SC2VN is a visual novel about the South Korean StarCraft 2 scene. You play as Mach, a foreign semi-pro trying to make it in eSports who soon learns that success in StarCraft takes more than in-game strategy.
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Release Date: Sep 7, 2015

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April 28

Don't Forget Our eSports Dream is Live on Greenlight



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Less than two weeks until the end of our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you all for the support so far!

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April 11

Continued support for SC2VN



Hey all! We’re happy to announce that a follow-up to SC2VN is in the works. Don’t Forget Our eSports Dream, a prequel to SC2VN, is currently on Kickstarter. Part of our ongoing support for SC2VN and its sequel raises the possibility of providing translations and voice acting. If you enjoyed our first game, please consider pledging. Learn more about Don’t Forget Our eSports Dream here.

In addition to this announcement, we’ve fixed a few bugs and corrected a few typos in this update.

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Reviews

“What makes SC2VN so compelling isn't just the fascinating window it offers into a potentially unfamiliar subculture, but the more universal story it tells about passion generally and sports specifically, the dizzying highs and crushing lows of loving a beautiful game.”
Offworld

“SC2VN might also be one of the most insightful critiques of StarCraft and the subculture that grew up around it.”
PC Gamer

“The game does a transcendent job of matching big-budget documentaries in communicating the love of e-sports.”
Ars Technica

About This Game

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SC2VN is a visual novel about the South Korean StarCraft 2 scene. You play as Mach, a foreign semi-pro trying to make it in eSports who soon learns that success in StarCraft takes more than in-game strategy. Meet fellow pros and build a team that can compete with the best.

This game is written for all players who want to live the dream. No previous knowledge of StarCraft and eSports required.

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    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 560 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 560 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 560 MB available space
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Maou
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Very enjoyable, but short as well. I loved the writing. Would love to see a sequel!
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SingMeToSleep
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
WORST GAME EVER
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Lavendar
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Wow. I was impressed.

This is a linear story, as your choices make little to no outcome on the overall story (unless you're in a battle, then you can win or lose on some cases).That doesn't mean a linear story is bad. Look at The Last of Us, no one complained about the lack of a branching story.

This does capture nervousness and thrill of competitive sc2 pretty well, as well as the brutal realities of life. Once you get to a certain point in competitive gaming, its not fun anymore, as with everything else in life.

The story excludes many anime-styled deux ex machinas, with TEH POWA OF FRIENDSHIP overcoming all obstacles. I was overjoyed to find it missing. A story that sticks closer to reality makes it more relatable to the audience.

Character designs and personalities were very well done. Not so over-the-top to be unrealistic, but not too subtle to make the characters seem bland.

I could've easily payed 5-7$ for this. Thank you developers. I'll be in the lookout for a season 2 kickstarter.


edit: I played this in offline mode. I idled for 5 minutes online to write this
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5yu's
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
need long story for this game
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S A D G I R L
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I have no idea why I played this- despite having no background on SC2 whatsoever- but random downloads make for fun experiences and this was exactly that.
I liked the idea of having a glossary for those with no idea on esports- now that I actually know my stuff-and the video on SC2 mechanics and it's just... really good.
Most VNs deal with romance or slice of life and while this one leans on SOL territory, it opens your perspective on what it truly means to involve yourself in pro-gaming. It renewed my views on esports, because I had always thought of it as some sort of hobby but I can see now that it is much more than that. It's a passion and something you have to strive for. It has even inspired me, if I dare say so myself. I also liked that Dota2 reference. It is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ MOBA indeed. (I'm saying this sarcastically, of course.)
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Spin Attack
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
I'm honestly sad that the game isn't longer, but what it has is pretty deep and well thought-out. Even as someone with a nominal understanding of SC2, I found myself understanding the story and terms as it went along. Glossary is a good addition.

There's a lot of material for something bigger and better in the future. All of the characters have relatable plotlines that can easily be expanded. I hope the developers think about releasing more content or making a sequel.
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MabX
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
Its a pretty short VN. It is unique and well made in a way that the focus is not about dating thats quite refreshing. It's all about Starcraft which I never played before but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of playing this at all. Im glad I took what little time it requiers to play it. Actually I enjoyed it so much that I wanted more content and it was over too soon.
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PwS | Timo
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Not going to lie, this blew my mind. As someone who was well invested in sc2 for a while, this hits home. Big time. My only regret is picking this up so late, but it does make me even more hyped for the e-sports dream :D. So here's the actuall review:
-Game is interesting and immersive.
-The writting is very well done.
-If you're an sc2 fan, you'll love it, and if you're not one of us yet, you will be after finishing this game.
-The decision making in the game is interesting and thought provoking, although somewhat simple :P
-The final showdown is INCREDIBLY INTENSE, even if predictable, I SWEAR MY HEART WAS BEATING AS LOUD AS THE GAME NOISE!!!

Overall a good time investment, and a good reminder to everyone about what it's like to be a pro-gamer, a profession most take for granted.

Good day to y'all! \//\
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Twenty|Øne|Gamers
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Boring, there's no choose your own adventure thing going on. It's only in the SC scenes which there are a dramatic lack of.

I mean. If you like animes then it might be a thing but, for an average gamer it's just. No.
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Maestro ★
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Great Story.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
This VN made me re-install Starcraft 2 again and reminded me how much I loved Starcraft 2.
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Short as it was, but really good with a great story!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
I'm honestly sad that the game isn't longer, but what it has is pretty deep and well thought-out. Even as someone with a nominal understanding of SC2, I found myself understanding the story and terms as it went along. Glossary is a good addition.

There's a lot of material for something bigger and better in the future. All of the characters have relatable plotlines that can easily be expanded. I hope the developers think about releasing more content or making a sequel.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I have no idea why I played this- despite having no background on SC2 whatsoever- but random downloads make for fun experiences and this was exactly that.
I liked the idea of having a glossary for those with no idea on esports- now that I actually know my stuff-and the video on SC2 mechanics and it's just... really good.
Most VNs deal with romance or slice of life and while this one leans on SOL territory, it opens your perspective on what it truly means to involve yourself in pro-gaming. It renewed my views on esports, because I had always thought of it as some sort of hobby but I can see now that it is much more than that. It's a passion and something you have to strive for. It has even inspired me, if I dare say so myself. I also liked that Dota2 reference. It is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ MOBA indeed. (I'm saying this sarcastically, of course.)
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101 of 114 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
I'll be blunt, the game wasn't made for me per say.
Not a Starcraft player. Hell, my last serious RTS was Age of Empires 2, and that in of itself should normally make a specialized VN like this outside of my place to play, much less review. But hell, I gave it a try when it claimed I could make due without knowledge, and it did not lie. So if the only thing keeping you on the fence is whether you'll understand anything, relax. The game has a glossary, for crying out loud.

Where else to rank it... Well, I'll be as blunt as I can be. It's a free Renpy VN, after all.

Gameplay boils down to your typical faire of making choices at select points, as you might imagine. You can play as either a male or female lead, but it makes little difference. Still, props for the option even existing. My point is gameplay isn't the main focus here... Though I do hope to see innovation in anything going forward.

Visuals are smooth, nice, and right where they need to be. Likewise on the sound, everything from silky smooth tones to alt rock, everything blends pretty damn well in setting the scene right where it needs to be for the player. The game also shifts to something different just enough times to keep the player surprised without becoming expected, which I applaud.

Story and characters are compelling in their own way, too. Even without knowing squat about SC personalities, I was more than amused by the faces shown here. Even if half the fun was figuring out the archetypes early on, and watching how they'd be played out. Speaking of, game's clean. Save for a tame extra scene, there is no fanservice or anything of the sort, much less romance to worry about, so don't expect that. I will say I enjoyed what bonding scenes we did get, and caught myself questioning what relationships other characters had before I showed up... A mark of good narrative delivery in my eyes, considering I actually was interested.

Three things of note. First, no auto/skip functionality, so prepare to experience SC for yourself... When you feel like you need 300 APM just to get anywhere. (See? Wouldn't have known that before this game. Ahem.) This is swiftly dealt with by the second note, that the game is... Relatively easy to get the good ending on. It's no Sakura Spirit, there are numerous choices and -presumably- bad endings, but ah... I didn't get one. Yeah, somehow I got what could only be classified as a good/true ending on my first run, blind. No guides, just two google searches to find out what the hell Protoss even played like (and learning they were expensive as hell) and another to look up a term. All I did was play smart with basic logic from what the game showed me, and things played out flawlessly. So either I'm a natural SC2 player in the making, or the game's rather easy to complete unless you're a bonehead with this sort of thing. Third and finally, I was outright disappointed the ending I got, well... Ended so soon. It's a short game. But.

That is actually a good thing, I suppose. For as many minor (and they are minor) gripes as I have, they are tremendously outweighed by the positives the game provides. Hell, I'm listening to the credits song on repeat because it's just that good wrapping things up. The game's short, the game's small, but it's free and packed with personality and warmth. Let me put this in no uncertain terms, okay?
I actively want a bigger, more full, more packed sequel, and I want to pay for it. I want to see this story through to a full end, I want to watch these characters progress, I want more, and I want to support the creators for it.
SC2VN is a short experience, but it's one I don't regret taking in the slightest, and actively want more of.
g freakin g. Ya rolled me, guys.
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96 of 120 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
Downloaded this game from the SC2VN site before Steam release, so I've already played through this

Great game, especially for StarCraft fans, but this game appeals to the eSports audience in general, does a really good job of giving you the feeling of the Korean eSports scene for StarCraft II, including the VSL. (A spin-off of the real league GSL)

This game would easily be worth 10-15$ if it was being sold for money, so there really isn't any reason not to get this game for free.

10/10 for a visual novel, there really isn't anything wrong with it.
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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
Drop everything, let's go to Korea to become a professional StarCraft player.
SC2VN - The eSports Visual Novel was for me a complete surprise. Starting from the fact that the game is targeted to fans of StarCraft, but that doesn't mean you can't play it, not having a clue what's going on in this game. Everything important is explained in the tutorial. Yes, I am one of those who didn't have any idea what StarCraft is. The plot, characters, graphics and music, everything was done properly, neatly and attractively. Less than four hours, because so much it took me to beat the game, it was very enjoyably spent time. I definitely recommend this one.
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91 of 129 people (71%) found this review helpful
80 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
only god can judge me now
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
I usually don't write reviews and I usually don't like Visual Novels... but this one is really a killer game. Really.

It gives an insane insight on the eSports world and even if you don't play Starcraft it's very enjoyable. Also, it is well written and the overall quality is astounding. If you play ANY competitive game, even at casual level, you should play this. It takes 3~4 hours and it's totally worth it. Also, it's free.
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182 of 284 people (64%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
Grills don't play Starcraft

Immersion Borken. 0/10

>tfw no qt3.14 progamer gf to play vidya with

In all seriousness, SC2VN is a decent little VN that's also available for the grand old price of zero dollars. I enjoyed my time in it and I didn't waste any money so why the negative review?

Because this game raised 8000$ on Kickstarter to deliver a VN that can be finished in around 3 hours that's completely 100% linear. Two choices in the game lead to a bad end and every other choice has almost no bearing on the story. The two choices take place during the SC2 battles where you select your strategy, and the game often has these "battles" that seem to be a sort of minigame (You get a popup regarding the known info of your opponent and his strategies) but they're literally SC2 screenshots with a single choice in the middle. Two of these choices don't matter and the other two have a possibility of a game over. The very final battle of the game was hyped up in the story with a lot of the characters giving you tips, info and advice to use against your opponent. I thought it was gonna be a multiple choice strateg-a-thon and took notes so I can remember all the info.

In the end, there was absolutely no choice whatsoever in the game's ultimate clash, contrary to nearly every main match up to that point. The game ends just as you become a full fledged pro gamer. (ie when you think it's about to get good)


That disappointment was the final motivation to write this review.The game promised so much more during kickstarter, it was almost gonna be Pro Gamer Simulator 2015 but it delivers on not a single promise:

1. Game will be finished in 6 months: Failed. It took 2 years
2. Game will have romance options: Failed. No romance options exist
3. Game will have multiple paths: Failed. It's an absolutely linear story
4. Game will allow you to choose training partners: Failed. There is no choice in the storyline. There are no "stats" to train.
5. Game will allow you to choose which team house to train in: Failed. There is only one team house and it's simply a backdrop to an end-of-game scene
6. Game will allow you to enter online amatuer tournaments to test your character's skill: Failed. There are no tournaments in the game.

There's no reason in 2015 to take 8000$ and deliver what is essentially a free fan made game made in a free VN engine.

Katawa Shoujo was made with literally Zero dollars by a bunch of autists on ♥♥♥♥♥ and each of that game's multiple paths is longer and deeper in every way than SC2VN's single one.

So really, the best thing I can say about this game is: It's free and a decent waste of a couple of hours.
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
This game was a good surprise. It's free so it's worth trying, but it's heavily targeted toward fans of Starcraft 2 obviously.
Being a fan I can say the game was amazing, there is a lot of work put into details that just "hit" for people that knows Starcraft.
The "pro" environement of Starcraft in Korea is very well explained and makes a good introduction to newcomers, however it's not really the same treatement for the game itself wich will leave a lot of newbies following the matches wihtout really knowing what happens and why someone is winning or loosing.

The story, the characters, the art and the music are all pretty good. Again, bonus for the fans thanks to the use of music from Starcraft that are easily recognizable.

Even though I loved every single moments of this game, I still feel a bit disappointed because of one single thing :
The game is too short (around 4hours). But most importantly It basically ends just when the story is about to become the most interesting wich is rather frustrating and leaves a disappointing taste as a final conclusion.
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