Saya No Uta
|a game by||Nitroplus|
|Editor Rating:||8.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.5/10 - 4 votes|
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I have played some messed up games in my time, but none of these prepared me for what Saya No Uta had in store. Let me start this review by saying right off the bat this game is not for everyone. If you are easily offended by things like gore, sex, bad language, extreme violence, and horrific imagery, Saya No Uta is not for you.
A Horrific Story Created Through Tragedy
Saya No Uta is a visual novel style game so as you would expect it is very story driven. The main character is called Fuminori. He is a medical student with a bright future until a car accident kills his family and leaves him in hospital. When he awakes he has this strange “condition” where he sees the world around him in a horrific state. I really cannot do justice just how gruesome and horrible the world through Fuminori’s eyes is. You know the messed up demon world of DMC? This is like that but amplified by about 1 million. Even something as simple as his bed sheets is gross and will turn your stomach.
Eye of the Beholder
The thing with Fuminori’s condition is that the rest of the people around him see the world as normal (although the way they see him is very disturbing). He though sees his friends as horrible monsters and as a result, he starts to isolate himself away from everyone…. Except a young girl called Saya who is looking for her dad. To him, Saya is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. The flipside of this is that to other people she is so horrific in her appearance she drives them mad! They get close, move in together and then horrific scene after horrific scene happens.
Rooting for the Bad Guys
I do not want to spoil the story here, but many of the things that Saya and Fuminori do make them straight up bad guys. The game though despite all of the horrible and horrific things that it makes you do, makes you feel sorry for them. I have never played a game that has made my stomach turn by the actions of a character, but at the same time, I feel sorry for that character. This is some masterful storytelling and if you can handle how messed up it is, the story is going to grab you, never let go and stick with you for a long time. It is also worth noting that Saya No Uta has some pretty graphic sex scenes, but you can turn these off. To be honest with you while they are full on, I must admit they are not just there for shock value they do serve the story.
Saya No Uta in some spots does not give you as many options when it comes to the story as other visual novel style games I have played. However, this works in the game's favor. The choices you make matter and you better be sure about what you pick as it can radically change the story and the ending. This, of course, means that there is some good replay value in Saya No Uta and I plan on playing through it again myself.
Saya No Uta is a game that is not for everyone. However, if you love gore and messed up movies like Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostel and are not easily offended I highly recommend Saya, No Uta. The story was fantastic and very well written and it would be easy to say that the gore, violence, and sex are there just to grab attention, but they are all an integral part of the story.
- Some very nice art
- The story is fantastic
- Makes you like the villains
- The story sticks with you for days
- Your choices matter
- The gore and sex are very graphic
- Not a ton of choices to make