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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: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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 20, 2019
    80
    VA-11 HALL-A might not quite fulfil your bartending dreams in terms of concocting your own drinks, but if the social side of being a bartender without leaving the house is more your thing, then this is the game for you.
  6. May 7, 2019
    80
    The mix of bartender simulator, interesting characters and clever writing makes VA-11 HALL-A a little gem, especially if you like games that are not your typical an have a lot to say. It is best savored in a smooth way... Like a whiskey on the rocks in a bar.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 8, 2019
    10
    Lo más importante de este juego es que no te tiene que gustar el género de novela visual para que te encante.

    La jugabilidad de servir
    Lo más importante de este juego es que no te tiene que gustar el género de novela visual para que te encante.

    La jugabilidad de servir bebidas será monótona pero se perdona ya que el ambiente logra sumergirte en un futuro distópico de 207X en el que el humor está mezclado con temas muy serios (existencialismo, solipsismo, AI's conectadas, leyes de la robótica, el perdón y arrepentimiento, la muerte, corrupción estatal, monopolios empresariales megalómanos de innovación tecnológica). La música es espectacular. Lamentablemente hay algunos (como las AI's conectadas) que es solo un punteo superficial y no se termina de desarrollar, probablemente por falta de tiempo.

    Cosas buenas:
    - Gran ambiente.
    - Excelentísima música.
    - Varios personajes entrañables.
    - Temas muy maduros.
    - Buen humor.

    Cosas malas:
    - No tener opciones de respuestas que cambien completamente el rumbo de la conversación y la trama (hay en base a la bebida que hagas, pero es un cambio mínimo). Es bastante lineal todo salvo por cómo te hayas manejado en alguna situación para tener un final. Lamentablemente el juego hubiese dado muchísimo más de sí al tener opciones de respuesta (parece que en su nuevo juego van a mejorar un poco este aspecto).
    - Se nota que los desarrolladores hicieron los distintos finales apurados. Son casi anecdóticos.
    - Si bien lo jugué en inglés y no tuve problema, hace mucho tiempo que algunos fans hicieron una traducción en español y los desarrolladores no lo aplicaron. A mi me da igual pero hay mucha gente que le molesta y lo entiendo.
    - Jugabilidad (crear bebidas) un poquitín monótona. Pero no veo otras maneras de solucionarlo. Por eso considero importante el hecho de poder elegir respuestas ya que sino la jugabilidad se limita mucho.
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  2. Sep 20, 2019
    10
    Really fun game. I was on the fence about this at first but once I started I couldn't stop playing. The whole premise is you're a bartenderReally fun game. I was on the fence about this at first but once I started I couldn't stop playing. The whole premise is you're a bartender serving drinks to people while talking to them. The characters range from quirky to crazy to even just flat-out funny. Highly recommend it if you're looking for a funny and interesting kind of visual novel. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2019
    9
    I was initially drawn to this game because of the similarities I thought it would have to The Red Strings Club, and to my delight it deliveredI was initially drawn to this game because of the similarities I thought it would have to The Red Strings Club, and to my delight it delivered a great story. Can easily recommend this to anyone who enjoys story games. Expand
  4. Jun 2, 2019
    9
    VA-11 Hall-A est un jeu particulier. Unique en son genre. Il faut adhérer bien sûr au concept du visual novel et des graphismes Pc-98, mais leVA-11 Hall-A est un jeu particulier. Unique en son genre. Il faut adhérer bien sûr au concept du visual novel et des graphismes Pc-98, mais le fond dépasse les **** défauts de la forme. L’histoire est passionnante, mature, et le monde cyberpunk dystopique dans lequel travaille notre joli barmaid Jill est terrifiant de réalisme. Les clients et leurs états d’âme vous feront parfois réfléchir sur votre propre existence et votre place dans la société. Lorsque le 4iéme mur est brisé par une narration brillante, on comprend que l’on a affaire à un grand jeu! Expand
  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. Aug 19, 2019
    3
    I found this game pretty boring. Its set in a cyberpunk world but is very pg-13, characters are very bubly and the gameplay is random andI found this game pretty boring. Its set in a cyberpunk world but is very pg-13, characters are very bubly and the gameplay is random and boring. You just mix about 10 different ingredients to do all the drinks possible with no logic whatsoever, that definitely wasn't for me. If you're thinking this is a blade runner kind of cyberpunk you will be sorely disapointed, this is more like animal crossing cyberpunk, but animal crossing actually has engaging gameplay. Expand