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428 Shibuya Scramble

Discussion in 'jRPG Weeaboo Discussion' started by Humanity has risen!, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. Humanity has risen! Arcane Patron Repressed Homosexual

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    Why isn't there a thread about this game on the Codex already? This VN is so good. I got it on the Steam summer sale. One of the best games I ever played. I understand why it got a perfect Famitsu score all this time ago. Think of it as a Yakuza game or drama in VN version. While there is nothing in it that you haven't seen before, it's just very well put together. I love the various stills too. Every single shot is just perfect. An absolute must for anyone with even a passing interest in VNs.

    It's a bit like the novel Notre Dame de Paris, in that there is no main character. Rather, the main character is the Japanese borough of Shibuya. The story itself, with numerous twists and turns, is just an excuse to showcase the area itself and the various types of individuals who populate it. Like many other kinds of stories, it's about people from different walks of life, who learn how to overcome their differences and their prejudices, and work together for the common good. It shows that when people do that, they are unstoppable. It's a tale that will never get old, because it is what the world needs to learn and relearn above all else.

    The localization is just perfect and just nails the tone, I'm not surprised this is from Alexander O. Smith.

    You know a good game when once it is done, you practically now consider all the characters to be your friends, and you experience a sense of grief when realizing that you lost all of them and will never see them again. It's part of the reason why I mostly ceased playing VNs.

    It's just so funny to see how insignificant events affect another character's progression and to look for all of the crazy bad endings there are.
     
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  2. distant Learned

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    Yakuza? Yay. VN? Boo. How is it like Yakuza? As in the tonal shifts from funny to serious? Mini-games? Is there any gameplay in this?
     
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  3. Humanity has risen! Arcane Patron Repressed Homosexual

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    Yes it's very similar in tone to Yakuza.

    It's a visual novel with no gameplay, but a very good one that is well written.
     
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  4. Latro Arcane

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    It's OK.

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    I think it loses steam when Tama is unveiled and the assassin is introduced.
     
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  5. Ialda Educated

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    I despise most VNs I've forced myself to play, but 428 ? Loved it. It's a great love letter to a very special place at a very special time (Tokyo/Shibuya in the early 2000s and the pop culture that goes with it), good pacing, a believable plot carried by sympathic characters, and some really great use of tonal shifts between the different plots ranging the full gamut from pastiche of hardboiled journalistic drama to techno-thiller, love comedy and Tama's antics.

    Yeah, the conclusion drags a little. And the bonus stories are crap. Otherwise ? Greatest VN I've played.

    I hope I will be able to play Machi one day.
     
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