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Monday, August 27, 2012

Always Remember Me

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     Black Angel with you once more, bringing you the review for Always Remember Me!!! I finally got off my lazy bum and decided to finish this before school really starts.This game is the otome version of The Vow, so if you've seen that movie and had it pull at your cheesy heartstrings, this one's for you!



   Summary:     
         Always Remember Me is an English otome game published by Winter Wolves. The story starts out with the heroine (you) and her boyfriend Aaron on the beach, discussing Aaron's father's dislike of their relationship. As they share a kiss and get into Aaron's motorcycle, ready to go get some ice cream, a speeding car crashes into the motorcycle at full force! Aaron shields our redhead from harm, unfortunately absorbing most of the impact. You wake  up a few hours later in the hospital,  extremely worried about your beloved boyfriend. You're then told that fortunately he hasn't suffered any physical injuries, but instead had gotten short-term amnesia, meaning that he's totally forgotten about you! Will you try to regain your old boyfriend's love? Or will you start afresh and look for a new one? It's your choice!

Characters:


Amarantha Fitch

The tragic heroine, also known as "You". Her nickname is Amy. She's interested in writing and is your average college student, nothing special about her. She works part-time in an ice-cream shop.






Aaron Cowen

Amy's boyfriend that got hit by a speeding car while protecting you, and now has short-term amnesia and is staying at the hospital. He doesn't remember you at all! *sniff sniff. He's a super nice and caring guy, the model boyfriend.





Eddy

The doctor who's taking care of Aaron. He's kind of  a stiff person and a workaholic, but he's also a really nice and romantic guy. He gets really cutely awkward in certain situations, which I think is plain adorable.






Lawrence

Oh Lawrence~. He's a shy, sweet kid who works with you at the ice cream shop. He's easily flustered and a bit of an airhead. He cares about you a lot, and I consider him to be the "younger brother" type. I have a glasses fetish so I really love this character ///.///





Hugh

Hugh, Hugh, Hugh....because there HAS to be a rock star in every modern-times otome game. Seriously, it's a must. He has a wicked sense of style and even runs a clothes store at the mall. He's pretty ambitious and serious about his goals, which is always admirable in a guy. He wants to become a fashion designer.  He's your typical, immature bad-boy and with his rebel blue hair he reminds me of Kaito (for you vocaloid fans).



Game length: Long.

Target Audience: Chicks, obviously, I don't think this visual novel has anything that guys might like... it's not a hentai game in any shape, way, or form, so yaaay! Feel free to play to your heart's content!

Gameplay: In general, there are two personal stats you can raise, Morale and Energy. As long as you keep them up you should be fine. You can keep Morale and Energy up by doing different activities in different places, just have fun with it! For the guys, you either raise or lower their love meter by picking the right choices and going to the right places, and if their love meter is high, you get a good ending with them! There's also the special endings. You can get special endings by having a specific meter high along with the specific guy. For example, you have to raise Romance for Aaron, Creativity for Hugh, Discipline for Eddy, and Culture for Lawrence! You can raise these bars also by doing specific activities. So, go crazy with it! You can also get money by working at the ice cream shop and buy stuff! So all in all, you can have a total of 9 different endings (don't ask what the 9th ending is, that's a secret ;) ). By the way, don't forget to check out the Silly Stuff in the Endings section! Totally very funny stuff, I laughed so hard....

Characters: The characters are actually really deep. I didn't expect it and thought they were pretty average in the beginning, but each ending was really nice. I'm the kind of person that can't say anything really bad about something unless it's REALLY bad, so maybe I'm not the best reviewer, but I liked the simplicity of the characters of this game. I mean, none of them really made me laugh out loud or anything, but the game is supposed to be a bit angsty so it's excusable. It's to be expected since this isn't a Japanese game and the company isn't really some big-shot, but there's absolutely NO character voice whatsoever, so that's kind of disappointing TT.TT.

Story: The story is unique and beautiful. When I first saw the trailer for The Vow, I was like "Oh my god, they took that from Always Remember Me!!!! Except the gender roles are switched!".  But yes, the story was thoroughly entertaining. Even the first five minutes, when Aaron got crashed by the car and forgot Amy, I was close to crying myself (because I'm the BIGGEST crybaby when it comes to movies). I don't want to spoil anything, but the endings are REALLY sweet. I give the story for this game an A+.

CG/Art: Well, first let's state the obvious, this game is NOT a Japanese game translated to English, this is a game published by an English company in English. Therefore, the art has more of an American feel then the usual Japanese anime style, so that's a bit of a disappointment. For me at least, because I'm a true otaku through and through. However, for an American style art, it wasn't bad at all. When I first think "American cartoon" I immediately facepalm, but this art isn't half-bad, it's good! It's mostly soft tones that blend in together and...just once you get to the art, you'll like it, trust me on this once. CGs are really nice too!! <3

Music: I'm not going to lie, but at first the introduction song kind of annoyed me a bit. After I heard it a few times, I actually kind of like it though. The music throughout the game isn't bad either, it flows with the story line. (I like the background music at the disco place. Hey, I'm sasugasugoi :3 )

Difficulty: It's not that hard. Well okay, the choices DID stump me a bit. Good job for the choices on this game. Usually choices are easy to guess but for this game it's unpredictable, thank God that it's not timed. (Screw Two-Five for thinking of that crap in Yo-Jin-Bo. Nice game, nevertheless) Well, if you really want a good ending and don't want to keep repeating the game, you can save after each choice just in case! Keeping stats up isn't difficult though, not anything like Tokimeki Memorial, that one's a nightmare >.<.

This game doesn't have much of an opening, so no video this time! If you have money, PLEEEEASE pretty please purchase this game, it'll only make the publishers want to make more! It's only 20 bucks, and they even have a demo for you to try! You can purchase the game at
Purchase Always Remember Me!!!

However, if you're a teen like me who doesn't own a credit card and is no way in hell going to ask your parents for theirs because they're going to think you're a creep, well you're in luck! Because I'm going to post an installation tutorial for this game in full version!

Download Link:
http://www.mediafire.com/?64nfslg7nlvf01d 

Check out the Installation Tutorial on this game in the Tutorials Section!

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions below!!!!

2 comments:

  1. W(T...T)W
    thanks a lot

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  2. Arigatou, Sasugasugoi-sama. Ore wa ureshii. Hontou ni arigatou.

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