Written By: JP
Developer: Red Panda Games
Platforms: PC, Mac and Linux
Release Date: January 25, 2013
So, last year I reviewed a little commercial title called The Host Holic by Red Panda Games. With it being reviewed just after the switch to a 10 point review scale, it has the distinction of the lowest scoring review I’ve done so far with 2 out of 10. Yup, Train of Afterlife is better than Holic by far.
The main issue I took with the VN is that it took a bland concept, made an average romance VN with it THEN made it worse by including a child rape ‘plot twist’ without giving it anything close to a resolution. Hell, some people who liked the VN wanted a version where you could join in with the child rapist. To be clear, not everyone who liked Holic wanted to fondle little boys, but when the creator of the VN says ‘it might be a future option’, it’s more than one.
However, I consider myself a fair reviewer. I can be tough, but I try to be fair. During my review ofHolic I said outright not to judge Red Panda Games by this one title. Surely there was something good that could be offered here or would be if they were given time, right? Well, time was given and Red Panda has released a new EVN: Nowhere Safe. Hold onto your butts folks: this is going to get rough.
This was originally posted June 15, 2012 in response to the growing controversy on the production of the Tomb Raider reboot. With said reboot about a week away, I fully attend to come back to the issue to see if women are better off for Tomb Raider's existence or if several steps have been taken in the wrong direction.
So, have you learned anything today? If not, here’s a lesson for you!
Never Google anything. It might inadvertently give JP an idea, so juts avoid it. What am I talking about? Well it turns out that VNs Now was among the answers Google have to the following query: ‘kansei full story’. Now me being me my first response was, ‘Well nothing to worry about there. Surely by now some intrepid Sake-fan has gone to Wikipedia and uploaded the full story for the masses. This means I don’t have to-WHAT IN THE TEN THOUSAND THUNDERING TY (rambles)’
…So many conversations in my head start like that…
Long story short, if you read Kansei’s Wikipedia page expecting a full sense of what happened in the game, you will be sorely disappointed. But then again, this is VNs Now! And if that’s what you wanted, all you had to do was ask! So, this is how it’s going to go. I will be following along the True Path of Kansei while mixing in other elements from other paths so you can have the full story. Yes, that means there will be spoilers ahead. So, if that concerns you maybe before you go to the comments and complain about what I’ve done, maybe you should…I don’t know…BUY THE DAMN GAME. It won 2011 EVN of the Year for a reason, you know. Seriously, here’s the link to buy it. Do it now.
For the rest of you who did the right thing in the eyes of both God and Man and bought Kansei when it came out, let’s get started.
With that said, Yousei has been just over a year in the making. Expectations from fans and critics couldn’t be any higher and now the question is not only can it live up to the hype, but also is this the start of a good year for the SakeVisual clan? There is only one way to find out. Let’s dive into the review.
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