01/09/2019 Act 1 Comment
Dept Heaven Series, RPGs, Video Games dept heaven series, gungnir
11/19/2017 Act 1 Comment
Finally wrapping up the Dept. Heaven series, Gungnir.
This was easily the weakest of the four games. It felt very rushed to me, and kind of all over the place as a result. It’s likely the only one I wouldn’t recommend. It had all the seeds of a solid game, but I ended up feeling like it never brought them home.
Dept Heaven Series, Recommendations, RPGs, Video Games dept heaven series, knights in the nightmare
03/07/2016 Act 19 Comments
Knights in the Nightmare is the third entry in the Dept. Heaven series, although in-universe it’s chronologically second and IRL it’s titled ‘IV’ because who knows (wiki does, don’t tell me about how everyone knows I too know).
KitN (kitten?) is different from the previous two games, Riviera and Yggdra Union, in a few important ways. First, it’s a much more conceptual game, with the story told so far out of of chronological order there’s no way to simply explain it. Second, it’s nihilistic as hell, where the other two were a bit more nuanced and had more a ‘people are flawed but will overcome’ kind of stance. I don’t think it’s grimdark or even unrealistic, but it’s very bleak, and as a result (I thought) philosophically weaker. It’s also neither turn-based like Riviera or a tRPG like Yggdra, but something else entirely unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
I still really liked it overall, but unlike the other two it’s not something I’d rec generally for people, or even for people who like jRPGs. You really will get the most out of it if you’re specifically looking for a kind of out-there experience.
Spoilers inside; ye be warned.
Dept Heaven Series, Recommendations dept heaven series, recommendations, yggdra union
06/10/2015 Act 6 Comments
I was once again incredibly surprised by this series. This is an excellent game, and if you’re a tRPG fan I highly recommend it. It shines in the way it explores the moral complexity of war, the nature of just war, and the effect conflicts of the elite have on civilians. The game was also remarkably egalitarian, both in costume design and gender ratio. The art style was pretty odd, but it grew on me and I think it gave the game a unique atmosphere overall.
Dept Heaven Series, Recommendations, RPGs, Video Games dept heaven series, recommendations, riviera: the promised land, videogame
I really enjoyed this game and enthusiastically recommend it to anyone who likes JRPGs and VNs. It has some issues– mostly in the story and plotting departments– as well as some unexpected positive attributes that leave me with a lot I want to talk about.