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Root Letter

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Available on:PlayStation 4Nov 10, 2016
PlayStation VitaNov 10, 2016
PCJul 7, 2017
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Publisher: PQube

Genres: Interactive Story, Adventure

Root Letter is the first in a brand new 'Kadokawa Game Mystery' series - a collection of Visual Novels with exceptionally high production values. Set in Shimane prefecture - a place rich in history, culture and natural beauty - vLetter revolves around the mystery of Fumino Aya, your old high school pen friend who went missing 15 years ago. On receiving her final letter 15 years late, in which she confesses to a murder, it's up to you, the player, to unravel the mystery of what happened to her. Reminiscing through previous letters from Fumino Aya, you must piece together the truth, alongside the testimonies from seven witnesses who knew her. Did she really murder someone, was she telling the truth in her letters - was she even real? Travel from location to location in Shimane prefecture and interrogate people from her past - only by examining her letters can you unravel the mystery. Boasting beautiful character artwork from Mina Taro and some of Japan's best-loved voice actresses, Root Letter represents one of the most exciting additions to the Visual Novel genre in years.

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Less-discerning players with a tolerance for bad localizations, or maybe Matsue residents, will find a pleasant diversion in Root Letter, but for everyone else, it's difficult to recommend, especially at its current price tag.

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I play video games to have a good time. I’m sure you do, too. Even when we turn on something truly masochistic like Dark Souls or Super Meat Boy, we do so knowing that the uphill battle we struggle with will culminate in a satisfying, euphoric sense of accomplishment and joy. My laborious, 10-hour uphill battle with Root Letter ended in the hill giving way to a massive drop into a bottomless ravine, and as I fell through the ravine, I felt regret. I felt pain. I felt aggravation.

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Root Letter is a great visual novel with superb production values that’s only held back by some localisation issues but excels in atmosphere and one that will remain with you for a long time.

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6 / 10

Root Letter is not the worst example of the modern visual novel, that suffering from a lingering story, routine, almost zero interaction and stereotyped characters. Of course, if you love Japanese culture, then you will be pleased to experience all facets of local life. But to be honest Root Letter is too similar with Telltale games only without pathos and with static cute graphics.

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