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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Mostly Positive (14 reviews) - 78% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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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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Sighanide
3.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
starcraft sucks ♥♥♥♥
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Fr0stB1te
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 18
Made me reinstall Starcraft 2 after three years of forgetting about it, just in time for the SC2 sale and those huge balance changes everyone at Battlenet is talking about. Thanks, Team Eleven Eleven!
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✪ Ciarán
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 15
It's great , and I finished in a day straight.
This has inspired me to make my own CS:GO Competitive eSports Novel ! :) I'll see how far I can go.
I love you creators!
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spidy
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 15
I've never experienced a visual novel before, but I really enjoyed this one. It gives a nice insight into the esports community in Korea.
In my opinion it would be even better with voice lines, but than it would really be a movie of some sorts, so who knows..
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LOLgamerLOL
9.1 hrs
Posted: August 13
nice for free game
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Arkarov
8.5 hrs
Posted: August 13
- It's fun
- You can play it even if you don't know anything about StarCraft
- Likeable characters
- It's quite short but it's free
- Intriguing story
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BabyRage
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 12
the best visual novel ive played, but it's the only, and it's bad
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AstroDave
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 12
This game motivates me to play StarCraft 7/24.
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green frog fag
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 9
Zerg rushed in my pants.
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Helyna
4.8 hrs
Posted: August 7
This was a nice visual novel, I liked it. I don't play Starcraft, I only know a few things about it and the whole eSports craze around it so I don't know how accurate the game is regarding this (I assume pretty much, at least I don't think there are factual mistakes). The story was simple and nice and the characters were okay as well. I got really invested by the end! :) And it teaches you some stuff about Starcraft so you can get interested in the game as well. Definitely feels like there needs to be a sequel.

One thing I didn't like is that I didn't have much choice in the story, there were very few such possibilities. It seemed like it's only possible to screw the whole thing up and get a bad ending in two places, when recruiting your teammates . I couldn't even have interactions in the final battle! It would have been also great to have dialogue choices, maybe to form your own character a bit (to be an a-hole to people or to be nice, stuff like this), even if it doesn't have much effect on the ending. It was about characters and their interactions as much as about the competing so I really missed this. I know it's a VN but many VNs do it and do it well.

Anyway, I enjoyed myself. I don't know how people who play SC would like it but for me, it was fun. A bit boring in some places but only because of the lack of interactions.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
- It's fun
- You can play it even if you don't know anything about StarCraft
- Likeable characters
- It's quite short but it's free
- Intriguing story
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
43.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
It's a good good and gives a nice look into Esports in Korea even if a bit dramatized. My only real complete would be it's too short and right when it ends is when I want it to keep going but it\s a free game worth a look and will give people who aren't familiar with Esports a nice look into that world.
People who aren't familiar with Starcraft or the gaming scene in Korea may feel a little lost but as one who knows both I found it quite enjoyable just way to short.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
nice for free game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
At first, it started out pretty well. You're given an introduction to what the popular strategy game Star Craft 2 is and how big it is in Korea. Story's 'bout you, the main character, visits Korea to in attempt to be the next rising underdog to be a champion in Star Craft 2 eSports. You also get to choose your gender which doesn't really change much, as there is no romance or along the lines like that. The characters were interesting, I have to say, and the game feels like a motivational thing to do your best in competetions, even if its at gameing events. Very user friendly i.e, press this button to save and such. You also make choices that ultimately changes the outcome of the story and depend whether or not you get a gameover. Didn't like that system; make one wrong choice and you get a bad end. Though one thing that really puts all these good points to waste is that it ended WAY to early. Like, when the story just got really interesting. It ended right at the middle of where a good movie or book should be. And it felt like all the progression you made just to get where you wanted suddenly didn't matter. Personally, i woulden't recommend this game because it was about serious gaming tournaments, which i find something really dumb, but hey, if you're into that thing, then I whole-heartedly recommend this visual novel to you. Just prepare to be bummed out at the end.
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103 of 116 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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45 of 51 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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35 of 38 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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93 of 135 people (69%) found this review helpful
82 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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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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