• Publisher: 101XP
  • Release Date: Mar 4, 2021
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  • Summary: A narrative-driven RPG set in a gritty world where a person's Lot is determined at birth, while the gods are real and preside over the fates of men. Set out on a lifelong journey and carve out your own destiny. Will you become a judge, an inquisitor, or conspire against the old order? You decide!
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 8, 2021
    90
    This game blew me away. I have never played a visual novel, but now I want more. Every single choice is meaningful, often having rippling effects that you could not anticipate. I was constantly kept on my toes, having to truly think about my choices. Very few video games achieve this, but The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante absolutely knock it out of the park in this regard.
  2. Mar 7, 2021
    90
    The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante is a remarkable storytelling achievement. Ironically, though the game is rendered in an artful monochrome, none of its frequent moral decisions are completely black and white. Every choice had my mouse wavering over the screen, considering the consequences of my actions. It’s one of those rare gaming narratives that’s equally tragic, challenging and exhilarating. The message I felt came across is: don’t weep for the paths not taken or the limited change one person can make, but choose the life you want to live and live it to the fullest. As painful and filled with sorrow as Sir Brante’s life is, it’s one that’s well worth living through yourself.
  3. Apr 19, 2021
    85
    The writing is fantastic. Unlike some titles, the writing paints a beautiful picture of the world without droning on and on. Each event is sufficiently described with good detail but never overstays its welcome. For the whole fifteen hours! For this reason, the pacing makes for an addicting experience. Not only is it tight and succinct, but the characters come to life with each dynamic interaction. Everyone has a distinct voice, the world is appropriately harrowing and, as Sir Brante does, players learn how the world works as we become more exposed to it.
  4. 80
    Those who can go through it are in for one of the more unique games out there. With its sprawling lore, detailed plotting, and intimate look at the effects one person’s choices have on the world around them, The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante is an ambitious narrative RPG and a must-play for fantasy lovers.
  5. Mar 19, 2021
    80
    If you are in a search for something completely different, a game that looks back to the age of "choose you own adventure" books, the well written and masterfully crafted story of The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante is a perfect fit for you.
  6. Mar 7, 2021
    80
    Carving a destiny through The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante is a surprisingly heart-rending and engrossing experience. It won’t be for everyone – it’s a text heavy game and it navigates some heavy subject matters – but if you have a soft spot for interactive fiction, this is one of the best examples of the genre for quite some time.
  7. Apr 16, 2021
    65
    Those lusting after a well-written visual novel with drab visuals and little ability to alter its outcome might enjoy The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante. As for me, although my opinion was initially favorable, my mood soured after wasting hours of playtime due to a minor choice that had no connection to the overarching plot. It’s still recommended to visual novel fans, but cautiously so.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Mar 10, 2021
    10
    Great game, a masterpiece.

    I want to give some piece of advice to those who want to start playing. It's fine, when things turn the way you
    Great game, a masterpiece.

    I want to give some piece of advice to those who want to start playing. It's fine, when things turn the way you don't like. The world is cruel and you can't bend at your own will. You can't please everyone either.

    My first play-through was on a hard difficulty, when you don't see the consequences of your actions immediately. I accepted my true death as the consequence of my previous decisions.

    The word "suffering" in the game title speaks for itself. It's deeply philosophical and emotional. I'm sure you can fall in love with the game (like I did) or hate it with all your heart (because it's not an easy one), but you can't be somewhere in the middle, uninterested.

    I recommend it with all my heart.
    11/10
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  2. Mar 18, 2021
    10
    Great writing! Deep themes (religion, justice, freedom, responsibility etc.) are done in a mature way, and the writing is concise and not aGreat writing! Deep themes (religion, justice, freedom, responsibility etc.) are done in a mature way, and the writing is concise and not a drag to read.

    The game slowly guides you into an entire world in which you must find your place, and then puts you in the middle of a pivotal moment of its destiny. You feel connected to the characters, and care about their fate. Your decisions feel meaningful and important, even though your character is not omnipotent, as is common in video games. Be prepared to make some tough choices that may bring unforeseen and unwanted consequences.

    Really nice illustrations and fitting music. Deep lore, but not overwhelmingly complicated. Solid replayability. So glad I stumbled upon this!
    10/10
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  3. Mar 26, 2021
    10
    Hey! My opinion might be a bit biased, but hear me out - this game is rad and has the potential to become one of the best indieHey! My opinion might be a bit biased, but hear me out - this game is rad and has the potential to become one of the best indie narrative-driven games of 2021. Don't expect to be a hero and win against the system - most probably this won't happen. Instead try to find something personal in this beautiful story, something that touches your soul and helps you to reflect on your acts.
    There are NO black and white moral choices in this game, everything lies in a grey area. You have to think long and hard, you have to suffer, you have to make sacrifices and oh it ain't easy.
    If you tried Long Live The Queen, We. The revolution, Werewolf. Heart of the forest - then The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante is definitely for you.
    Took me 12 hours to do my first playthrough and I can play three times more as there are tons of content I'd like to unlock, pretty much impressive for an indie title.
    Strongly recommend!
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  4. Mar 8, 2021
    10
    One of the best world building in text-based games I've ever seen. The lore is deep and intriguing. Must play for every fan of CYOA games! TheOne of the best world building in text-based games I've ever seen. The lore is deep and intriguing. Must play for every fan of CYOA games! The length and replayability won't dissapoint you, i've spent around 25 hours in the world of Arknian Empire and would love to come back in future! Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2021
    9
    A good narrative game is like a book that your grandmother gave you for Thanksgiving. Happy with the game as a vacation in the Bahamas!
  6. Mar 31, 2021
    8
    I really enjoyed the world building of this game and the fact that your past choices really do matter in your future path and it can screw youI really enjoyed the world building of this game and the fact that your past choices really do matter in your future path and it can screw you over big time, the world and the way it was build and described was really nicely done and every bit of detail that you learn the further you go made this really interesting.I loved also some of the plot points in one of the life path that you chose which was really bloody well written.Characters were fine for the most part and the ideas the game tried to represent were also really well done.Music wasn't anything special sadly and there were a bit of a few grammar mistakes which will most likely get fixed in a future update. Overall except that the fact that you can't skip some parts when you get a true death and small bugs, the game was really decent 8/10 Expand
  7. Mar 6, 2021
    2
    This is a visual novel paired with a constant game of russian roulette, masking as choices and even touting a full blown skill system thatThis is a visual novel paired with a constant game of russian roulette, masking as choices and even touting a full blown skill system that does essentially nothing. In the end of the day you get to read a passable story with decent presentation- if you are lucky and don't die prematurely, but don't think too long about your path or how to manage your skills.

    More than once I was reminded of early 80's text adventures where gameplay went along the lines of "go west - you get eaten by a monster and die, GAME OVER", only with a lot more useless foreplay.

    The "game" will mercilessly railroad you because doing meaningful choices and having actual different outcomes in a story is hard. Lying about game mechanics in a trailer and having a blast with your 20 $ is a lot easier.
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