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  • Summary: Mixing romance with murders and the living dead, World End Syndrome is a gripping story that will make you shiver but ask for more! Arrive in a beautiful seaside town and join the local school's clubs, before a dead body drifts on the shores of the river and it's up to you and your friendsMixing romance with murders and the living dead, World End Syndrome is a gripping story that will make you shiver but ask for more! Arrive in a beautiful seaside town and join the local school's clubs, before a dead body drifts on the shores of the river and it's up to you and your friends to figure out if the legend of the Yomibito is true and what it means for the town... Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jun 17, 2019
    95
    World End Syndrome takes the standard visual novel game and adds graphically stunning illustrations to heighten the creepy factor as you unravel the mysteries behind Mihate Town.
  2. May 23, 2019
    90
    World End Syndrome offers a gripping mystery about undead and lost folklores, yet also a touching story about the hidden trials of those who suffer in silence.
  3. Jul 3, 2019
    90
    World End Syndome is a visual novel masterpiece. The story is gripping and evocative, blending fun romance and tense murder mystery together incredibly well. The characters are sharp and beautifully illustrated, and the way their personalities and backgrounds developed over the course of the game was equally well-done. Best of all is the smart save system that keeps track of your progress and does a great job of encouraging you to keep coming back for the full story.
  4. Jun 29, 2019
    80
    The story signposting and interaction model are sophisticated enough that your patience through the linear prologue will be well rewarded. If you do feel like walking away after 8 or 10 hours, then the game will hand you a neat get-out at your first proper ending, which won’t leave you feeling like a quitter. Overall, polish and craftsmanship elevate a lightweight but amusing story to something that really stands out. For visual novel freshmen, it could even be your first crush.
  5. Jul 8, 2019
    80
    WorldEnd Syndrome is a gift from Arc System Works for all fans of horror visual novels. With great illustrations, a deep story with multiple options, lots of collectibles and despite taking some risky decisions in terms of gameplay, we can say that it is one of the best titles of the genre available on Nintendo Switch.
  6. Jun 17, 2019
    70
    World End Syndrome is an absolutely gorgeous visual novel, let down by a few gameplay ideas that simply don't work.
  7. 65
    Overall, if you are already a fan of visual novels as a whole, Worldend Syndrome will probably be successful at drawing you in. If you’re not already a fan of the genre, it isn’t likely to change your mind. Between the lengthy prologue and the slightly disappointing shift in gameplay that comes after it, Worldend has a lot of potential for its storytelling that it constantly seems to put just out of reach in order to pad out its length and starve the player of interesting information until the very last second, before repeating the same process over and over again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. May 10, 2019
    10
    World End Syndrome is a visual novel that tells a story about the supernatural, murder, mystery, and romance. Playing as a character who hasWorld End Syndrome is a visual novel that tells a story about the supernatural, murder, mystery, and romance. Playing as a character who has faced a recent tragedy in his life, so you relocate to a new town and stay in your uncles mansion. During you time at this new location you will attend school and meet a slew of interesting characters. Each character has a different personality and they stayed interesting the whole play through. About 3 hours into the game, you will be given a choice, but there is only one option. Picking this one option leads to the bad ending of the game, which is nuts! and a perfect way to get players excited. Reloading your save, there is now a second option, which allows you to move forward regularly. From that point on, you will decided where you want to go each day, who you want to see, what errands you want to complete, and much more. Giving you a sense of choice that is lacking in some other visual novels. Ultimately the goal is to reach the end of the calender's and get the good ending, which will require trial and error, but the game cross saves data so if you complete a mission and then load an old save, that mission will still be completed. The visuals are perfect, as well as the sound effects. The dialogue is on point and the translators did an excellent job. The character models are unique and the ladies look great. The romance segments are interesting, and mature. Overall this is a great VN and I would highly recommend it. Expand
  2. Dec 27, 2020
    10
    I really engaging vn that I believe many people will enjoy. Every route was well written and got you closer to the truth. I definitely reccomend!
  3. Jul 10, 2019
    10
    World End Syndrome is perhaps the visual novel with the most gorgeous character and background art that I've ever read/played. The protagonistWorld End Syndrome is perhaps the visual novel with the most gorgeous character and background art that I've ever read/played. The protagonist of this captivating story has just moved to a seaside town for a fresh start. He joins the mystery club of the local high school, a club that is mainly devoted to the research of an old legend of the town, and realizes soon that all is not what it seems in the peaceful town that is his new home. The visual novel has several interesting routes, surprising plot-twists and a diverse range of endings. Definitely my new all-time favorite vn. Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2020
    9
    This visual novel starts off slow. You have to sit through many of what seem stale hours of reading with no apparent purpose and, not gonnaThis visual novel starts off slow. You have to sit through many of what seem stale hours of reading with no apparent purpose and, not gonna lie, it kinda demotivated me to continue playing. Thank God I didn't stop. Those seemingly boring hours were included to build the world around you. You end up "living" the Mihate Town experience. Then, all of a sudden, the storytellers decide to turn up the intensity dial. It hits you like truck and you can't wait to discover more of the many mysteries that haunt you. The characters that you meet along the way are all beautifully designed, masterfully voice acted and wonderfully written. It's rare to find a visual novel where you can't decide who you prefer right off the bat, and this is one of those notable exceptions. The more hours you invest in this game, the better it rewards you, culminating in one of the biggest mindf....mindblowns I have ever experienced in any form of entertainment. You have give to this game a chance to charm, awe, and scare you. Expand
  5. Mar 28, 2021
    9
    It's a visual novel that leaves you wanting more. There are multiple endings that are required before you reach the "truth."

    Pros: -
    It's a visual novel that leaves you wanting more. There are multiple endings that are required before you reach the "truth."

    Pros:
    - aesthetically pleasing artwork
    - character development is welcomed with likeable cast
    - decent plot. this game isn't just for eye candy / fan service.

    Cons:
    - some of the art might be a bit overly saucy for what it is. it's not really a hentai game or anything like that, but hey. to each their own.
    - some continuity issues. ex: you visit a specific spot that triggers a cutscene that ends up taking you to another spot. after the cutscene is over, you're back at the original spot. That doesn't make much sense, but it doesn't happen too often and it's not really game breaking.
    - It's hard to recommend playing this game without following a spoiler-free guide for each pursued character route.

    That being said, I really enjoyed this game. There wasn't any English voice acting, but I'm okay with that as the Japanese voice acting was good. I got about 30 hours of gameplay following a guide, but I am also a slow reader / like to take things in. I am definitely looking forward to a sequel.
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  6. Apr 18, 2021
    8
    A very enjoyable VN experience, beautiful animated backgrounds, good character designs, fun dialogue, 5 different girl/routes plus the TruthA very enjoyable VN experience, beautiful animated backgrounds, good character designs, fun dialogue, 5 different girl/routes plus the Truth route to wrap everything up. One thing I would change would be having the ability to skip the prologue, but overall, it's a very engaging game. Expand
  7. Oct 28, 2019
    0
    There are games that allows you to replay part of the game, or the full game for a new game + experience with new endings or whatnot. Its kindThere are games that allows you to replay part of the game, or the full game for a new game + experience with new endings or whatnot. Its kind of optional. if you love the game, go for the complete ending.

    This game took it to the extreme. They package it as new game +, or something, but really, to actually play this game properly, you have to play this game 5 times.
    There are love interest - these aren't optional. There is no best girl. No, they are part of the story that you have to replay 5 times to get the true ending.

    Well how about the story? Well, there isn't one, at least not until the 4th play through. The other 3 you are basically just having a slice of life thing. NO story. No bad guy, no good guy, nothing.
    Then suddenly the story is revealed on the 5th play through. Just like that.

    There are a couple likeable character, and more than a few very annoying character that you just wish to smack upside down. The other characters in the game seems to agree.

    Now is the game at least enjoyable? Well, The game consist of you exploring 7 locations in a city, at different times of day (3 different times). Depending on the time of day and the location, you get a different cutscene. or not. And you do this for 30 days to end the game. Then you redo this, 5 more times.
    Are there any quest? yes. There are very few quests. You can do them in the first run.
    What other variation is there to the game? NONE. You press A button a million times to go next...next...next...next...

    Graphic : Gorgeous.

    I have never hated a game more for making me read through it. And it wasn't worth it. It was so upsetting, i made an account on metacritic for my first review ever of this game.
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