[Vita Visual Novel Review] Actual Sunlight

by EdEN, Owner

Actual Sunlight is a visual novel game from indie developer Will O’Neil that deals with the topic of depression, and it’s found its way to the PlayStation Vita. Are you ready to follow the story of Evan Winter on Sony’s portable console?

I know what you’re thinking: Why keep getting up, day in and day out, even though your life is going nowhere?”

Notorious: Widely considered to be one of the bleakest and best-written experiences in indie gaming, Actual Sunlight challenges you to confront the life of Evan Winter: An overweight, lonely and severely depressed young professional.

Fear the words, not the reading: Presented almost entirely in text, a mixture of sharp observation and pitch black humor captures your interest from provocative beginning to shattering conclusion.

Prepare yourself: Actual Sunlight is a uniquely unforgettable adventure that will etch itself into you as one of the most difficult, haunting and beautiful experiences you have ever had as a gamer.

Before getting started with the review, I wanted to mention that the game’s topic and they make this an M rated game (and the game starts with a disclaimer stating this), so this means it definitely won’t be for everyone. Keep this in mind before you continue reading!

Since Actual Sunlight is a visual novel, that means you’ll be doing a lot of reading on this text-heavy but short release. Players take control of Evan Winter, an individual who is very much going into deep depression as you get further into the game. Almost all items around Evan will launch a wall of text explaining what is going on or how it is related to Evan’s life, so if you don’t like reading, then this game is definitely not for you.

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Trophies will be unlocked as you go, but several of them are missable, and you’ll need to do a second playthrough if you’re not careful. Just focus on interacting with everything and everyone in each section of the game and you should be good to go. I’d also advise that you make an extra save or two here and there in case you end up missing a trophy.

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But trophy hunters shouldn’t worry too much because the game itself is a short one. An hour or two at most is all it will take to get to the end of the game and unlock every single trophy as you experience everything the game’s story has to offer. Fun is not a word one could use for a game like Actual Sunlight due to the topics it talks about, but it’s definitely an interesting experience.

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This review is based on a digital copy provided by WZO Games.

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