Sashiburi Minna-san! Its been months since my last post and I apologize for that. My life has changed so much in these past 6 months that I haven’t been able to sit still and blog – ALTHOUGH I’ve desperately wanted to tell you all about all the games, cons, cosplays etc. that have been going on. I was requested to do this Review of this game which I haven’t covered yet because it came out after my last post which was when I started playing ’10 Days with my Devil’. Hopefully I’ll get around to the General Game review sometime, but Meh – who knows if that will happen. At the rate that Voltage is putting out games and stories now I barely have time to keep up! Not to mention that SOLMARE has put out 3 new paid games and 2 new Gree games!!! It’s an exciting time for otome-gamers now, the Genre’s popularity is booming!
The main story I purchased through the “Kiss of Revenge” App which i bought at the time (when it was released) for $3.99. At this moment there is a sale for $2.99 for Christmas but it will probably end any moment now so if you decide you want this story I suggest you buy it right away, after you read my review of course. I also purchased the Epilogue for $1.99 that same day. The Main story gives you 5 Reward Images, and the Epilogue gives 1. I got 3 mails in my mailbox right now. I’m not sure if the last one is from the epilogue or from the happy ending. I could have sworn the first time I did this story I got more emails. Either I didn’t get a few because of the decisions I made this time around OR it could have been the sketchy 3G signal I’ve been getting this past few days since we had this massive ice storm we had on Saturday. About 100,000 people lost power, cable and internet from broken power lines etc and many are still without power but ANYWAYS back to the less depressing stuff.
There is really no need for me to post a Walkthrough for the new style Voltage Games. Play it for yourself – don’t take the fun out of making your own decisions because it’ll just ruin the fun for you. The Main story is 16 Chapters long and there are two endings for this Main Story, Happy and Good. Your decisions determine the ending in the game but even if you get the Good Ending (which I don’t consider good at all ) You can choose to either try the game from the beginning again or just accept defeat and read the happy ending on its own. This is possible once you’ve unlocked and read all other chapters of the story. Also whats unique about this game compared to all other Voltage games is that there is a decision in all the stories in Chapter 8 to start “Another Story” which is a 8 chapter alternate ending to this main story. I won’t be covering that part in this Review because the story is just so different than this one it needs to be done in a different post. The Epilogue for this main story is 3 chapters long and only has one ending. So choose whatever you really feel like in that story and have fun with Issei. =)
Now onto the review. I won’t spoil things for you don’t worry. The nature of these kind of suspense stories rely on surprises and twists etc in order to make it enjoyable and I don’t want to take that away from you all so I will be very careful.
At this moment I’ve already played all available stories in this Game, which I can safely say places 3rd in my favourites list for Voltage Inc games. And I have to say that although I really enjoyed this story and I think Issei is really an amazing guy in general, comparing every character and story he stands as my second last favourite character in this game. Do not get me wrong, this is one of voltages masterpieces and I really love how heavy, dark and twisted this story became, and how beautiful the ending in the epilogue was. When I had first played this game I remember being in tears as I played it and my heart aching for Issei like I was really going through what MC was going through. And I thought at that moment that Issei’s story must have been the best one out of the 4, because of the complexity of the conflict and story and how through it was.
He’s the directors son – I thought it would be obvious to me that this would be the most involved story. And after Junpei’s story I still felt the same way. However when I got through Irie’s story I was shocked at how good that one was, that I wasn’t even looking forward to Kyosuke’s Story. Kyosuke seemed like such a unimportant side character in all the other stories but again, when I was able to play his story I was again in shock as to how much I loved it. And now that I’ve played this one again, although I do really like it, it kind of cuts short of Irie and Kyosuke’s story.
One reason for this is probably because Issei is just not my type. He is quiet and cold and doesn’t say much. He is ridiculously handsome but Irie’s looks in my opinion are absolutely perfection and no one in any of the other games can compare to him. He is honest and hardworking and very admirable, and just as romantic as the rest when it comes to his feelings, but it is expressed more in the situation and more of an innocent honest love then a passionate one. I’m a Yandere so I need things to be passionate and heated and almost overwhelming.
Despite this, if I have met a man in real life who was as admirable as Issei (and of course I had no one like Irie in my life) I would probably still fall head over heels with him because of how amazing he is as a person. He is sweet, kind and more compassionate than any real life person. You almost feel sorry for him because he is such a good person.
Plot-wise, it was a very impressive and dark story. It was very heavy which is extremely different than any of the other voltage games out there. “In your Arms Tonight” was also a darker more serious story but that still isn’t close to as complex and heavy these stories are.
Specifically in this story there was more feelings of confusion, guild, doubt, anger, and bitterness than happiness in this story (it is the nature of the premise after all). Going through all this as the Main Character they did a very good job of making you really emotionally involved in this story. I’m at a point in my life right now where I’ve been through some really rough life changing experiences so I’m honestly speaking that I’m far from being happy about my life and my situations right now. So the feeling of anxiety and sadness that I felt when I was going through this story were very similar to what I felt when I reflected on my own life. And like I’m doing in my own life, all I can do is push forward in the story till I get to the happy ending that I know is waiting for me. Which brings me to the only thing I don’t like about this story (It may be the same way in the other stories as well but I can’t remember at the moment). And this is why I included the Epilogue in this Review.
You don’t get a satisfactory happy ending unless you purchase the epilogue and read it immediately after the happy ending. The story in my opinion is not complete and is abruptly cut short unless you include the epilogue as part of the story. To put it bluntly, they put us as the MC through all this suffering and only give us maybe 30seconds worth of a feeling of happiness at the end of the main story, and the conclusion and closure we need to properly end the story doesn’t happen till the end of the epilogue. But as a whole, if you count the Main and the Epilogue as one full story, It is completely worth reading and together make a really great story. It just annoys me that you have to pay extra in order to be completely satisfied. (not that I wouldn’t buy them all, I mean I bought them all right away without hesitation. =_= its like an addiction)
As for the pictures, I love them all. If you have seen the screenshots or have downloaded the game and gone through the free prologue, you will know that the art style in this game is very different from all the other voltage games out there. I like this style of art which is more mature and realistic than the regular anime style characters (although it is still anime style) and all of Issei’s pictures are beautiful in that sense. He looks so innocent in all his pictures its very heartwarming and very rewarding. As for the emails, out of the 3 that I got I only had 2 from Issei, the one in the middle was from Kyosuke. But I liked the last one a lot it was very heartfelt and make me feel very loved and happy.
In general this story gets an A and I would love to play it again and again, After i get sick of Irie and Kyosuke of course. I’m happy as always that I purchased this story and I hope you will enjoy it too!
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