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Review of Steins;Gate

SubjectSteins;Gate
Steins;Gate Steam Improvement Patch
ByVote: 8.5ghosthardware on 2021-01-12
ReviewWhat I liked:
-Well written characters that (mostly) receive a great amount of development. On the other hand, some of the characters did border on the type of stereotypes which are common in visual novels.
-The time travel aspect is taken seriously and must have required a lot of planning by the team to make it make entertaining while still being plausible.
-Its funny and serious when it needs to be. The feeling of danger in the thriller sections in particular is done very well, this can be hard to pull off correctly.
-Not overloaded with filler scenes like too many other Visual Novels I've played
-Alternative endings are decent, and you're pushed to check them out.
-Great looking character designs, artwork and soundtrack.

What I didn't like:
-This is a common complaint but it takes a while to get going. Luckily when it does get good, it keeps getting better, it takes some patience from the reader to reach that point.
-The main character (Okabe) makes too many stupid decisions. I suppose you could explain this away by the fact that he's young and eventually learns the errors of his ways but it was frustrating reading him make choices that were obviously going to lead to problems down the line
-I thought the ending (True end) wrapped up everything far too neatly. I'm sure the vast majority of people who read this VN will be happy with it, but when you spend so many hours showing the consequences of the characters' actions and then end it on an overly happy note it was tough to swallow. I suppose the players needed a happy ending considering the negative drama preceding it; I actually thought the Suzuha ending (which is not canon) was better. I also didn't like the fact that the game locks you in with a particular romantic interest when all of the other endings (which are optional) are your own choice. Maybe I'll change my mind on this once I read Steins;Gate 0.

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