Chaos;Head Review: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." - Albert Einstein
Chaos;Head is a masterpiece in my eyes. Many people will debate over whether or not this game lives up to how good people claim it is, but personally, I think it's much better than how most people think it is. Chaos;Head isn't simply just a Visual Novel about a murder mystery, it's a work of art that shows both the beauty and terror of mankind. Heads up that this review will contain some spoilers.
The protagonist, Takumi Nishijou, was intentionally created as a timid and terrified character. He's afraid of others, he doesn't want to be in the center of attention, and because of this, many people who have played this vn will mock him for being "weak". They're missing the entire point though, if you ask me. Takumi is supposed to be a realistic human. He's supposed to have major flaws. He's not some sort of legendary hero who everyone loves and strives to be like, he's a loser, which is what makes him such a down-to-earth protagonist. Sure, he's socially awkward, but aren't we all at the end of the day? I think that this realistic approach to a main character is partially what made Takumi so compelling to me.
The plot revolves around a group of people called "Gigalomaniacs" who have the ability to create delusions which can effect reality itself. Of course with a power like that, not everyone will want to use it for good, hence the main struggle that the main characters must endure: taking down NOAH II, a machine which can create delusions so strong, that it can influence reality itself. Even then though, even though they can realboot (a term used when turning delusions into a reality) their delusions, at the end of the day, they're still just that, delusions. This game doesn't take place in a fantasy world or some sci-fi universe. It really feels like it's happening in our world. Corrupt shadow organisations attempting to pull the strings behind things and change the wills of others are prevalent in this story. It really feels like a genuine struggle.
Overall, whilst I can't recommend this game to everybody, as it definitely targets people who are active on the internet, I still can't express enough how much I love this game, and the characters within it.
Also, please make sure to download the fan patch, as the steam version removes tons.
Steins;Gate Review: Steins;Gate is a complete and utter masterpiece...
I went into this visual novel after finishing 2 other entries in the Science Adventure series, those being Chaos;Head and Chaos;Child. Steins;Gate had a much different feel to it than those visual novels had, however, this is one of the key elements that made it so good in my opinion. Through this VN, you play as the "great mad scientist", Okabe Rintaro. At the end of the day though, he's just trying to have fun. When things go wrong though, it's up to him to fix everything. I think that this is a stark contrast to the Chaos; duology from the same series. Okabe practically brought everything upon himself, whilst Takumi and Takuru were both essentially victims of fate. I'm not saying Okabe isn't either, however, I think this story definitely has a message that involves facing the consequences of your actions. I don't want to spoil too much considering I'm recommending this VN to new readers, however, if you're anything like me, then hopefully the plot will grip you, and you'll come to see why I think this is a masterpiece. El Psy Kongroo.
Chaos;Child Review: Did you have fun, Taku?
I first started reading Chaos;Child directly after finishing Chaos;Head Noah, and after the insane but amazing journey that VN took me through, I had no clue how Chaos;Child could surpass it. Now, here I am saying that Chaos;Child is one of my favourite pieces of fiction of all time. I really don't want to spoil anything, as I feel the VN is best when you go in blind. What I will say though, is that the characters in this story are written so well, that you could write entire visual novels off of each character alone. The amount of story and world building contained in this visual novel alone is absolutely astonishing. The events that unfold are terrifying, yet there's beauty to be found in this story beyond them. I can't recommend this VN enough. It hasn't just changed my perspective on the media I consume, but it's changed my outlook on life in a sense. I'll never forget this amazing experience, and I hope many others will be able to find the joy that I found in this story.
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