Today I’m reviewing Muv-Luv, a visual novel developed by âge. On the surface, this game is a slice-of-life romantic comedy and it makes no excuses for itself. Under the hood though, this game is really something entirely different, and it’s very aware of this.
It’s been a long time since I’ve chimed in with a review, but it’s a disservice to give Cho Dengeki Stryker anything less. What started as a fun action story ended with an incredible world and an even more powerful message. This is Overdrive’s finest hour.
What would you do if you, tied to the fates of four other strangers, suddenly received a massive amount of power? With no direction given to you, what would you use it for? How would others like you use it? Would you be a hero? A villain? A power broker? Would you build yourself a kingdom? That's what the visual novel…
Ayakashibito is an action visual novel by Propeller that takes place in an alternative version of present-day Earth, one where a minority of humans possess supernatural abilities. Our story follows Kisaragi Soushichi, a human with the ability to bend metal, as he escapes from captivity.
Deardrops is a music romance visual novel developed by Overdrive that follows the protagonist Suganuma Shouichi. Once a world renowned violin prodigy, circumstances have forced him to give up the instrument, leading him back to his hometown.
I know what you're thinking. "Dex, you're writing about this again?" Yes, yes I am. I'm talking about it again because it really was a defining entry in the genre, at least for me. It was the culmination of the intersection between sci-fi, deconstructionism, and postmodernism for the modern era, and it continues to…
Today I look at Killer Queen: a death game thriller by doujin group Flat. It follows Soichi in a 73-hour fight to the death in a strange building with 12 other people. Soichi needs to choose how to live his life in a game where his next second might be his last.
If My Heart Had Wings is a romantic visual novel that follows the main character Aoi in his life after he returns to his hometown after years away. It's a very, very textbook visual novel plot that happens to have just the right amount of refinement to become something special.
Four months ago, I started the first game of the Muv-Luv saga, one of two defining entries in the âge-verse. Around the time I finished Alternative, I decided to revisit it four months after I began, this time with the experience of a Muv-Luv veteran.
World End Economica is a science fiction economics-driven visual novel that follows young Yoshiharu in his quest to gain the fortune to attain his dreams. Along the way he's forced to learn difficult lessons about the world around him, as well as himself.
I originally was going to skip reviewing this visual novel because I realize that these reviews are a constant thing, but I just can't hold back. This visual novel is almost required reading for any troper or lover of Japanese media. It's satire and a trope-fest of epic proportions on Japanese games.
Today I'm taking on the, apparently, much loved visual novel Grisaia no Kajitsu to see how it holds up. After my rather scathing random thoughts article, I'm here to take a more level-headed approach to the game and pick it apart objectively.
Today I'm starting yet another journey into the Muv-Luv universe with a look at Alternative Chronicles 01: a collection of stories set in the Muv-Luv Unlimited universe. Three stories are included: Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After Episode 00, Chicken Divers, and Rain Dancers.
This is the second part of a loosely connected three-part article series I'm writing which began with my previous article. Today I'm going to go deeper and describe the nuances behind the video game story that I love so much and why I think they are the greatest in many ways.
It's a controversial topic in gaming: should the focus be on improving the "gameplay" aspects of the game or making a story worth telling? You'll hear a different answer from everyone, whether they realize their answer is different or not. I exist as part of the minority of gamers that plays games solely for the story.
Some time back a commenter on my Muv-Luv review stood up and mentioned Grisaia no Kajitsu as an example of a visual novel with prime characters and a good plot. I started it immediately after I finished Muv-Luv, which is why this is awkward, I finished Alternative over a month ago.
I’ve recently fielded a few questions about where to start in Muv-Luv just recently. Considering how expansive the franchise is, I decided to break it down for everyone using my knowledge of the franchise.
Muv-Luv is a saga that I consider to be one of the greatest in history. Its dedication to its dark story reminds us all how good it is to be alive. Many of us regard our lives as rather bland and boring endeavors, so Muv-Luv smacked us across the face and defiantly said, "Enjoy it while you can".
Today I'm reviewing Muv-Luv Alternative; the third part of the Muv-Luv visual novel saga that began with the two-part Muv-Luv. It's a story of self-discovery, loss, and, most cliche of all, love. It's also, hands down, one of the greatest masterpieces in storytelling I've ever experienced.