Title: Gahkthun of the Golden Lightning Steam Edition
Release Date: 15 Apr, 2016
This game made me laugh. This game made me cry. A lot of crying in fact. It was beautiful, it was emotional, and I didn't want it to end. Neon's voice is absolutely beautiful, gentle, lilting and lyrical. I can't get enough of it. The only things that were irritating to me were the mini games and some repetitive lines. That I can live with. And I really really want the fandisk now, can someone please translate it and put it on Steam? PLEASE?
. Its not bad. Definitly some parts were a bore, and I wanted to slam my head against the desk with some of the dialougue, but overall its decent. The art is good, and the world is interesting. If there is one more caveat it would be that there is a crab ton of reading and not a lot of significant choices.
I give it a 7-8 depending on where you are in the story.. I admit, the first thing that caught my eye were the words, "Nikola Tesla". Then I noticed a Lovecraftian Tag, followed by images of a man standing like a boss with lightning swords. The more I dug, it was just a heaping list of things I generally love, all wrapped up into a Japanese visual novel set in an alternate universe of steampunk and the supernatural. After playing I came away with an overall positive impression, even if I didn't get quite what I hoped for.
First of all, lets talk characters. They're generally well designed, though 90% of the female cast takes the words, "Hourglass Figure" to whole new level. The male task is all Bishounen (Pretty boys, for the uninitiated) though the beach scene will surprise you. I've never seen Bishounen looking THAT ripped before.
Unfortunately, outside of a few exceptions the cast is a bit bland. You've seen these archtypes before but many take it to a new extreme I haven't seen before. I mean rigid adherence to that archetype, it wasn't a positive remark. Those characters who are interesting don't get nearly the amount of attention I want, including Tesla. Know that Tesla is not the primary character of this story.
Instead, for the first 6 chapters (there are twelve in total I think) you have to suffer through experiencing the world as Neon Scalar Smilje. Interesting name aside, she is by far the worst VN protag I've ever seen. She gets a little better after 6, enough to be called "tolerable" but oh my god. She is a stuttering, easily flustered wallflower who lacks the ability to take any form of agency and with the deductive skills of a squirrel. If you handed her two baby building blocks she'd stare at them for a full thirty minutes before putting it together. With a fifty-fifty shot at success. Thankfully the point of view jumps around, something like a breath of fresh air before you get to returned to your primary narrative.
The fact that nobody in this cast seems to be able to talk without being cryptic and melodramatic doesn't help. There are also a number of references which make me think this was the third or fourth game in a series, as Nikola Tesla seems to have had some serious adventures under his belt. The kind that are way too eventful to be just a background. The encyclopedia is heavy with mentions to significant events that Tesla was implied to have been involved in.
Now the overall chapters themselves are good. The stories are interesting and it feels very episodic. I wouldn't be surprised to find out the original script was written with a 12 episode series in mind, and its pacing is actually pretty good and I could see a successful show here. Minus Neon Smilja anyway.
This is a dark story folks. Though it does have its moments of light-heartedness and comedy, it is primarly a dark drama. Sinister machinations are everywhere and bad things happen to good people. Prepare for a few disturbing scenes described in graphic detail to accompany some dark images.
There isn't nearly enough Lovecraft to warrant a tag. There's reference to one of my personal favorites, "The colour from outer space" but there isn't anything else. Mentions of grimoires do exist but they get no play at all so Lovecraft fans, prepare to be disappoint.
Music gets a double thumbs up from me. Its a pretty strong soundtrack with a good opening theme. More BGM's appear as you play the game, though two of my favorites don't appear until the end of the game. As for the end, its pretty satisfying actually, despite feeling rushed as hell. Or edited at the last second without anyone giving it a once over.
To answer the questions about erotica, I'll say that they are tastefully written. Its the quivalent of James Bond PG-13 sex in prose, except a whole lot darker. Outside of ONE sex scene, none of the others are happy, pleasurable affairs. They're dramatic and occur between broken or disturbed people. They're an erotic equivalent depression and cry for help.
I actually enjoyed these, because it was something I hadn't seen before in a VN. They actually revealed a lot about the characters and their mindsets, which makes them more interesting and less bland as stated earlier.
Now after all this why do I give the game a positive rating? It still has a lot of the themes I love, it finishes strongly albeit hastily, the music and art are both good and the plot is good overall. Not a lot of games, VN or otherwise finish strong, making them forgettable. I'll remember Gahkthun and the world its from. I highly recommend reading the encyclopedia and I hope we see any other games from this series. Who doesnt want to see more Nikola Tesla with lightning powers?. Top notch VN.
10/10 Voice Acting, 9/10 Plot, 8/10 Pacing, 9/10 Twist, 10/10 Graphics.
>> Godly VA, and damn that plot, not just that plot ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), but well you know, story plot; Graphics are really good.
>> Not perfect but hey, must buy.
>> Pretty Expensive for a pretty short game, you can probably finish the game in like 12 hrs or something if you want too.
>> FANTASTIC VN OVERALL
PS: Wish they would tl the sequel too.. Best Nikola Tesla dating sim I ever played. Unfortunately i cannot recommand this novel ... I was bored to tears
- the drawings suck and they are recycled
- beside Tesla and Neon the side characters are bland and boring ...exactly what was the purpose of izumi ... the cat lady ??
- the fights are boring and repetitive
- the sound effects especially during the fights are loud and anoying (example the fuken bell ring)
- the music sucked (mostly symphonic)
- the voice acting , sucked , Tesla sounded emotionless and bored 100% of the time
- the female heroine had no personality
- the romance sucked so bad ... they only touch once at the beginning of the novel when he carries her and then the final sex scene is in the end of the novel...
- repeating word for word of too many parts
Avoid this novel ... If you want a visual novel who wont dissapoint please buy "Demonbane" from JastUSA website . If you liked it please leave a comment and i can recommand more good VN ...
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