Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition Review-Innovative Sensation

The explosion at the nuclear research facility traps the elite rescue team and some other survivors in a thrilling visual novel about trust, delusions, and survival.

Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition
Developer: Register
Price: $ 46
Platform: Nintendo Switch (reviewed), PC, PlayStation Vita
MonsterVine was provided with a switch code for review.

Science fiction visual novel Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition Is now available on Nintendo Switch. If you haven’t played any of the previous incarnations, it’s worth checking out here. Set in 2030, Root double Deal with disasters at nuclear research facilities and those trapped after a meltdown was detected. Because of the dangers around them, they have to find a way to survive and learn the truth about what happened there.

Two routes are available at the start of Root double, “After” route and “Before” route. Technically you can play in either order, but it’s highly recommended to start with the “after” route. It not only makes a more exciting start to the story, but also presents many mysteries explained by the “previous” route. This seems to be the intended order, as they are essentially Route A and Route B, and when they are completed, the subsequent parts of the story are unlocked linearly.

The “after” route follows the rescue crew Watase, who had a terrifying encounter early on, and can’t remember who he was or what was happening. Despite his amnesia, Watase joins his fellow rescue workers to secure an escape route, find other people trapped inside, and survive rising radiation levels. Soon they discover that someone has been killed-and the murderer may still be in the facility with them. The story creates a brilliant atmosphere of paranoia and tension when trying to understand who can trust what.

The “Before” route, on the other hand, follows a teenage boy named Natsuhiko trapped in a facility with a friend. Frequent flashbacks show the number of days leading up to a disaster, leading to more slice of life presentations until the story catches up with the current event. A slow pace feels quite different from the desperate danger of the first route, but the rewards are worth it when all the elements come together and begin to understand what really happened. .. As the story converges, both on this route and on subsequent routes Root double It’s filled with emotional moments that make the story even more impactful.

There is no traditional choice in Root double. Instead, it utilizes a gameplay mechanism called the “Senses Sympathy System”. At an important point, you have the option to view the chart and set different values ​​for how you feel about the characters in the scene. This determines the behavior of the hero. Depending on the importance of the decision, this can only cause small changes or more important branches, or lead to one of the many bad endings of the game. That’s a great idea, but it can be a little frustrating. It’s not always clear how your values ​​change things. For example, when Watase faces a dangerous situation, maximizing his point of view may confront the danger because he is confident in his abilities, and he retreats to prioritize his life. maybe. It’s more like an experiment than a natural choice based on your own feelings. Fortunately, every time you have a bad ending, there are optional tips that fully explain how to avoid it. At the end of the good ending of the route, the ability to select the desired path at the decision point is unlocked, greatly reducing the frustration of playing the route to see all other possible scenes.

Although the Senses Sympathy System is an important part Root double, Most of your time in this visual novel is spent reading. It’s not flawless, but the story is exciting and compelling. Not only does it remind players of previously revealed information, but it also tends to repeat displaying the same event from different perspectives. Don’t get me wrong, this often works in favor of the story.Some moments are influential Because You have the complete context to look at them from the perspective of a new character and ultimately understand them. However, I often wonder how many times I need to review the previous scene, even though the summary was sufficient. The writing also has several long explanatory sections, including characters that explain scientific concepts (both real and fictitious) in great detail.

These issues sometimes tend to drag the story, but writing overall is fun enough to be worth it. Root double It’s a slow burning to reach a conclusion, but the story definitely impressed me.

The last word

Occasionally repeated, despite strange design choices, Root Double continued to invest me from start to finish, and as the story evolved, my interest only grew. With a compelling cast, intriguing mystery, and emotional storytelling, Root Double is something that visual novel fans of this genre shouldn’t miss.

MonsterVine Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars – great

Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition Review – A Novel Sensation

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