STEINS;GATE ELITE REVIEW


February 26, 2019 | 249 Views

CrispySinger

STEINS;GATE, a game that heavily focuses on time travel and explores the consequences that occur from even the most “harmless” alterations to the past. During my playthrough of the game, it got me thinking as to what I would change from my past, if I had some sort of magical device that allowed me to do so (my microwave isn’t quite up to scratch), but it also made me realise that even the slightest change may take away things that I hold dear to me… such as my son and daughter. So although the concept of altering the past is pretty cool, I’m quite content with how things turned out… anyway, let’s get started on the review! As you can expect, for obvious reasons I’m going to refrain from discussing the story, as I feel that it’s best experienced going in to this game with as little knowledge about it as possible.

I am quite fond of visual novel games, although I do normally tend to prefer ones that have a bit more interactivity to them, but to be honest that isn’t a deal breaker here. What it lacks in interactivity, it makes up for it with excellent animation, a deep, engaging, gripping story and a variety of branched endings that offer more replayability than you’d expect. This game won’t be for everyone, fans of visual novels or the anime will be right at home here though. As I previously touched on, the games focus is purely on the story and it does an excellent job of getting you invested in the game and it’s characters. The drastic shifts in the games tones are the main factor that helped get me hooked, one minute things may be innocent, but the next you can see the characters you have grown close to get put through some pretty dark situations and it really hits you where it hurts.

It is a “remastered” version of the original game, with the main differences being the visual overhaul and inclusion of footage from the anime. Which after finding out that the original utilised static 2D images as opposed to animation… is a real bonus, because I feel that it would become tiresome very quickly without these new updates. That is just my opinion though, as sometimes I do find it quite hard to spend long amounts of time reading through walls of text, but that is likely because I spend most of my day doing such a thing and I want my games to be an escape from that. So to be honest, I’m quite glad this is my first time being introduced to the game and it is definitely quite the experience. That alone may not be enough to convince those who played the original to repurchase the game, but I can tell that hardcore fans won’t think twice about doing so. The inclusion of the “Linear Bounded Phenogram” DLC is pretty neat as well, considering that all of the stories have roughly three to four hours worth of additional content.

Steins;Gate Elite - Release Trailer

The Verdict

"Keep the past, for all intents and purposes, where it is"

The Story - 9

The Gameplay - 8

The Experience - 8

The Presentation - 9

The Sound - 8

The Value For Money - 8

I Give This Game A

8 / 10

STEINS;GATE ELITE is an excellent visual novel, it’s gripping, intense and provides an excellent package overall along with the accompanying DLC, Linear Bounded Phenogram, which provides even more bang for your buck (It is a shame that the PS4 did not get the 8-Bit content that came with the Nintendo Switch version, and vice versa, but what can a man do). If you’re looking for a solid story to get invested in, which offers plenty of replayability and has a reasonable completion time, then this is for you. Now I think I’m going to go watch the anime so I can go through it all again.

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