YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World
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Content Rating: Mature
Takuya Arima receives a package from his supposedly deceased father. It contains the mysterious Reflector Device which allows the user to travel between parallel worlds. Takuya must unearth the mystery of his father's legacy to prevent a calamity threatening to envelop reality itself.
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Yu-No: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World was clearly once an incredibly daring visual novel, but some of that sense of mystery is done a disservice when revisiting the concept via this remake. Games like Steins;Gate or the Danganronpa series have since eclipsed it. That said, there’s nothing as expansive or daring as Yu-No’s branching timeline system, which still comes across as impressive even today.
YU-NO had just as many glaring flaws in its story as it did innovative ideas, and this remake does nothing to fix or improve them. This was out of respect for the original author and I get that, but it is still a shame. For those who aren’t bothered by any of the issues I mentioned, you’ll probably appreciate the optional improvements to streamlining the gameplay. I would have loved the game more if it didn’t undermine such a brilliant and natural set of progression mechanics with a weak cast of characters and inconsistent plot.
Playing YU-NO is frustratingly inconsistent. The A.D.M.S. system feels intriguing even today, and the way the story unfolds through a ton of different branching paths is hugely compelling. I wanted to keep playing through the story in order to learn more about each character and discover the truth behind the A.D.M.S. and Kodai’s research, but Takuya’s casually gross candor never stopped pulling me out of the story and reminding me of how creepy visual novels could be sometimes.