Review: 428: Shibuya Scramble (PlayStation 4)

A kidnapping on the streets of Shibuya brings together a hot-blooded detective, hard-hitting journalist, former gang leader, the head researcher of a big pharma manufacturer and a part-timer stuck in cat costume for a series of events each more unexpected and outrageous than the last.

Pros:

  • Graphics, Well its a proper video and pictures visual novel.
  • Visual novel gameplay.
  • 4.43GB Download size.
  • Three save slots.
  • Film style opening intro.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Blue words- Highlight these for extra info.
  • Autoplay- Three speeds and a pause button.
  • Tutorials play out as you play.
  • Must make choices which impact the game and story.
  • You follow 5 characters and play out how their stories collide.
  • 50 different endings.
  • Loads of replayability.
  • Very simple to play.
  • Easy to get into.
  • Light comic relief.
  • Has a few WTF moments especially with some characters you meet along the way to which I won’t say.
  • Unique experience.
  • Great soundtrack.

Cons:

  • Cannot skip the intro.
  • Not sure if it saves.
  • Few typos here and there.
  • Working out which endings you have done is not tracked.
  • Some endings are either too short or make no sense.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Not a visual novel fan at all, And if I do need to play one, Its always best played on a handheld I found. Wrong. Here we have a batshit mental story about 5 characters and it suits the big screen so well, You have to make decisions in the game from a choice of possibilities and each one changes the outcome. With 50 endings you always have a reason to go back and play it. What makes it so much fun though is the writing and crazy nature of the characters. Even gamers who don’t like visual novels will get a lot out of it and enjoy the wackiness. In short, this game surprised me and I loved everything about it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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