Root Double is a visual novel, something you should be aware of before embarking on this “game”.
Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition takes place in 2030 and it is business as usual in the research city Rokumei. Suddenly, the city is shaken by several powerful explosions and an elite rescue force is put on the mission to create order. We get to follow the events before and after the disaster and our feelings and trust in other people control how it all will end.
I will willingly admit that I have grossly misunderstood what Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition went out on before I took it on and I clicked through dialogue after dialogue after dialogue and waited to actually get started play? Then I realized this is the game. This is not an ordinary game, but more of a graphic short story (or visual novel as it is called) where you can only influence at certain key points. There you can via Senses Sympathy System (or SSS) indicate how much you trust a person. Your trust or distrust of a character makes the story take a different direction.
Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition immediately became more interesting when I realized and agreed that this was the whole game idea – I started to get involved in the story. As I said, we get to follow the events both before and after the disaster and at the beginning of the game you get to choose which one you want to start with.
In the same way, it affects the story at which end you want to start, because you can get one completely different image of an individual depending on the starting point. The graphics are still images with simple animation and the dialogue is entirely in Japanese with English text. It’s really nice graphics and the manga feeling is great, but in the end it gets a little too stiff for my taste as there is not much movement. It is also not always easy to hang out all the time, as there is an insane amount of info you have to process to make a choice. The text is in a good size and is easy to read even in portable mode.
The game mechanics with SSS are certainly unique, but in the same breath this is not much to traditional game. In the end, I felt quite drained and the thought that I would have to listen to all the dialogue again and do things over and over again to get a different result did not feel so enticing.
It’s also a shame that you charge close to SEK 500 for this game, as it is a bit expensive for an interactive graphic short story and at the same time it does not feel like a full-fledged game. Root Double – Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition has been for PC for a long time (since 2012 actually) and has received very high marks there. Personally, this might not really be my cup of tea: I really want to be more active in a game than this.
In summary, that is Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition a well-made graphic short story with a certain amount of game mechanics. So for those of you who – like me – are looking for a more playable game, this is not for you. But for those of you who are prepared to read and experience a visual story, the grade will still be approved. Whatever the case with the playability itself, this is a well-written and engaging story.