A boy, helpless to protect that which he cherished... A girl, hopeless in the face of a promise unkept... A man, desperate to escape his finite destiny... A child, forgetting what must not be forgotten... OVERDRIVE presents a brand new super hero epic!
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Release Date: Sep 19, 2014

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“If you’ve fallen out of love with visual novels [...], Cho Dengeki Stryker is the kind of title that could rekindle your passion.”
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“Cho Dengeki Stryker is a visual novel that is packed to the brim with great visuals, awesome audio and an engaging storyline. It is also much longer than most visual novels and the additional routes boosts the replay value dramatically. If you are a fan of the genre you owe it to yourself to check this game out.”
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A brand new super hero epic that will electrify your soul!!

Yuuki Yamato has modeled his young life after the super heroes he loves. When his best friend Haruna is teased by bullies, he always tries to defend her -- but his life is not a comic book, and things never work out as planned.

One day, after yet another failure, Haruna tells Yamato that she is moving away. She asks him to come and see her off, but Yamato -- his pride still wounded -- cannot find the courage to face her. When Yamato is feeling his lowest, an old man appears before him. He is known as the Memory Collector, and he will grant one wish in exchange for a memory. Yamato makes his wish: to become Dengeki Stryker, his favorite comic book hero.

Years later, an army of cyborgs from the Balbora Empire appear in the city where Haruna now lives. With the police and the army powerless against the Empire's mechanical might, it falls to a single hero to stop them -- a hero who looks remarkably like Dengeki Stryker!


- 30 ~ 50 hours of gameplay time
- Animated cut scenes by acclaimed animation studio Silver Link and directed by Watanabe Shinichi
- Theme song by JAM Project - Masaaki Endoh

*This is the All Ages version. All explicit adult content has been removed; however, it does contain violence, coarse language, suggestive themes, and partial nudity.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 ,8
    • Processor: PentiumIII 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 32MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
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135 of 156 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
How to put it,..a Visual Novel that's leagues above the visual novels on steam right now. In terms of quality. It's voiced, it has long routes, and the story can be pretty interesting.

That said, this is the quintessance of a japanese visual novel. I don't think this game has a bad end, so there are no real bad choices. But the idea behind most choices in these games is not to change things in the story to create a favorable ending. Instead, at the junction where the common route branches into specialized routes, it's to determine which specialized route to jump onto. So the complaint that you're reading a book instead of playing a game is pretty valid.

As a general rule of thumb, if you spot a girl who interests you, try picking choices that would allow you to spend more time with her. You should end up on her route.

As for the story itself, most people that have seen Power Rangers would sort of understand its essence. Villain attacks, Man with special powers appears, combats the villain of the day, and emerges triumphant. Then he resumes his everyday "normal" life. The good news is that there's much less posing and far more property damage.

That said, Overdrive visual novels generally have a light, dark, light pattern. You're not going to read a story where the hero does hero things through the whole story. You're going to read a story where hero does hero things up until some dark dramatic twist. Then you realize that the characters suddenly have much much more depth than you would expect and you start to realize that the world is not all that it seems. At this point the situation has become bad, to the point where it may be enough to break even a hero.

I can proudly say though that, of the Overdrive games that I've played, I have rarely been disappointed by their twists so this game should be just as interesting as the others.

But, if it isn't to your tastes, you may need to forgive the silly light-hearted beginning. I'm sure it's needed to balance out the deeper and more serious story that comes up later.

As a sidenote, it's English Subtitles and Japanese Voiced. The Voice Acting is incredible, but if you listen to a foreign language for an extended period of time it tends to wear you down.
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89 of 96 people (93%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
Now I can see why the high price for this visual novel. It is definitely worth it.
It's by far the best visual novel on Steam.

Great background art, character avatars, background music, sound fx, natural environment fx, voice acting, humor and animation.
There are also some small interactive parts where you can make decisions to change how the story plays out.

Cho Dengeki Stryker reminds me of the visual novels that were out for the old CD consoles like PC-Engine CD and MegaDrive CD with Anime/Manga titles like 3x3 Eyes and Bakuretsu Hunter, back in my days. Yea I'm an old timer but I wish the new generation could have experienced those times. Those were awesome days for gamers. :)

Anyway, don't expect to finish through this so quick because it is very lengthy and broken up into chapters where between them it will ask you if you want to save your progress, although you can save and load at any time you wish.

The menu system is has got a lot of options too. Sound settings allow you to adjust the voice, sound fx and music levels. It also allows you to turn on or off individual character voices. So if you find one character you might think sounds annoying as heck, then point on their name and click, that character is muted. lol
Other menu options allow you to adjust text speed and turn on auto mode. You can also switch on and off to fullscreen and change the aspect ratio to fit the screen. There are other options you can check out as well like accessing the back log to see previous conversations.

If you are into Anime/Manga and visual novels then give this a try while it's on sale. It's pretty awesome. :)
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85 of 96 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
[Please note that the "Recommended" vote is directed to users who appreciate the fact that this title is a visual novel and contains no "gameplay". Furthermore, my lack of "play time" is due to my having previously read the non-Steam release of Cho Dengeki Stryker.]

Cho Dengeki Stryker is a visual novel developed by OVERDRIVE (makers of KIRAKIRA, Edelweiss and DEARDROPS, among others) and published in the West by MangaGamer. The adult version of the VN is available for purchase on MangaGamer website.

First off, let's set the technicalities straight and alleviate some of the confusion surrounding this release. Cho Dengeki Stryker is an upgraded version of the original Dengeki Stryker novel with three additional arcs and a number of visual upgrades. In other words, it is NOT a sequel to Dengeki Stryker, and the original title is included in this release in full, with the exception of the aforementioned adult content.

While Cho DS is not an entirely kinetic (i.e. lacking choices) novel, it is almost completely linear. In three original arcs (or "Sagas"), the choices you make are irrelevant and yield only a few bits of alternative dialogue. Upon completing the original game, one of the conspicuously greyed-out decision options becomes available, thus unlocking the additional content.

Presentation-wise, Cho DS boasts a number of decently animated sequences scattered over the course of the story. Sadly, despite being a rather recent title, it is not presented in high definition (the default resolution is 800x600). Character art by Katakura Shinji (KIRAKIRA, Edelweiss) is, in my opinion, an acquired taste. The supporting cast (especially male) looks delightfully silly, but I can't say I enjoy this artist's work when it comes to female characters.

Music is a strong point in all OVERDRIVE games (partly owing to the fact that the company's president is Takeuchi Hiroshi aka Bamboo from the band "milktub"). The soundtrack to Cho DS is no exception, providing several impressive vocal tracks and decent, if not outstanding, BGM.

Another highlight is the usual brand of surreal humor typical for OVERDRIVE titles. In an effort not to spoil the story, I'll just say that Clark Kent and his famous glasses have got nothing on the extremely oblivious heroes of Cho DS. Most of the humor is delivered by the exceptional and diverse supporting cast, which is another of OVERDRIVE's good traditions.

Sadly, the same cannot be said for the main heroines, which are as cookie-cutter and bland as they come. You've got your usual childhood friend and your usual tsundere to start with, and when you get to the additional content, you'll have to endure Rin, who is undoubtedly one of the most boring characters ever written. Luckily, romance in Cho DS takes a back seat to action, comedy and an occasional philosophical dilemma or two, and thus the overall story does not suffer too much from the vacuous personalities of the heroines.

Speaking of the story, I found it solid if not particularly spectacular, with some interesting plot twists and a few poignant moments in the later scenes. The plot goes "meta" fairly early, but the writers don't go overboard with deconstructing manga tropes, and the story remains well-balanced.

In conclusion, Cho DS is a good read that I can recommend without any hesitation. It is quite a few steps short of a masterpiece, but it's solid and entertaining enough to be well worth your time and money. Among the visual novels available on Steam, however, Cho Dengeki Stryker is firmly near the very top in terms of quality of storytelling, humor, music and presentation.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
71.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Having put more than 30 hours in this Visual Novel and played it to utter completion (all routes + all of Jack's Diary pieces), it's time that I give my full opinion regarding the VN in its entirety.
I personally, whole-heartedly, recommend this VN to anyone, especially those who are familiar with superheroes and the desires of heroism and fighting for justice. If I had to compare it to another anime or story out there, it would be Samurai Flamenco in terms of the whole wish fulfilment topic and desire to be a hero - however, unlike Samurai Flamenco, Cho Dengeki Stryker had enough time and resources (plus being a VN makes it more convenient) to explore the entire topic of what it means to become a hero, its struggles, its victories, its desires, how it can clash with reality.


The first route you'll (likely to) experience is the Zero Saga, and while I consider it one of the weakest routes of the story, it's a solid introduction to the story of the VN. You get a global view of all the characters surrounding you, and the main character comes to terms with the results of the wish he made 10 years ago. It also has a sweet love story that doesn't form an obstacle to the flow of the general story.
The second route is Heaven's Saga. It's somewhat less dramatic compared to Zero Route and is more focused on being epic and all-around action-packed. Its side characters are way better treated compared to in Zero Route. However, when it comes to the love interest I'm not all too enthusiastic. It's basically your average tsundere girl that has some competence going on. While I like her moments of attitude and quirkiness, the relationship between her and the protagonist feels somewhat forced. I think that's the case because little has been done to show what the protagonist feels for the love interest and why, whereas Zero Route was more open to describe the feelings of the protagonist towards the love interest and what they should strive for.
The third route, Sky Saga, is a continuation of Heaven Route which focuses on a different character, whom in my opinion is the true protagonist of Cho Dengeki Stryker. It's a short story that carries quite the dramatic weight similar to Zero Route yet carries the action-packed badassery of Heaven Route but on a smaller scale.
The fourth route, Love Saga, is a story on its own with an emphasis of being a dramatic yet touching love story. It did its job superbly, making me appreciate a female character I somewhat ignored in the previous routes and turning me into a gigantic cry-baby when the credits rolled.
The fifth route, Steel Saga, is a continuation of Zero Saga and one of the routes exclusively available on the Cho Dengeki Stryker version (the original version is the Dengeki Stryker version which only contains Zero, Heaven's and Sky Saga). It's starts off being a slice of life story dealing with the aftermath of Zero Saga, but it escalates into a fusion between Zero Saga and Heaven's Saga in terms of characters, drama and action. Certain characters obtain a sense of complexity throughout the route (going beyond their initial role and position in the previous routes) and the newest leading lady is just a badass. While she might be a love-or-hate case, I really adore her because she isn't as waifu-ish compared to previous girls, is similar to the protagonist in various ways, including badassery and competence.
The sixth and final route, Light Saga, is a continuation of the Steel Saga and the conclusion of the entire Cho Dengeki Stryker VN. You will only be able to access this route after clearing Steel Saga twice, unlocking of both two leading girls (thank god there's a SKIP button). It's all-around the most satisfying route since it's the closest to an happy ending Cho Dengeki Stryker has. It's action-packed as well, but I find Sky Saga having the most epic battle while Steel Saga has the action-scenes which come across as very grand-scale.


It's still hard for me to decide whether Cho Dengeki Stryker is a plot-driven story or a character-driven story. While it's generally a slice of life story centring on the life of Yuuki Yamato (Dengeki Stryker Zero) and to an extend the misadventures of the Balbora Vanguard, it doesn't shy away from having extensive commentary on wish fulfilment and the various facets of being a (super)hero.
Yuuki Yamato / Stryker Zero is your average no-nonsense character, straight-faced and focused on his primary goals. What's initially charming about him is how he's out of touch with reality (being a manga character from an alternate history Japan that takes place in the 1930s that got transferred to 201X) and has to deal managing his daily school life with being a superhuman crime fighter. To prevent from spoiling way too much, I can only say that Steel and Light saga manage to flesh out Yamato's character even more, struggling with self-doubt and the consequences of his actions.
Texas Ninja Jack, Yamato's sidekick, might lack any complexity, but is an all-around crouching-moron-hidden-badass type of character that's all around memorable and hilarious whenever he's caught in his silly antics.
There are various female characters in the story and they all have their important role in the story depending on the route you've chosen. You've got your childhood friend, your tsundere, your maid girl, your insecure girl, et cetera. Most of them are quite enjoyable and interesting whether your leading girl / love interest or not.
The enemies are for the most part forgettable and underdeveloped with the exceptions of Mirror, Curtis, Roches, Hilko -- and to a lesser extend Murray and Phoenix.
To me, the messages regarding heroism and wish fulfilment that are evoked through the story's plot and the struggles of the main heroes stand out the most. It goes beyond the mere "fighting for the girl you love" shtick and it actually deals with loss and not always being the big glorious hero out there. Light Saga, Steel Saga and to a lesser extent, Heaven's Saga and Sky Saga show that a hero is more than one lone guy with fancy weaponry. That it takes more than one person to save the day, that heroes are just people with their own misfortunes and flaws yet fighting for a better future, that you won't always manage to tip the scales, that you won't always get the people's favour on your side and that even being there for someone and brightening his or her life makes you an hero as well -- those are several messages Cho Dengeki Stryker evokes throughout the story. It can be a bit cheesy at times but to me it was dealt with in a more mature yet passionate way (compared to other Shonen or Shonen-styled stories), hitting it close to home.


Due to character limits, I can't go all too much in lengths but the music and graphics are all-around a pleasure to see and listen to, especially in regards to the CGs, anime scenes and vocal tracks. While it's my very first VN, I still stand by the claim that this is so far one of the best stories I've ever experienced regardless of medium and that I really hope that the future might offer a story similar to Cho Dengeki Stryker. Hopefully, this time with more warriors dressed up in colourful spandex and karate-fighting bugmen riding on motorcycles. It's obviously far from perfect, being riddled with various plotholes and confusing moments, but it makes it up with the themes and messages it presents and the enchanted mixture of decent character development, well-detailed action scenes, drama, comedy, visual presentation and soundtrack.
What are you waiting for? Give it a read, enjoy the ride and be charmed by its action-packed narrative with its moments of laughter, tears and inspirational messages that are a necessity for your inner justice-loving hero-worshipper/wannabe.
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
This is definitely the best visual novel on Steam right now, and it's way longer than most of the others currently being offered.

The production values are very high with interesting writing, a ton of special effects going on during the action, not to mention the incredibly awesome animated cut-scenes created by SILVER LINK and directed by the famous Nabeshin. The music never dissapoints, as is OVERDRIVE's forte, and features vocals from awesome artists like Masaaki Endoh.

If you've ever dreamed about being a superhero as a kid, this story was created for you. It's packed to the brim with lots of hot-blooded and intense superhero action. Also, in addition to that great story, this game takes a good look at identity and definitions of identity.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Cho Dengeki Stryker is a Visual Novel. There is no "gameplay". It is the first large Japanese Visual Novel on Steam, by which I mean that it is genuinely over 30 hours long as the store page says.

The story revolves around a young boy who makes a questionable wish of a questionable wish-giver that results in him being transformed into his favorite superhero, but losing all of his memories. Once he reaches the appropriate age to be the hero in question, villains from his world also start appearing and of course they fight.

That part isn't actually particularly exciting, ironically.

As it turns out, being a full-time superhero doesn't make you any money, nor does being a "villain" generally unwilling to do harm to civilians. So both sides of the conflict end up as neighbors living in crappy apartments trying desperately to make ends meet, while miraculously maintaining their extremely flimsy secret identities.

This is where Cho Dengeki Stryker shines, for me. A slice-of-life story about a group of people extremely out of their element in more ways than they even realize.

Of course, this eventually devolves into some kind of battle for the fate of something (depending on the route), but two routes add significantly more slice-of-life beyond the common route. One of them (my personal favorite) has almost no combat scenes at all!

Outside of the few fully-animated scenes, battles can be a drag. Many go on too long, and given the kind of Japanese superhero basis for them, the destination is usually obvious from the word go and the players just have to dance around for a while to get there. I don't mean to imply that it's bad once fights start breaking out. There are still plenty of interesting moments in the "darker" parts of the story, but I more enjoy the characters interacting with words than explosions.

Still, the VN does have a lot of fun times, and I enjoyed it immensely. It may not be on the level of the great classics, but if you're in for watching the everyday lives of some very not everyday people who eventually have to save the world by way of shouting move names, Cho Dengeki Stryker might be for you.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
This is an early review after about 1 hour, so I might change it later. But so far i'm really loving it, if only for reminding that Visual Novels don't have to be about sex.

We're introduced to a bunch of characters at the start, and so far I love every single one of them. They're straight anime stereotypes, but done extremely well and the dialogues are well written, so their interactions are really entertaining.

The "fight" scenes are a bit lame, being mostly textual. "He sliced that building with one sword strike !!!". Cool, I wish I would have seen that. They contrast heavily with the more "slice-of-life" parts, when the greatest challenge isn't to overcome a mighty foe, but to end up the month with noodles at every meal. So far I'm preferring the latter.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
One of the best Visual Novels I've ever played.
The unique superhero genre really made it more interesting.
I expected this to be a happy go lucky Visual Novel at first,
but after reading it for a few hours, I realized that it had many twists and turns,
and big reveals towards the end. That really made me wish this was adapted to an anime series.
I never would have thought that a Visual Novel with a superhero genre would be this good.
This is a must have for fans of Visual Novels! :D
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
As mentioned by pretty much every positive review before this one, this game is easily the best VN on steam in terms of the overall quality of the package. It's extremely packed with content (Probably around 50 hours of it from my estimations), the UI is clean and has no issues. This enhanced version of Dengeki Stryker even adds some really neat visual effects that weren't in the original.

The story is hard to talk about without dwelling in spoilers, so I guess you'll have to rely on the steam blurb for that.

The music is really good going from filthy and intense guitars for the action scenes to really sacccharine infused 90s synth for some of the slice of life moments, the quality of the music in their games is an Overdrive staple as far as I know though.

In conclusion, it's definitely the game to get if you enjoy VNs in any way.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
An amazing VN. Different paths while with only one ending each are amazing journeys on how you get to that end. From giant robots to american ninjas of unknown gender, the content this game contains is great. If you ever wanted to be a butterfly with a giant lightning sword this game is for you. If you don't then i pity you and you should get this game anyway. Amazing soundtrack and visuals, combined with amazingly animated cutscenes. Makes you feel like you're watching/reading an old superhero anime/manga. Now if only this could get it's own show...

P.S. Hilko is mai waifu
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5.5 hrs
Posted: August 5
GREAT visual novel, with a great style, wonderful visual effects, and plenty of characters to have fun with. Unlike a lot of other similar games, each ending of this game feels very conclusive, especially the main ones. Not once did I feel like I was missing something, and it felt great to be able to remember each ending as an equally true one.

Also, the 18+ version for pervy adults has some good content.
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15.1 hrs
Posted: July 30
I've played both versions of this game and ill say i dont see the big deal over the 'censorship' of this game. sure censorship sucks but for this one game i feel it actually did it some good. its a bit easier to get into the story and most of those scenes were so out of character for the protagonist that it was a bit derailing. (i also acknowledge if youre playing this game FOR those scense then that doesnt really matter but for those who enjoy visual novels for the plot it makes a difference). i highly recommend this game to anyone looking to try out a visual Novel. like others have said it truly is one of the better ones available on steam atm.

the characters, plot and gags are fun and interesting and replaying for the different routes feels a lot less tedious than it usually can end up feeling with this type of game. i feel it was totally worth the purchase.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: June 23
Pretty much haven't check the build quality for the Steam version, but so far, it's same

Truly a hidden gem in visual novel universe.
Dengeki Stryker/Cho Dengeki Stryker brought you an old-school superhero ballad yet with such unpredictable twists, can't say it's completely shocking due this VN explains a lot who is who at the beginning, but still fuels you with excitement and feels.

At first i thought this would turn out boring since it's a classic superheroes story, furthermore, it's a non-dynamic VN, without moving sprites.
Yet this still blow my mind and made me keep saying "whoa!"
if there's something on my mind what should get an anime adaptation, THIS ONE TAKES PRIORITY

Gameplay... err.. it's a VN so what you expect for the gameplay
Story, i would give this one 4 of 4 thumbs i got, absolutely worth the time, yes i thought it was boring for some few episodes but after "a character appears", and you get moving through the "sagas" a.k.a. routes, things will get different and almost makes you can't stop reading, at least that's what i and my friend r experiencing.
Art, they got a good art to see, but not much sprites variations which makes it kinda awkward in some scenes, but actually this is not a new thing at VN industries.
Music, epic BGM, it really could intensifies the scnes even though the sprites is just moving (sliding) everywhere, what's more, their OSTs are by a legend, Masaaki Endoh from JAM Project.

Can't say more beside my experiences, what i said that it "might" looks regular and boring, but you can't judge a book by it's cover, this thing is truly a diamond in the rough, and it's one of my highly recommended VN, especiallly if you're looking for an epic story, this one is epic, yet simple and easy to undrstand.

You won't regret it, i can almost guarantee it, i never know my friends who read this said less than "it's absolutely great!"
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John Preston
7.0 hrs
Posted: June 4
I've tried to get a refund for this game, but unfortunately, it was already too late.
I didn't need more than 1 hour to dislike this game. When even the villains are not to be respected, is because the company failed miserably. They are completely stereotyped and stupid, and unfortunately, so is the main character. I was expecting a serious story, but what I got was a juvenile plot and imature characters. The stupidity freak show starts at the very beginning:
Good think I've got this game 66% off, because I would be extremely ♥♥♥♥♥♥ if I wasted full price money on this.
May it be a lesson to you all: if you buy a new game, play it under 14 days to be able to get a refund.
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Kyo Uzuki
36.9 hrs
Posted: January 18
this is a good VN of the superhero writing. some ♥♥♥♥♥ about how the H-sences removed. i can tell you i have played alot of VN with and without h-sences in them. and i tell you it is one of those VNs that with the h-sences removed it is okay. it is not like fate stay night hevans feel were they are a part of the story and needed and if were removeed that one route would just not feel right due to the story. this one however does not suffer that prolem. because with the H-sences gone that don't seem to effect the story so no worries on that part. however there are some who have prolems with the final saga known as the light saga endinding. you have to look at what all happened to yamato body from the zero saga to the steel saga and then the light saga ending. however it is good to know that yamato can at last have peace of mind with one of the women he's known. the only saga i say you can walkway with knowning that he willl be happy is the love saga. what i like about this VN is it shows the flaws that heros have. and even a hero needs to earn a rest. this is worth full price if you really want to play it . but if you want to wait till sale that is fine as wellll. but know this it is worth your money ether way and will take 30 hours to compete it all.
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24.5 hrs
Posted: December 23, 2015
Disclaimer: I have not played through ALL the endings, but I have played through most of them. A couple things though seem very unlikely to change, and if something does change I'll edit my review.
First: All Ages Version does -NOT- mean it is appropriate for all ages. This is T for Teens given some of the dialogue - and Jack's Diary, which is frickin hilarious.
That said, this is a great visual novel. Not an epic one like Demonblade, Princess Waltz, or Fate/Stay Night, but still a great one, and possibly the best action VN on Steam. The best part I think are the characters - you will learn to love the Balmoran Vanguard. While not super-original, they are still more than 1 or 2 dimensional archetypes. The humor is excellent. The fighting... varies. I found some outright boring, with victory being as dramatic as "wow, good job dropping a boulder on the villain after your allies did all the work." Other fights were appropriately dramatic and required the main character doing something suitably crazy/difficult.
The first 3 paths have to be done in order. The story starts off good and gets better each path so far, with each path being less predictable and more complicated.
I can't comment much on the music or voice acting because of speaker problems on my end, but I know that I did manage to catch some very dramatic and moving lines just the same.
Regarding censorship: When most hentai VNs get censored to change the rating, it is done terribly. Either they put stupid mosaic blurs that does nothing to make it less sexual and serves only to tick off the people looking for hardcore porn, or they tend to chop out everything remotely related to sex and the entire romantic encounter is reduced to (and I am quoting almost word for word from one game) "And with this and that, it happened." in Stryker, the actual sex (and any nude images I assume they would have) is removed, but enough of the beginning and end of those scenes remain that you still get a decent sense of the emotional intimacy. Female characters don't walk around in bikinis or find every excuse to show their panties, and to my incredible surprise, there is no character with an 11 year old body, attitude, and voice whom is nevertheless of legal age according to the legal disclaimer. In short: if you want romance but not nudity or fanservice, this delivers.

Perhaps my biggest annoyance is the Memory Collector. You will learn to hate him more and more. He's a cross between Kyubey from Madoka and Marcus from Borderlands in the worst way, but my biggest grief is that nobody in-universe seems to mind. The following scene never occurs in the game as I made it up to avoid massive spoilers, but captures the essence of the problem.
M. Collector: "I see you want to make a wish. I can grant it but I take payment in memories."
Wisher: "I want all the money in the world. You can have my memories of my parents."
M. Collector: "Deal. Here you go."
Wisher: "8 billion, 9 billion... this is only 10 billion. We made a contract for all the money in the world. I want my memories back."
M. Collector: "No refunds."
Wisher: "You didn't even give me what I was buying."
M. Collector: "Paragraph 5 of the contract says that's your problem, not mine."
Wisher: "When you put it that way, cheating me and then blaming me for your failure makes perfect sense. Have a nice day!"
M. Collector: "I'll be back to invisibly voyeur on your hentai scene tonight."
Wisher: "Gosh, that Memory Collector sure is a swell guy."
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10.5 hrs
Posted: December 19, 2015
Ahhh, just where do I start? Never had any game grated me this much... and I tried my very best to like this game. I mean, with so many positive reviews, it oughta be good, right? Right? Unfortunately, this was not the case for me.

Disclaimer: This is my personal opinions, you are free to agree or disagree with it. We all have different tastes. And oh, SPOILERS AHEAD.


Before anything, let's start with the good. It's always best to start with the good.

The Good:
Awesome soundtrack (JAM Project and Masaaki Endoh never ever disappoints)
Excellent animation (even better than some anime!)
Mirror T_T ;_;

Now for the bad... let's just say... RANT MODE ON.

I've played tons of Visual Novels and Kinetic Novels. I'm used to having my choices having little to no matter at all and just be in it for the ride, so to speak. I've cried playing Narcissu, I've laughed playing Nekopara, I've facepalmed playing one of the Sakura games, I've shuddered in fear playing Higurashi, but this game... this game... Cho Dengeki Stryker is definitely unique and not in a good way.

Playing this game is watching a trainwreck in slow motion. Veeeeeeeeery slow motion. It's worse then watching an episode of the three stooges. Both the protagonist and the villains are actively in a competition to see who's the most incompetent of them all, and that's an understatement. It's like watching Home Alone and everybody's the Wet Bandits (e.g. the robbers), even our protagonist... and Jack is Kevin McCallister. >.<

Let's start with our protagonist, "Yuuki Yamato". The hero of this "super hero epic" that... well, never legitly won a single encounter the whole game. At the very best, he fought the enemies to a standstill (that's his debut, ladies and gentleman) and then proceeded to get his ♥♥♥ whomped every single battle after that, the last battle notwithstanding, but that's with some sacrificial last-minute-power-up, which is why I put "legitly won".

And oh, guess what? When our hero was sufficiently beaten up, the sidekick character of the story shows up and... defeated the current villain opponent in a single move. Yes, the villain that was giving our hero so much trouble? Defeated in a SINGLE MOVE, by the sidekick: Texas Ninja Jack. Yes, he/she (don't ask) is a ninja... from TEXAS. And surprisingly, Jack happens to be the most competent character in the whole game.

As for the villains... meh, I'll just cut my rant short and say the whole group of villains are as incompetent as (or worse than) our hero.


Fortunately, however, we do have a diamond in the rough, and that is in the character Mirror. Mirror, to me, is the most interesting (and most tragic) character in the game. Who's Mirror? Why, he's the real Yuuki Yamato. The child who made the wish that started this whole tale. Because of his wish, "Yuuki Yamato" became Dengeki Stryker, but that's not the real Yuuki Yamato, the real Yuuki Yamato and his memories, all became trapped in a "monster" that's the character of a book (the same book Dengeki Stryker and the villains originated from) not really knowing what's going on and just want his mom and dad. It's all very very tragic. and the only part I like about the whole game, but at that point I'm already grated to hell and back and thus the thumbs down.


The other thing I disliked, albeit minor, is despite the animation being excellent and we get great quality cutscenes, there's just too much reused clips. Especially the Stryker equip Clips. I guess it's something of a homage to good ol' anime and tokus where they keep reusing the transformation and attack clips. Unfortunately, it works in animes/tokus because it's once per week, whereas as this is a game, and I'm playing it in one sitting... let's just say the reused clips gets annoying after the nth time it's reused within the very same hour and I every much want to (and do) skip it.

This is a "super hero epic" with nothing heroic at all. The hero doesn't win (at all :P), there's little to no heroic or gripping scenes and... is our hero even actually a hero? What this is is a tragic tale of a wish made by a child who, as a child, does not know better. In other words, it's like Madoka Magica being advertised as a magical girl show. It's true, but it's just not what one's expecting.

Well, I'm done for now. Did I say the most competent character in this whole game is Jack? I did? Well, I'll say it again. The most competent character in this whole game is Jack.

(And randomly: How does a Cyborg grow up anyway? I always figured the Stryker stuff are just armanents, but they keep saying he's a cyborg.)
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Manga Artist Otaku
9.3 hrs
Posted: December 17, 2015
Cho Dengeki Stryker is one of the best story experience that I have seen in a long while. It reminds me of why I love the medium of anime and manga, As an amatur writer and manga artist this has motivated me to work harder in the craft. One day I hope to write a great story as this! I would highly recommend this VN to any anime/ manga fan.
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Rude Boy EEEE
12.6 hrs
Posted: November 6, 2015
I'm liking this so far, but it reminds me of Buzz Lightyear's confusion in Toy Story... Still, awesome VN so far!
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