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- Steins;Gate 0 continues the Time Travelling theme - but adds Artificial Intelligence as its central hook
- Help a group of young students bend time to their will and prevent the onset of World War 3
- Beautiful artwork and engaging story for an unforgettable experience
- Tells the story of an 'Alternate Worldline' - what happens if players failed the original story
- Interact with the story using your Smart Phone - answering (or not!) your phone, and your responses, will determine the outcome to the story
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STEINS;GATE 0 is the sequel to the award-winning time travel science fiction interactive Visual Novel developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus - 'STEINS;GATE' - widely considered to be one of the greatest visual novels ever made and one of the best-selling Visual Novels ever released in the West! Branching off from the ending of the original STEINS;GATE to an alternate worldline, STEINS;GATE 0 sees Okabe and the Future Gadget Lab members return once again in a story centred around Artificial Intelligence and the creation of 'Amadeus' - a means of interacting with the stored memories of a fellow human being. STEINS;GATE 0 continues the series trademark of delivering incredible science fiction storytelling with rich characterisation that most games can only dream of and will delight both newcomers to the series and existing STEINS;GATE fans.
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It's not perfect, but it's an emotional continuation of how the end of the first game came to be. I want to say so much, but I'll collect my most non-spoiler words here. Okabe is a completely different person now and sort of a wreck (as obvious by the cover art). As I played through my first few hours of the game, the phrase that kept coming to mind was "PTSD: The Game". It is not a comedic as the first game, but I realized I enjoyed it because of the growth I started to see in each character. Like the first game, the mysteries are intriguing and keep you invested every time you think you know what's going to happen but surprises you. The writing is exceptional, and if anything it is most like a great book you can't put down.
One thing that threw me off was it switching perspective into several characters back and forth throughout the story. This gives us an insight to the stories complex story line that would've been difficult if not impossible without heavily convincing elements of Okabe's plot-line. After a while, I appreciated the fresh format and it reminded me of how Game of Thrones does the same with its characters with each chapter.
The music isn't as great as the first game, but as it continued the theme grew on me. Steins;Gate was a perfect visual novel in my opinion in nearly every regard, so I didn't want my expectations to be too high. It's serviceable to the story and maintains the emotional appeal of each scene. Once again, the voice actors are top notch as well. Overall, the sound/music is above most visual novels.
I've heard some people online say you can skip Steins;Gate and still enjoy this game, but like the Virtue's Last Reward series, DO NOT SKIP THE FIRST GAME/ANIME. Sure you "can" play this one without the original game's narrative in your mind, but this game would seem like a confusing mess at times. Do yourself a service and watch/play the original first.
Overall, if you liked the original and sci-fi/time-travel stories, this should be on your "must play" list. It continues to ask intriguing questions and tells a somber yet exciting adventure of the "what if" we always fear we won't have to go through. Its shortcomings don't detour from what is a top-notch, remarkable written sequel.
A highly recommended Vita game! (also available on PS4)
Without spoiling too much of the original game, the story's main premise is a look at what could've happened if the rescue mission in S;G's true end hadn't succeeded, and the futures that could lead to another attempt succeeding. The main cast of the first game returns in some capacity or another, and a handful of new characters are introduced. For a large chunk of the story, the focus is on the concept of artificial intelligence and human memory. Each branch tells its own story, and in general they're more than just the branching endings of the original Steins;Gate.
While the game wraps up the story it set out to tell very nicely, it could've been more. At least one of the new character could've been scrapped without affecting the plot in any noticeable way, and others both new and old were included without much to do. Some interesting concepts are introduced, and then barely explored. One seemingly major development is mentioned early on, and in half the routes never gets brought up again; in the other it's only brought up enough to be a minor plot point, without exploring what should be major ramifications. There's just so much worldbuilding that could've been done, yet I clocked 100% completion at short of twenty hours.
I did enjoy the plot, but it largely just felt like most of the routes were there to pad out the main route, which in itself was a stretched-out adaptation of existing light novels and manga. The game itself didn't disappoint me, but large chunks screamed low-effort cash-in. Regardless, it still feels like a worthy entry into the series canon, and I don't regret having preordered it.
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