2 Man Team Returns

2 Man Team Returns

Second vidya review. To further complete my CLANNAD reviews, I’ll be talking about the game. Since I just completed it this past week, it’s still fresh in my mind. I’ll say this though, I’ve never cried over something in a video game but CLANNAD has already done that to me in more ways than one. The anime and now the game have left a big impression on me. Now Info.

Mostly Copy Pasta from the anime review.

CLANNAD started out as a Visual Novel created by Key who’ve also done other famous VNs like Kanon, Air and Little Busters.  The novel was originally released on April 28 ’04 for the PC then it was ported to the PS2 but this time including full voice acting. It was then again ported to the Xbox 360, PSP and then rereleased for the PC. The game falls under the Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. It has crossed over to other media such as anime, a movie, 3 diffrent mangas, a radio show, CD dramas, a second Visual Novel made as a continuation of one of the heriones and multiple light novels.

More copy pasta up ahead regarding the plot.

Vidya Review Corner

Plot

Tomoya Okazaki, a young man who is labeled a delinquent in society. He attends high school but skips class more than he shows up. The only academic interest he ever has was playing in the basketball team. His family is only constructed of himself and his father who he has a distant relationship with despite them living in the same house. His mother died in a car accident when he was young. Tomoya makes a constant effort to avoid his father due to a fight they had where he ended up hurting his right arm, leaving it unattended to a point where he could no longer lift it further than his shoulder. Ruining any hope of pursuing a career in basket ball.

One day as he is walking late to class he sees a girl at the bottom of the hill that leads into the school. The girl begins talking to herself, asking:

“Do you like this School? I really, really love it but nothing can stay unchanged. Fun things..happy things…they can’t all possibly stay unchanged. Even so, can you keep on loving this place? “

Tomoya answers saying: “Just find them. Just find new and happy things. C’mon, let’s get going”

An example of a typical conversation.

An example of a typical conversation.

As Tomoya begins to walk the girl follows closely behind him, walking up the hill together.

Game Play

From here on out it’s up to you to decide which paths and routes you want to take. You go day by day as Tomoya, living scenerios that occur and choosing weither to interract with certain characters. Of course this being a Visual Novel, all you have to do is read.

Pretty simple, no? Well they call it a Visual Novel for a reason. One element that’s different is that for each route you complete, you obtain an orb of light. There are 13 orbs of light meaning there are 13 different routes. Finishing a route doesn’t necessarily mean the end of that path since you can obtain orbs from supporting characters on the way to the end of a main heroine. There is also the After Story which is a continuation of Nagisa’s route. You need atleast 8 orb of light and need to complete the School Arcs before unlocking After Story.

Music

The music from the game was heavily used for the anime. In my review, I praised the music for it being a key element when it came to a scene and it’s no diffrent for the game. There are multiple tracks with a wide variety of emotions for each one. It’s definetly worth a download.

Graphics

There isn’t much to talk about graphics wise. The formula for a Visual Novel game regarding graphics: Character artwork, various expressions but without any animation between them, background and a text box for conversation. But I will say I do love the artwork for the game. The background, CG pictures and the character artworks.

Replay Value

Once you’ve cleared a route, you’ve basically beaten part of the game but in order to complete the game you’ll have to finish every route possible to continue and get the true end. Each story is worth the listen to the replay value is pretty high.

Final Thoughts

Remember, this is a visual novel so it might not meet up to what people would call a “video game”. But I review things for what they are and CLANNAD is a visual novel I won’t soon forget…or ever forget. Pretty sure making me cry out of sorrow and happiness helps it…or maybe I’m just an over sensitive guy….nah. Regardless, if you like the game you’ll like the anime but it may not work in vice versa. For me, the game went into much further detail in explaing how Tomoya was feeling during the hard times he was facing, perticuliarly in After Story. The composure of the music, the flow of the dialogue and tone make you completely and utterly aware of what’s going on. Pulling you into the situation and possible allowing you to feel for the characters.

I give CLANNAD for the PC a 10 outta 10.

Blah, blah. Not video game, just a big picture book blah blah.

Bonus!

Pictures of the girls in the game that you may end up with.

Kyou Fujibayashi

Kyou Fujibayashi

Ryou Fujibiyashi

Ryou Fujibayashi

Tomoyo Sakagami

Tomoyo Sakagami

Kotomi Ichinose

Kotomi Ichinose

Fuko Ibuki

Fuko Ibuki

Yukine Miyazawa

Yukine Miyazawa

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