

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VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 62 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 62 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 21, 2016

I like the idea of Valhalla and some presentation gripes aside, I like its execution. It’s no great revelation but a pleasant surprise, and being a mundane bystander going about their day instead of the plot-critical centre of the universe is an under-explored concept.

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Dragnix
Yes
Yes
Jun 19, 2016
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Superlevel
Yes
Yes
Nov 11, 2016

Behind meme humour and Lolita looks hides a game that tells deeply human stories with a simple but effective mechanic.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
May 2, 2019

When I think about the best visual novels out there - the likes of Steins;Gate and Danganronpa, VA-11 HALL-A shares many of the same traits. It's thoughtfully written, to provide some deeper insights and philosophical musics that help to elevate the game above being simple entertainment... but at the same time it does so in a vibrant and deeply entertaining way. And it is impossible to put down.

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MonsterVine
5 / 5.0
5 / 5.0
Jul 5, 2016

Anyone who enjoys visual novels, or great stories in general, should stop by VA11-HALL-A for a refreshing drink.

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CGMagazine
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jun 20, 2016

VA-11 Hall-A is a funny, thought-provoking, and sometimes tragic work of art, with truly original gameplay and a beautiful aesthetic unlike anything else on the market.

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Niche Gamer
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2016

In an ocean of indie titles that eventually blend in with one another, VA-11 HALL-A stands out from the crowd and promises you a comfortable and unbelievably enjoyable experience. Grab a beer, listen to the soundtrack, and enjoy.

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PSX Brasil
95 / 100
95 / 100
May 3, 2019

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action, a great addition to the visual novel library on the PlayStation Vita back then, is now a perfect addition to the PlayStation 4 library.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2017

VA-11 HALL-A is a brilliant point and drink adventure game with memorable characters, a superb soundtrack, and some of the best writing out there that has found a new home on the Vita.

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CGMagazine
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 3, 2019

VA-11 HALL-A demonstrates its ability to create a unique world filled with diverse characters without even setting foot outside of a rundown dive bar

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TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 21, 2016

VA-11 Hall-A is a stunning adventure that manages to deliver one of gaming's greatest stories.

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ThisGenGaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 28, 2019

VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action really impressed me with just how interesting its colorful cast of characters and topics were.

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Gaming Nexus
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 1, 2019

Endlessly stylish, emotionally gripping and deceptively addictive, VA-11 HALL-A is the pure essence of a visual novel: a digital page-turner filled with unforgettable characters and set in an infectious cyberpunk noir that will live in your head for weeks after you've put the game down.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 1, 2019

Va-11 Hall-A is one of those games that comes out of nowhere and blindsides you with what it has to say. It beats the hearts and minds of the creators in special ways all while delivering a wonderful stylized world through its unique list of characters. Despite its few shortcomings and hefty reading, Va-11 Hall-A offers up something all its own rarely found in this industry.

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NEOsite
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 14, 2018

Obscene, often vulgar, but, first and foremost, phenomenal and unbelievably stylish – that's VA-11 Hall-A. A must-have for every fan of cyberpunk and retro futuristic themes, and one of the best visual novel game on the market.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 3, 2019

When it comes to visual novels, VA-11 Hall-A is king. Never before have I seen such a perfect balance of sharp writing, gorgeous visuals and downright delicious music that also manages to pack in hours of engagement without ever overstaying it's welcome. Furthermore, the combination of drink-mixing action and visual novel storytelling creates an addictive gameplay loop that makes the game even harder to put down once you pick it up. VA-11 Hall-A is a gem of creativity from the most unlikely of places, and I can't wait to see what the team has up their sleeve next.

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Gadgets 360
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 7, 2016

Thanks to its fantastic storytelling VA-11 Hall-A is a highly engaging experience wrapped in retro aesthetics. Some may argue that its simplified gameplay being subservient to storytelling does little to make it a game in the modern, mainstream sense. However, it succeeds in presenting a slice of life in a dystopian future and drives home the point that not every video game has to have you as its central character. They can just be as fun with you serving its heroes copious amounts of alcohol.

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GBAtemp
9 / 10.0
Daisy May

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
May 1, 2019

Overall, I enjoyed VA-11 HALL-A way more than I'd anticipated. It's a visual novel with a lot of heart, a heartwarming and emotional story, and some great aesthetics. It's also super cheap, so the relatively short play-time isn't so bad. I'd recommend giving it a go, even if you're not usually into VNs.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2016

If you don’t like visual novels or more intimate stories, will you like VA-11 HALL-A? I think so, yeah. I honestly believe there is a game in every genre for everyone, so you should give it a shot. VA-11 HALL-A is a damn fine video game, and that’s the bottom line.

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GameSkinny
Nov 16, 2017

Even when crammed into tiny handheld, VA-11 HALL-A is still an excellent game with an even better story about how everyone has a story.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
diegoarguello

Top Critic

May 2, 2019

The visual novel VA-11 HALL-A arrived on Nintendo Switch, mixing drinks and changing lives with great characters and tons of style.

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GameSkinny
Sep 2, 2016

A fascinating visual novel about a bar in a cyberpunk dystopia and all the characters that wander in to share their stories. Time to mix drinks and change lives.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 8, 2019

I loved my time with VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action. It’s one of the best visual novels I have played in years and one of the best stories in games this decade. It’s a funny, tragic, stunning adventure unlike anything I’ve played recently.

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NoobFeed
90 / 100
90 / 100
May 11, 2019

I had low expectations for VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action. I anticipated a bartending simulator with a simple narrative but I was mistaken. Yes, you're a bartender and the game is a narrative-driven title but the deep and complex characters along with the well-crafted cyberpunk universe provide a soothing yet exciting environment. Each character has their own personalities whether it's an editor looking to kill time or a working man trying to find meaning in life. VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action excels at providing an invigorating adventure full of interesting characters while elaborating on its own cyberpunk world.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 6, 2019

Va11ha11a is a really odd game. Not because it’s bad, or particularly weird per se, but because I have nothing to really draw a parallel to for comparison. Yes, there are visual novels with gimmicks, but those normally culminate in something, whether it be snagging a girl or unraveling a magical conspiracy by fighting with giant mechs using anthropomorphic books (yes that’s an actual example). Va11ha11a, on the other hand, is perfectly content to just be as it is, which is something I can say is rather novel to find. You aren’t going to find much action here, but the company certainly kept me coming back for more.

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Game Revolution
May 1, 2019

Despite having a story that is filled with cybernetically enhanced people trying to cope with their dystopian life that is blurred more than ever due to lifelike artificial intelligence, VA-11 Hall-A is remarkably human in its nature.

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Fintendo
May 12, 2019

"Shaken, not stirred."

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We Got This Covered
May 13, 2019

VA-11 HALL-A is so much more than just chatting up clients and making drinks. It's the kind of game that makes you think, and it can be silly, serious, soul-crushing, and light-hearted, all at the same time. Its cyberpunk/anime flair is just the garnish on top of the cocktail.

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GameSkinny
Jun 24, 2016

A short and sweet game about mixing drinks and changing lives.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 19, 2019

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TrueGaming
9 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

With an unforgettable cast of characters, VA-11 HALL-A provides one of the warmest story driven experiences in a video game.

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Geeks Under Grace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2017

If you like choose-your-own-adventure style books and like to explore all the options, then VA-11 HALL-A is a perfect choice. You will be hard pressed to find a better narrative-driven form of entertainment this year.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 1, 2019

Overall, VA-11 HALL-A on the Switch is a marvelous port that works far better than I ever expected it to. The new controls may take some getting used to, but after a few minutes tinkering with them I found they came pretty naturally, and overall the game has kept the charm and likeability that drew me to it back in 2016. Gameplay may get a bit stale after long sessions of play, but for small relaxing wind-down sessions at the end of the night, you'll find no better place to be than in Jill's head during yet another shift at the bar.

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Digital Chumps
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2017

VA-11 Hall-A is a unique experience that borrows some design elements from games in the past, such as Carmen Sandiego, that features solving problems through natural dialogue with ambiguous clues. The additional narrative to it is captivating at times, though some dialogue can get way too long in the tooth. The additional money-making motivation and customization options help to sell the experience a little further beyond its initial design.

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Pure Nintendo
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2019

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a unique experience that's literally a book in game form. Mixing drinks and changing lives proves to be a blast as you interact with many interesting characters. There's loads of reading to do here but as long as you're ready to read a novel while you play, this is one book, er, game that you won't want to put down.

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Spoil Everything
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2016

VA-11 Hall-A offers no challenge. Its not a game you will remember for its controls or its multiplayer, but you will remember the experience, and if you ask me. That's worth it.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
PS4Blog.net
the_nmac
9 / 10
Dec 6, 2017

Give this game a try you won't regret it.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2017

Despite the quantity of visual novels readily available for the PlayStation Vita, VA-11 HALL-A easily stands out among the rest for one simple reason: it is mundane. Yet that distinction is something unique and drives the relationships in the game — something you just won't want to rush through. Bolstered by an excellent soundtrack and stylistic art choices, VA-11 HALL-A should be a must-buy for indie lovers and VN junkies alike.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 15, 2019

VA-11 HALL-A is a very good visual novel, with strong th'mes, despites some problems due to it's genre. If you like reading, VA-AA HALL-A is a must have.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 3, 2019

A charming visual novel about tending a cyberpunk bar, VA-11 HALL-A is a genuinely fantastic title. A focused, neon-drenched art direction, paired with incredible music and razor-sharp writing, the game is great if you're new to, or curious about, visual novels. The writing's deft handling of darker or more taboo subjects makes for a compelling title with a varied cast of characters that each bring something unique.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
May 1, 2019

For a glimpse into something genuine, fascinating, and truly memorable, absolutely check out VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action.

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Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
80 / 100
May 7, 2019

The mix of bartender simulator, interesting characters and clever writing makes VA-11 HALL-A a little gem, especially if you like games that are not your typical an have a lot to say. It is best savored in a smooth way... Like a whiskey on the rocks in a bar.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 6, 2019

Even for those who don't have a lot of love for visual novels, VA-11 HALL-A's varied gameplay, charming characters, and superior writing make it worth seeking out.

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Kill Screen
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jun 21, 2016

At its core, VA-11 Hall-A is the rare cyberpunk story that has heart, and even goes so far as to give its female characters agency in their own lives. It’s a story where we, the player, take the backseat, and soak it all in. Just like a good book.

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New Game Network
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 2, 2016

The kind of game that would surely earn the accolade of “cyberpunk bartending at its finest” if any other game had ever tried cyberpunk bartending. A character-rich visual novel that's as stylish as it is weirdly compelling.

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Gamer Escape
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 1, 2019

Sukeban did a fantastic job with building a cyberpunk world that feels organic, writing characters that are believable and (mostly) easy to love, and giving us a gameplay experience that would give those who are reluctant to the simple flow of visual novels a legitimate shot. I really enjoyed my time in Glitch City, and I think you will too.

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We Got This Covered
Jun 29, 2016

VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action excels through relatable characters and stories that are worth listening to, even if its gameplay aspects can appear to be non-existent or tedious.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 1, 2019

VA-11 Hall-A's fresh take on the visual novel genre makes the jump to consoles with relative ease. Those that don't mind the occasional bit of salty language will find a cyberpunk adventure that will captivate you to the very end.

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The Escapist
Jul 14, 2016

Va-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartending Action is precisely what is right about indie development right now. It's a really highly polished experience with a lot of secrets to be found, coupled with a story that pulls you along with strong characters. The drinks just happen to be a neat distraction.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 17, 2016

VA-11 Hall-A isn’t a game for everyone, and that’s fine. The simple mechanics, pixel-heavy look, and not-so-interactive story aren’t supposed to cater to every audience.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2016

Though light on traditional gameplay, the stories you encounter in this strange world are worth listening to

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RPG Site
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 1, 2019

VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a unique take on the traditional visual novel that's greater than the sum of its parts

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 28, 2016

Valhalla is a dark and moody dystopic game with an infectious underlying optimism. It’s comfort food, a relaxed experience welcoming you with soothing music, cooly-colored visuals, casual conversation, and a calm sensation. This, mixed with its brilliant approach of telling a story through the experiences of its characters, makes it a smart and inventive new take on the science fiction visual novel.

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Cerealkillerz
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
May 2, 2019

It might be lacking the solid gameplay from other indie titles, but VA-11 Hall-A more than makes up for it with its great storytelling. This is for lovers of interesting fiction, and not for hardcore gamers.

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RPG Fan
75%
75%
May 1, 2019

VA-11 HALL-A is an exciting experiment that I hope can be built upon further with the sequel.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 2, 2019

The gameplay, and some of the dialogue, could do with some refinement but this dystopian drinks-making game has some of the most interesting storytelling of the last few years.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 18, 2019

For visual novel fans, VA-11 HALL-A is definitely refreshing and distinctive enough to be worth your time.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 1, 2018

It's certainly more than just a cyberpunk bartender action game.

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PC Gamer
60 / 100
PC Gamer
PCGamer Team

Top Critic

60 / 100
Jun 22, 2016

What Valhalla is trying to do is interesting, but playing it is boring. The dialogue drags, the main bartending mechanic is tedious and the day-in, day-out repetition becomes frustrating quite early on.

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Jul 19, 2016

There is a lot to dig while playing VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action.

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games(TM)
5 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

5 / 10
Sep 4, 2016

An imperfect cocktail

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Tiny Spaceship
Mar 21, 2017

Despite VA-11 Hall-A’s commendable ability to create an elaborate, futuristic environment via a relatively simple medium, it’s ultimately a frustrating endeavor. The unique characters are not enough to overcome the exasperating surprises and a story that tapers off. As such, VA-11 Hall-A misses an opportunity to be an engaging, memorable experience.

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