I can recommend Steins;Gate Elite to anyone who wants to experience a fantastic visual novel with multiple endings. I cannot, however recommend this if you are hoping for full interaction or solid gameplay because there really isn’t anything like that here. Outside of a few button presses here and there, there is no game to be played. I am not usually a fan of visual novels, but I didn’t feel bored with this one. Check this one out if you love science fiction stories that captivate.
This may not be the definitive way to experience the series, but it's damn sure the most accessible, and it beats the hell out of the neutered anime adaptation. For new fans, this is a fantastic entry point. For returning fans, Steins;Gate Elite is a solid reason to revisit a beloved series with a fresh set of eyes. I adored every second of it.
A game so excellent, I bought it twice. Actually, I only bought it for the download code for Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram since I don't have a PC. But I still loved it & got that plat, here's my 10 to combat the negative reviews all the nostalgia-blind fanboys that didn't even play this gave. It's still a great story, even if some of the original lines aren't in this one.
¡Excelente remake! ¡Captura la esencia de la novela visual original y el anime de forma magistral! ¡¡La dirección de las nueva escenas animadas es simplemente sublime!! ¡Si has visto el anime, puedes profundizar mucho más gracias a este juego.
It’s surprising just what an impact the new animations have in Steins;Gate Elite -- the additions take an already excellent visual novel and makes it feel much more dynamic and intense. What's more, being able to finally play Linear Bounded Phenogram in English is just the icing on an already very scrumptious cake. Elite is the complete visual novel package, and pretty much the best that the genre has to offer.
Despite some small annoyances that are either confusing or intrusive to the overall immersion that Steins;Gate Elite provides, this was a genuinely fun and engaging experience. In fact, because of how graphically close it is to the anime and how intense and complex the narrative is, Steins;Gate Elite is smooth as butter from start to finish and captures the true meaning of a graphic novel come to life.
Whether it’s your first time playing a game in the genre or not, Steins;Gate Elite is definitely one of the best visual novels available today. Just keep in mind that, while it may have taken a bit for the Phonewave (name subject to change) to heat the story up, the payoff is worth the wait.
One of the best in the Visual Novel genre.
I think the most important question is how you look at this genre as a whole. If you absolutely detest reading or simply do not recognize the genre as "video game" then this is obviously not the game for you.
This is a replay for me, because I've played the original on Vita a few years back. While knowing the plot this time around did put a damper on some of the surprises and twists, it was still very enjoyable. I have watched the anime as well but it felt like they added more original animated scenes? Maybe it's just been too long.
If you like Time Traveling stories, especially ones that seems to be a bit more grounded in reality (as real as a time travel story goes), give this one a try.
Good story, but written more for young or novice readers.
I won't go into the story details, as much of that would be considered spoilers. Though generally, it's a relatively unique conspiracy-themed time travel story with some basic romantic tangents.
Several moments in the story are quite good or shocking. It's the plot that ties those moments together that's lacking. Yes, plenty of plot holes, unbelievable science, and a few unbelievable character actions make this a sloppy story.
I say the story is for young or novice readers because everything is explained to you. The characters' inner thoughts and science are all written out to you in excruciating detail, so there's very little room for interpretation. Interpretation and vagueness are required for intelligent fiction; In addition to just being more real, it gives the reader the opportunity to analyze actions and characters based on what others see, giving them a sort of intellectual puzzle to piece together as more things are revealed. That doesn't happen here, but that alone doesn't make it bad.
The plot holes, science issues, and dumb character actions are what bring the story down. I'd say about 80% of the science in the game is accurate, but the other 20% is so dumb that they should have just kept it hidden. You'll definitely have issues with some of the dumb science on display here if you're into physics or software coding at all.
And the plot holes, while not huge, are distracting, especially when the game tries to explain them away. I imagine the writers thought that certain plot holes were so big that they had to have characters try to explain them away, on the fly. This was done poorly though, and again, these explanations should have been left unsaid.
Dumb character actions are fortunately rare, and normally revolve around suicide or killing someone else. But at least due to the time travel mechanics, most of those are undone and it helps more intelligent readers forget that happened.
Besides the game's storytelling, it has a few technical issues, such as videos cutting/jumping quickly, 2:3 video judder, and typos (a few repeated lines of text). They were annoying at first, but I got used to them eventually.
Also, the game has a whole chapter and ending that is only shown if you send the right emails to certain people during your playthough. There's no indication given that this will happen, and I found out after the game was over that I had missed those (due to not getting to the last chapter). So you'll need a guide if you want to see the whole game as it gives you no clues on what to choose.
So an interesting and decent enough story if you're into sci-fi time travel, but isn't intelligently written at all.
SummarySTEINS;GATE ELITE is a remastered title with animated scenes from the anime, creating a brand-new, immersive experience. Follow a group of young, tech-savvy Lab Members who discover the means of changing the past by using e-mail and a modified microwave. Their experiment to push the boundaries of time spirals out of control as they becom...