Journey Nook ~ Nameless;Code – RPGamer

Welcome to Journey Nook, a column the place members of the RPGamer employees may give their ideas, impressions, and pseudo-reviews for numerous journey titles that don’t come underneath our ordinary protection. Journey Nook is aimed toward delivering opinions on a variety of titles together with visible novels, point-and-click adventures, investigative mysteries, and so forth.

On this version of the column we check out Nameless;Code, the most recent title in MAGES Inc.’s Science Journey visible novel sequence.


Platform: PlayStation 4
(additionally obtainable on PC, Change)

Launch Date: 09.08.2023

Writer: Spike Chunsoft

Developer: MAGES Inc.


Created by Chiyomaru Shikura, the Science Journey sequence has caused a great variety of nicely obtained visible novels. Whereas Steins;Gate stays the ever standout entry, newest entry Nameless;Code provides an thrilling revival for the sequence after a number of years’ hole — although it afforded the prospect for the west to play catch up. Combing scientific concept and conspiracies with various ranges of credibility, normally with some hacking and distinct selection mechanics concerned, the sequence has endeavoured to create extremely intriguing and layered mysteries. Nameless;Code might not fairly attain the identical heights of Steins;Gate, however its thrilling pacing and extra intuitive path in direction of its ending makes for a extremely participating story.

Nameless;Code is about within the 12 months 2037, the place expertise has pervaded far sufficient that individuals use gadgets that join on to their neural programs and augmented actuality is used virtually in all places. The sport’s lead is Pollon Takaoka, a younger hacker in Japan who’s a part of a two-man workforce taking over jobs from shoppers that calls itself Nakano Symphonies, and whose father handed away over a 12 months in the past in the course of the cataclysmic occasion known as “Unhappy Morning”. The sport begins within the thick of it, displaying Pollon’s escape from a navy chase, earlier than leaping again to indicate how he received there. These occasions go from a run-of-the-mill hacking job to Pollon’s ill-conceived try to indicate his pals that he has a (non-existent) girlfriend, when a woman sporting a curious outfit that’s by no means actually defined reveals up requiring help to evade her pursuers. In consequence, Pollon will get caught up in a conspiracy revolving across the Vatican and at least the tip of the world.

Pollon takes a little bit of a battering throughout the sport.

The sport takes place throughout ten or so chapters. The primary few work to arrange the solid in addition to the first risk across the conspiracies, earlier than a sequence of “quests” take over. These lethal hacking-centred occasions are purportedly carried out by the legendary hacker Cicada 3301, who posts clues to resolve them, however previous to the sport’s occasion none has been efficiently foiled. Nevertheless, Pollon uncovers a fourth-wall breaking capability to Save and Load throughout his preliminary escape with the woman, who takes on the title Momo Aizaki that Pollon made up for his fictional girlfriend. This capability lets him leap again to one of many save states he created together with his reminiscences of the long run intact. It’s right here the place gamers come into the image, because it’s their prompting on the acceptable moments that causes Pollon to load and attempt to change the long run.

In contrast to earlier Science Journey titles, there aren’t a number of routes to be involved with unlocking to have the ability to get to the right path. It’s a linear journey by the story, albeit with some leaps again in time, with any errors seeing Pollon or the quests assembly a foul finish. Failure states are met with a message about what went fallacious, with the sport providing a prepared assortment of autosaves to leap again into along with any handbook saves gamers need to make. The extra linear nature does imply that the supporting solid doesn’t get fairly a lot time within the highlight as in different sequence titles, and its members don’t get a complete lot of growth or examinations of their private histories, however the writing nonetheless lets their personalities shine. The pacing is notably faster than different titles within the sequence, and plenty of visible novels normally, which may readily spend their first half or extra organising their characters and mysteries earlier than issues begin coming to a head. Nameless;Code is more than pleased to dive into the thick of issues with its opening chase and race-against-time quests. The story and solid is probably not as intricately linked as in Steins;Gate, however it definitely doesn’t have any points in capturing participant’s attentions and retaining them concerned within the story. Pollon and Momo at the very least make for nicely rounded protagonists which are clearly impacted by and develop from the occasions occurring with and round them.

Instigating Pollon to make use of Saving and Loading works as Nameless;Code’s selection mechanic.

There are definitely instances the place Nameless;Code stretches its world’s credibility, particularly with how the true finish involves cross, however the true ending appears like extra of a bonus aspect be aware to its preliminary correct conclusion. Nevertheless, it’s straightforward to forgive a few of its extra preposterous parts and its knocking upon the fourth wall due to the fast pacing and good character work within the build-up to it. The sport and its theme are way more related to Steins;Gate than different entries, with sure ideas and references coming straight from it, so sequence newcomers might get extra from beginning there. Ideas together with quantum mechanics and world strains work nicely with the sport’s attention-grabbing and pretty plausible tackle near-future expertise with an web tradition that readily takes its inspiration from present instances, even when it appears disconcertingly simply for issues in it to get hacked.

Sequence mainstay Takeshi Abo is in command of the sport’s music, and as soon as once more he does an outstanding job. The soundtrack is full of a mix of catchy beat-pumping tracks for the thrilling moments and quieter, melancholy tracks for extra emotive moments. In a rarity for visible novels, Spike Chunsoft has offered a full English voice-over for Nameless;Code. The performances are sturdy all through, very capably led by Max Mittelman as Pollon and Anairis Quiñones as Momo, although the small hole in between strains could make it sound a contact stilted at instances, and a few might choose the higher pace at which they’ll learn by themselves.

The sport utilises comedian/manga visuals for a few of the flashier scenes.

Nameless;Code eschews the 3D mannequin look that got here with Robotics;Notes, taking a live-2D type of animated 2D characters full with acceptable lip-syncing. The paintings appears to be like good, serving to with creating memorable solid and placing them into the world. It really works nicely with the sport’s UI, which largely emulates Pollon’s view of issues and makes the textual content look match in step with his BMI imaginative and prescient as he receives calls, and views the assorted bits of AR around the globe. There’s a neat contact the place by hiding the sport UI, gamers additionally cover the AR displayed on the planet. The sport additionally has the common visible novel full paintings items to mark sure scenes, but additionally provides in comedian panel sections for its extra dynamic occasions. Whereas this helps higher convey a way of motion, there’s a particular and barely distracting disconnect in kinds between it and the remainder of the sport, nonetheless.

Finally, Nameless;Code is an thrilling thriller visible novel nicely value testing. Regardless of some preposterousness, it readily captures gamers’ consideration with its tackle the close to future, efficiently mixing wider concepts in regards to the nature of the world and science with some conventional and fashionable conspiracy theories. Its sturdy primary solid and attention-grabbing selection mechanic offers an ample sense of reward to gamers for locating their approach by Cicada’s quests and answering the deeper questions at play.


Disclosure: This text is predicated on a free copy of the sport offered by the writer.


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