So since there won't be any new posts until Onii-ai ch.5, I'll do a quick write-up on Steins;Gate since Nek0 said I could.
I'm going to assume that people are familiar with the series because the anime is out, so I'll be brief about this. However, there was an important part of the introduction that was cut out of the anime. In the beginning of the game Okabe Rintarou (the main character, I'll call him Okarin from here on out) gave a tense monologue that actually sums up the entire story, but it was not included with the anime, so I thought I would take the time to translate it.
Opening Monologue :
So the story is about Okarin and Hashida Itaru (his former classmate in school, I'll call him Daru) accidentally making a time machine. As you can tell from the opening monologue, the careless use of the time machine created a different future due to the butterfly effect and the law of causality. In order to salvage this, Okarin has to use use the time machine to fix the changes that has been made.
The cool thing (as well as the confusing thing) about this game is that all the choices the player makes is done using Okarin's cellphone (accessible at anytime by scrolling the mouse cursor over the right edge of the screen). While progressing through the text, you'll periodically receive phone calls which you can answer or ignore, and e-mails that you could reply to by clicking on underlined words in the message. There will also be times where you have a choice to call someone indicated by the dialogue and an icon that pops up in the text box (which is confusing sometimes and have caused me to go off into a different route by accident).
What's interesting about being able to access Okarin's cellphone at anytime is that the time machine functions using the cellphone (sending e-mails to the past). Being able to access the phone means you could see the choices you've made and the clues you've accumulated so far.
The art speaks for themselves. The character designer "Huke" created an artstyle that's not only unique, it's visually pleasing.
Again, irrelevant for people who're watching the anime...but I'll be brief.
Okabe Rintarou : Our Hero, self-proclaimed evil mad scientist (handle name: Hououin Kyouma). He has delusions about fighting a secret evil organization he simply calls "機関" (the agency). His catchphrase is "this is the choice of the Steins;Gate", and ending phone calls with the words "El Psy Congroo". Lab member 001, the leader of the Future Gadget Research Laboratory.
Shiina Mayuri : Childhood friend of Okarin, has a tendency of making nicknames by stringing together the first part of someone's family name and given name (i.e. Okarin, Mayushii, etc). Lab member 002, the mascot character for the lab. Her catch phrase is トゥットゥルー (Tutturu~).
Hashida Itaru : Former classmate of Okarin, nicknamed Daru. Loves playing eroges and going to Mayqueen Nyan², and is the image of the stereotypical otaku. Lab member 003, Okarin's right hand man and "SUPARR HAKER~".
Makise Kurisu : Tsundere heroine of the story. Girl genius that recently had an article on neural science in a well-known science publication. Constantly harassed by Okarin with nicknames like Christina, the zombie, celeb 17, @channeler, but prefers this environment over a regular lab where people resented her for being so much younger than them. Lab member 004, 天才"HENTAI"少女 (Genius Hentai Shoujo).
Kiryuu Moeka : Quiet character that Okarin encounters in the streets of Akihabara. Obsessed with finding an IBN5100 for reasons unknown. Sends text messages constantly but never calls and very rarely speaks directly; because of this she can type extremely fast on a cellphone. Lab member 005, "Shining Finger".
Urushibara Ruka : Feminine teenage boy that works at the only shrine in Akihabara as a miko. Classmate of Mayushii, and is often asked by Mayushii to cosplay in the clothes she made. Okarin added a "子" (commonly used as the last kanji of girl names) at the end of his name as a joke and calls him Rukako accordingly. Lab member 006, Okarin's disciple, and Nek0's favorite trap.
Feyris Nyannyan : Co-worker of Mayushii and most popular waitress at Mayqueen Nyan², a nekomimi maid cafe. Not much is known about her at the start except that she's good at her job, and that she's World class level at playing Rai-net access battler. Lab member 007, the nekomimi maid princess.
Amane Suzuha : Works part time at Braun's TV & Repair store underneath the Future Gadget Research Lab. She loves her mountain bike and shows hate for Makise Kurisu even though they've just recently met. Lab member 008, バイト戦士 (Part-time Warrior).
Disclaimer : It'll be hard to give thoughts on specific points of the game without giving spoilers, so for those who plan on watching the anime or playing the VN, I suggest you turn back now because this series is really too good to be spoiled. That said, there will always be that handful of people that post spoilers in the comments to troll everyone...so seriously...if you don't want to be spoiled, don't click the spoiler button, don't scroll down, don't pass go, don't collect $200, go directly back...now.
I enjoyed this game thoroughly, and would recommend it to anyone who can read JP at a reasonable level. If not, I recommend the anime to anyone who isn't already watching it, because if it's done well (and it has been doing well so far), it has the potential to be the anime of the season if not the year.
...and with that time has officially been killed. Mission complete, El Psy Congroo.
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