You should really just look up the log files online somewhere.First of all, this was not a full second game. It’s really an epilogue to Analogue: A Hate Story, and the internet tells me it was originally just going to be DLC, which makes sense because it’s not a full game in any sense. Presumably it was split off and called a sequel for dollar-related reasons.
It’s also just not as good as Analogue for some pretty irritating reasons. First of all, you can only read 18 log files every 12 real-time hours. The result is that the game can only be played over the course of three days, and if you want each route it’s nine days, which the achievements smugly inform us is “the way it’s supposed to be played.” This is a gimmicky way of disguising the lack of actual content, and it’s infuriating. There’s not more than 3 hours of gameplay here, and when I sit down on a Saturday to dedicate a couple hours to a game, that’s the time I have. I’m not going to go through the process of blocking out time of my life on weekdays just because this game is an asshole. I’m also not going to play through all three routes, because I have better things to do with my life (I do, okay?). I loaded up my “harem ending” save from Analogue because I figured having Mute and Hyun-ae together would get my the most content for the least annoyance.
Which brings us to the second major issue, which is that Mute is completely insufferable. The game has lost all of its subtlety with her, and I have no idea why, because the insidiousness of the sexism in the last game was part of its impact. Here, Mute screams WOMEN ARE SO STUPID GOD every five freaking seconds, and no, it’s not social commentary, it’s just normal sexism and it’s both frustrating and annoying. To make it worse, she steamrolls Hyun-ae’s opinions at every opportunity, which makes sense for their characters, but is a nightmare to read and means the reader doesn’t get a voice in what’s going on.
Speaking of Hyun-ae, she is as flightly and not-a-person-who-went-through-trauma as last time, and the game is still framing a serious story with “LOL anime cliches! We so cray-cray! hehehe lylas” and I still don’t like it. The frame story has even less substance than last time, since there’s no mystery like with Hyun-ae’s identity, and it’s just annoying and not what I came for. And then at the end she decides she’s in love with Mute and apparently doesn’t care that Mute’s not into it, and basically starts sexually harassing her and it’s really weird.
All of that said, if you played and enjoyed Analogue, it’s definitely worth at least reading through the bonus log files here, because they’re very well-written and the way the story, which details the fall of the previous society and the rise of the one the Pale Bride existed in, was great. But save yourself the pain, and just look the logs up online. Trudging through the time caps and Mute’s awfulness is not worth it.