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The House in Fata Morgana

30.3 hours, 13 of 16 achievements

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So I've heard so much about this game from users like Giselle and tsupertsundere. I decided to fork over the $25 and see what all the fuss was about. This is definitely one of the best (if not the best) visual novels I've played!

The House of Fata Morgana is a visual novel about a mysterious house and the people throughout time that had lived in it. In every story, there is a white-haired girl connected to it all.

At first, it took me a while to get into the game because of it's really dark tone. I like a mix of happy and sad, and most of this is very sad. About halfway through it really clicked with me and I enjoyed the story so much I couldn't put it down. The tone is somber, but it really needs to be for the story to have the impact that it does by the end.

I really don't have anything negative to say since I loved most everything about the game. One of my favorite things was music. Most (if not all) of the music is original to the game, and it's just sooo good.
It sets the tone perfectly and sticks in your head long after you logged off. The art is also spectacular. Probably the best art I've seen in a visual novel so far.

The writing is fantastic and so is each and every character. Fata Morgana has some great character development and constantly keeps you guessing on character motivations.

Overall, this is a great visual novel and I recommend it if you enjoy reading VN's. I liked the second half better than the first half, but both fit together to create a satisfying ending, and story overall.

I still have to get some achievements. (I'm missing some endings and I have to replay the game. I'm not sure if there is any changes from the first to the second playthrough.) but finishing this will be next on my "to do" list. Also CAREFUL WITH SPOILERS. I just realized my screenshots are no longer censored so don't click if you haven't played!


Speed Dating for Ghosts

2.1 hours, 6 of 6 achievements

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Speed Dating for Ghosts is a goofy little VN where you are a ghost trying to date other ghosts. It's a cute game and had some sweet moments, but it's a little short and lacking for it's price.

You start by picking one of the three rooms. Each room has three ghosts you can speed date and talk too. By the end you can choose which ghost to go on a real date with. Then you get a short date scene. The characters were quirky, the little storylines were interesting and overall It's a charming game.

It's also easy to get the achievements for all you achievement hunters out there!

Not sure If I'd recommend this full price but I got it on sale ($2) and it was well worth it!


Kingdom Come: Deliverance

60 hours, 18 of 82 achievements

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TL;DR at the bottom :P

I LOVE medieval and/or fantasy RPG's. That's why Dragon Age Origins and Witcher 3 are two of my favorite games. So when Kingdom Come went on Sale for $15, I just had to grab it. Yes, this game has a lot of flaws, but I had a lot of fun with it.

In Kingdom Come: Deliverance, you play as a blacksmith's son named Henry. Tragedy forces Henry to leave his home and go on a quest for revenge.
Keep in mind there are no fantasy or magic elements in the game, it's a more realistic take on the time period.

There is a lot to unpack with this game (and every long RPG, really) so sorry if my review is crazy. I had a long day and can't keep my thoughts straight :P

First of all, the game is buggy. From what I read it used to be much much worse. Game breaking even. It's not nearly that bad anymore and I never had a glitch that I had to fix to continue. There is a side mission I had to pass on because of a bug though, and that angered me a bit. Other than that it's just the usual small stuff, like clipping… or my horse getting stuck in a tree again.

The combat is also a divisive topic. I wasn't a huge fan, although I liked what they were going for. It's basically a realistic type of combat where you have to learn when and where to hit and dodge. It's fairly difficult and I never actually learned how to do it correctly. I just bypassed not knowing how to fight with other abilities or taking alternate routes. It's not that it's bad… just different.

Speaking of alternate routes, that's probably my favorite thing about Kingdom Come. The game doesn't really explain well, but you have several different ways you can do each mission. Every time I could not do something or I was really bad at a gameplay mechanic, I had another way I could approach the problem. I loved the freedom and never felt trapped during any of the missions.

Kingdom Come does have a terrible tutorial and slow beginning though. I had to google a lot (which breaks immersion) and I didn't enjoy the game until I started to understand how it worked. Also it takes a bit for you to get to the fun parts, but long rpg's can sometimes have a slow burn.

I did really enjoy the characters and setting. The map was fairly large and I've already stated I love a medieval setting. The characters were likable. Henry (the main character) is probably the most boring out of everyone. He gets more likable throughout but he isn't a stand out character for sure. I loved other characters like Capon, Radzig, Teresa, and the priest. The graphics also nice and there were a lot of fun places to explore.

The game does have a survival mechanic as well as a day/night mechanic. The survival part is very easy, so don't be persuaded if you are bad at survival. There is food found everywhere and a bed given to you fairly quickly. The only thing I didn't like is a lack of tutorial (like mentioned earlier) I kept dying for so long before I realized I was eating bad food. Once you unlock some skills though it makes the survival part a peice of cake. I don't know if the survival gameplay was necessary, but I didn't hate it. I did love the day and night cycle though. Doing a mission during the day or doing it during the night can lead to very different results and I thought that was really neat.

As far as the missions go, I thought they were done well. Some side missions were hilarious and the highlight of the game. With so many different routes to take, you can do missions several different ways.

The last thing I'l say is that the ending was lackluster.It ends with a second game in mind, and if a second game isn't made, it'll feel like a huge waste. The game ends very abruptly and I was pretty disappointed. I hope they make a sequel!

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is fun, but unpolished. It sometimes feels like a AAA games but most other times, like an amitious indie game. It's no Witcher 3, but… that's okay. The game is it's own thing, and I enjoyed it a lot. it's hard to say if it's worth the full price. I really love games like this, but it is buggy and lacking at times. I think it's definitely worth it on sale though, and I would have been fine paying full price. Kingdom Come has a lot in it, and I think the devs really enjoyed making it.

(I just realized I wrote a novel of a review and it's all over the place, so here's a quick TL;DR)

TL:DR

PROS:

  • realistic medieval setting
  • likable characters and story(for the most part)
  • many alternate ways to do missions and make choices
  • graphics are nice
  • day/night cycle
  • some hilarious side missions depending on what routes you take
  • choices matter (although it ends the same)

CONS:

  • bugs
  • feels unpolished at times and sometimes has wonky animations
  • Henry can be boring
  • tutorial is lacking and a lot is not explained.
  • the survival aspect is not bad, but not necessary.
    -the ending


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{distant} May

Wait… “no longer censored”? Does that mean you ticked the spoiler option or not when uploading them?

GiseIIe

on steam, if you hide a screenshot under spoiler, the spoiler tag goes away on its own after a few weeks it is posted :(
it sucks

{distant} May

WTF I’M MENTALLY SCREAMING AT THE SIMPLE THOUGHT OF THIS. WHAT IDIOT THOUGHT OF THIS. THIS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. HELP BEFORE I CUT MYSELF WITH A SPOON.

stef

I hit the spoiler option but I didn’t know it goes away like Giselle said. I just noticed after I uploaded this! I wish steam had an option to hide it forever

robilar5500

That was a great synopsis of Kingdom Come. Personally, I found the game to be frustrating, but the cool premise guarantees I’ll give it yet another try at some point lol.

stef

It is so frusterating. The bugs plus the fact that I died from not knowing certain information the game decided not to tell me! lol But really loving the genre helped. Hopefully if they do make a sequel they fix the problems.

GiseIIe

(ノ>ω<)ノ :。・::・゚’❤,。・::・゚’♡ Fata Morgana :。・::・゚’❤,。・::・゚’♡

now u finally get my life :。・::・゚’❤,。・::・゚’♡

Did you manage to check the backlog in the 4th door at last?
Who was your favourite character!!!! Who deserves a more painful death: Jacopo or Aimee???
Will you be playing the sequel/prequel Requiem?

stef

(warning text contains spoilers!!)

I totally missed the backlog at first but then went back to read it! I love when games hide stuff like this!
Favorite character is totally Giselle or Michelle. Cliche answers but I love them both and how different they are from what they seemed at first. I also really love Morgana. It was great how she started out as this evil character and then Michele (as well as the audience) realized that we didn’t think to get to know who she was. I loved going through her story.

ooo that’s a hard question. I felt a little sympathic for past Jacopo (even though he’s horrible and abusive) but that’s just how good the writing was. But when we got to (other past Jacopo) the one that tortured Morgana I hated him so much! lol. But I think Aimee is the worst because that bitch is just evil with no sympathic traits. If I remember correctly she gets away with it too! I also want to throw Maria on that list. (during the door scene. I liked her during the Morgana investigations.) When she betrayed the white haired girl my heart snapped in two :’(

I will play the next game, but it might be a bit. These games don’t go on sale much and buying this one full price was a rare case for me :P

Thanks for convincing me to play, I’m excited to replay it soon!

GiseIIe

I’m sure Requiem is going to get another 50% discount (hopefully at Christmas)
yeah Aimee is the worst Aimee is the worst Aimee is the worst Aimee is the worst Aimee is the worst Aimee is the worst

slavic toska

Oh, now I’M SURE I’ll buy Fata Morgana on the next Steam sale (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

stef

If you like visual novels then you’ll really enjoy it. Just keep in mind it’s pretty long and takes a second to get into it.