A strong indication of whether I’ve liked a visual novel is whether I am eager to actually see what happened on those different branches. But I had none of that urge with Synergia: A Cyberpunk Thriller Visual Novel.
We've recently seen Cyberpunk 2077 get treated to a next-gen Xbox Series X|S and PS5 upgrade, taking the much criticised game into new areas. But there are a host of other cyberpunk styled titles to play through too - the latest of which is a self-proclaimed Cyberpunk Thriller Visual Novel... Synergia.
Today, it's the Dandanronpa series that is hitting Xbox, with the snappily titled Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition dropping in on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, fully playable through Game Pass.
The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel is a stunning but uneven visual novel. It’s at its best when it plucks at your nerves, threatening scares and layering on tension. It’s at its worst when it shifts attention to your heartstrings, trying to generate some empathy for its large cast. Stretched out for twenty hours and viewed from multiple perspectives, those worst aspects get amplified.
We’ve had the pleasure of playing the vast majority, and the end of year reminiscing has given us an ample opportunity to prune out the duffers and present to you, in a wonderful listicle format, the very best Xbox visual novels of 2021. So, don your reading specs one more time, and find out which visual novels made it onto our top ten.
Visual novels seem to be all the rage as of late, and The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel is one such example from publishers, Eastasiasoft. However, where many are more concerned with love-making and studying hard (a weird combo, perhaps), what we have here is very much on the scary side of the spectrum, inspired by classic Asian horror films.
Three women, three stories, three springs. Not springs as in the springy things, but A YEAR OF SPRINGS is more concerned with the seasonal Spring. And you can find out how these stories are interconnected now as A YEAR OF SPRINGS is out now on Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.
We're not sure if there are more roguelikes in the world, or battle royales affairs, or visual novels. One things for sure though, it's the latter which are being pumped out at an astonishing rate. That's where Venus: Improbable Dream comes in.
l on the gaming scene as the humble walking simulator, the last couple of years have seen the genre flourish. In fact, there seems to be no let-up in the frequency that we're seeing these tales arrive on the scene, with the intriguing prospect of Nowhere Girl being the latest.
We get bombarded with movies and comics about superheroes, but what about the henchmen, lackeys and extras? What about the people who consistently get an elbow to the face, who run bravely into combat even though they are up against an Asgardian god? What motivates them? Henchman Story from Top Hat Studios looks to address the balance.