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Is Fire Emblem: Echoes a tough game?

Nintendo UK.comThis is a game I never got around to playing until now. It was developed by Intelligent Systems and was made a while ago before I got my hands on it. The story revolves around two people Alm and Celica who were pretty much attached the hip when they were kids. But, after an attempted attack from a vicious knight named Slayde who tried to kidnap Celica after recognizing her as the lost princess of the country. Having being separated for years, they obviously take different paths in order to bring peace back into the world.

Warning: Possible spoilers ahead

Alm becomes a warrior and a leader to the rebellion force that calls itself the “Deliverance”. The rebellion’s goal is to take out King Rudolf who rules the opposing country that’s trying to take over theirs.  They all hope that Alm can take out King Rudolf before things get too bad. On the other hand, Celica has become a warrior priestess who believes that using violence is wrong (even though she’s taking out people left and right herself) and that there is a peaceful solution to this crisis.

Her solution is to find Mila who is the goddess of their country that is supposed to be keeping their country, at least, nice and peaceful. Find her and ask her why is she letting everything go to shit lately? I think it’s painfully clear that something must have happened to her if she’s in charge of making sure nothing happens to the humans in her domain.

Fire Emblem GodsWhile I’m talking about Gods and such might, as well talk about Duma and Mila. Duma and Mila ancient gods that happen to be siblings, too. When it came time to rule over the humans they both disagreed about how they should be ruled. Duma thought that only the strong should be in control have all the wealth and power and rule over the weak. While Mila thought that everyone should be equal and share the wealth and prosperity. Since, they couldn’t agree they decided to split the world in half so each god had a place to rule and made a contract with each other that forbid the other from ever interfering with their side of the world.

Doing so would mean total war.

Personally, I understand their ruling styles, but the same time I see the flaws in it. Duma believes that as long as there is a strong leader then the weaker people will be led to prosperity. What actually happens is strong people becoming evil, angry and only thinking about themselves while the weaker people become poor and treated like dirt. During Mila’s rule, she’s the complete opposite of Duma, believing that as long as everyone is equal and share everything things will be just dandy. Problem with is the people became spoiled, weak and even when people were starving to death because they were too nice and gave away everything they had. So, its same to say that if they combined their ways then the world would end up just right.

Now would I consider Fire Emblem Echoes a hard game? It’s a bit of a challenge I will say that. Is it an impossible game to beat? No, but I do wish I could have lowered the difficulty a little bit because for one if one of your players dies they are permanently dead until you find a revival well (which doesn’t even allow you to revive all your characters). These wells are a bit hard to find, so you better be sure that you’ve searched every nook and cranny when you’re in a dungeon or could have missed it without knowing it.

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Also, I didn’t even know about the revival wells until I did some digging in the internet about what to do about bringing dead players back into the game. It wasn’t even in the tutorial which I  don’t even know why. I would like to think that would have been a nice little detail to tell the gamer playing this freaking game. Also, one other thing that you figure out, eventually, is that you need to talk to everyone just in case they want to join your group. For me, I like to have as many people in battle as I can, but it sucks when most of them have died and I haven’t gotten to a well yet.

BehindTheVoiceActors.comI’m loving some of these characters though. One of my favorites is Gray who is that strong, confident and funny type that says things that just make you fall in love with him right away. Another favorite is Faye (even if I’m a little concerned about her) she’s another childhood friend of Alm and has been in love with him for as long as she can remember and that love as not only grown, but is bordering total obsession. During the talks they have during some of the battles, you can tell that she would do anything for Alm and makes it painfully clear that she’s into him, but he doesn’t seem to be taking the hint. It kind of makes you feel sorry for her.

The storyline is really good and the characters are really interesting. I’ve had several theories about Alm’s identity throughout playing this game, but I’m not going to tell you who he really is. But, if there is one thing we do know it’s that Alm and Celica do not end up together. No matter how much we want them to, they don’t. That’s not really a spoiler if you’ve watched the beginning cutscenes. I’ve enjoyed playing this game and if you like RPG/adventure games then you will, too.

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Utawarerumono The Anime

Youtube.comHello everyone!

I said that I was going to talk about this a while back, but now I’m finally going to talk about the anime show “Utawarerumono”. I played the game earlier and it was super awesome, so expectations for the anime were pretty high.

I wasn’t surprised that a lot of the events in the game happened in the anime, as well. The only differences between the two would have to be that they went into more detail about the people who we fight against in the war so we get a better grip about who they are. Also, most of the lewd moments and mentions in the game aren’t in the show to my utter disappointment. I was kind of looking forward to that.

For those of you, who haven’t played the game or watched it yet. It’s about a guy named, Haku, who wakes up with amnesia to find out that his world is no longer his own. Giant insect creatures, giant acid blobs, magic, people with cat ears and tails are now the norm in this world and he travels with his savior and friend, Kuon, to the capital in order to find his place in the world.

What he doesn’t know is that his life is about to get a whole lot more complicated once he gets to the capital.

All of the characters in the anime are just as hilarious as they were in the game and it still keeps that mystery and action element going the whole time. I truly loved it and hope that there is more coming soon. If you guys don’t want to watch it or play it then the manga is always out there for your enjoyment. If your into action, adventure, mystery and hot cat-eared people everywhere then this is definitely for you. Enjoy!

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

N4G.comJust finished this graphic novel game called, ” Utawarerumono” developed by Sting. It came out recently and has been the talk of the gaming town for everyone to play. When I first saw it I didn’t know what to think of it, so like always when I’m not sure about a game I go ahead and watch the trailer and see if its good or not. I was kind of put back because the trailer made it look so innocent looking for me, but when you look at the back of the cover it, obviously, says partial nudity, sexual themes, violence, etc, etc.

So, why is that?

Could they not find the right moments that would hint at that? Just to show you what I mean I’m going to show you this trailer for all you folks who haven’t seen or heard of the game yet. If you have then, you can go right ahead and skip over it.

Since, this is graphic novel game I already knew that their would be a lot of talking and cut scenes in the game which I was totally prepared for. What I wasn’t expecting was actually fighting in RPG fighting style battles. I was totally happy with that development, since most graphic novel games don’t let the players do this. At the same time, I was kind of disappointed because the battles are far apart from each other and it was more like I was playing chess than anything. If you’ve already played it then you know what I’m talking about. If I had to guess, I would say that I fought about 8 times in the entire game.

DualShockers.comMy favorite characters to use to fight with and in the story were Oshtor, Kuon(aka secret badass), Atuy( aka the mad princess) and the twins Saraana and Uruuru. Before, I get into them though let me bring you up to speed with the story. It starts with a man waking up on top of a snowy mountain who is later called, “Haku”. He’s wearing nothing but hospital robes, has no memory of who he is or why he’s there in the first place and you can tell right away that he doesn’t fit in whatever world he’s stumbled upon. Later, he gets rescued by Kuon from a giant red slime monster which I still think to this day was trying to tell him something. My theory is that it knew him and was trying to speak to him because it probably hadn’t seen him in forever. That scene was both in the anime and in the game and while the game story progressed I became more confident in my theory that the red slime was someone he used to know.

No, I’m not going to start talking about the anime, too. Sorry, but that rant is for another time and if I start comparing the two we’re going to be here all god damn day. So, moving on…….

Utawarerumono Mask of DeceptionAfter, being saved from death, Kuon vows to become his guardian and not leave him alone until she is sure that he can make it on his own. Thus begins their journey to the imperial capital, where they meet a lot of strange and strong people. Oh yeah, forgot to mention, but it seems Haku is the only live human around. Everyone else looks human, but they all have tails, cat-like ears and amazing strength. On this journey to find work, he discovers conspiracies, secrets, new friends and his forgotten memories.

The story behind this game will leave you at the edge of your chair and wondering WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?! There are a lot of touching and sad moments in this game that will leave you teary eyed and moments that make you go NNNNOOOOOOO! If you love a good story then I would definitely play this game and if you end up being in love with it like I did and want to know if their is a sequel then you’re in luck because there is one. The sequel ,” Mask of Truth”, comes on September 5th.

I’m totally pumped up for that and I hope you all are, too!

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(C) Control

sevac.studiojab.comThis anime is called, “C-Control” and it gets pretty crazy pretty quick like most anime shows. It revolves around a college student named Kimimaro Yoga who is like everyone else in the world just trying to get by in life when it comes to the bills. Even though, he works two jobs he still flat broke almost all the time until a strange man by the name of Masakaki appeared at his front door one day.

Basically, he offered the chance for him to make big money in no time flat which we all know is sketchy at best. But, Masakaki didn’t really give him much of a choice when he put a whole bunch of money in his bank account and Kimimaro had no choice but to use it. The moment he did, it was game over.

avvesione.wordpress.comNow, that he’s used the money, he has no choice now, but to join the Financial District and play the game. The Financial District isn’t a place, but a whole different world that other people like him go to in order to play, gamble and earn more money. Their are only three ways to earn money in the district. You can gamble it, you can get a loan from the bank (which no one does because you have to pay it all back in one go at some point) or win a deal. Deals are mandatory battles between people who fight with their assets.

Everyone gets an asset and each one takes a different form. For Kimimaro, his asset took the shape of a young long-horned girl named Mashu. Anyway, when you fight you fight with power and money. You buy abilities with your current budget and every time you take a hit, you lose money, too. The fight is on a timer so if you end up losing a lot more than your opponent by the timer is up you claim bankruptcy. In that world, that is the last thing you want to happen because the Financial District takes your future as collateral. Meaning whatever good stuff you had going for you in reality the “bank” will alter reality to take it away.

kawaii-mobile.comFrom what I watched the scale kind of goes like this: if you don’t have much or you just started in the district and you lose the alteration in reality might not be that bad compared to a person who has a large fortune and claims bankruptcy. The only people who can see or tell a change has happened reality are the people that go to the Financial District, but normal people can’t tell that something has changed, even when a store that you might have just walked out of goes from being a doughnut shop to a sushi restaurant.

Crazy, right?

Warning: Spoiler Ahead!

Well, it gets worse. Later, in the show you come to realize that the financial district has had a hand in erasing tons of people even countries. The district can alter reality to make people think a certain person never existed, so it’s not too far-fetched that they can make countries disappear. Turns out that if a certain countries Financial District goes broke then an alter reality storm breaks free called,”C”, breaks free from that world into reality to take out that entire country.

To make matters even worse because C took out an entire country all the money and stocks end up effecting other countries that try to make their financial district’s go broke, so guess what happens next……..? That’s right folks C starts moving around trying to take out other countries!

This money hungry anime is totally epic and I totally recommend it for any anime lover out there to go watch it. It really makes you think about your money and your future to the point where you become self-conscious of it. Now there is one thing I have to ask though before I wrap this up for you guys. What do you think is better? Having all the money in the world, but no future or having a future and be flat broke?

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Darwin’s Game

Egmont Manga.comThis time I’ll be talking about a manga called, “Darwin’s Game” by Flipflops…….yes, the creators really call themselves Flipflops. Deal with it.

Moving on, just from looking at the title alone my initial thought about this series was that it was going to be about some kind of game having to do with extinction and evolution  of some kind. Turns out I was kind of right, but in a different sense. In the beginning, the story just jumps right in with a murder. The main character’s friend who has been missing for the last couple of days gets killed by someone wearing a panda loving baseball mascot outfit. But, right before Kyoda gets killed he sends an SOS link to Sudo Kaname in order for him to get help. Well, we all know how that turns out.

Of course, when Kaname gets the link he clicks on it just because he’s super curious and not knowing how much this will change his life forever. Darwin’s Game is a social networking game, so when you enter or activate the game all you would be doing is be transported to somewhere else in reality or for your opponent vice versa. The moment you sign up for the game a snake comes out of your screen and bites you on the neck which activates a power within you to help fight against other players.

While reading it I noticed some people get really cool powers and some get really shitty ones. I guess it really depends on the person. For our guy, Kaname gets an unknown power that the game itself hasn’t seen in a while and of course it takes him a while to figure out what that power is. His power is summoning anything he’s at least seen once to himself which is quite handy. Also, to everyone in the game it became quite obvious that not only was he powerful, but became quite the prodigy when it came to playing. Kaname’s goal is to beat the game which he himself doesn’t even know what that means, but its better than the alternative method to getting out of the game.

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This series is still ongoing, so please have some patience or if you don’t have any then just wait for the series to be complete then you can read it. So far its really good and it actually reminded me of a similar series called “Alive-The Final Evolution”. It was kind of similar in the way of powers and fighting to the death and all that, but without the technology and yes, the Alive manga is complete. So, you can go ahead and read this one if you haven’t already while the other finishes up.

If you like action, cute girls, powers and conspiracy then you should put this on your read next list. I don’t recommend this for people who don’t like violence and light gore, but seriously though what manga doesn’t have violence in it nowadays? Hope you enjoy the manga.

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Attack on Titan 2

Polygon.comAt last the second season of Attack on Titan has finally come out. It was supposed to come out last year but to our great disappointment, they decide to postpone the release of the new season.

Why?

I don’t know for sure. Maybe it was a marketing thing or a too much going on at once thing. Like I said folks I don’t know why they postponed it, but all that matters now is that it’s finally here for us to enjoy.

Pinterest.comNow, just to let you all know I did read the manga, I’m just watching the show, so I’m getting a surprise every time I watch an episode. The episodes so far have been crazy! There is always this shocking twist at the end that makes you want to go and watch the next episode instantly, but IT DOESN’T EXIST YET which becomes quite frustrating at times. Then again, this is where my long fuse of patience comes in while I wait for the next episode to come out.

In season 2, they’re starting to realize that not everything is as it seems and that Eren isn’t the person out there that can transform into a titan (besides Annie). I loved the recent episode that just came out where we find out that Reiner and Bertolt were the armored and the colossal titan. When they transformed I was like,” I knew it! I knew it!”. I had my suspicions about Reiner for a bit, Bertolt no really. Bertolt looks so damn harmless I was surprised he could turn into something that could cause so much damage.

MyGeekReview.comWhat I want to know is why and how? How are people getting turned into titans? Why are they helping the titans eat the humans? I really want to know what they know because it’s so shocking and persuasive that they were pretty convinced that once Eren went with them that he would be on their side, too. I’m sorry, but I was laughing at Eren’s devastated face when they tried to kidnap him. His face said,” Everything I know is a lie!” I was dying.

Poor Eren, he did not see that coming.

I’m so pumped up for this season. I can’t wait to find out what happens this time around; they can’t make episodes fast enough for me. So far, I’m giving this season a 4 out of 5. Looking forward to see how things turn out in the end.

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Riddle Story of the Devil

rorymuses.wordpress.comHello everyone! Its been a while since I lasted posted anything, but right now I’m about to talk the anime Riddle Story of Devil or also known as Akuma no riddle. This anime was really fun to watch and it was hilarious all the way through. It’s about a group teenage girl assassins who get called in from all over the world to participate in Class Black.

Class Black is an event where assassins are selected go to a regular high school and pretend to be students while also trying to eliminate the target before the rest of her classmates. Whoever kills the target first will have any one wish granted. The person who we revolve around is Tokaku Azuma, who is a low-key badass my book. She comes from a long line of assassins that make her feared among her classmates and she’s as cold as ice.

The second main character and the unfortunate target in this year’s Class Black is Haru, a cheery and naive girl that wants to be friends with everyone. She was so freaking naive that sometimes that I just wanted to punch her in the face because no matter how bad things got and no matter how hard everyone was trying to kill her, she kept trying to be friends with them as if that was going to change their minds or something. I kept looking at the screen sometimes like,” Can someone slap her, please?”

In the beginning, Tokaku became so intrigued with Haru that, even though, she was sent there to kill her like everyone else, she decided that she was going to protect her instead. I loved every character in this show even the oblivious teacher that had no clue what was happening the entire time. My favorite would have to be Mahiru/Shinya Banba, they were both crazy and super weird and they both made me laugh every time they showed up. Also, I was very shocked at her weapon of choice which was a freaking sledge hammer! I was scared for Haru when she decided to try killing her it was like watching a horror movie with the crazy psycho.

weareanime-cosplay.comThis is a great anime and if you love hot girls (no matter how crazy and dangerous they are), action, mystery and friendship then all of you will definitely love this show and the manga, too.

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Resident Evil 7

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The new horror game called ‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ was made by Capcom and this is being played by everyone player and their mom right now and for good reason. I really like this game because of their new take on zombies all together and it keeps you wondering on what the hell is going on in this game.

 

The story revolves around a guy named Ethan who is trying to find his wife who has been missing for 3 years. Then, out of the blue he gets a e-mail from her saying,” Come get me”. So, he travels all the way to Louisiana to go pick her up. Now I don’t know about you guys but if my wife called me after missing for 3 years telling me to come get her with no freaking explanation sure enough I would either ignore it thinking its some kind of prank or either take it to the police. Instead, of being a total dumbass and driving all the way to Louisiana without telling anyone where your going to go pick her up.

All throughout the game I’m just thinking ‘Ethan, you idiot’,’Why doesn’t anything freak you out’ and ‘Your a total badass’. One of the things that got me was Ethan’s natural steel trap on his own fear. Even with mutated zombies, mutilation and what not going on in the house he doesn’t really have any reaction to any of it. Even when he was stabbed in the hand the first time, he had such a mellow like reaction to it that I just had to rationalize it and say it’s probably adrenaline because if that was me you know I would be crying and screaming.

 

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Also, I loved the zombies in this game. Their are two types: the black goo mutated zombies with razor sharp teeth and the intelligent humanoid zombies who you couldn’t tell were zombies unless they start cutting off their own limbs or something. I think the slogan for this game is that famous moment in the beginning where Jack knocks him out and says,” Welcome to the family, son”. You hear that everywhere if you’re talking about Resident Evil 7 and no players you can’t avoid that moment no matter what you do.

 

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The only thing that I wish they would explain is Lucas. After you beat Lucas in his game, he runs away but you never see him again so I just want to know what happened to him? Did he die or was he turned back to normal after defeating grandma? Was he working for Umbrella? Will we see him again? Was he really a zombie or was he just a super crazy guy? They never really answer these questions and there is talk of Lucas being put in a DLC. Maybe they will answer everyone’s questions during that.

This is definitely one of the best Resident Evil games that they’ve ever made. If you don’t think you play the game but like watching the gameplay instead then I recommend Pewdiepie, Markiplier or Jacksepticeye. Whenever I want to watch gameplay I always go to them because their freaking awesome Youtubers. This is a really cool game, but not for people who don’t like horror games or jump scares. I hope you all enjoy it!

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Republique (Thief’s Reflection)

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Source: ps4france.com        Main C: Hope

Republique was developed by Camouflaj and Logan Games. This game was good but was very similar to another game that I’ve played a while back called Thief and if you’ve played Thief then you know what I’m talking about.

 

Where your sneaking around almost the entire time, trying to find where to go next and only attacking when you get caught sneaking around and all that. Those traits were the same but Republique  was like the futuristic, sci-fi version of it with a different storyline and characters. The main character being a woman named Hope who was saying that people are trying to find her so they can erase her. At first, I thought she was talking about people trying to kill her but no. She literally meant erase as in wiping her memory of not just recent events but of everything about her, too.

In the game we control her and the mysterious person behind the cellphone that she keeps talking to. Our job is to help her get out of the prison city called Metamorphosis and along the way we discover how evil and corrupt the people that hold Hope there are. Hope’s character kind of pissed me off sometimes just because the way she acts during some situations. At the same time, I can understand why she is the way she is. The rest of the Pre-Cals and herself (that’s what there called) were pretty much sheltered and never got to see the rest of world, so common sense doesn’t come into play when comes to her making decisions and stuff which is why I regret pressing the ‘let Hope decide’ button when it shows up some times.

What really got me though was the ending. I always say this but I’m not going to spoil it for the people who haven’t played it yet. But, I was really pissed off at what she ended up doing in the end but at the same time I can understand so it makes me frustrated. So, for people who have played and watched the ending let me ask you, did she make the right choice?

We mess with a lot of people in this game which I enjoyed and if you into game like Thief where you sneak around and cause mischief then this is for you. But, if you don’t have not one patient bone in your body then your most likely going to get bored or get so frustrated that you end up throwing the controller across the room and into your tv (that poor tv).

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Sherlock Holmes

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Just finished Sherlock Holmes the Devil’s Daughter not too long ago and I know that I probably haven’t talked about the previous Sherlock Holmes game in the past so I’ll talk about both so you guys don’t get confused or anything. This game was developed by FrogWares and I have to say that this one is a bit better than the last one.

 

The story already starts out epic and action because the first thing you see is a man (whom you find out later that its Sherlock Holmes) running in the middle of the woods from a mysterious figure while being shot at and the only thing that I could think of was…did he get away?

Later, we find out the answer to that question but I’m not going to spoil it for the people who haven’t played it yet. In this game, I noticed a lot of different things that the previous didn’t do or show. Like the fact that both characters appearances have changed, you can go more rooms in his apartment than last time and that Holmes adopted a daughter!

The last one I was not expecting, even though, the freaking title says the Devil’s Daughter right on the cover. I was kind of hoping it was someone else’s daughter. When I first saw her I was like does a wife too that I don’t know about in this game too? As you guys can guess, Sherlock Holmes in the last game was pretty much single with no love interest in mind. But, then they say adopted and now I’m thinking why in the hell did he adopt a little girl?

People I’m not being mean or anything but if you’ve watched the movies or played the last game then you guys will know why him being a parent or even trying to start a family would be like mission impossible for this guy. Just like the last game it had about 5 different cases where you gather evidence and decide who the criminal is. I’m usually good at detective games but this one had me doubting myself the entire time I played. Also, this one had a lot more puzzle games than the last one which frustrated me to know end. For most of the puzzles after you die a number of times a skip option would appear which I happily clicked one.

A woman named Alice appears in the game and before I even played the game other players would say that this was probably a potential love interest. But, when I saw her she instantly reminded me of the lady thief in the first Sherlock Holmes movie and I instantly knew she was up to no good. Again not going to spoil what happens between these two but I will tell you that it gets crazy………and creepy!!!

Theirs one thing that I seem to notice throughout the whole game that’s been bugging me and I was surprised when I was surfing the net and no one seemed to notice that this was a bit odd to me. If you’ve played the game, then you’ve seen the William Halmington photo and my first thought when I saw it was……ISN’T THIS THE SAME GUY PHOTO FROM UNTIL DAWN?! If you’ve played Until Dawn then you know what I’m talking about when your walking around and you find clues and you find this guy’s picture of him slowly being turned into a Wendigo. It bugged me the entire time I was playing and kept looking at the photo over and over and then looked up the Until Dawn photo and they do look similar.

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I kept thinking maybe they were made by the same people. There have been lots of times when old stuff from previous games would pop up in newer games from the same company, so I thought that was the case here. The answer I got was ……no. Two different games from two different companies. For people who have played Until Dawn and Sherlock Holmes the Devil’s Daughter, I would like for you guys to try to compare to see if it’s not just me who thinks this is really weird. Again since no one seemed to have come to this realization at the similarity I was only able to get the photo to Until Dawn once I can find a Sherlock Holmes version of it, I will put it up here, as well.

 

Overall, this is a pretty good game better than its last one. I loved the storyline and the characters, if you like puzzle/mystery or detective games then you’ll like this game a lot. Even for me who doesn’t enjoy puzzle games very much, I still very much enjoyed the story.

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