So a while back a fellow member of The Spoony Experiment pointed me in the direction of a Visual Novel by the name of Swan Song from the studio Flying Shine. Now unfortunately I got about half-way through the game and my computer had to be formatted (there’s a lesson there, kids. But you have to figure it out on your own). I couldn’t find the time to pick it back up between work and school, but now that I have the time I’ve decided it’s time to go back at it!
Unfortunately for you I’m lazy and don’t feel like giving all the information away at once, and have decided to just give you my first impressions on the story based on my first run-through.
The very VERY first thing I noticed about this game was the implied nudity within the main menu screen. Yes, I was told ahead of time there were some H scenes in the game, so it wasn’t a surprise, but it was something I didn’t think would be implied so early (or maybe I’m just a pervert and think it’s implied).
Anyway, subtle hints at nudity aside, the game itself actually kind of bored me in the beginning. Like it was moving way too slowly for me. Of course, once stuff started happening, BOY, did it start happening. Without giving too much away, I’ll tell you this: A post-apocalyptic setting, and the fight for survival. That is pretty much what it boils down to. Now that cliché can go horribly wrong if handled the wrong way, but I like how it was done. It also isn’t your typical “Main character is the lone survivor” type of story either. Thank all kinds of gods too, because I simply couldn’t deal with another main character goes all depressed in a way that ends up depressing me.
The cast is very generic, however, and I wasn’t really impressed with any of them save for one character who I’ll probably tell you more about when I finish the game.
I was also very unsure of how you could get a game over… until I got one. Thanks to a large number of save slots it wasn’t the end of the world though.
Now before you jump me for being too stupid to realize you could get a game over, let me defend myself: Up to that point, there weren’t many choices to be made, so there was really almost no way I could fail. And the ones that were there I had either gotten right or just didn’t lead to a bad ending.
The number of decisions to be made seemed to increase as time went on (and when the POV changed), so I’m sure making a comment about how there could be more of them right now would probably be a wonderful case of foot-meet-mouth later on.
Overall, I’m definitely interested in what the outcome will be and so far it is entertaining, so here’s hoping it will continue that trend and not go horribly off-course (oh, and hoping it doesn’t get too depressing. It’s had its moments, and trust me, they did not agree with me).