Steins;Gate 0 PC Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PC version of Steins;Gate 0 by 5pb, MAGES Inc. and Spike Chunsoft.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from Spike Chunsoft for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Steins;Gate 0 is a sequal/side story to the critically acclaimed visual novel Steins;Gate. The game assumes that you got the bad timeline in the original game and proceeds towards world war 3.
The game follows Okabe Rintaro (Okarin) after he failed to save his love interest, Makise Kurisu from her death in the alpha world line. Okarin decides to move away from time travel and his old self and try to lead a normal life. In doing so he meets a woman named Maho Hiyajo and a brain scientist named Alexis Leskinen at a college seminar about artificial intelligence. Leskinen takes a liking to Okarin and has him become a tester of an AI based on Kurisu’s memories.
The visual novel’s central focus is on AI instead of time travel and [Kurisu] is a highly advanced AI that acts like the original. Since the AI (Also known as Amadeus) is created from Kurisu’s memories prior to her going to Japan, she has no memory of Okarin when he first meets her. Okarin suffers from PTSD flashbacks whenever someone mentions Kurisu so he has a very difficult time speaking with [Kurisu] at first. Eventually he warms up to her and their conversations begin mimicking those that he had with the real Kurisu. The game also tackles ethical issues regarding AI like whether or not they’re human or not.
The story is a bit darker than the original but it’s also filled with a wide variety of different events that will make you laugh. The scenes with [Kurisu] were very entertaining throughout and made me laugh numerous times. There are also times when you see the story from Maho Hiyajo, Mayuri Shiina or Suzuha Amane’s perspective.
Unlike the original’s straight line story, this game features a branching story that leads to multiple endings. The first branch splits into two in the beginning of the game and there’s another branch that splits into 4 near the end. There’s 2 main story paths and four side stories in total. The branch you take is dependant on whether or not you answer the calls from [Kurisu]. There are good endings and bad endings for you to discover so not all of them are overly dark.
There are also moments when characters will message Okarin to talk to him using a program on his phone called Rine. You can choose to answer or ignore them. [Kurisu] will also call Okarin from time to time as well.
Overall, Steins;Gate 0 is a pretty awesome visual novel. I was completely entranced by it’s story and it had many moments that made me laugh and others that made me kinda sad. It’s a great experience all around and I enjoyed it a lot. If you have any love for visual novels or science fiction then I highly recommend giving this one a shot.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!