Short, fast-paced story and you can easily finish with all achievements in about 2 hours or less. If you bear with it, there are interesting moments, even if just to see what the writers had in mind.
What first caught my eye was, of course, the the incredibly sexy red-head hanging over Faust's shoulder. The art style really appeals to me and I love that the graphical user interface and scene composition is made up of comic book elements! The characters are mildly interesting but ultimately it's this red head, and her presence changing the scenes to macabre versions of themselves
, which kept me playing.
Now, the story has some serious moments and some of the explanatory options do satisfy my curiosity, but overall the dialogue feels strange to me: "I couldn't understand this entire situation.
" for example. The few atmospheric NPCs (doctor, flight attendant, your boss) are not using lingo fit for their professions: "Keep yourself quiet. You need to rest. I've requested more exams to better understand your health status and what happened to you.
" It's not intolerable and can be amusing. One solid gripe I'll offer is my annoyance with the repetitive music, which loops itself far too quickly.
I haven't played any other game (so far) that involved making choices around gambling/bargaining your soul off and while there aren't an awful lot of long-drawn out or creative choices, there's just enough content to appropriately play out the story.
Some WTF moments. The girls were hot (except one crazy ratchet ho'). It most certainly satisfied me. If you're as hungry as I am for artsy visual novels and don't mind a cheap thrill
, this might
be for you. Notice that emphasis on might
See it for a buck or two? Buy it!
~ REVIEW APPEND ~
- Director's Cut extras have been released
- Steam Trading Cards and Acheivements are available!
- Added links to my technicality warning
~ TECHNICALITY WARNING ~
I got an endless loading bar my first few sessions, but a quick google helped me get the game running. To fix, I had to install the latest Internet Explorer and make sure that my .NET Framework was up to date. Not a deal breaker for me, but thought you should know.
*Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2
*Latest version of Internet Explorer