Herald Books 1+2 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Herald Books 1+2 by Wispfire. I received a copy of the game from the developers for review/video purposes but like all of my reviews, this has no affect on my thoughts/experiences.
Herald is a visual novel style 3D adventure game that takes place in an alternate history 19th century. The majority of the game is set on a boat called the Herald and follows the adventures of a man named Devan Rensburg. Devan is a new crew member aboard the Herald and his adventures play out based on your choices. You’re often given 3 dialogue choices in various situations and the choice you make greatly impacts the overall story. The game is also an episodic adventure with book 1+2 being the start of the series with books 3+4 coming at a later date.
Devan meets a wide variety of unique characters aboard the Herald and one of my favorite parts of this game is how diverse the cast is. The game really makes you like (or hate) the characters but in a way that’s meaningful. Their stories are enjoyable and their voice acting is equally enjoyable, the actors fit their characters perfectly. Another part I really enjoyed about this game’s characters was the fact that none of them felt cliched which was quite refreshing.
The story also covers some rather dark but socially relevant topics like racism, slavery, pedophilia and human trafficking. The game covers these topics in a very subtle yet poignant fashion so it’s not forced but it hits pretty hard and makes you feel for the characters that much more.
Overall, these first 2 books were pretty amazing and they feature the best stories in a game that I’ve experienced this year so far. I was completely enthralled throughout both episodes and I wound up playing through them in one sitting. The wait for episodes 3 and 4 is going to be painful but if they’re anything like these episodes, it’s going to be totally worth it. If you have any love for adventure games, definitely check this one out, it’s pretty epic.
Thanks for taking the time to read this short review folks and I’ll be back with my next one soon.
Happy gaming folks! – Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!