Higurashi: When They Cry Game Review

Much like America has its independent comic scene so does Japan, though in Japan it extends past just independent comics to other venues such as games and they gather at massive conventions to promote their work. Into this environment one creator only known as Ryukishi07 created a software title with his group 07thExpansion that has multiplied far beyond just the small circles in which many of these groups operate. The title has become a big enough smash to have crossed over into other territory with an anime series, a manga series, a pair of live action movies as well as novels and games on the Playstation 2 and DS in addition to two sequel PC games. The rural town of Hinamizawa is located in a valley in a remote part of Japan. It is a small town where most of the residents have grown up there and the entire town knows each other’s names and faces. The narrator of the first three stories has been interjected into this tranquil setting as Keiichi Maebara’s father has relocated his family here to assist him in creating his art. Keiichi makes friends with four of the girls (Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou and Rika Furude) who also attend the one room classroom in the town and joins their game club. As laid back as the girls seem at times, game time is serious business where high penalty stakes await the loser of these games. It is a quiet little area where Keiichi and his friends seem to be able to just take the tranquil days with ease other than that which they put on themselves. 

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