The visual novel genre is a strange beast, a niche corner of gaming that’s littered with some classic narrative experiences and bizarre oddities. Developer Spike Chunsoft is responsible for the lion’s share of popular visual novels on the market, with Steins;Gate and the fan favourite Dangonranpa series. Now it’s re-releasing 428: Shibuya Scramble on the PlayStation 4, ten years after its original debut.
The game is a goofy, action-packed mystery with an ensemble cast and multi-threaded narrative. It’s a genuinely enjoyable experience from start-to-finish, even if it veers into cheesy territory far too often. There’s also a sense of retro charm that recalls the early days of FMV adventures.
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