Review by Renan_XIII
Higurashi at it's best.
Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni is a popular Japanese visual novel series. It was created by 07th Expansion; a Japanese company. The series became very popular and spanned 8 main games, 1 Playstation 2 game with an expansion, a fighting game, 2 DS games as of December 1st, 2008 out of a planned 8, a 50 episode anime, an ongoing manga series, and a live action movie. As you can tell this series is very popular in Japan. The keyword is Japan. In America not so much. So I would say the only people reading this review are the hardcore fans.
The story is the beef of the game. As a matter of fact it is the game! If youve ever played Phoenix Wright you would know what Im talking about. The story is about a village called Hinamizawa. You control a young teenager named Keiichi Maebara for most of the game. At certain times youll play as other characters youve encountered during the story. Anyways, in the village of Hinamizawa a festival is held every year and every year strange murders happen. I really cant say much with out spoiling the story, but it involves many plot twists, angst, paranoia, death, gore, fear, and its basically a mind screw until you reach the final chapter, which takes quite a long time.
Game play: 6
Ouch. This game takes quite the hit here doesnt it? This is a visual novel. Its all reading with limited options. Though the options are good, theyre nothing at all like Phoenix Wright. You basically choose options for certain questions and theyll lead you to different story arcs. Its quite annoying because if you have little knowledge in Japanese youll find yourself playing through the same arcs over and over again.
For most of the game youll be forced to some generic sounds, but then when the story actually begins to pick up pace youll find yourself listening to some scary stuff. The opening themes are probably the best pieces of music in the whole game. Its awesome.
The graphics are traditional anime style. Its all nice and shonen style drawn, but its the backgrounds were looking at. The backgrounds hide many things. Scary or nice its still beautiful. Sometimes you might even find yourself just staring at the backgrounds, or if youre like me staring at Rena.
Rent or Buy?: Buy. Its not like you have a choice.
Well this game is all good and fun for the hardcore fans and its even fun for those visual novel fans looking for a good game. I want to say buy it if you know Japanese and you like visual novels. You wont regret it.
Product Release: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri (JP, 02/22/07)
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