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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“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.”

“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.”
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About This Game

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.

System Requirements

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    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 560 MB available space
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 560 MB available space
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 560 MB available space
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102 of 115 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
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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95 of 118 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
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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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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173 of 279 people (62%) found this review helpful
47 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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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
Like others, played this on the original release. As gimmicky as it seems, it's probably the most enjoyable visual novel I've played, with plenty of esports in-jokes to go around, especially in the bonus feature once unlocked. That, and you can learn about the sex life of genderbent IdrA. So there's that, too.

Worth a run through if you have a couple hours to kill, I'd advise saving often, especially before decisions (there is no autosave, if you ♥♥♥♥ up, there's the possibility of a LOOOOT of clicks to skip text back to where you left off).
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
Well worth a few hours of your time, this free Visual Novel is a great peek into the sorts of challenges facing someone looking to become a professional gamer. There's some concessions of realism for the sake of story, but they don't hinder the game in any real way, and I found myself actually interested and even caring for/about the characters.

The interface is clean and responsive, and the medium is put to good use, as there's little things that happen, like interruptions which wouldn't be possible with a non-interactive book. Do note, however, that while you do get to make a few decisions here and there, this is less of a game than an experience, so the emphasis is on telling the tale of Mach and his/her journey. That's standard for many VNs, but it has to be noted, because this is a genre that will be new to many players.

I personally feel it's a better experience with the female protagonist, as then the issues of discrimination and sexism are more relevant, as well as some of the bonds formed between characters feeling more true to life, but it's not heavy-handed with either player choice. Although fictional, there's quite a bit of historic fact and character traits based off real people included, so, in a way, SC2VN is educational as well.

Recommended for anyone interested in eSports, StarCraft, gaming in general, or just a few hours of reading and enjoyment.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
First of all - I usually do not write reviews but I believe this game deserves every bit of attention as it may inspire Devs to come up with a sequel in near future (at least I hope).

Let me put it this way: I pretty much hate VN and I really enjoyed this one. I also don't like eSports in general and this game made me interested in competitive Starcraft. It is truly remarkable how this simple game kept me both invested in story and relaxed in the same time. The idea was there for quite some time but until now I didn't see someone take it and make into a story of a game. Shame as this one proves that eSports make fantastic topic for "social story".

It is hard to critique this game, I mean, come on - its FREE. Devs don't have any profits from it. However as I both enjoyed it and was disappointed by some parts, I would like to offer some feedback which may lead to improvement of this one or the sequel (which of course WILL BE RELEASED SOON, RIGHT? RIGHT?!).

[Small spoilers may occur after this point]
+ way more natural dialogues that in typical VN
+ diverse and likeable characters
+ great way to learn about competitive Starcraft
+ simple but involving story about trying to get into eSports
+ quite realistic vision of Korean society and eSports community (for a noob like me at least)
+ assets form Starcraft 1 (that music!)
+ nice graphic
+ nice music
+ short (for some)
+ lack of romance (for some)

- lots of graphic and music assets re-use
- lack of meaningful choices (and choices in general)
- lack of different endings
- lack of main character self-development
- some characters and scenes are really cliché
- short (for me) - it ends right where the real story begins
- lack of romance (for me... I mean some! Not me. Some.)
- minor bugs


The game is doing what it does very well bearing the fact that it is crowd-funded and given for free. I feel bad that I didn't hear about it and didn't back it up when Kickstarter was on. But I really hope that Devs will come back with the sequel - longer and better in all the ways I listed and those I didn't notice. This time I will be there to back them up.

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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
SC2VN it's a beautiful Visual Novel with an amazing story about self determination and the hardships of making it big at eSports. Following the story of Mach, you are semi-pro Starcraft 2 player that just arrived at South Korea by his/her own means without knowing anyone and barely talking the language while trying to make a name by yourself.
It isn't super long, feels just about right, amazing writing, amazing characters, amazing music, amazing art. It's a beautiful experience that really deserves a couple hours of attention.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: October 14
Nice story, not much interaction but I guess it's a narrative VN, good graphics and music :)
It does its job pretty well, you really feel immersed in the competitive world of korean eSports. Actually it feels like a sport VN, but with eSports instead :P
Surely, Starcraft 2 players will feel at home, but I don't know the game at all and I still enjoy it a lot :) Also, you get to learn some specialized vocabulary! :D (there's a glossary so you don't feel lost)
Would recommend.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 13
Great Visual Novel. I was a little disappointed it wasn't longer, but that was my only problem with it. I don't even play Starcraft, but SC2VN kept it simple enough for me to follow without ever getting confused.
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2.5 hrs
Posted: October 8
A pretty interesting light novel, not amazing but it's good.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: October 8
I want a sequel.
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The Jade Jester
22.2 hrs
Posted: October 1
Just too short
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8.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
Pretty Terrible.
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5.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Fantastic, free-to-play but better written and more insightful than pretty much anything else in this area.
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Milo / Kakutosan
2.3 hrs
Posted: September 12
Such a great story i fell in love with the game right away and almost couldn´t put it down i just had to get the whole story only thing i would love is if it was longer
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4.2 hrs
Posted: September 9
I love sc2, and this is gold, just a little short.
characters are good, andd the story is very fun.
i really hope was longer
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3.7 hrs
Posted: September 6
Fun game, especially if you are interested in esports and the teams that play them.
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