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  • Summary: VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a booze em' up about waifus, technology, and post-dystopia life.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jun 20, 2016
    100
    VA-11 Hall-A is a funny, thought-provoking, and sometimes tragic work of art, with truly original gameplay and a beautiful aesthetic unlike anything else on the market.
  2. Jun 23, 2016
    90
    VA-11 HALL-A is a damn fine video game, and that’s the bottom line.
  3. Jun 4, 2019
    83
    Listening to well written dialogue and mixing drinks while meeting interesting characters - this is a little storytelling gem.
  4. Jun 21, 2016
    80
    At its core, VA-11 Hall-A is the rare cyberpunk story that has heart, and even goes so far as to give its female characters agency in their own lives. It’s a story where we, the player, take the backseat, and soak it all in. Just like a good book.
  5. Jul 18, 2016
    80
    VA-11 Hall-A isn’t a game for everyone, and that’s fine. The simple mechanics, pixel-heavy look, and not-so-interactive story aren’t supposed to cater to every audience. If you’re a fan of story-first games with a minimal challenge and simple gameplay, it’s a great experience.
  6. Jul 3, 2016
    80
    Even though you may have to wince through a few conversations, VA-11 HALL-A sells its cyberpunk atmosphere with great presentation, including an exceptional soundtrack and cool character art.
  7. Aug 24, 2016
    50
    An imperfect cocktail. [Issue#177, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. foy
    Jun 22, 2016
    10
    Comfycyberpunk bartending cocktail with anime as the lemon thing people put on their cocktails. I honestly have no idea what those things areComfycyberpunk bartending cocktail with anime as the lemon thing people put on their cocktails. I honestly have no idea what those things are even called. Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2016
    10
    The best I've played recently

    I am not very much this type of game, but this one transmits its own vibrates. I do not have much to say,
    The best I've played recently

    I am not very much this type of game, but this one transmits its own vibrates.
    I do not have much to say, but if you are looking for something to entertain yourself this is your game
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  3. Feb 11, 2018
    10
    I hate visual novels. This game is PERFECT.
    The greatest characters of any game I have ever played, EVER, bar none, end of story. Until I see
    I hate visual novels. This game is PERFECT.
    The greatest characters of any game I have ever played, EVER, bar none, end of story. Until I see it happen, I don't think the masterful story this game tells will ever be topped. I was more invested than I have ever been before, including games, movies, books, and any other forms of media that purport to be immersive and/or emotional.
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  4. Jun 22, 2016
    10
    I’ve been waiting to play the full version of this for quite some time now, ever since the very early demo enraptured me with its snappyI’ve been waiting to play the full version of this for quite some time now, ever since the very early demo enraptured me with its snappy writing, strong characterisation and wonderfully distinctive take on the dystopian future setting. And I’m delighted that the full version has, so far, surpassed all my expectations and hopes.

    VA-11 Hall-A is kind of hard to pin down. At heart, it’s basically a visual novel, but rather than making binary choices that filter you off down one of several discrete routes, the choices you make as protagonist Jill when going about her daily life at home and at work affect what happens next in the story, including the characters you encounter, how Jill gets along with her clients and co-workers and how everyone reacts to the events unfolding in the backdrop.

    Interestingly, VA-11 Hall-A presents its overarching narrative almost entirely from the perspective of Jill behind the bar and in her apartment. Significant things happen in the world, but you don’t see them directly; instead, you tend to see the people involved immediately before and/or after the events, or read about them on the news web pages and forums the morning after. Sometimes whether or not you dosed them up with alcohol before the event in which they were involved has an effect, too; prepare to feel guilty if that happens!

    To give too many examples would be to spoil the experience, so I’ll leave it at this: VA-11 Hall-A does a much better job of almost any visual novel I can name at making its world feel “alive” and like the actions you take actually matter, rather than simply picking a route through the story. There’s nothing wrong with the latter approach, of course, but this way of doing things helps keep the people who expect a bit more in the way of traditional “gameplay” happy as well as those of us who are along for the ride primarily from a narrative perspective.

    To sum up: great writing, wonderful characterisation, superb music and a glorious, beautiful PC-88 style aesthetic (with perfect pixel aspect ratio even scaled up to 1920×1080) makes for an absolutely lovely, unconventional and entirely memorable game.

    I adore VA-11 Hall-A and pray with all my heart that it sees the success it deserves.
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  5. Jul 25, 2016
    9
    VA-11 Hall-A - Cyberpunk Bartender Action, es un excelente juego, que a pesar de no tener unas mecánicas de juego complejas, o un gameplayVA-11 Hall-A - Cyberpunk Bartender Action, es un excelente juego, que a pesar de no tener unas mecánicas de juego complejas, o un gameplay emocionante o activo, este cuenta con un excelente diseño de personajes, una historia bastante buena que toma su tiempo tanto para tener momentos de bastante risa como para tomarse las cosas en serio, un soundtrack de maravilla, con un estilo de 16 bits que recuerda a la época de supernintendo que le queda de maravilla.
    Altamente recomendado si gustas de las novelas gráficas o si buscas un juego diferente con una historia que no olvidaras.
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  6. Jul 2, 2016
    8
    If you aren't immediately turned off by the idea of a visual novel with a bit of simple gameplay on the side than you're just the type ofIf you aren't immediately turned off by the idea of a visual novel with a bit of simple gameplay on the side than you're just the type of person that will get a good bit of enjoyment out of this game for it's relatively low price-point. Expand
  7. Jun 25, 2016
    0
    Great quality in the art, sound and writing but I'm not sure you can call this a "game", your interactions are minimal and there are not riskGreat quality in the art, sound and writing but I'm not sure you can call this a "game", your interactions are minimal and there are not risk at all.
    I feel bad because there is a lot of quality for a indi game but this is more of a story than a game and there are better options if you are looking for a story more complex, quality, etc.

    If you like sitting there reading and clicking now and then for story that develops on its own you are going to love this, if you are looking for a real game look somewhere else.
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