Ten Years of VNs Now Special Feature: Fifty EVNs JP Recommends (29-11)
11. Walkerman Act 1: Welcome to Midgard (Scalemail)
At its core, Walkerman is a coming-of-age story where a sheltered boy who has romanticized the past of his homeland is forced to deal with his internal and external hatred, along with his pride, as he realizes (say it with me now) things are more complicated than he thought. Underneath that premise is a world rich with history, culture and a strong sense of self. Well back in the Prologue, the world of Midgard felt more complete than many game worlds before it. The idea of an empire past its prime now wasting away isn’t new, but here it has never felt more timely or tangible. More so despite being -checks notes- an openly racist, homophobic, theocratic fascist, Jorgen remains one of the best written protagonists in visual novels. You want to see him change, you’re excited every time his practical intelligence flashes to life, frustrated whenever he clings to his old beliefs and pause with the small moments the story gives him to appreciate what it means to him as a character. Will it all work out? Who knows: especially with this being an episodic VN. But I’m locked in for the long haul.
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