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Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

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  • Summary: Playtime’s over. Time for despair. Experience the definitive version of a masterpiece in the Muv-Luv trilogy’s thrilling conclusion. Note: therapy not included.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 19, 2017
    96
    Whether you liked Muv-Luv or not, if you're a fan of visual novels you owe it to yourself to experience this absolute genre-defining crown jewel of a story.
  2. Mar 5, 2018
    90
    Muv-Luv alternative is the perfect crowning for an emotional rollercoaster that will shake you up harder than the cockpit of a TSF at full running speed.
  3. Jun 29, 2018
    90
    With the build-up of two prior games to firmly provide a foundation, some truly dark and disturbing moments, emotional highs, strong character connections, and overall glimmer of hope, there is no doubt as to what the final score could be for Muv-Luv Alternative. To consider it anything less than wonderful is to short-sell it due to its powerful moments and well-written plot.
  4. Nov 7, 2017
    85
    A high score with the caveat that it’s a VN that kept me thoroughly entertained through its thick and thin, highs and lows, as well as the assumption that this is the culmination of series as whole.
  5. Sep 22, 2017
    70
    What you are here for is the titillation, and to pretend otherwise would be a joke. There is more than enough to keep a fan occupied, despite the long wait for events to reach their climax.
  6. Sep 25, 2017
    68
    On its own this is still an excellent story, albeit one bogged down by all the most insufferable visual novel tropes. But without the first two parts, the story still feels incomplete.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Dec 4, 2020
    10
    The Muv-Luv trilogy as a whole is one of the greatest stories ever written and everyone should experience it. I recommend it to any andThe Muv-Luv trilogy as a whole is one of the greatest stories ever written and everyone should experience it. I recommend it to any and everyone, regardless of what you're opinion on visual novels is.

    Alternative was the ultimate finale to a truly phenomenal story. No story has affected me as much as this one. No story has made me as emotional as this one. No story has broken me like this one. This story comes highly praised and hyped, and it deserves all of it. Across all mediums: books, games, movies, TV, etc.; very few stories compare to the Muv-Luv trilogy. And yes, I mean the TRILOGY. If you ever plan on diving in to Muv-Luv, do NOT start with Alternative! You'll be doing yourself a huge disservice. The first two games may seem unnecessary, but it isn't until Alternative that you realize just how important these game are to this story.

    - An absolute masterpiece of a story
    - An absolutely phenomenal cast of characters
    - Depression
    - An absolute banger of a soundtrack

    10/10
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  2. Aug 9, 2021
    10
    Welcome to ptsd.
    The game is absolut masterpiece. Such an unbelievable story with glorious plot and incredible characters that could make you cry.
  3. Nov 7, 2017
    10
    This is the type of visual novel you hope makes it to the West. The type of visual novel you hope can show the potential for this genre, andThis is the type of visual novel you hope makes it to the West. The type of visual novel you hope can show the potential for this genre, and capture the interest of those who are curious enough to give it a try.
    It was intricate, emotional, funny, and profoundly entertaining.

    The mature and serious approach to telling the story, and the depth with which every point in the story unfolds along with the characters left me unable to stop reading until I finally finished it.

    Reading the prequels in Muv Luv (Extra & Unlimited) takes some time. But it is all set up to make this game the only other game that can stand alongside Steins Gate in my eyes, just by virtue of how emotional and gripping the story is throughout.

    I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to be told a fantastic story,
    no matter what device you choose to read it on.

    In fact I urge you to make it one of your TOP priorities if you plan to play it 'eventually'.
    I put it off for a couple years, and then just started up the trilogy on a whim. Two weeks later and I've finished it all. Now my life can resume...
    You won't regret it!
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  4. May 8, 2021
    10
    This game has very depressing, shocking but intriguing story. One of the best visual novels I've ever played.
  5. Aug 13, 2018
    10
    Words can't describe how incredible it is. Genuinely life changing. For how many works of art can you say the same? There is a reason why halfWords can't describe how incredible it is. Genuinely life changing. For how many works of art can you say the same? There is a reason why half of the ratings on VNDB are 10-point (twice as many as 9-point ratings), an insane record given the strict standards there. Unlikely to be paralleled by anything in the ACG industry, especially given how the industry is subjecting itself to lower and lower standards in recent years. Everybody should read it as soon as possible. Such a shame it never got made into anime and thus probably never got the recognition it deserves. Expand
  6. Oct 3, 2019
    10
    Easily the best VN I've ever read. Incredibly engrossing with real character development and constant, interesting plot development. CouldEasily the best VN I've ever read. Incredibly engrossing with real character development and constant, interesting plot development. Could rant for forever about how good this game is but I'll just say it's the top on VNDB for a reason. Expand
  7. Jan 3, 2021
    4
    This gets recommended a lot as the best visual novel. I found it much too drawn out and did not find that much to like either. It is barelyThis gets recommended a lot as the best visual novel. I found it much too drawn out and did not find that much to like either. It is barely passable for its length, just wait for the anime. Expand

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