I was given the honour of being a beta-tester for `zeiva
s new visual-novel, X-note, and having finished the game recently I felt the necessity to write a quick (but hopefully wholesome) review.
In reiteration of the websites summary (otome . zeiva . net), X-note is a visual novel-cross-dating-sim formatted game with standard sim-styled choices. Id like to also note that I am using the word game in a very loose interpretation. X-note is more accurately categorized as a visual novel than purely just a game, so dont go thinking its at all similar OASE. In X-note, advancement in story and character revelations are thee main and concentrated aspects.
The story kicks off when the main character Essi (played by you) is approached by a mysterious male named Yuon. He invites you to Xen-Institute to request your help with unraveling the mysteries behind the series of murders occurring in the school and baits you by bringing up connections between the school and your mothers unfortunate death (possibly murder) from years ago. As he is the first morsel of clue thrown your way in so long, you take the bait and follow him. At school, you will encounter several characters, two of which are datable. A pure-looking boy and a playful joker named Oure and Anon respectively. Depending on your choices, you will be able to follow one of the three boys to reach a total of nine possible conclusions. Play wisely and tread carefully for the killer is closer than you think
Written, scripted, and directed by Mirage, and drawn by Mirage and Nitarou combined; this artistic duo presents a visually clean, simple, but pleasant-looking game. Although everything appears very linear and straight-forward at first, dont be surprised if the later chapters throw some hard-balls your way, its a presentation meant to be deceptive. When you engage yourself further into the story, it will hook you like a pro fisherman with all its surprising intricacies and delicate character relationships. In other words, dont be too quick to judge. Writhed with poetic justice and situational irony --- X-note serves the best part last.
Now, on a less formal note:
Best time spent on a visual novel to date. Also, love the choice of soundtracks. At first I was attracted to one particular character, and so I played the game in order of personal preference; meaning I left my least preferred character for last....but then irony kicks me hard, and the last character ended up having the most enjoyable path.
Also, when I said best part last I mean
There are several wonderful bonuses waiting for you at the end of your journey should you choose to obtain the full version (which I highly recommend will not be a waste).
I wont say what it is but I got a big kick out of it.
^o^ All I know is that after exams, he's getting some fanart of him---ohohoho.
(Girls (or guys, w/e), what's your ideal kind of guy?)
On an unrelated note:
My new and revamped Okami website is up: soundlesswind.tumblr.com/post/…
I will also be putting up one more sub-site during this year...and it'll be a surprise as to what it holds.