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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: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jul 2, 2020
    10
    I read a couple of poor reviews, inspiring me to finally finish this game because I knew I'd be sad it was over. I actually bought this gameI read a couple of poor reviews, inspiring me to finally finish this game because I knew I'd be sad it was over. I actually bought this game sometime in late 2019 on an absolute whim, it was on sale for like $8 in the eShop. I tend to scope out other reviews just so I can verify I'm not buying some random pos, & this game seemed to have mostly good ratings. I was completely blown away! I love visual novels, & VA-11 HALL-A essentially plays out as such. If you're one of those morons that doesn't like games where interactivity is limited & likes to complain about that, I suggest playing a different game genre (like, I dunno, any other game). This is one of the most mature, relatable stories I've ever seen in my life. I was blown away by almost every character, becoming more & more interested in all their stories, all for it to come to a satisfying, bittersweet conclusion. The graphics are a clear shout-out to older games, probably 90's PC games. Mostly well rendered, the art appears as very cohesive pixels that are quite charming. In my opinion, even though everything else about this game is pretty excellent, one other thing stands out: the music. Clearly Michael Kelly (aka Garoad) played the demos or early access to this title, because he 100% nails the soundtrack. I actually felt like the music in the jukebox for VA-11 HALL-A could've really been music I'd hear at a bar in 50 years. It may seem silly saying it loud, but the music was just that spot on for me. I even listen to the ost's in my free time! I can't recommend this game enough, it's fantastic. Expand
  2. 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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  3. May 9, 2020
    10
    Очень интересная и захватывающая новелла с проработанным сюжетом и персонажами, в стиле киберпанка. Всего за пару часов игра пробивает наОчень интересная и захватывающая новелла с проработанным сюжетом и персонажами, в стиле киберпанка. Всего за пару часов игра пробивает на эмоции. 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. Jun 27, 2020
    9
    An amazing, completely underrated game. I am not a fan of most visual novel games, but this one is so much more accessible than others. TheAn amazing, completely underrated game. I am not a fan of most visual novel games, but this one is so much more accessible than others. The gameplay consists of an addicting loop where you bartend each day, and speak with patrons. You can make certain drinks to be double strength, making the patrons drunker and say more ridiculous and funny things.

    What makes this so accessible is the loop of speaking with a few patrons per day. My problem with VNs is that certain conversations and sections really drag out, but here no conversation is too long. The characters and writing are both excellent, I think that they are really creative here with the stories that the tell and building the sci-fi world around them.

    My only gripe is that there are some ridiculous and overly detailed sexual conversations that you have with some characters, but this is a minor issue.

    This game is a must play for any fan of story and dialogue driven games, one of my favorite indie titles of this generation.
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  6. Oct 2, 2020
    8
    VA-11 HALL-A, aka Valhalla, is a cyberpunk retro-styled bartender simulator. But don't think the main point is mixing drinks, the main focusVA-11 HALL-A, aka Valhalla, is a cyberpunk retro-styled bartender simulator. But don't think the main point is mixing drinks, the main focus is definitely the stories your clients tell you. If you know exactly what you're getting before buying this game you'll definitely not get disappointed. For one I knew it was mainly a Visual Novel and I'm not really a fan of Visual Novels. I either watch anime or play video games. A playable anime isn't just doesn't cut it for me, but Valhalla has a very chill atmosphere and engaging characters that even a person like me could appreciate it.

    Definitely worth checking if you're looking for an original Visual Novel with a bit of gameplay and choices to be made. The atmosphere is great and the stories your clients tell you are super entertaining. Even if you don't like the genre you should give it a chance just like I did.
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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

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