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  • Summary: Back in the 25th century, Earth launched a generation ship into deep space, with the goal of establishing the first interstellar colony. It dropped out of contact and disappeared, never reaching its destination.

    Thousands of years later, it has finally been found. Uncover the mystery
    Back in the 25th century, Earth launched a generation ship into deep space, with the goal of establishing the first interstellar colony. It dropped out of contact and disappeared, never reaching its destination.

    Thousands of years later, it has finally been found.

    Uncover the mystery of what happened to the final generation aboard the generation ship Mugunghwa by reading through its dead crew's logs, with the help of a spunky AI sidekick!

    Two pursuable characters. Five endings. A dark visual novel that further extends the non-linear style of Digital: A Love Story in a mystery featuring transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay.

    Welcome to the future.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 14, 2012
    86
    It's no secret that I thoroughly enjoyed Analogue: A Hate Story. The writing is stellar, the music and graphics are stylish, and the interactive gameplay elements are immersive. I also appreciate its unapologetic attitude toward mass appeal, instead opting to please a very specific kind of gamer. Those who want to see a fine example of elevated video game storytelling would do best to check this game out. It may not be a long ride (5-7 hours for a single playthrough), but it is a satisfying one.
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    76
    Beneath the endless text, Analogue is smart, focused, and refreshingly unpleasant stuff with a style all of its own. [Apr 2012, p.112]
  3. Apr 6, 2012
    70
    It's a game that doesn't have the luxury of distracting you with clever mechanics and satisfying challenges to excuse its lack of narrative. It's just you and the story and how exactly you digest it. If you're interested in dystopian sci-fi and intriguing mysteries and like getting angry about patriarchal misogyny, then it's certainly something you could enjoy.
  4. Feb 14, 2012
    50
    My feelings about Analogue are nuanced. For every thing Love nails, there's another place where the experience falls short. The middle stretch doesn't live up to the standard set by the intro, but the finale is just satisfying enough to even it all out. If I had to sum up the whole game in one word, it would be "ehhhhhhhh". Don't take it personally, but this just ain't my story.
  5. Apr 5, 2012
    40
    An intriguing exercise in interactive fiction, let down by shaky writing and a major lack of emotional engagement. [Apr 2012, p.50]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Apr 28, 2012
    10
    Ok, whilst a different type of game to the norm, even amongst Visual Novels, this game is great! It's hard to give an overview of the gameplayOk, whilst a different type of game to the norm, even amongst Visual Novels, this game is great! It's hard to give an overview of the gameplay that sounds right. Put simply, the entire game's focused around accessing emails and learning about the history of a ship. Specifically, what caused all those aboard to die. If you go in expecting MW3 you'll be disappointed, but if you can take a slow, intriguing tale, with one hell of a moral dilemma if you think about it, I can't recommend Analogue enough Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2014
    10
    Can games be art? Hardly.

    But sometimes you may find a game with good story and gameplay of it is based on... reading this story. These
    Can games be art? Hardly.

    But sometimes you may find a game with good story and gameplay of it is based on... reading this story. These games are often called Visuals Novels where player constantly reads walls of text. It's like reading a book (good one if you're lucky) but with ability to choose (it leads to different and often unexpected endings).

    This game is harder than many other VNs because here you may find many letters (with many words) not just dialogs. And if you are used to playing fast paced games (like shooters or RTS) you will suck. You need patience and cup of tea.

    But after you get accustomed to this style you will find beautifully written texts as well as great plot mixed with atmosphere of middle-age korean stuff. And then you'll love this game I swear.
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  3. Dec 25, 2012
    8
    A surprisingly nice visual novel. There is a sh*tload of text to read, be aware if you are not used to visual novels. Anyway, the story isA surprisingly nice visual novel. There is a sh*tload of text to read, be aware if you are not used to visual novels. Anyway, the story is good and the characters are nice. The novel is pretty short (4-5 hours length) but it has different endings. There are also some achievements that will make you play it all. The full price is a bit high, tough. Recommended to all visual novels fans, maybe while on **** Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2012
    8
    This game was totally worth its money. Something i cannot say about a bunch of AAA games out there. You don't have to be a huge fan of visualThis game was totally worth its money. Something i cannot say about a bunch of AAA games out there. You don't have to be a huge fan of visual novel or an otaku to like it. If you're interested in sci-fi, socials or intense storytelling with at last some mature topics, you don't do anything wrong in buying. If you seek something to just play and relax (which is totally ok) you should step away from this game. It is a little short but it also feels like "more" would just lenghten it unecessary. I was a little disapointed that it was quite easy. So no much detective work and only two passages where you could use the console somehow free and creative. I would like to have another game like this, maybe slightly longer and with more posibillities to look trough the ship, use the console, maybe hacking, hide things from the ai because you don't thrust them and so on. Hey, seriously who didnt disabled the bulkheads in the reactor sequence because he tought something like "Oh hey maybe there are surviors left or i cannot board the ship if...". Anyway, good game. Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Analogue: A Hate Story is an interactive novel where you have to find out why a spaceship filled with colonists is now floating in space devoid of life. (The name is a play on a previous game, Digital: A Love Story.) As you read the various logs, you also discuss them with the ship's two AIs to get the full picture.

    (This is all from the early part of the story to avoid spoilers. If you don't want to see story, skip this paragraph.) The story that unravels revolves around a sick young girl in a culture much like modern Korea who is placed in a stasis pod in hopes that future technology can cure her. She is instead woken up far in the future where culture has actually regressed several centuries, and not only can they not cure her, but they instantly arrange a marriage against her will to gain status for the family.

    This is a very sad story, but powerful and worth reading. It's not for kids, though.

    There's not a ton of gameplay here to judge. The music is pretty nice, and the soundtrack isn't a bad purchase. Ultimately, the value of this game hangs entirely on its story, and if you're not interested in reading it, then this game has nothing for you. If you're okay with delving into the story for a few hours, then you may find a lot to enjoy. It's definitely worth getting on sale if it sounds interesting to you.
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  6. Aug 26, 2014
    0
    This game is absolutely horrible. I don't know why people like it so much. The visual novels from Japan are way better. Stick to the real dealThis game is absolutely horrible. I don't know why people like it so much. The visual novels from Japan are way better. Stick to the real deal Japanese games. Expand

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