Collar X Malice
Top Critic Average
Collar x Malice is one of the best otome visual novels I've played with lots of things to shake up the formula for the better but some typos in the text sour the experience.
In the end, Collar X Malice is a great visual novel that happens to also be an otome. The story is dark, stressful, and creates an atmosphere that forces the player to want to continue. True, there are many wrong paths, but once you see the end in sight you will understand what makes this game so good. I enjoyed my time with Collar X Malice and I'm eager to experience the remaining routes and endings that I missed, which could easily take 40 hours of accumulative playtime.
I wasn't sure what to expect going into Collar x Malice, but I was admittedly a little afraid its darker tone would result in a nastier, more sadistic streak across the board. I couldn't be happier to have been proven wrong: while the writing leaves a lot to be desired in some regards, the story told is a compelling one, and earning the trust of the icy suitors was a more nuanced and sweet process than I expected. If you're of a mind to enjoy this silliness like I am, forget the New York Times bestseller list – your over-the-top romantic beach read is just a Vita download away.
Collar X Malice is a slick, stylish, and sexy thriller.
A solid game in the genre, however it cannot surpass certain level. Nice and exciting story makes a good break from more challenging titles.
Review in Polish | Read full review
There is a reason that Aksys website for this game doesn't stress that this is an otome as the story is engaging for visual novel fans of all types. Collar X Malice is a well-crafted title that leans hard on its mystery and creates a sense of foreboding while keeping it from becoming too much. Idea Factory walked a fine line here and ended up with a cool, stylish experience for anyone that just wants to chill in an easy chair with a cool story.
Collar X Malice is a well-crafted visual novel, with thought estetics and elaborated plot. The story itself is deep with lot of possibile interpretations. But this game also features all limits of its genre: dialogues are often too long and there are design limits that are not common to the contemporary audience. Those will be able to overcome these flaws will discover a deep story with great replayability.
Review in Italian | Read full review
All in all, my passion for Collar X Malice is more than I could have ever anticipated. From its diverse and interesting cast, to its alluring version of Shinjuku in crisis, it captivated me from start to end - held back only by mundane extras and localisation errors. It stands in my eyes as the best visual novel since Virtue's Last Reward - and I hope in future it can see a PC release to free it from the niche shackles of the PS Vita.
Collar X Malice is an interesting game. I have played visual novels before, such as those from the Zero Escape and Danganronpa series, but this is the first one that I've played in the Otome genre in which the focus is on romance as the leading narrative. I liked the story, and I think the elements of mystery, deceit, and horror really make it shine. I ended up really liking the characters, and the story really paid off in the end as it kept me guesing from start to finish.
Collar X Malice is a visual novel that doesn't fear making the player feel something, be it tension, fear, caring for the characters or the curiosity for the reasons and motivations behind their actions. It's a visual novel that holds the player's attentions the same way the best books do, motivating him to complete every route and know every detail of this incredible and captivating story. It's both an obligatory game for the fans of the genre and one of the best options for those who want to get to know it.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review