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Review of I/O

SubjectI/O
ByVote: 10lightsworn on 2021-11-13
ReviewOne of my favourite VN. The story is so amazing that it just keep you reading and reading. It's way different than your run of the mill romantic VN. Please give it a try sometimes, you won't be dissapointed.
PS: the song "fragment" is really, really good.

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#1 by hansfranz77
2021-11-13 at 21:38
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It's way different than your run of the mill romantic VN.
I would hope so, given it's a mystery vn and all. But telling about what it does would be spoiling it, i guess? Anyway, thank you for the review!
#2 by 4digitmen
2021-11-13 at 22:02
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No, it really isn't a mystery VN. The tags could tell you that much. There are mystery elements in the plot, but it's a charage at heart. If you come in solely for the mystery you're going to end up disappointed, I'd imagine.
#3 by hansfranz77
2021-11-14 at 02:30
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There are mystery elements in the plot, but it's a charage at heart.
Could you clarify this, or was it by chance a typo and you meant charade? Seriously asking, because it confuses me.
If you come in solely for the mystery you're going to end up disappointed, I'd imagine.
Thank you for clarifying this, because me going into a vn with the wrong mindset, did indeed set me up for disappointment before...
#4 by Ninius
2021-11-14 at 12:31
< report >#2 How is it not a mystery vn when the plot revolves around Mutsuki's disappearance?Last modified on 2021-11-14 at 12:38
#5 by aecheritt
2021-11-14 at 13:47
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4digit did mean charage, as in, character game, as in, VN which focuses more on characters (like Grisaia (?)), but there definitely are mystery elements, is what I get from that.
#6 by 4digitmen
2021-11-15 at 00:56
< report >Yeah, as #5 said, I meant charage, character game.

And to answer #4: Having a mystery plot in the story doesn't make it automatically what the story is about. I/O has a mystery plot for sure, although it strays very far from traditional mysteries, pacing its reveals much more like a movie or any story with obscured elements about the setting. You can't "solve" I/O, and the game doesn't want you to either. If it did, they'd make you solve the crosswords yourself.
And although the mystery plot is pretty strong (and what hooks you to the story and characters in the first place), the focus of the VN is very clearly in developing its cast of characters, that being further and further emphasized as the story goes on.
I'd imagine that's also why the reviewer pointed out that it's a romantic VN.

And I say all this at the risk of sounding stupid to the general VN fanbase, given their definitions of what constitutes a mystery VN have been blemished by certain VNs marketing themselves as such when they're the furthest thing from it.

Anyway, highly recommend I/O, it's a game where you'll 9 times out of 10 appreciate what it tried to do regardless of whether you love it or hate it. Among a sea of common routes with branching romance routes I/O tried to be different and whether it succeeded or failed is up to the player (although it most likely financially did not succeed LMAO).Last modified on 2021-11-15 at 00:57
#7 by lightsworn
2021-11-19 at 14:06
< report >Honestly, I forgot there's a mystery element in this VN =)) As 4digitmen said, the more you play, the less you care about the mystery element. And that's a good thing. IMO, it's hard to be a good "mystery" VN. This medium is not cut out for the "mystery" genre. In order to be a good "mystery", they have to be something like Umineko, and that's really up to the writer's ability and good luck with that.

As for whether it succeeded or failed, I think it has successfully started a cult around it =)).