I love time travel stories. And one of my favorite time travel stories and video games from the 90’s was the game, YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. Now, nearly twenty years after its original released on the NEC PC-9800, the game is coming back and I’m excited for an all new generation to enjoy a fantastic journey through time and space.
A prologue demo of YU-NO was available at this year’s Tokyo Game Show 2016, and I got a chance give it a whirl. The play time was ten minutes, and the only playable portion was the prologue–which for visual novels can be exceedingly long. Needless to say, I only really got to cover some of the protagonist’s backstory and barely scratched the surface of the story itself. Still, it was enough to get those nostalgia juices flowing.
From the look of things, the updated release seems to be a direct port of the 1997 Sega Saturn port which added a full voice cast and was edited for content. The artwork has been updated with new character designs by Ar tonelico series character designer, Nagi Ryo, which look fantastic. The voice cast has been updated as well, which–on a personal note–was a touch disappointing. This is mainly because the voice actor for the main character’s father in the Sega Saturn version was Fumihiko Tachiki–the voice of Gendo Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
The game system itself seems completely unchanged from the original. You’re given a selection of basic commands like talk, look at, move, and interact. The story progresses based on whatever information is gathered by talking to, looking at, or interacting with certain objects or people. It’s a classic system that requires time and patience–and in the modern day of short attention spans and easy accessibility, I worry if it can keep up.
Overall, I am looking forward to returning to one of my favorite stories of all time. The initial lot of the game will also include a code to download the original NEC PC-9800 version of the game, which is also a treat–though likely edited for content. The original version will be playable on whichever platform you purchase the game for.
YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world is scheduled for release in Japan on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on November 17. There is currently no word on a Western release.
September 21, 2016 03:00 AM