I am REALLY sorry to write a bad review of a VN.. (because I love them!)
But.. Fading Hearts had SO much potential!
It did just never used it...
Okay so let me get this straight:
I liked the idea of being able to make choices through the daily life so you could become stronger or earn more money. And that if you planned your moves correctly you'd be able to reach your goals without being too stressfull and on the same time be "social".
But not the fact that there is only TWO girls that you can interact with. (and you can barely interact with them)
The story is simply too short to only have two girls in it!
You don't get enough time to develop anything with them and the endings is basically only based on simple choices...
There is a few "secrets" that will give the story a little "push" or give you a few more moments to think about what you're doing but they don't even affect the main storyline.
In the end of the story where a "bunch" of magic-stuff happens VERY fast (I'm talking two plot-twist's in a row). There is this "final fight" where you would think that you would have to be a high lvl anything to actually beat this thing. But no.
I didn't really make any progress in any of the training-things and I only learned one spell but I still beated the crap out of that thing.
And after that I got one more choice to a good end and that was just... Just... Just THAT.
The ending did absolutely nothing to me because it was just "what now?".
The reasons why it wasn't special is that there was a huge lack of character development...
Another thing that ♥♥♥♥es me off about this VN is all the "dreams/visions/hallucinations/daydreams" whatever you call them..
They show up when you're resting, exploring or sleeping and they do NOTHING for the story..
I don't know if this is a cheap trick to add more reading to the storyline but one thing is for sure:
These little "side-stories" doesn't matter. The only thing they do is sometimes add a little + on your personal strenght (which you need for some reason that hasn't been clear enough to me because the conversations doesn't seem to change either way)
So buy this game if you need to try something different for a change..
But don't buy it with high hopes of something EXTRORTUNARY.
I'd personally rate it 3.9/10