|Game: Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~
Genre: “Adventure”, Visual Novel
Release Date: Sept 30, 2011
Platform: PC / Played on Windows 7
Overall rating: 2/10 (for the idea and graphics)
|Graphics: 9/10 (as far as anime art goes)
Controls: 9/10 (not that visual novels have that many controls… )
I was actually pretty excited about trying Go! Go! Nippon! ~My First Trip to Japan~
The premise sounded interesting, the fact that it would tell you facts about Japan was also interesting, and I thought perhaps it’d be a fun little story that would give you some knowledge of culture and such as you played.
First, what I liked:
The part about Japan facts was interesting, not everything was new to me, and half of the stuff you’d already know if you ever opened, you know, a brochure for Japan or watched an anime… but it was still interesting.
The graphics were nice, background as well as characters were well drawn.
I loved the idea for the VN, and loved that you could actually have it with Japanese text too.
The idea of having expenses added was interesting, but badly done and underused.
I guess if you’re getting ready to visit Japan this would be cool.
Now, what I disliked:
While the graphics were nice, they were poor. Half the time you had sky shots with music/sound/text that would be like “Oh, the train arrives~! Let’s get on it!” like they couldn’t find the image of a train or something, which was slightly annoying. But I could overlook that, or could have, if the story had been actually interesting.
So you play as this guy who realizes is life long dream of going to Japan. Only unlike any normal human being, he makes no research whatsoever of who he’s actually going to be staying with (“friends” from Japan whom he never exchanged pictures with and he thought were guys but are really girls. Yay, score for him, right?… yeah), and just hops on a plane. Lets assume I can suspend disbelief enough to think this really smart guy couldn’t have found out before hand that his “friends” were really girls.
We move on in the story and find out that the guy whose long life dream was going to Japan has apparently never even watched an anime (or read about the place he wanted to go to), or even stepped foot outside his own home back in his country. He knows none of the basic things an anime fan would know, or that someone who cared about the place they so wanted to see would be aware of, or basics about the culture. Basically: he’s highly unprepared. He seems to even be amazed at the dumbest things (train, shopping mall, everything! Ooooooohhhhhhh, I’ve never seen a shopping mall before! – I grant you Japan ones are probably impressive, but probably not like this.)
Then, you spend most the novel on invisible trains. I say invisible trains because, as mentioned, you get most the time a sky view as the girls proceed to explain everything about how the train system works while you travel to and from places. And it’s not a lot of places.
All the while you’re supposed to “choose” one girl for the love story that’s behind all this… only you don’t really know which you’re picking (each girl shows you a different place out of the few that are to be seen, but you don’t know which girl will show you which until you’ve picked it).
Do I recommend this VN? Well… no.
If you want this for the culture shot – don’t get it, watch any anime instead.
If you want this for the hentai/ecchi – don’t get it, there’s none.
If you want this for the story – don’t get it, there’s also none.