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I always tell people how my favourite genre in game is text adventure and my all time favourite game is Famicom Detective Club 2 on the SNES. After hearing that, all of them would just quietly back out and outright ignore me for the rest of their life.

Even though I love text adventure games I have never ever play a full length visual novel in my life until recently. I played some short doujins one and tons of detective text adventure games but I had never went down the path of choosing a girl you want to fuck.  I started on Muv Luv because I actually like KGNE and wanted some new experience in life. To my surprise, Muv Luv is easier to read than I expected so I kept going with it.

Technically, Muv Luv is separated into 3 games, Muv Luv Extra, Muv Luv Unlimted and finally, Muv Luv Alternative. When people talk about Muv Luv they are talking about Muv Luv Alternative but the first two games are needed for that buildup. That being said, Unlimted isn’t that bad anyway and Muv Luv Extra can be tolerable if you are a fan of KGNE.

On a side note, it’s better to have watched KGNE and Akane Maniax because they can enhance your Muv Luv experience  as there are crossovers of characters and references they made in Muv Luv will thus holds more weight. There are some crossovers from Kimi Ga Ita Kisetsu too but wtf is that anyway.

Muv Luv Extra is your usual wacky harem choose your girl slice of life bullshit with generic lousy forced drama type of visual novel. It is tolerable at best but thankfully easy to read. However, it can also be outright brutal when you are stuck with a character that you don’t like. If you want to get over it quickly which I recommend, you’ll only need to read the 2 main routes. They share like 90% of the text and are the only requirement to unlock the second game, Muv Luv Unlimited.

With that said, I still went on and did all the routes because I have to fuck every single fictional girl out there to fill up the emptiness in my life. It does however add quite a lot of context for the next two games so not all my time is wasted. Still, Chizuru route is stupid as hell and worthless in terms of adding context so fucking skip it unless you have a thing for her.

Things that you might like to know, it takes around 11 hr for the 2 main routes, 3-4 hrs for each side routes (there are 3 of them) and 30mins for all the bad ends.

After you are finished with Extra and collect all the dem CGs, you can march on to Unlimited. When you first start the game, your childhood friend is gone and the world is in some post apocalypse state. You went out of your room and find GUNDAM and get all excited because GUNDAM is finally real.

You went to school, found out that it’s a military base now and got thrown into detention barrack because no one knows you in this world. You saw your physic teacher and asked for her help but she doesn’t recognize you. She however find you interesting after knowing that you came from another dimension and start placing you through basic military boot camp. Why? Because this world is destroyed by aliens and 5 billion people had died and she needs more soldiers.

In this boot camp you can find all your girlfriends that you have fucked in the the previous game but they are all now strong and dependable unlike you who is some useless piece of shit because you don’t know how to army. They hate you for being so useless and tell you how pathetic you are. You went on being a pathetic weakling because military stuff is harsh and everyone besides you are proud and harden Nihonjin who are willing to die because they had never experience peaceful life at all.

That being said, things are still kinda light-hearted fun because it accentuates how you are this stupid and naive robot otaku trying to live in this harsh world with all your girlfriends who are turning into stranger. It’s also kinda play out when you became KIRA YAMATO in terms of robot piloting because you had done this countless time in videogames.

The story then progresses and you gets to fuck one girl and the whole world got destroyed. The end.

Technically, you only require to complete one route for Unlimited to get the whole story because all the other routes share 95% of the same text. The changes are some non eventful dialogs changes and which girl you end up fucking. However You should try the extra route which will be unlocked after completing any one end. It leads in very well to Muv Luv Alternative and  it takes only  10 min.

In total I would say that Unlimited takes around 10 hr for one completed route, 20min for other side routes(not recommendable or required at all) and 10 min for that extra unlocked route.

After all that meandering around Muv Luv Alternative happens.

BAM! JAM PROJECT IN YOUR HENTAI GAME! You know they are serious with this one.

Muv Luv Alternative starts off with a timeloop and you are back to the war torn apocalyptic world again. The difference now is that you have carried over your previous save file from the two other games so you are now this awesome soldier with 3 years worth of experience. You also acquired the knowledge of what is going to happen so you intend to do it right this time. With that, you breezed through boot camp because you are all  “been there done” that and won everyone’s trust. The tables have turned, instead of being the noob like in Unlimted, your girlfriends are all the noob now.

Spoiler below!

Everything went so wel land you think you are awesome. You went to fight some alien and got totally destroyed like a fucking fool. You seat there moping and your instructor came to console you. You picked up your courage after words of encouragement .You turned around and CHOMP, instructor’s head got beaten by alien! Good JOB, super soldier, now go cry in one corner and be all PTSD.

After this event, more fuckup shit happens and it just kept on one-up fucking the last fuckup and you will be left all fucked and broken. It’s brutal, hopeless and agonizing but situation turns for the better because characters actually exercise logic and pragmatism.  LOGIC and PRAGMATISM! Now that’s rare in my anime game. <ost of the time, those who stand correct are the one who uses cold calculative predictions and data  because logic wins over feeble anime emotions.

You actually do get sensible logic for seemly fanservice anime bullshit. For example, they explained that the male got drafted first and mostly died during the war and that’s why  you have so many female soldiers instead.

In other words, every single action was planned, calculated and executed without leaving things to chance or miracles. There are back up plans after back up plans and no corners were left unchecked. No one gets all anime-ish at any certain point of time so everyone is all mature and srsbzn because there is no time for anime hijinks. The whole game reeks of fuck anime and their peaceful idealism because this is a fucking war and generic anime shit would never work here because aliens are killing everyone.

After that, things happen,JAM PROJECT, EXPLOSION, GUNDAMS, YOSHINARI KOU and BAM! The end.

So yes, that’s my summary of the plot and I doubt I can find another visual novel like Muv Luv as it’s one of the best story I’ve experience throughout all known entertainment mediums I have seen. Legend of The Galactic Heroes is the best parallel for Muv Luv that I can draw in the anime realm because they are that kinda similar and yes, I am very serious when I said that.

With that all said and done, I think I will try Yu-No next to see whether Muv Luv is the exception to the rule or all the fuck anime girls game are actually that great.

I seldom blog now because I just write stuff on facebook.  Facebook forces you to summarize your thoughts and comment them in  a bite sized, witty and to the point manner because no one would read a facebook post that seems too long. That satisfies me enough and constructing sensible long essay really isn’t my forte. I am better with one liners. However, Deadly Premonition is not something that can be summarized because I had that nagging feeling of needing to write something  but couldn’t come out with words to describe it. I can only call it crazy, messed up, fuck up and other one liners like these because it’s just too much of a strange experience to put it into bite size commentary. I just can’t leave it at that because it’s so much more.

I mainly want to write about the experience of playing it and the fucking ending. Disclaimer, this will be just me rumbling because I need to do it. There wouldn’t be any explanation or detailed plot synopsis of what I am talking about because that’s not my motivation for this post. This post is just a mental exercise for me to digest Deadly Premonition because I HAVE TO FUCKING WRITE THIS SHIT! So I would think that this post would ended up akin to some confusing babbling of a madman.

First the ending. God damn the ending. The ending is so repulsive that it affects me so much even though I had seen way worst stuff than this. I am not sure if I like how the Emily thing goes because I would like it if they go for a happier route and cut all those disgusting implied rape scene.

Forrest Kaysen makes me boil with hatred. If you scrutinize the way he was written, it’s so obvious that he is cheaply written and very emotionally manipulative. Swery65 just used the cheap way out and disgust you by implying that he raped Emily. It’s fuck up, lousy and overbearing way of writing a character.

His origin and motivation is also a mess because there’s no substance or justification behind them. He is evil just because he is a ball of evil. No explanation, no justification and not much sensible motivation. He is too shallow to invoke any feeling other than passing him off as lousy silly writing.However he managed to overcome that, he managed to cross the cold logical part of me and make me angry. I am angry not because he is written lousily (like how I was angry of Lelouch from Code Geass not because of his action but how stupid he was written) but because he really makes me angry. Swery65 had managed to use the simplest, cheapest and vilest trick to truly enraged me.

I fell into the manipulation because I like Emily as a character a little too much. She is interesting and her interaction with York is natural, funny and quirky. I want to see them together and hope nothing bad happens but god damn she got the worst hit. What Kaysen did to her just make me sick to the stomach and makes me wonder how much better if Swery didn’t just go to this route.

It doesn’t make much sense anyway to make the shit turns for the worst. It’s there for the twist and shock value and sure as hell it works because I am still affected by it. But from a storytelling point of view, it doesn’t really work, why did Kaysen choose Emily? What’s the motivation behind all this other than to shock the player by taking the most repulsive route? It didn’t work as a redemption for York/Zach too because what the fuck did he do other than failing at saving someone? He also couldn’t manage to adhere to his father’s word because he didn’t managed to kill Emily. The theme isn’t established and the message is not delivered so what’s the point of all that other than making you feel like a piece of shit?

WHAT THE FUCK!

I really hope for an alternate ending where things get better. I also refuse to believe the implied rape because it’s only implied.  The ending doesn’t work. the story doesn’t work. If you think about it, Zach is just a failure in life because all he does is fails in his mission and imagine shit up to make him feel better. He is a weak and shitty character.

If that’s what the story is going for then it’s fine. If all the forrest Kaysen, otherworld shit and emily death are like what his daughter implied in the credit scene that it’s just Zach own imagination to overcome his traumatic life then it would make an amazing story. However, no, that’s not what it is. All the white room red room talk shows that the afterlife bullshit is not just  mere imagination. Then they have to go on and spoiled this plot theory by telling you that Forrest Kaysen might be some kind of alien that spread the red seed disaster.

There are many ways to make things better. For one, giving York a supernatural edge where he  an enter the world of the dead/dying would solve and explain things better. His origin of power can be from his mother because it’s mentioned that his father killed his mother to purge things not from this world. Having this power will also explain exactly how the fuck he can profile the criminals and know what excatly happen with tiny stupid hints. It will also explain the large amount of zombies that only he can see in the otherworld because they are the spirits that died 50 years ago from the event.

With that, Forrest Kaysen can also be explained as a spiritual entity that lived 50 years ago as a nihilistic military commander that conducts a purple gas hallucination superweapon experiment on a reclusive town.He died when the rain coat killer managed to garner his last ounce of sanity and finishes him off after ascending the clock tower.

Forrest Kaysen can only be seen by York and a selected few. Polly and Jim can see him because they have gone through the event  50 years ago and faced near death. Issac and Issiah can see him because they can interact with ghost, which is actually follows the cannon. Town folks think that the Forrest Kaysen Polly, Jim and the twins talk about is just the dog Willie. This will also explain why the Forrest Kaysen you see didn’t age since 50 years ago from Polly’s photo.

The spirit of Forrest Kaysen goes around the world and haunt people that can interacts with him. He plants seeds into them to cultivate the red sapling which is the ingredient for the superweapon that he never managed to experiment fully as he was killed by the raincoat killer. York’s mom is one of the many victims of Forrest Kaysen. This will also explain all the other red seeds related death that York is investigating. York father killed his wife because she will bring about the red seed sapling which he knows is harmful due to it appearing in a case that he is investigating. He talk about purging the world from thing that doesn’t exist because he knows his wife can interact with the spiritual world and that’s how she got the seed planted into her by Forrest Kaysen.

The ingredient of the hallucination superweapon is the red seed, which is a parasitic plant that can only be cultivated in a womb like condition. The purple gas he emits still resides in the town soil and every time it rains, the gas will slow leak out and takes its effect. A mutated form of  the red sapling can also grow in town due to the contaminated soil even without a womb like  condition. Its effect is like a ecstasy drug that makes people goes though a short burst of irate. Due to it being a mutated form and not as strong as its original, the short burst of irate only happens sometimes.

George, a local sheriff found the effect of the seed when he went hunting for deers. He shot the deers but they don’t appear to be dead. After he cut open the deer stomach, he found that the deer is ingesting the red seed. The deer doesn’t appear to be dead because of the drug effect but George misconstrued it as the seed to immortality. He wants to be strong after being abused by his mother so he start to eat these seeds. He turned crazy and start that crazy ass cult that Anna, Becky, Carol and Thomas is in.

York’s saw the scene of his father killing his mother and repressed his memories and power. However, his repressed memories is leaking and that motivates him to investigate the red seed case that his late father conducted because through his leaking repressed memories, his intuitive told him that the red seed case is something important to him. He came to Greenvale one day while following this case. Thanks to the purple gas that resides in this town’s soil, the red trees that bores the red seed and being the whole origin place of Forrest Kaysen, it starts to elicit his repressed memories and power.

Spending so much time with Emily and Emily being a near dead victim once( that’s why the comment on how York said that he had seen Emily before when she shows him her back) causes some of York’s power to transfer to her. This is why he can interact with Kaysen who came back to town because he found a new target for his sapling in Diane. Too bad Diane was killed by George so he changed his target to Emily.

Then the game ending happens and everything is as followed (except of maybe Emily being able to died without getting the seed implanted into her). Now with him becoming Zach and all his repressed memories and power coming back to him, he can interact with Emily and they will have this bitter sweet ending where they are shown together. The dialogs of him with Polly about how he was reminded of a great friend that kept on fighting with him when he saw Kaysen photo will also make more sense since this “great friend” can be Kaysen and his fight with him finally allows Zach to overcome his inner demon.

This also opens up the possibility of a sequel in how Zach have to control his leaking power.

You see, just by giving York this ability, we can construct a tighter story than the original. Not only that, all the above paragraphs are totally canon and it’s a possible conclusion if not for that shocking stupid ending that try so hard to tie everything together and Kaysen being a fucking alien that was shown interacting with too many unnecessary characters. I have a faint idea that this might be more or less be what Swery really aim for due to the clues and how canon this story might be but I guess he couldn’t really fit into the game due to development hell issue. I heard stories about alternate endings and DLC stories before the director cut came out but I guess he couldn’t really do it due to some reasons… …

Whew, how did it end up like this? I have no fucking idea. I am satisfy now and I will just treat what I wrote as the true story because it’s more awesome that way. I found out that I haven’t even tell you my experience with Deadly Premonition but I had exhaust all my energy. I might do it the other day because other than the ending, it’s such an unique and quirky game that it might become one of my most memorable experience in life. Thinking of it, I think I won’t do it because so much raw emotion is put into this post. I think I have already shown you how Deadly Premonition is an experience that transcends game and I want to believe in that because the gameplay mechanics suck and it crashes on me 100 over times but I still managed to fully complete(100% achievement) it because it’s crazily awesome even though I might not like how the ending goes.

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