In a fictional country that was once threatened by low birth rates and an aging population, a law was passed to enforce marriage at the age of 18. Failure to comply results in the death penalty — if you don’t get married by the day of high school graduation where marriage ceremonies are held nationwide, you are taken to the Bachelor Jail and executed. 結婚主義国家 is a collection of 8 short stories surrounding 16 teenagers who live under this law, in a country where “love” and “romance” are glorified to the point of brainwashing and marriage is a matter of life and death.
Too lazy to write anything legit so here are some afterthoughts for a game I played on and off for over a month. Luminous Arc Infinity is the latest entry in the Luminous Arc series produced by Marvelous. The developer of the original series, Imageepoch, had nothing to do with this entry as they were making Stella Glow and going bankrupt.
There was a fiasco at Nippon-Ichi Software (NIS) a while back, where the Disgaea 4 director left the company for Compile Heart. He was also the director for The Guided Fate Paradox and Zettai Hero Project, the latter of which being one of my favorite NIS games. At Compile Heart he and his team developed Makaishin Trillion under the Makai Ichiban-kan label, which feels like a NIS title through and through.
An all-ages ADV about nine people trapped in the underground part of a lab with a nuclear reactor melting down in the center. Explosions happened simultaneously, the security system malfunctioned, areas are on fire, staircases are destroyed, and the gate that leads to the ground floor is tightly shut. Furthermore, the nuclear radiation level is rising by the minute and the drug that protects users from exposure to radiation is in short supply and has to be re-taken every hour. There are nine hours until the gate is scheduled to open.
With a title that translates into ‘I thought it was harem heaven, but it was actually yandere hell,’ you can tell exactly what this game is going to be about. Also vague spoilers, because it’s almost impossible to talk about this game without touching its spoilers.
The success of Steins;Gate brought upon a successor with an ambitious budget, boasting animated 3D models instead of static sprites, anime cutscenes, and a bunch of side element like mini-games and an in-game VR app that adds on to the “game” part of the ADV. It gets so caught up in its side features that it forgets why its predecessor was so successful, in fact!
I don’t think many people bothered with this, thanks to being a console-original galge for the PS Vita coming from an eroge company. Everyone is either waiting for a PC port with ero added in (quite likely, I and the rest of 2ch think), or simply ignored it in favor of Anegin, which was hyped up as a collaboration between Takahiro (Majikoi) and Ou Jackson (Oretsuba). Kurogane Kaikitan is supervised by Takahiro, but the scenario is actually written by Sakaki Kasa, who is known for Tsujidou-san no Jun’ai Road (as well as Majikoi S and Tsuyokiss 3-gakki). Kurogane was made with a CS audience in mind, so while its characters and interactions are created with a similar feeling to its parent company’s works, it also takes on a more serious, action-packed story. For a direct comparison, it has a similar tone to Majikoi’s Agave route all the way through.