Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Nov 22, 2016
    They say you can't improve on perfection, yet Steins;Gate 0 does just that. Taking what made the original story so great and adding new characters and a much darker theme makes Steins;Gate 0 the perfect continuation to a story that I though could not be improved upon - how wrong I was!
  2. Nov 22, 2016
    A worthy follow up to Steins;Gate that even surpasses it in many aspects, while delivering a gripping story through multiple endings.
  3. Jan 30, 2017
    Steins;Gate 0 will not disappoint those close to the franchise. However, that being said, this will require a certain understanding of the previous game and the various endings that the game had. One would truly be lost jumping into this game without at least watching the anime series.
  4. 90
    Steins;Gate 0 easily lives up to the emotive journey of the original, delivering a darker half of the story that fans didn’t know they needed.
  5. 90
    Much like its predecessor, Steins;Gate 0 proves to be among the finest examples of creating a thoroughly engaging visual novel.
  6. Jan 12, 2017
    Steins;Gate 0 is a great game with one glaring flaw: gratuitous filler. It's tough to rate games like these because nuances aren't easily conveyed in a numerical score. The core components are good to great, but the overall package is bogged down by unnecessary content and the game feels longer than it should.
  7. Dec 12, 2016
    Steins;Gate 0 has just one fault, which is that you need to play the first game in the series to fully appreciate the story, the character progression, the new twist on some of the protagonists. Apart from this, we're talking about one of the best script in recent memory, and a high quality visual novel for both Vita and Ps4 owners.
  8. Nov 28, 2016
    This is a worthwhile follow up, and Steins;Gate fans will have to snap up and experience this right now. It upholds what its predecessor did and retains the fantastic writing, beautiful art and its many layered storytelling that will have anyone who jumps into this talking about it well after the 40 hours needed to finish it, making it an essential purchase for visual novel enthusiasts.
  9. Apr 20, 2017
    It'll be compelling to people who loved the world of the original Steins;Gate and are desperate for more. If you don't have that background, then Steins;Gate 0 will seem mostly incomprehensible to you. It makes the occasional half-hearted stab at explaining what you're reading, but for the most part, this story is all about moving things forward. Not only that, it does so through the kind of massive info dumps that tend to typify some visual novels — and your mileage will undoubtedly vary in terms of how much you like that sort of thing.
  10. Dec 3, 2016
    With an intense and intriguing narrative, Steins;Gate 0 is a joy to play through though too many times the story slows down for sometime much more mundane. Without knowledge of the characters or larger plot of previous games, you may struggle to get the full experience.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 70
  2. Negative: 5 out of 70
  1. Dec 26, 2016
    This is the first visual novel I've ever purchased (or read for that matter). I'm not really the type to sit down with this on a game console,This is the first visual novel I've ever purchased (or read for that matter). I'm not really the type to sit down with this on a game console, but after watching the anime from start to finish for about 2 weeks ago I thought, "screw it, I need to watch the next volume". After reading about the movie, and Episode 0 of the anime, I decided to just jump into Stein;s Gate 0 since it was basically just out the gate (heh) and people had spoken warmly about the last visual novel.

    As a conclusion I can say without a doubt that if you'd just finished the anime, and took that route, then this game works really well. I can't speak for other's viewpoints and angels of entry, but for me this just turned out to be a very satisfying adventure. I also finished all 6 endings, and without spoiling any of them, I could say that I found it fascinating that the totality of them would (and could in theory) make up 1 big story larger than the initial true ending.

    The only thing I really miss is an "after days" episodes of Kirusu and Rintarou. I somehow will expect them to promise having children together in multiple timelines and the Stein;s Gate's Kirusu to hate all her other Kirusus for making such an unfair democratic decision (so irrational). However, from the way this series is going, I guess I can expect some juicy new adventures on that topic in Stein;s Gate 2: Beyond the Gate (name subject to change).

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  2. Feb 1, 2017
    What to say here.... S;G 0 is absolutely amazing visual novel in every way. I really loved original S;G and was waiting for really long timeWhat to say here.... S;G 0 is absolutely amazing visual novel in every way. I really loved original S;G and was waiting for really long time for this. S;G 0 is definitely at least as good as the first game. Art style is very similar to previous one, I would say it looks even a little bit better than in S;G. I was really curious about the story of S;G 0 and I have to say the story is incredibly good. Its setting is more darker and more serious than in first game. The game is way more adult than first S;G was. So yea it is different but still masterpiece. I would really recommend this one for every one. Definitely best VN and best PS VITA game!

    Graphic - 10
    Gameplay - 9
    Lasting Appeal - 10
    Execution - 10

    Overall - 9,75
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  3. Sep 19, 2021
    The sequel of the fantastic visual novel that still felt fresh and a good sequel, not a plain fanfiction. Worth it.