Are you ready to survive high school and the apocalypse? You know, the things that a high school student usually goes through in life. Check out our Song of Memories review!
A romantic visual novel with a dark and sinister underbelly. Discover the thrills of finding your soulmate in Japan’s iconic musical love story, and prepare to fight for your love in the most testing of times, as an apocalyptic virus begins sweeping across the world and threatens to infect those closest to you.
Song of Memories is a visual novel brought to us by PQube who have already published many releases in the genre. In some ways, the game was exactly what I expected, while in others, it deviated into something that is really different and cool. How does the game do at marrying these? As with most Japanese visual novels, this one is a “slice of life” thing. You are a student living in Japan, going to high school. Your parents have died, and you live with your stepsister (the game wants to make very clear she is your step sister… I think you see where this is going ). As with most high schools, you’ll be friends with a harem of busty young girls. My high school experience was nothing like this!
You have a circle of friends, mostly with girls, who are really exaggerated proportioned high school girls. Early in the game for the first few hours, you will choose whom you want to spend time with, and there is a bevy of options to choose from each having different paths. Choose who you want to romance! The choices you make here will affect the second portion of the game. It’s a good start, but you are quickly introduced to many friends, and it’s hard to keep track of who is who.
One of the many girls you meet is Kanon, and she is sick in the hospital. It turns out she is getting better and would like to leave the hospital, so she moves in with you and your stepsister so that you can help her path towards recovery. In the moving process, you find a weird phone that has five AI magical girls stored on it. This is where the game starts to move along with its twist. There is a disease which starts infecting people, and your magical girl group will help you beat them with the power of there voice. Each one of the girls has different personalities and different abilities for you to explore.
The game has a JRPG mechanic by which some battles take place. Instead of your regular JRPG battles though, these ones play out more like a rhythm game with you tapping the buttons on the screen. It’s very different, but fun and new for the genre. I liked that it set itself apart from the other visual novels with this. In the latter part of the story, it gets very dark and twisted, which I liked. After each battle, your girls level up as well, what I really appreciated though was how they leveled upon multiple playthroughs. Each playthrough as you attempt to get different endings by taking different paths will feel different, but the girls will keep leveling in the same progression, not making the gameplay feel repetitive.
The game looks gorgeous. All of the character have nice clean lines and great design. They also don’t feel flat either as they gave built some motion for all of them. Their bodies and parts will move, giving the game a robust visual flair. The one problem here though is the fan service – or the amount of fan service. As discussed earlier, all of the girls are rather busty, and their breasts move up and down… a lot. I didn’t feel comfortable playing with my wife or kids in the room. This is only going to be an issue for certain people, but this was definitely playing after the kids got to bed game for me.
I had an interesting time with Song of Memories. It has some really interesting gameplay mechanics and a story that sets it apart from other entries in the beloved genre. It also had me playing it multiple times to see the different endings. I like the battle system as I haven’t quite seen another game do things this way. If you enjoy those things, it’s definitely worth checking out.
This Song Of Memories review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by PQUBE LTD.