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VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

Developer: Sukeban Games Publisher: Ysbryd Games
21 June 2016
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A cute and cosy visual novel, but some of the writing lacks nuance and self-awareness.
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i [get] it, i really do, but the game's belief that its vibe will hard carry it is, unfortunately, false. its visual and gameplay design conveys a deep fascination for the genres it decides to riff on, but it's only skin deep. for a game about talking heads these people feel far too much like trope dispensers
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good!

stop saying its emotional i didnt cry

its great tho
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Rich, oozing with atmosphere, killer soundtrack that highlights the artistry despite being a disparate selection of commissioned tracks...and yet I can't help but feel like the cyberpunk angle is undercut at every time. The intrigue of the corporations' in-fighting and the commentary of the economic hierarchy is eventually lost behind the personal struggles of a few characters, and while this was clearly how it was meant to be written, a greater balance could have resulted in something special, in something that truly showed the humanity beneath the chaos of reality. As is, it's still a pretty good story with some cool characters, but the way the game just stops is evident of its limited scope in spite of the atmosphere.

Va-11 Hall-A basically accomplishes what it sets out to do, but by no means you should play it over its closest analogue, Papers Please.
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Alcohol and emotions
Va-11 Hall-A is, very much like the game sells itself, a visual novel set in a cyberpunk universe in which you play as a bartender.

The interactive part of the game, the actual bartending, is actually very straight forward. You are given the recepies of every drink, and you just need to mix them to get the client what they ordered. In key moments of the story however, you need to choose the drink to give the client, considering whats their preference and context. This is the major element of player interaction that affects the narrative course of the game. The other is of course having enough money to pay the rent of your apartment, but i found that the game is pretty letinient in giving you enough money to get by even if you go into a crazy shopping spree.

This visual novel is actually very polished considering the standard i take for this genre. Its pixelated art is great, both in terms of detail as well as artistic expression. The soundtrack is also blissful, composed of techno beats, that sound futuristic as well as cute.

The actual writing is great, and its the main grip of the game. Each character is unique, but while you discover more facets of the regular clients, you never fully get some characters. You are just a bartender after all, and though you have some impact in people's lives its not that they will become your friends from one day of serving drinks. The writing is comedic, but can also take a more serious tone at times. There is a lot of sexual innuendo with some of the characters, which understandably can turn some people off, but i found that it was handled well and always appropriate. Not to mention that those were some of the most funny jokes in the game. The extravagant characters really stay with you, long after you see the credits roll.

Its definitly amongst the best visual novels released this year. Its unique setting, its charming, and well written. Its a well contained story to boot as well, taking about 6 to 8 hours to beat depending on your reading speed.
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fakingblurr VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-06-18T18:33:58Z
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nickmgarza96 VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-06-12T00:54:33Z
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DarioVA VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-06-08T08:42:37Z
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MesoUggo VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-06-05T03:51:40Z
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SumiQueen VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-06-05T00:43:16Z
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TortillaCat VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-06-03T04:19:33Z
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ggng VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-06-01T21:14:38Z
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PizzapastaButcooler VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-05-31T13:07:16Z
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crimsonsepitaph VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-05-29T15:17:42Z
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MaestroOak VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-05-28T04:57:06Z
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asdp VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-05-26T16:42:44Z
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lol1slayer VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 2024-05-23T00:42:52Z
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  • rickenmortis 2023-02-13 05:43:09.523636+00
    it's fun and nice to look at. Dialogue reads like it was written by a 2013 gaming youtuber tho
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  • Meatlejuice 2023-08-28 07:46:19.506343+00
    need to replay this some time. bought it and played at the end of 2017 because the setting looked cool and i believe it was my first visual novel. really enjoyed it.
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  • suddenlywolf 2023-11-30 20:03:50.782418+00
    va-11 hall-a challenge where you try and go one conversation without characters talking about their boob sizes or how they're a 24 year old sex worker in the body of a 10 year old
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  • blackearth 2024-01-19 20:16:44.055735+00
    dialogue is truly borderlands levels of bad at times, with some shining moments here and there
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  • butterfly_tom 2024-02-22 22:12:21.146261+00
    corny ass horny ass game
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  • dotnds 2024-03-16 00:33:26.632582+00
    really great, anyone complaining about the writing should check out Neon White though just to see how truly worse it can get
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    • dotnds 2024-03-16 00:33:56.164578+00
      doesn't redeem some of the truly yuck moments in this game but there's enough good that I definitely consider it a favorite
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  • kitten199X 2024-05-25 23:00:27.886292+00
    i expected a better experience judging by the ratings here, but the game was really just "ok". the soundtrack slaps though
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