VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
About this game
Developer: Sukeban Games
Content Rating: Mature
Welcome to VA-11 Hall-A! In this world, corporations reign supreme, all human life is infected with nanomachines designed to oppress them, and the terrifying White Knights ensure that everyone obeys the laws. But, this story is not about those people. You are a bartender at VA-11 Hall-A, affectionately nicknamed "Valhalla." Although it is just a small bar in downtown Glitch City, it attracts the most fascinating people this side of dystopia. Keep your clients lubricated and you will be made privy to the most interesting stories. The experience of VA-11 Hall-A offers a branching storyline where your decisions do not depend on traditional choices, but through the drinks you prepare. Get to know your clients, their tastes, and prepare the drink that will change their lives. Throughout this otherworldly experience, savor the legendary electronic soundtrack by Michael "Garoad" Kelly, while planting your eyes on visuals inspired by old Japanese adventure games for the PC-98 with a modern flourish.
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VA-11 HALL-A is a visual novel at heart, but all of the elements surrounding it make for a unique experience on its own. The Nintendo Switch version stands on its own as an excellent way of experiencing this cyberpunk tale, even if it's not completely flawless in terms of controls. [Note:Â A copy of VA-11 HALLA was provided by Stride PR for the purpose of this review.]
Overall, VA-11 HALL-A on the Switch is a marvelous port that works far better than I ever expected it to. The new controls may take some getting used to, but after a few minutes tinkering with them I found they came pretty naturally, and overall the game has kept the charm and likeability that drew me to it back in 2016. Gameplay may get a bit stale after long sessions of play, but for small relaxing wind-down sessions at the end of the night, you’ll find no better place to be than in Jill’s head during yet another shift at the bar.
VA-11 HALL-A is so much more than just chatting up clients and making drinks. It's the kind of game that makes you think, and it can be silly, serious, soul-crushing, and light-hearted, all at the same time. Its cyberpunk/anime flair is just the garnish on top of the cocktail.