Sunday, September 28, 2014

JGames - Rewrite (PC)

I finally managed to finish Rewrite visual novel. Honestly, this game could have been great and amazing. I truly don't understand what the developers were thinking when they put in so many unnecessary dialogues and pointless discussions. It was pretty much torture playing it except those few parts with the robed men and super powers. This is mostly related to the first half of the game.
The characters were really beautiful and very detailed. Even their behaviors were interesting and kinda fun. Like I mentioned before, dialogues were pretty much boring and that is the main reason it took me almost 7 months to finish the game and by that I mean the Kotori path. The story was stretched too thin and that is another mistake to add to the pile. 
Now for the good parts. The second part of the game was better. Things finally started moving forward and the explanations for the mystery parts were offered. There were even action parts. Some of those action parts were pretty intense and generally well done.
All in all, it's a mediocre game with good, but too stretched story, beautifully made characters and good setting. If you have some spare time I'd recommend this game, if for nothing else, just because of the characters.

The main part of Rewrite's story takes place in the fictional city of Kazamatsuri in Japan, where treeplanting and afforestation have caused the city to become overgrown with trees and vegetation. The protagonist Kotarou and his friends in the occult research society attend a high school in Kazamatsuri, and the characters also spend time in the society's clubroom. Outside of the school, frequented locations include the forests of Kazamatsuri and Kotarou's house. Throughout the story, Kotarou encounters an alternate dimension of Kazamatsuri where everything is silent and the sky is gray. There are many entrances to this dimension throughout the city. In this secret world developed by Gaia, demons are free to roam and a sufficient ecosystem exists to support life. When on the Moon, a hill where daisies grow is prominently shown amid a ruined Kazamatsuri and the night is eternal. This hill appears again later on Earth in the forest of Kazamatsuri.

Kazamatsuri is the setting for a secret war being waged by two main groups: Gaia and Guardian. Gaia, an organization under the auspices of the environmental conservation group Myrtle, is populated by nihilistic and misanthropic people able to contract with demons, which manifest as constructs fueled by the summoner's life force. Myrtle itself used to be a church and contains within it a holy maiden group of girls with developmental disabilities. Guardian is dedicated to the destruction of demons and is composed almost entirely of humans who possess special powers. Gaia and Guardian came to Kazamatsuri in the pursuit of a special type of demon named Kagari, who manifests as a young, high school age-looking girl. Kagari, the main heroine of Rewrite, has the power to destroy all intelligent life on Earth, though can also initiate a period of re-evolution, which restarts the process of evolving another means of intelligent life. However, this is done with the use of the Earth's energy, and by the time the events of Rewrite occur, there is no more energy left to do another re-evolution. Gaia wants to capture Kagari to ensure the destruction of humanity, but Guardian wishes to seek out Kagari to kill her, ensuring that human life continues. 

Developer: Key
Publisher:Visual Art's
Genre: Visual Novel
Rating: All Ages
Platform: Windows
Released: June 24, 2011

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