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Section A: Sony Moves into VNs, COVID-19, Muv-Luv and Sekai Project, Ratalaika Games (March 26, 2020)

Welcome to Section A where I report on Visual Novel and Interactive Fiction news. I will also discuss gaming news that I believe impacts developers.…

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What Went Wrong (For Me) With Rainswept

“However, as a certain anime reviewer always says, ‘The Ending is Paramount’ and this one face-plants the mat about as hard as I’ve seen any game face-plant. A little more control and focus throughout their next game and it should be a solid hit. In the meantime, this will definitely get a feature explaining the ending and my problems with it because I need more space.”

Rainswept is a contradictory game for me. The dram hits several strong points and on its own could easily focus on small town culture along with the secretive nature such culture promotes. However, that narrative thread is balanced on a mystery narrative core: one where a young husband apparently kills his wife and then himself. This is, unfortunately, where everything falls apart and keeps me from agreeing with the mass consensus. For this feature, I don’t want to spend too much time focused on what the game wants to be. Instead, I want to focus on what happened and how it fell apart. My hope is that by doing so, anyone writing their own murder mystery can learn from the mistakes the developer made here and make their story more engaging.

Of course, there will be spoilers here so for those who want to play through the entire game themselves, you’ve been warned. Let’s get started.

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Visual Novel Review Digest (February 10, 2020)

Hello all and welcome to the inaugural edition of the Visual Novel Review Digest (VNRD?)! As I said at the beginning of the year, the era of me doing long-form, detailed reviews is over. To better compensate with my schedule, I’m switching to a format where I can review a minimum of five visual novels every two weeks in at least two to three paragraphs. This is going to take some getting used to for all of us: especially me. You will see other changes happening over the next few weeks to the traditional formats I’ve used to cover visual novels on this website. All of is still being tinkered with and the next six to eight weeks trying it out will be very critical. So your thoughts and comments are appreciated!

SO, let’s get started!

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