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  • Summary: Welcome to VA-11 Hall-A!

    In this world, corporations reign supreme, all human life is infected with nanomachines designed to oppress them, and the terrifying White Knights ensure that everyone obeys the laws. But, this story is not about those people. You are a bartender at VA-11
    Welcome to VA-11 Hall-A!

    In this world, corporations reign supreme, all human life is infected with nanomachines designed to oppress them, and the terrifying White Knights ensure that everyone obeys the laws.

    But, this story is not about those people.

    You are a bartender at VA-11 Hall-A, affectionately nicknamed "Valhalla." Although it is just a small bar in downtown Glitch City, it attracts the most fascinating people this side of dystopia. Keep your clients lubricated and you will be made privy to the most interesting stories.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    It is impossible to put down.
  2. May 1, 2019
    100
    One of my favourite games of all time.
  3. May 1, 2019
    95
    Endlessly stylish, emotionally gripping and deceptively addictive, VA-11 HALL-A is the pure essence of a visual novel: a digital page-turner filled with unforgettable characters and set in an infectious cyberpunk noir that will live in your head for weeks after you’ve put the game down.
  4. 85
    Overall, VA-11 HALL-A on the Switch is a marvelous port that works far better than I ever expected it to. The new controls may take some getting used to, but after a few minutes tinkering with them I found they came pretty naturally, and overall the game has kept the charm and likeability that drew me to it back in 2016. Gameplay may get a bit stale after long sessions of play, but for small relaxing wind-down sessions at the end of the night, you’ll find no better place to be than in Jill’s head during yet another shift at the bar.
  5. May 18, 2019
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. May 2, 2019
    80
    For all my minor grievances, I’m enamored with this little bar. The larger narrative is pieced together by countless conversations with just as many people. None of them are alike, and all of them add something new to the mosaic. Even the apocryphal bits end up worth it in the end. Chat logs, history lessons, job descriptions, alibis, and cryptic orders all build what feels like a real place. More than ray tracing or 4K textures ever could, these collected story bits have swept up into a smoky dive that I’ll continually revisit, long after the tale is told. For a glimpse into something genuine, fascinating, and truly memorable, absolutely check out VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action.
  7. 70
    The gameplay, and some of the dialogue, could do with some refinement but this dystopian drinks-making game has some of the most interesting storytelling of the last few years.

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  1. May 12, 2019
    9
    Just here to encourage everyone to play this game if they are even remotely interested in the genre or cyberpunk. It is very well done, prettyJust here to encourage everyone to play this game if they are even remotely interested in the genre or cyberpunk. It is very well done, pretty relaxing, makes you think and laugh, and doesn't overstay its welcome. Expand
  2. May 6, 2019
    8
    VA-11 HALL-A is perhaps one of the most immersive visual novels I have ever touched. However keep in mind when buying this game, you will beVA-11 HALL-A is perhaps one of the most immersive visual novels I have ever touched. However keep in mind when buying this game, you will be tasked to do a ton of reading, if you're not into that, I suggest rethinking your purchase. However I would also recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a good story. Through out this game you will meet a lot of interesting faces, some you may like, some you may dislike, and some you will absolutely love. With each passing day you get to learn about them as they involve you in their lives, and from behind the counter you cater to their needs and help them out in any way you can. This game is quite the journey, be it heart-warming, stressful, or full of laughter, I can't recommend missing out on this title.

    However, I feel as though the game could have been much more, while not stepping out of the boundaries of its capabilities. A lack of special touches here and there resulted in many disappointments during the game, and the endings felt just as bad. There were even features I felt should have been added to greater expand on such a great concept. I can't justify this game in any way other then to say it's a "It's about the journey, not the destination."
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