[PS4] Venus: Improbable Dream Review

by EdEN, Owner

Venus: Improbable Dream from eastasiasoft, Ratalaika Games, and Borealis is a visual novel on PlayStation that deals with some serious topics. Check our Venus: Improbable Dream review!

Venus: Improbable Dream from eastasiasoft, Ratalaika Games, and Borealis is a visual novel on PlayStation that deals with some serious topics. It’s an experience that deals with anxiety and depression, something that affects millions of people around the world – especially because of the whole pandemic. You’ll be taking on the role of one Akane Kakeru, who was born with a hemangioma. A hemangioma is a bright red birthmark, a benign vascular tumor. They usually disappear and don’t pose any serious danger to a person’s health, but for Kakeru, it’s a mark on his face that, well, marks him. You can probably imagine how others at school react to this.

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It’s not until he’s placed in an after-school music club that things change. It’s there that he meets Fujiwara Haruka, a disabled girl with a shy personality and a great talent for music. Your choices and the interactions of your character with Haruka will dictate how the story unfolds, which means for one playthrough, you might go down one specific story path that will show you a key scene while making a handful of different choices for a second run will send you down another path, eventually leading to one of the available endings.

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The game mixes hand-drawn art with stylized photographs to establish the different areas you will visit during your time with Venus: Improbable Dream. It’s a look that won’t be for everyone since the blurred backgrounds clash with the hand-drawn characters. With Kareru and Karuka being in a music class, that means the music will play an important role in this adventure, and I’m here to report that the game’s soundtrack is certainly a highlight for this experience.

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Trophy-wise, there are good news and great news for trophy hunters. Venus: Improbable Dream has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, split into a single Silver trophy and 11 Gold trophies. There aren’t that many choices to make to get all of the trophies, and if you’re a trophy hunter, following a guide and setting up the game’s configuration just right – say, making it possible to skip all text with the press of a button and keep skipping after transitions and choices made – you could have a new Platinum trophy in a handful of minutes. Add the fact that this is a cross-buy release, giving you access to the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game at no extra cost, and you can have two Platinum trophies for your collection if you own a PlayStation 5!

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Venus: Improbable Dream is a visual novel that deals with some serious topics on Sony’s console. The sense of anxiety and depression that someone like Kakeru is exposed to in school because of his hemangioma is something we can all relate to, and his growing relationship with Haruka with the help of music is certainly worth experiencing. Venus: Improbable Dream is out on PlayStation 5 as a cross-buy title with a $9.99 price.

This Venus: Improbable Dream review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.

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