Review Game Love, Money, Rock-n-Roll

At one time, the Endless Summer project became a real sensation and a notable leap for the domestic visual novel market. Created by enthusiasts for devoted fans of Japanese culture, it offered a complex story, surprising for its time, with pleasant visual design and stylization close to the inhabitants of the post-Soviet space.

Nine years later, Soviet Games returned with a much larger novel, the events of which take place already in the Land of the Rising Sun, but the spirit of the original with former pioneers, the hammer, sickle and the ubiquitous KGB leaked here too.

“Love, Money, Rock and Roll” takes us to the expanses of industrial Tokyo, where Nikolai, a former Soviet citizen and now an ordinary Japanese schoolboy, lives. His parents, immigrants from the Soviet Union, died in a car accident, and ex-girlfriend Katherine disappeared into obscurity after breaking up with him a year and a half ago. All that he has left is a slightly dilapidated house, a pretty neighbor Himitsu who has been in love with him since childhood, and two school friends Mike and Kyosuke.

A measured school life with absenteeism, gatherings with beer in a English-speaking bar and games on the console one fine sunny day goes to the bucket. Rescue of a bullied classmate, the sudden return of Katherine, the pressure of Himitsu and the boorish heiress of the industrial empire Ellie break into his stuffy life.

The authors try very hard to diversify, offering four different characters for the closest acquaintance with Nikolai. But the puritanical mood of the novel has not gone away: the maximum that you will see is a heroine covered with a sheet or a model version of a girl in pink lingerie. The girlfriends themselves, although templates, are not too unambiguous.

Katherine behaves like a complete bitch and scum, guaranteeing the most toxic relationship. She mocks Nikolai, having first abandoned him a year and a half ago, makes vague claims and tries to play the card of an offended wife. Her complete opposite is Himitsu. The girl has been selflessly in love with the main character for 10 years already, cooks for him, erases and hopes for something more, but as a character she is an absolute dough.

The third heroine is the same slut from a poor family, Kagome. But don’t put your finger in this girl’s mouth. A real psychopath and a lover of abusive relationships, where in the end at the very bottom with a torn anus will be our dear Nikolai. And finally, the last girl for love is Ellie. An eccentric heiress and rock star who is heavily on drugs and constantly torn with jealousy. Nikolai himself is no better than this quartet. He wipes his feet on his childhood friend, knowing that she loves him, is rude, constantly sends his best friends to hell and spends half the game with Katherine like a written bag. His actions are selfish and meaningless – at least in most of the chosen branches.

However, the rues of history themselves are divided without any logic. Choosing between “go out with a friend for dinner” or “roam around” immediately cuts off two of the four love interests. And no turning back. Other turning points that affect points in favor of a particular character are much more predictable. Supported Ellie – received a bonus to Ellie. Went to have lunch with Himitsu – a plus for the love of a childhood friend. But in addition to love moments, the authors weave spy games, conspiracies and betrayals into the story. It looks a little strange, especially if you try all the routes and endings. Directly not Nikolai, but young James Bond surrounded by enemies.

The very attempt to present the story in the style of “Monogatari” looks more like graphomania, lengthening the already long game. And if you take all the roots – 60 hours of text is too much even for the most devoted fans. At the same time, the authors try very hard to fit into modern culture and memes. Somewhere in the background you can meet Shlepa lying on a trash can, sad Keanu Reeves, and in one of the scenes you will be able to chat with Viktor Pelevin himself. And that’s not counting sayings, quotes from boyish publics and Todd Phillips’ Joker.

Animated backdrops are one of the strengths of the novel. They are worked out to the conscience, please with high detail and are saturated with various details. Clouds float across the sky, lights turn on in the windows, and somewhere in the background a train rides. Just great. But the music causes mixed feelings. On the one hand, there is some kind of nostalgia in the melodies, but on the other hand, they quickly become boring. Three songs with female vocals could be a decoration of the game, but too ordinary sounding and English language kill all authenticity.

The graphics and music in the new novel by Soviet Games have grown noticeably in quality compared to Endless Summer, but the narrative has been lost in the mire of graphomania and despondency. Well, the characters, including the main character, do not cause any sympathy or sympathy. Unless Himitsu can be noted because of her stubborn stupidity.

It is sad that more than seven years of development and effort went into such a controversial project.

 

However, the rues of history themselves are divided without any logic. Choosing between “go out with a friend for dinner” or “roam around” immediately cuts off two of the four love interests. And no turning back. Other turning points that affect points in favor of a particular character are much more predictable. Supported Ellie – received a bonus to Ellie. Went to have lunch with Himitsu – a plus for the love of a childhood friend. But in addition to love moments, the authors weave spy games, conspiracies and betrayals into the story. It looks a little strange, especially if you try all the routes and endings. Directly not Nikolai, but young James Bond surrounded by enemies.

The very attempt to present the story in the style of “Monogatari” looks more like graphomania, lengthening the already long game. And if you take all the roots – 60 hours of text is too much even for the most devoted fans. At the same time, the authors try very hard to fit into modern culture and memes. Somewhere in the background you can meet Shlepa lying on a trash can, sad Keanu Reeves, and in one of the scenes you will be able to chat with Viktor Pelevin himself. And that’s not counting sayings, quotes from boyish publics and Todd Phillips’ Joker.

Animated backdrops are one of the strengths of the novel. They are worked out to the conscience, please with high detail and are saturated with various details. Clouds float across the sky, lights turn on in the windows, and somewhere in the background a train rides. Just great. But the music causes mixed feelings. On the one hand, there is some kind of nostalgia in the melodies, but on the other hand, they quickly become boring. Three songs with female vocals could be a decoration of the game, but too ordinary sounding and English language kill all authenticity.

The graphics and music in the new novel by Soviet Games have grown noticeably in quality compared to Endless Summer, but the narrative has been lost in the mire of graphomania and despondency. Well, the characters, including the main character, do not cause any sympathy or sympathy. Unless Himitsu can be noted because of her stubborn stupidity.

It is sad that more than seven years of development and effort went into such a controversial project.

 

Completed on: PC Correct topics: Yes Duration: 15 hours

 

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