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Review of Robotics;Notes

SubjectRobotics;Notes
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ByVote: 10spiderfreak1011 on 2021-04-11
ReviewRobotics;Notes is a fantastic culimination of what Science Adventure's overarching plot has built up for years, as well as being a fantastic personal story to the Robotics Club cast who get wrapped up in a crazy conspiracy.

In my opinion, it has the best slice of life I've seen in any VN, it never felt like it dragged and always had a clear focus in each scene as well as being incredibly fun and full of life. It had good story pacing all around (better than Steins;Gate imo), one of the best SciADV casts, everyone is very well rounded and grounded and explored very well.

It also has some of the best routes in the series (special shout out to Phase 7), and the way it honors previous entries as well as has them contribute to the story is really cool. It's the perfect finale to the Hayashi trilogy and the passion that he put into this story rivals that of Chaos;Head NoAH's story.

The only thing that holds it back for me is that the true epilogue that softens the blow of the rushed ending is in a currently untranslated audio drama called "The Place where we dreamt" which will hopefully be translated eventually. Part of Kai's arc is also in another untranslated audio drama called "Winter Sky Rocket".

That being said, ABSOTLUELY read Chaos;Head at the bare minimum before you read Robotics;Notes, or else you will be very confused at the endgame of this story as well as miss out on key plot points. This VN very much expects you to know C;H's plot and without it, it will definitely sour your experience. Experiencing Steins;Gate beforehand is also heavily recommended for the same reason, though you can definitely get away with just watching the Steins;Gate anime if you want to understand its contribution to R;N's plot.

Comments

#1 by hansfranz77
2021-04-11 at 12:43
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In my opinion, it has the best slice of life I've seen in any VN, it never felt like it dragged and always had a clear focus in each scene as well as being incredibly fun and full of life. It had good story pacing all around (better than Steins;Gate imo),

Granted i'm far form finished (Phase 4 atm). But boy i couldn't disagree more with this. Every single akiho pov scene until phase 3 could have been cut. Hell she is not even a developed character and drags the pacing because of that fact to a screeching halt. I saw she gets better now in phase 4 but that doesn't change the wasted time with her scenes beforehand. Also the whole subaru story with his dad seems to have only served the single purpose for the cast avoiding going to the world championship, in the usa. I did get that right? He does the exact same thing over which his dad got angry about, afterwards again. Which makes all of that pointless in hindsight as well. Overall this game seems to have the exact, if not even worse pacing problems as the og s;g did.

and the passion that he put into this story rivals that of Chaos;Head NoAH's story.
Considering i didn't like the og chaos;head which i recently finished very much (for going far too much into science fantasy territory) this does not bode well.. but we will see.
As of now this game feels very much like been there done that - the game. It all seems very formulaic at this point and might even prove that i lost my interest on sci-adv and this conspiratorial stuff over the years. -.-Last modified on 2021-04-11 at 12:57
#2 by kiru
2021-04-11 at 15:02
< report >I've struggled till the end of phase 4, and my opinion was "watch the anime". What the game needs 20+ hours for, the anime needs 3. And here's the thing. It doesn't lose ANYTHING.

Robotic Notes padding is awful. It even made me dislike Akiho, even though I liked her in the anime.
#3 by avsgepk88
2021-04-11 at 15:08
< report >IMO Robotics;Notes is definitely the weakest of the main Sci;Adv titles. I saw the anime in 2019 and thought it was good but people told me the VN was much better. Now I finally got to read the VN in December and it turned out to be just a longer, padded version of the anime. The only real improvement is getting to read Kaito's inner monologue, which makes him feel more like an actual real person. I still enjoyed it but I was expecting much more.
#4 by monado-boy
2021-04-11 at 20:01
< report >hansfranz77, How about you bloody finish the Visual Novel before you try and pretend you have even the slightest clue what you're talking about. I haven't read such a pointlessly ignorant response to a review in ages.

Imagine complaining that a character isn't developed when you are only a third of the way through the VN. My word.
#5 by spiderfreak1011
2021-04-11 at 20:18
< report >Monado-boy makes an absolute valid point here, at least finish the visual novel before you review it.
#6 by hansfranz77
2021-04-12 at 17:25
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I'm at it guys! Geez don''t get you panties in a twist i think the fact that two separate commenters agree with the pacing problems is enough to at least say this is a valid complaint.
I had no idea i would get flack for something so basic, i told you outright i'm not done with the game after all, so that was just the impression i have as i'm playing the thing currently.
You can already tell this is the case after a third of the game, i'm sorry. And on that note the fact that you need a walkthrough to not get in the phase 5 loop would fit in neatly with pacing and structural problems of this game.

The second paragraph was a personal thought. Nothing of the comment was a review, btw! As you pointed out i'm not done with the game yet, which is a fair point yup.Last modified on 2021-04-12 at 17:39
#7 by hansfranz77
2021-04-12 at 17:29
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IMO Robotics;Notes is definitely the weakest of the main Sci;Adv titles
To me currently c;h is the weakest game followed by s;g 0. It would be a shame if r;n would fall into that category i have to say. I love s;g and c;c very much so having most of the series not be on that level would (as i stated above) make me reconsider investing time into these games in the future.
#8 by spiderfreak1011
2021-04-13 at 18:16
< report >C;H PC is a legitimately incomplete story, so of course it's considered the weakest entry by most people because the complete version of the story, Chaos;Head NoAH, isn't fan translated yet, so I can understand that. NoAH fleshes out the cast greatly and ties up all the loose ends/plot holes with C;H's plot.

As for R;N, I really don't see how someone could like S;G and dislike R;N unless they consider R;N to be S;G2 and it ends up not being that. They share a lot of the same good traits in common outside of R;N being longer. But opinions being what they are, I'll respect it.

I didn't list the route structural problems in my review since it was purely a review of the story, not the gameplay. But yeah the route structure in R;N is flat out garbage, I will not deny that. Needing a detailed guide for it is a shame.
#9 by hansfranz77
2021-04-14 at 13:42
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C;H PC is a legitimately incomplete story, so of course it's considered the weakest entry by most people because the complete version of the story, Chaos;Head NoAH, isn't fan translated yet, so I can understand that. NoAH fleshes out the cast greatly and ties up all the loose ends/plot holes with C;H's plot.

That is not at all my problem with c;h and i did already hint at what is. It doesn't feel much like science plays a big part in this game once the di-swords come into play, let alone the final fight itself. It's far too much science fantasy for my taste, but this is a r;n elite review so i stop talking about other games here.

From what i saw of r;n elite (as of phase 8 now) it does stick closer to the science aspect i want to get out of this series yet it still feels far too much like future sci-fi and is set in 2019. Those things can be overcome with suspension of disbelief sure. But i still think s;g is more grounded than both c;h and r;n and so i can understand not liking one over the other.

Regarding r;n elite's pacing i'm sure at this point that it's by far the worst paced sci-adv game. I'm still glad i stuck with it, but that is a fact form my pov by now.
So coming back to you calling it a good paced game, even compared to other sci adv games this doesn't ring true to me at all.Last modified on 2021-04-14 at 13:48