Amnesia: Memories is an otome visual novel where you play the nameless heroine who has lost her memories. The reason given in the opening scenes of the game is that a sprite named Orion has collided with you and takes up the space in the brain where your memories used to be. A cute notion, but as the storylines unfold, you begin to find out alternative explanations as to your new state of mind.
The game offers the chance to play four storylines and to, ultimately, date four boys. The dateable characters range from the scary to the sweet, and each of their stories are engaging and different. During each plot path, there are a number of parameter bars which fill up depending on the answers that you give in the prompts. These always include your level of favour to the current boy, the level of trust between the two characters, and the suspicion that you've raised. Depending on where the bars are at the end of the storyline, you'll elicit either a good, bad, or normal ending, giving plenty of reason to replay each narrative multiple times.
Offering a 'rewind' feature, it's possible to go back in time before a choice was made if an interaction doesn't go how you expected it. You're then able to see the choice that you already made highlighted in green, which is a feature that pulls over to subsequent playthroughs of the same story, and helps keep track of the choices that you've already made, steering you towards unlocking different endings.
The soundtrack of the game is largely inconsequential and inoffensive. Any music that you can hear is drowned out by the vast amounts of dialogue (Japanese subbed in English for those wondering), and as such, it's pretty forgettable. What the game lacks in audio prowess, however, it makes up for visually. The art style is simple; there's little animation, and the game mostly relies on a still image of a character while they're the focus of the scene, with rolling dialogue across the bottom of the screen. When your character recalls a forgotten memory, a scene unfolds which takes over the whole screen, but it's presented as a full sized image, and during these moments, any movement or change between scenes is illustrated using a series of different images rather than an animated progression. It's simple, but effective, and gives you plenty of time to admire the art design of the characters and backdrops.
Between each storyline, core themes remain largely the same, such as relationships between characters, the different environments, and the cast themselves. While some details change slightly, such as small personality traits of the heroine, the important ones remain, and you can gather information from other narratives which can cause you to view characters in a different light, which, in turn, may make you alter your stance during other stories.
Outside of the main gameplay, two mini-games are on offer; Hit'N'Guard (that's rock, paper, scissors to everyone else) and Air Hockey, both of which are mentioned briefly during parts of plot. Fully utilising the Vita's touch screen capabilities, each mini-game offers a slice of extra-curricular entertainment which has no bearing on the main gameplay itself. Both games use the front touchscreen, either tapping to attack in the first game, and to slide the puck in the second. The mini-games serve as welcome distractions when a break is needed from the sprawling dialogue of the main story.
Weaving a complex tale of deception and love, Amnesia: Memories is an engaging visual novel which will guarantee multiple playthroughs to squeeze all the content that it has to offer. A pleasure to play, the game gives heartfelt emotion as well as frivolity throughout, earning its status as one of the best visual novels that the Vita has to offer.
thanks for the review, good score! I just got into this genre so Im interested in this, probably gonna get it once I finished Danganronpa, Virtues Last Reward and SteinsGate ^^
Although I admit that Amnesia might be a little to "harmless/normal" LOL after Danganronpa I dont think any visual novel can intrigue and disturb me even more haha (maybe Virtues Last Reward which im about to start soon).
This game is great. I have it for the playstation TV. The only problem is, I can't play the games with the controller. Is there word that this is going to be patched or have I just not figured it out yet? Though to be honest I sat through 7 games pushing every button on the DS3 and DS4 lol.
@Ellysetta19 It's listed as PlayStation TV compatible. Seems odd that you're having issues though since if the game isn't compatible, it won't even open (it would give a compatibility error). Does the controller function outside of the games?
the controllers work for my netflix and hulu and other games. I can play the main story of amnesia, but when it comes to the games that are touch screen on the vita i can't get my controller to work beyond hitting the menu button to bring up the save, etc.
@Ellysetta19 Oh ok, so in situations where you 'need' to use the front/rear touch, you'll need to enable the touch controls from the controller options (hold PS button to get options). From there, you can click the left stick or right stick to enable front/rear touch. It's not a great system, but it works alright. If you're using a DualShock 4, you can just use the touchpad as the front touch controls.
@consolfreak1982 This game definitely has disturbing moments. One whole story path is so completely left field, it just threw me. Not as much as Danganronpa or Virtue's Last Reward (which by the way is excellent, have fun playing!), but it's definitely up there at times!
I'm glad that got resolved. This is on my "to buy" list but I only have a ps tv to play with. (o.o )
I wonder which one is the "scary" guy (probably the hottest looking one. It's always the hottest looking one)...
Awesome, ty!! I will definitely try this out as soon as I get done with work. I had no idea I could do that. lol I'll post later tonight to let you know how it went. Thank you very much
I got it to work THX!! My son is having a blast trying to beat those games now lol He's in there squealing away!
Hmm, might have to try this out
The game offers the chance to play four storylines and to, ultimately, date four boys. The dateable characters range from the scary to the sweet, and each of their stories are engaging and different.
I will probably give this one a miss.
for those who care about sexual equality on video games, what you should be trying to advocate is for there to be more games aimed as women like these, instead of advocating that games like Senran Kagura or Hyperdimension Neptunia should not be allowed to exist (they should)
Looks interesting and I'm interested in visual novels, but I think I'll pass as you play as a girl dating guys. Get one on consoles with the genders swapped, then I'll be interested.
@ onnoitsjade: thanks for the reply ^^ now im interested even more
Meh, I'm a bloke and I'm interested in this. I did sucker myself in playing Hakuoki, so should be okay.
The genre isn't just "visual novel" it's an "otome" game, a game targeted only at girls. Yeah really, I'm not lying. They are not gonna swap the genders. If you're a straight guy, you probably wanna play a visual novel targeted at MEN. No gender swaps needed there as you'll be dating women in those. Of course, if you're a guy and don't mind going after guys nobody's gonna stop you from playing.
I already bought the physical Japanese version so I dunno if I'll need this. Ugh. Of course this always happens way ahead of them even announcing they are brining the game over. It's a miracle they are translating such a game at all, it being niche AND targeted at girls and all. So if you weren't stupid like me and imported it, buy it. That's if you're into that sorta stuff anyways...
No English Dub, no buy, after the incredible English VA in Virtues Last Reward and Danganronpa games, the English VA is what kept me hooked and engaged. I tried to play Steins Gate, but I just couldn't play it with the Japanese VA's I just don't like them. Not saying I hate Japanese VA on all games, I love them in Anime fighting games if English isnt available, but in Visual Novels I need this to keep me engaged. I know its costly but there is an audience that the publisher can miss by not including this option.
@stocko There are some excellent educational programs for learning how to read that you could pick up and finally conquer your illiteracy. Adult illiteracy is the #1 cause for direct condescension, belittlement and ridicule aimed at people such as yourself. You can do it, and then you wont have to live your life in private shame anymore.
@fearafter I have no idea if you are being serious or sounding like one of them spam posts. All I was pointing out is that I prefer an English Dub for the spoken portions of visual novel games. I don't think I mentioned that I didn't like reading them.
@stocko Oh, no its fine. Don't even mention it. I totally understand. And I really, truly don't intend my oft dry and greatly exxaggerated sarcasm to confuse, provoke, embitter, or offend anyone. Take that as you may.
since its for free this month I immediately downloaded it - after a first letdown/slow start things got tense really quick - didnt think this game has that much of dark moments and Tension! Pretty excited on whats comin next and how the Story evolves/Ends (that game is said to have some very bad endings!) - great art style too! Music is kinda of a letdown imo
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