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Das Vin’s LP and Review: Hatoful Boyfriend

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During my time in Tokyo, Japan, I’ve had my fair share of playing those weird and unique games that you’d only hear about from US/EU gaming sites or YouTube videos.  There was a mix of shoot’m ups (also known as “shmups”), fighting games with creatively drawn characters, racing games with a plethora of characters – some of which weren’t seen outside of Japan, and then there were the dating sims.  I’ll admit, this genre was and still is included in my list of gaming interests.  Reason being is that I’ve seen improvement in how the dialog works so well, compared to most other modern games, including ones from the states, and Hatoful Boyfriend does take a rather original spin on this genre.

Why, or rather, what is it that would attract a gamer to this title?  Certainly isn’t the immersion of the world being set up, as your guided through a few select areas with only dialog and music to keep you interested, and those two points are two of the four that help strengthen this game and make it stand out amoung other dating sims.  The other two points are art and user interface (UI), but let’s focus on one at a time.

 

Dialog

We all know, or should know, that the dating sim genre isn’t known for having any sort of combat scenario, puzzles, or even horror.  But what does stand out, as I’ve mentioned before, is the dialog.  You’re given a variety of potential boyfriends, and each are govern (mostly) by their bird/pigeon persona.  For example, you’ll come across a person who is stuck up, snobby, and flaunts his social status, and given that he’s a fantail pigeon, you’ll think that both human personality and the physical form of such an avian would be perfect.  Same goes for all of the other students and faculty that you’ll meet, such as rock doves, parakeets, mourning doves, and quails.  Each with their own persona that will either want you to play with multiple saves (so that you can try out all the options), or go through playthrough after playthrough.   And depending on your stats, those being Vitality, Wisdom, and Charisma, each interaction – even with the same person, can be different.

 

Music

Not much to complain here, as each background track fits perfectly with the given scenario.  From pleasant and soothing to intense and dramatic, or even dramatic and romantic, all of these flow so well and won’t give you a reason to turn down or off the volume.

 

Art

I do have an issue with a certain aspect of the art used in this game, such as the photos of the pigeons and other avian.  Sure, it might look cute, but it doesn’t look consistent with the rest of the game.  It draws away from the attention of the story and characters.  Aside from that, the character portraits look great and well-detailed – the sort of look that you’d expect from this sort of dating sim.  Though my only complaint is that there isn’t enough of the anime art being shown, even with the unlocked art gallery.

 

UI

This goes for any genre, be it console, mobile, or PC, and that is you need to have clean UI (User Interface) for the player to easily navigate and understand what’s going on and the choices they can make.  While there are simple choices to make, the text boxes are bigger than they need to be, taking up too much space.  For example, the Stats Box (let’s just call it that for now) that shows you the current level of Wisdom, Charisma, and Vitality you have, is a bit oversized than what it could be.  The same goes for the dialog text box, though the width of it is fine.  There’s an Archive section in the game menu, but I have no clue what that’s for…

The choice of having multiple saves is a must for a dating sim, as players would want to go back on a choice if they make a mistake or want to see a different reaction.  The Main Menu is easy enough to navigate, as well, going through the game options.  As for the choice selection, when it comes to initiating dialog with a character, gives you time to make a choice, so don’t feel rushed at all when deciding which guy you want to dump.

 

Final Verdict:

If you’re into dating sims, no matter what type of partner you’re longing for, then I highly recommend Hatoful Boyfriend.  It has some moments of hilarity and sorrow, and at the end, depending on your choices, you really do feel the impact that you’ve made and the bonds with the friendly avian.

 

Overall Score:  9/10

RGN Rating: Gold Game

Developer: Mediatonic

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Available On: Steam (for Windows PC / Linux / Mac OS X)

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

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Dating Sim: Hatoful Boyfriend “Summer of Love” Collector’s Edition Hits Steam August 21

Hatoful Boyfriend

Devolver Digital’s next big thing… Hatoful Boyfriend “Summer of Dove” Collector’s Edition, has been announced for the Windows PC, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems. Players who want to get into this romance saga have a chance to pre-order for 10% off via Steam (link here) and should know that this game comes highly praised from critics and Steam users as an abnormal yet highly enjoyable experience (and it even features a female protagonist). If you’re up for something a bit different from the usual indie offerings, take a look at the quote from Devolver Digital’s own corporate big wig below and be on the lookout for Mediatonic’s release hitting August 21, 2014.

“Our research shows that consumer fatigue for space marines and dragons is at an all-time high – gamers are ready for something new and fresh,” said Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker. “Semi-realistic pigeon dating simulations are the next great frontier in video games.”

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Foul Play the Crazy New Fighter / Side – Scrolling Brawler Available Now on XBLA / Steam

Foul Play XBLA Steam RGN

You can now grab a copy of Foul Play from publisher Mastertronic and Devolver Digital and developed by Mediatonic on Steam and Xbox Live Arcade for $14.99. This crazy new breed of fighter (which is actually a side-scrolling brawler at heart) features co-op and team take-downs while sporting an original art direction that has just a dash of ‘haduken’ sprinkled on top. Check out the High Definition trailer for the game below.

 

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