Sumio must have calves of steel after all the walking he does in this game.
Flower, Sun, and Rain might be one of the most unique games I've played. Spending copious amounts of time doing nothing but walking back and forth between distant locations, solving esoteric math equations... None of that sounds like fun, and yet I loved every minute I spent with this game. While I'm not too crazy about all the puzzles being number-based (I'll admit I found myself having to consult a guide at times), the way the game handles them by technically having the solution to every single one of them on the player at all times is brilliant. The monotonous gameplay loop of slowly getting closer and closer to your original destination each day is oddly exciting, and once I started making serious progress I found myself unable to put the game down. The simple early-game tasks the player is presented with evoke a sense of comfort, which is quickly ripped away once the plot threads start unravelling and the truth of the island you've been walking around on starts becoming more apparent. Many of the big reveals in the game left me genuinely surprised. Some confusion is inevitable, but the links the game has to The Silver Case become very clear. This didn't stop when I finished the game, as dwelling on what I'd just played (as well as talking with friends that are fans of the Kill The Past series) had me drawing more and more conclusions in regards to both FSR and TSC (and even Killer7) that continued to blow my mind.
It's definitely not for everyone. But The Silver Case is a game that definitely deserves to be given a chance, and you'd be massively missing out to stop there and not play this one. Flower, Sun, and Rain has me very excited to dive into the next entry in the series, The 25th Ward, and see what it has in store.

Trying to decide whether this deserves to overthrow Snatcher as my favorite Sega CD game. The Sega Genesis library is full of combat-focused platformers like Shinobi, Valis, or the X-Men games. Most of these games are fun, but Popful Mail is such an excellent well-rounded experience that if I were to rank them from best to worst, this one would EASILY be at the top of the list. Some features typical of RPGs are added to this formula, which really sets it apart from most of the others. The level design has some light metroidvania elements to it, making them fun to explore without ever getting too overwhelming. The combat is smooth and simple, with three characters and a variety of different weapon upgrades to choose from. The bosses provide a nice challenge, and learning their patterns in order to weave through their attacks and deal damage is satisfying. The graphics aren't anything special, but the game is full of fun animation, especially when it comes to the expressiveness of the dialogue portraits. From a gameplay standpoint I have zero complaints, I had a blast from start to finish.
The character designs and setting appear to take inspiration from a lot of the fantasy anime of the 80s and 90s. It’s hard to look at the game and not be reminded of Slayers or Leda: The Fantastic Adventure of Yohko. The plot here is much more generic than these anime, with the titular bounty hunter Popful Mail inadvertently ending up on an adventure to stop the resurrection of a villain known simply as “The Overlord” from being resurrected. Despite some unnecessary dated references to TV shows and movies of the 90s that were obviously added in by the American localization team, character interactions tend to be entertaining, though this is partially reliant on which character you’re playing as. Mail herself is a lovable hotheaded dumbass that's full of personality, while I found Tatt and Gaw to be kind of boring. Side characters are hit or miss in this aspect, but most of the major ones such as the cast of villains lean towards the more positive side. The voice acting, however, is absolutely atrocious. Mail’s voice is one of only a few that stand out as being of actual quality, with most other characters ranging from “amateurish charm of a 90’s anime dub” to “I am begging you to stop talking”.
Voice acting aside, Popful Mail is definitely a must-play for any Sega CD owner, and worth emulating if you don’t own one. Just be sure to play the Unworked Designs hack if you do, which reverts some of the awful changes to the US localization such as the difficulty being drastically increased.

They fucking killed him. Finally.
This game had a lot more care put into it than I would've expected from an April Fool's joke. The art is wonderful and filled with little easter eggs and references that fans of the series will be quick to pick up on. Aside from a few instances of bad grammar or improper use of punctuation, the dialogue was thoroughly entertaining. A few times it got me to actually laugh, and the characters are as charming as ever. The plot twist at the end was pretty predictable, but the events that actually lead to finding out who was behind everything did offer a few actual surprises. The running minigame was cool, nothing groundbreaking of course, but the later ones felt like a good challenge (and it's nice that difficulty options were included for those that might find the minigame to be frustrating).
The game definitely put a smile on my face. I'd honestly love to see more bite-sized Sonic visual novels like this one. The series as a whole has had a drastic boost in quality lately, and it's been a blast playing and watching all the new stuff.

I spent most of the game, as most people will on their first playthrough, utterly confused as to what was going on and desperately wanting an explanation. I mean that in the best way possible, because that desire to know the truth is what kept me so engaged. Slowly but surely you're handed bits and pieces of the puzzle, while being deliberately kept from key pieces that would let you put everything together. Reaching the end and finally being allowed to have those remaining pieces is immensely satisfying, and the picture the puzzle creates is an interesting one to dwell on. The game has a lot to love. It was fun seeing parallels with Killer7, another Kill The Past game and easily a favorite of mine. A good handful of characters in the game are pretty unlikeable people, which ironically made me love them as characters. Masafumi Takada brought his best when composing the soundtrack, which easily tops the still fantastic work he would go on to do for Killer7 and Danganronpa. The gameplay itself is perfectly fine, and nowhere near as bad as some other reviews on here would have you believe. It's largely irrelevant anyway, as what little actual gameplay exists in The Silver Case is just a means to tell its story rather than the selling point of the game. I don't think this game is for everybody, but there's not a lot to lose by checking it out. I'd definitely recommend giving it a go if you haven't.

Mixed feelings overall. I like the art, I've followed the artist behind it for a while, and there are some cute scenes in the game. I feel like it's kinda lacking in variety though. There are a lot of different "routes" that the game is presented as having, but they all have pretty samey dialogue or otherwise funnel into the same result beyond a few obvious "click this option for a bad ending" scenarios. A few small pieces of dialogue also kinda made me groan. The constant internet speak is fine given the character, but the casual use of "autistic" and "schizo" feels unnecessary. I'm not in a position to be offended or anything, I just think it's kinda lame to write dialogue like that. Complaints aside, the game takes less than a half hour to see everything there is to see and overall I enjoyed my short time with it. I just wish it had a little more to it.

I don't think I've ever had less fun playing a game. There's nothing even objectively terrible about it besides the fact that it's obviously unfinished considering most of the levels aren't unique locations and the story feels like a Frankenstein's monster of what cutscenes they happened to have finished. The problem is that it's honestly just ridiculously boring. The game really just isn't fun to play. So while the gameplay isn't unpolished or anything, it's missing anything that made the extremely similar Sonic Generations enjoyable. At least even the objectively flawed Sonic games like Sonic 06 are fun to sit though just to find humor in how bad it can get. Can't say the same for this one.

Below average writing, unlikeable characters... It's just a telltale game where the story is boring and predictable and your choices don't matter. But hey, at least there's a Lupin III reference in it.

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Genuinely the biggest disappointment I've ever felt playing a video game. After seeing all of the absolutely incredible trailers, I bought a PS4 for this game and played it day one. I was really enjoying it at first, but gradually felt my enjoyment drop lower and lower. The game is frontloaded with anything interesting it has to offer and quickly becomes an incredibly shallow experience. Missions are repetitive and tend to be irrelevant to the main story. Several old characters (especially Ocelot) are incredibly out of character, and others (Psycho Mantis and Volgin) have no reason to be there beyond cheap fanservice that contradicts their established stories in other games. The new characters are underdeveloped and flat. Despite what Kojima says, Quiet is characterized fanservice and Skull Face is a generic and boring villain who had no reason to be retroactively inserted in to MGS3's story. Metal Gear Sahelanthropus is absurd considering the fact that it predates REX, RAY, and the primitive TX-55 and D by anywhere from one to two decades. The reveal that Venom Snake is your avatar and that YOU the EPIC GAMER are also Big Boss is ridiculously stupid and the literal antithesis to MGS2's brilliant use of Raiden being a subversion of player representation. The story as a whole is forgettable and raises more questions than it does answers, and then answers questions that were never asked (i.e. "Why did Big Boss survive Metal Gear 1 on the MSX?" Who cares, it was a game from the 80s with a barebones story and the game itself tells you he survived anyway. This question didn't need to be answered because the answer retcons what the original game itself tells you.) The gameplay is admittedly good, but it's all for nothing when the open world is both extremely barren and ironically linear. You have all these options and no reason to ever use most of them.
The game is only so highly received because game journalists told people it was a 10/10. So many people that love this game only love it because it was their first Metal Gear game. Playing the series in order reveals that there's an enormous drop in quality when you get to this entry. Those who do have issues with this game often blame Konami for screwing over Kojima and limiting his budget. Perhaps if the game was actually finished rather than failing to deliver on so many empty promises from prerelease I'd like it a bit more, but what IS there I still dislike. I'm not sure I'd like more of what we got in this game, so while Konami is responsible for the game being unfinished, they're not responsible for what actually made it into the game. This falls on Hideo Kojima. Many people will mindlessly praise him no matter what he makes because they were told to, but lately the man is clearly more interested in hanging out with actors he admires than making a good video game.
He may have made some genuine masterpieces in the past, but despite what his games will literally try to tell you, Kojima is not God.

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Having played the original release of this game, I enjoyed this remake/remaster. However, I feel it falls short in some places where the original didn't. Most people with this opinion will point to the fact that the playable character is different, and while I DO prefer the father version of the titular character Nier, playing as brother Nier is not one of my big issues with this game. If anything, it was more incentive to play it, since the original PS3 version of NieR Replicant was not released in the West, and instead Square opted to release NieR Gestalt featuring father Nier for both consoles the game released on.
My issues instead lie with a number of other more specific things, the first being the voice acting. Liam O'Brien, Laura Bailey, and Julie Ann Taylor deliver a stellar performance in Replicant ver. 1.22, though all three of their performances feel a bit weaker and less emotional than in the PS3 version of the game. Despite liking his performances elsewhere, I was not impressed with Zach Aguilar's delivery while playing the younger version of brother Nier. Many lines lacked emotion and urgency where they would be appropriate. Ray Chase as the adult version of brother Nier, on the other hand, did a very good job with the character and in one instance even surpassed Jamieson Price's outstanding voice work as father Nier in the PS3 release. As a whole though, Price's voice work was irreplaceable and it saddens me to see him only get a single line of dialogue in this release.
Slight script changes were made, and I dislike a lot of them. I realize this is unavoidable as the protagonist is an entirely different character, but some of them are questionable and didn't need to be changed. Brother Nier as a whole seems to have a lot less personality than father Nier, which is strange as the game was originally written with only brother Nier in mind. I'm unsure of whether or not these script changes are more faithful to the Japanese dialogue, but if they are, the localization changes were minor enough that I feel they should have been left alone.
The gameplay, despite being "improved", is really no different and is even worse off in some cases. Combat is virtually the same outside of being flashier, which causes no real improvement in quality of the combat and makes attacks feel like they have less weight to them. Enemies seem to be spongier than the original release, and seem to abuse annoying attacks with the potential to stunlock the player way more often. Boar riding controls differ, and are less simple and efficient than they previously were. Bosses take significantly less damage than normal while dialogue is playing during boss fights, presumably to make sure you don't miss dialogue by killing a boss too quickly. Missing dialogue like this was an annoying issue in the original, but making bosses take almost no damage while characters are talking is a horrible compromise. This is especially irritating in subsequent playthroughs while trying to get other endings. Facade is also more difficult to traverse, as jump height and object heights differ between releases.
Graphics are an "improvement" but cause the game to lose the unique look the original release had. Lighting is less colorful and causes some objects to stand out awkwardly due to their colors. Character models (particularly Kaine, who even had a change in eye color, and Grimoire Weiss, who looks flatter and less metallic) look wildly different from the originals, Devola and Popola are much harder to tell apart. Grimoire Noir's magic is an odd Mountain Dew yellow-green color instead of its original gold. Text is also noticeably smaller in this release, which makes it difficult to read if playing on a TV as opposed to a computer monitor.
Most of the remade soundtrack is unnecessary and inferior to the original. Many songs feel exactly the same aside from the addition of new instruments that ruin the feel and flow of the originals.
The new content is a welcome addition, and what I was most interested in upon purchasing the game. However, some of it does break the flow of the game and as much as I enjoyed playing through Ending E as Kaine, I miss having the bittersweet/outright sad ending D as the definitive ending of the game. Being able to restore your save file gets rid of the weight that the decision to delete it in the first place held, and the connection to Automata felt more like cheap fanservice than actual interesting lore. Having Kaine playable in this ending also means the opportunity to have her playable in Route B, which the game tells you is "Kaine's Story", is wasted. Similarly, I feel an opportunity to have father Nier selectable whether it be in the base game or as DLC was missed considering they went through the effort to model him and bring in his voice actor for one single line.
As a whole, I realize this is an incredibly nitpicky and negative review. I enjoyed the game and recommend it to anyone whose only option to play it is this. I just prefer the original and wanted to make this disorganized ramble of a review explaining why. I strongly suggest playing the PS3/360 release first, though I recognize that this isn't feasible for everyone. Many of the original game's strengths are retained in this release, and much of my complaints likely come from my familiarity with the original, which is easily one of my favorite games of all time. If you actually took the time to read all this, haven't played either version, and have no way to play the PS3 version, pick this one up anyway. The story and characters are still excellent and you'll have a good time.

Quite possibly the best fan game I've played. On top of the charming art style and TWO incredible soundtracks, the gameplay is incredibly faithful to the Genesis originals. The level design isn't quite up to par with the official 16-bit games (and for what it's worth I've never played a fan game or rom hack that lived up to that quality), but each level and its layout are still unique enough to be fun and have their own identity. Sonic and the Fallen Star's levels don't feel like Genesis Sonic levels, but they don't feel like amatuerish rom hack levels either. They feel like Sonic and the Fallen Star levels, and that's not a bad thing. The special stages, which apparently have been patched to be easier, are where I had the most fun. The last two gave me a run for my money despite the patch, but the gameplay style of them is brilliant and they're accompanied by the best piece of music in the entire game. Most Sonic fan games, to me, are a fun novelty to play through once or twice before forgetting about them and replaying the official Genesis games. Sonic and the Fallen Star, on the other hand, is one that I can see myself revisiting sooner rather than later.