When you look online about Dramatical Murder, you notice that it is a game that has polarizing opinions. It appears to be a game that people either love and think is fantastic or they hate it. I have long had a love for visual novel style games so I was very excited to finally get the chance to check this out.
Let me start by saying that Dramatical Murder is a boys love game. It does not hold back either and if you are put off by homosexual love scenes or love and sex scenes in general. This may not be the game for you. I will say that there is a version of the game for the PlayStation Vita that has a lower age rating and has the sex scenes removed along with the violence and blood toned down.
All About A Boy
The main character of this visual novel game is Aoba. Aoba is your typical guy who just wants to get by. His world is made more complicated by the fact that the island he calls home has been bought by a corporation who have privatized the island. As a result, the residents like Aoba are forced to live in extremely cramped conditions.
Aoba is pretty easy going, but he gets drawn into this extreme game called Rhyme. People in his town start going missing and when they return they are very strange. Aoba gets pulled into this mystery that lets him not just find out about what is really going on, but also meet interesting people.
Not Just A Normal Boy
The storytelling in Dramatical Murder is fantastic and I found Aoba to be a very interesting character. He starts off as what feels like an average guy, but you learn that he has an “ability” where he can manipulate people just by the sound of his voice. It is not just a case of finding out what the deal is with this game Rhyme and what is happening to people. It is also a case of finding out about Aoba himself.
Who Are You Going To Help? Like all other visual novel games, Dramatical Murder features a compelling cast of characters. These people that Aoba comes across he can either help or destroy! The choices that you make will steer you in a particular direction and will end up with you pairing up with a particular guy. I think that this adds a lot of replay value to the game and it is interesting to see how the story changes depending on what you do. For example, the first time I played the game I went with Noiz and the setting of the game was drastically different from the next time I played through it and chose Mink.
Pick The Right Version
As I mentioned this is certainly a game that is not safe for work and it has a mature rating for a reason. However, while there is the base, Dramatical Murder game out there, you want to get the Dramatical Murder re:connect version. This has all the base content, however, it also has extra story content along with a fantastic back story for Aoba.
The version that is out there for the PlayStation Vita is called, Dramatical Murder re:code gives you all the story, but none of the sex and the blood is greatly toned down.
I was not sure what to expect from Dramatical Murder. However, this is a fantastic story and one that I really enjoyed. The writing is fantastic and I was genuinely excited to find out what was going to happen next. As far as visual novel games go, Dramatical Murder is one of the better ones I have played.
- The characters are very well written
- Lots of twists and turns
- Plenty of replayability
- The Vita version is more “safe for work”
- Really cool setting
- It is certainly NSFW
- Some might be put off by the subject matter
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode