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Rockmandash Reviews: G-Senjou no Maou [Visual Novel]; The Death Note of Visual Novels
Topic Started: Feb 17 2014, 09:46 PM (1,144 Views)
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Welcome to Rockmandash Reviews. Today, we have G-Senjou No Maou by Akabeisoft 2, and to me, this is one of the best Visual Novels ever made, up there with Steins;Gate and 999. How good is it? Let's find out in this review!
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G-Senjou no Maou has a plot that is only rivaled by only a few stories in any medium. It's one of the best I've ever experienced. I like to call G-Senjou no Maou the Death Note of Visual Novels. I have several reasons for this, as the plot is quite similar, the characters are kinda similar, and a lot of people know Death Note. The story is a thriller, and it plays with your expectations. It's very great, but its also pretty dark. Just a few bleak topics this game covers are: kidnapping, terrorism, murder, hostages, the Stockholm syndrome, massacre and death. It has a lighthearted tone in other times, like so it's a nice balance.The characters are quite amazing in G-Senjou no Maou. You play as Kyouske Azai, the son of a Yakuza boss. During the day, he acts as an average high school student, but at night, he helps run the family business and a single sentence by him can send a business into bankruptcy. The main heroine is Usami Haru, an awkward, cute smart girl with too much hair. Her logic abilities are outstanding, and along with her personality makes her one of my favorite female leads in any story ever. Maou is an evil villain who you get the perspective as and sounds exactly like Kyouske, but nobody really knows who he is until the end. The question of his identity always lingers in your mind, and it's great. He comes up with these elaborate plans, and is a very engaging character. He's running the show, and does it magnificently. What makes this plot so thrilling is the interactions between Haru and Maou, as only Haru can ever figure out Maou's plans, yet Maou just trolls her the whole time. Whenever Maou comes up with a plan, it's usually a "game" from Maou to challenge Haru, and just seeing them duking it out, with you along for the ride is thrilling and engaging. I can't forget to mention the ending; The ending with its fabulous epilogue is one of the best endings I've ever seen. It has enough closure to satisfy you, but it's open ended enough to keep your curiosity. Personally, I'd be the happiest person in the world if they made a sequel, but I'm completely satisfied with how it ended. This is how you end a game. The Other characters are pretty great as well, and all the charecters are pretty fleshed out. Also to help with the plot is the excellent pacing, as it never felt too fast or too slow. I must note that all everything have been saying talks about the main route. The other routes are weak, have little character development, and are probably not worth your time, but they aren't so weak as to ruin the plot of this game. G-Senjou no Maou has a story that was beautifully crafted. It's an amazing plot.
Writing - 9.5/10
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It's a Visual Novel, you read, and decide between choices... I've said this quite a bit... it's nothing new. G-Senjou no Maou takes the Steins;Gate approach to plot progression, one main arc that splinters off into the other endings. That means, if you fall into one of the other routes, (the game makes it kinda hard to do so though, warning you and all) the main plot gets completely dropped, with the other routes being their independent story/ending. If this bothers you, just play through the game, but the other arcs, like I said before are kinda weak so if you play as you go, you'll enjoy them more. A great part of G-Senjou no Maou's gameplay is how it told the story, it really uses the flexibility of the genre to the fullest, as some important plot events are shown to you and not the Protagonists, but still manages to conceal some of the biggest mysteries. I must put this warning out: this is an eroge, and there are H-scenes. If you are not a fan, there is a patch for cutting out nudity, and I have the link here.

Gameplay - 7/10

The visuals work for the most part, it's nice and there's nothing glaringly bad, but it can be improved, as we once again meet the dreaded 800x600. The character art is pretty good, some of the background art is really nice and most of the art about character's backstory is good, but a lot left to your imagination sometimes.

Visuals - 7.5/10
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G senjou no maou talks about music all the time, and its justified as it has a pretty good soundtrack. A good chunk of the soundtrack are remixed classical pieces but there are several original pieces. The soundtrack, was quite great, and the usage of the soundtrack was outstanding. They did an excellent job at with the voice acting as well. The most notable voice was Maou’s, as they casted Jun Fukuyama (aka the japanese voice for Lelouch from Code Geass) and it was fantastic. The sound is pretty great.

Sound - 9/10

Personal Enjoyment
I came into G-Senjou no Maou right after re-watching Kara no Kyoukai for my review (look forward to that :D ) and I can't think of a better way of getting into something like G-Senjou no Maou. And thus, I loved G Senjou no Maou. Sometimes it was hard to watch/read this because of how dark it was, but the trills of Haru and Maou duking it out was awesome. I love thrillers, so G-Senjou no Maou made me smile like i'm some kind of idiot. I loved the main ending, it was mind blowing. The void left after that ending... man I wanted to start up the other routes, but the void wouldn't let me.... I couldn't get my mind off of that ending, and thus this review exists. I wanted (and still want) an after story-like conclusion, and I couldn't get my mind out of how awesome Haru and Kyouske are...... and I'd have to say the epilogue is up there with some of the best endings I've ever seen. This game, has an amazing plot and will drive anybody to love it. I've had a great experience with G-Senjou no Maou, so much so that I was hooked on it and didn't do anything for a day and a half and played all of the main route in one full run.
Personal Enjoyment - 10/10

G-Senjou no Maou is a great example of what a Visual Novel should strive for, and it has one of the best stories I have ever experienced. It's written well, it uses the genre to it's a game that should not be missed.

Great story
Great characters
Great Soundtrack
800x600 in 2008?

Overall - 9.5/10
Rockmandash Remarkable

FYI, My tiers system has changed a bit.
Tier 1 is Rockmandash Remarkable, and it's the best of the best. This is stuff that would get into top 10 lists, and I'd recommend to everyone.
Tier 2 is Rockmandash Reccommends, it's the better than average stuff that I'd recommend without hesitation.
Tier 3 is Rockmandash Regular, this is just average or below average and I'd only reccomend it if it's your cup of tea. If not, ignore it, there's better stuff to do with your time.
Tier 4 is Rockmandash Regrets, and as the tier says, i regretted wasting my time with it, and you should stay far, far away.
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