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Nemurenu Hitsuji to Kodoku na Ookami -A Tale of Love, and Cutthroat-


Clephas

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First, a short intro... this is the second Clock Up game where Kurashiki Tatsuya (one of Light's second team of writers) has been involved, and those who played the previous one, Maggot Baits, will recognize the atmosphere and 'flavor' of the story instantly.  This is a game devoid of salvation in any real sense.  The protagonist and the other characters are universally the scum of the Earth (Mirei being the only exception, though she is a bit screwy too), and their lifestyles and pasts range from the distasteful to the outright disgusting.

While there are relatively few of the violent h-scenes that defined Maggot Baits, they do exist, so I do feel a need to warn you that a lot of the content in this game is graphic and not for those with a weak stomach. 

The protagonist (who never reveals his true name in the entire story) is a professional killer who needs to kill people in order to sleep (it is more interesting if you read it yourself, so I won't go into detail).  One day, he gets the order to investigate/find the killer of a paparazzi killed at the love hotel at which he works most of the time.  What he finds is... Azami, a serial killer, whom he gets into combat with immediately.  The end result of the battle is them having sex... and her getting obsessed with/attached to him.  He returns the obsession in part due to the fact that, after having sex with her, he can sleep.

I'll be blunt, there is no point in this game where the characters can really be said to 'shine'.  There are three endings, two of which are different based on how the protagonist pursues his relationship with Azami.  The final path, the true path, brings their relationship to the final stage (visibly inevitable, if you get to know Azami), and you are presented by a predictably depressing ending.

This game has excellent writing, which goes without saying really, since it is done by Kurashiki Tatsuya.  However, the unending dark atmosphere that infuses the story is energy-draining in the extreme.  This is made worse by this general sense that the game is just trying to say 'humans are worthless' throughout its entire length.  While the battle scenes are excellent, there were too many points in the story where cruel turns of event occurred simply to push things forward or to titillate the reader.  This was true of Maggot Baits as well, but this game lacks the 'sort of good ending' you saw in that one, which gave you a sense of satisfaction, even if it was only in comparison to the rest of the game.

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You had me at "same writer as Maggot Baits." :makina:

Seemed like Narcosis liked this quite a lot as well. I'll definitely check it out soon. (It's kinda short-ish, right?)

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56 minutes ago, Dergonu said:

You had me at "same writer as Maggot Baits." :makina:

Seemed like Narcosis liked this quite a lot as well. I'll definitely check it out soon. (It's kinda short-ish, right?)

Finished all three paths in about seven hours... and that was despite reading more carefully than I need to with moege/charage.

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7 hours ago, Dergonu said:

You had me at "same writer as Maggot Baits." :makina:

Seemed like Narcosis liked this quite a lot as well. I'll definitely check it out soon. (It's kinda short-ish, right?)

Then I'm in one hell of a ride :holo:

@Clephas How do you feel Yourou compares to Maggot Baits? Is it weaker, or is it simply a lot more darker in the end?

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10 hours ago, Narcosis said:

Then I'm in one hell of a ride :holo:

@Clephas How do you feel Yourou compares to Maggot Baits? Is it weaker, or is it simply a lot more darker in the end?

In terms of raw story quality and satisfaction, Maggot Baits is several levels better.  The combat/killing in this one is better.  The torture-sex issue is a pure negative for me, so on that point I have a preference for this one.

Edit: My primary reason for disliking this game's endings lies with Azami... that girl's plight is just as bad in its own way as that of the main heroine from Maggot Baits.

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