Title: Your Memories Off: Girl’s Style
Price: $48.90 (temporarily on sale at Play-Asia for $29.90)
Release Date: February 26, 2009
Publisher (Developer): 5pb (5pb)
ESRB Rating: N/A, CERO B for Ages 12+
Pros: Interesting story. Great music. Can play through a shorter version of the story from Shunichi’s point of view, rather than Umi’s, that has multiple endings. Two endings for five characters, four for one character.
Cons: Lots and lots of text. Some characters aren’t as interesting as others.
Overall Score: 9/10
Your Memories Off: Girl’s Style may be a contender for “Worst Use of English in a Video Game Title,” but try not to let that bother you too much. If you do, you’ll begin one of the best visual novels on the wrong foot. Wouldn’t want that to happen, now would you?
Your Memories Off: Girls Style is a spin-off of the Memories Off series of romantic visual novels for guys and a port of a PS2 game. It’s also the only entry in the series that’s geared towards women. All of the other Memories Off games are designed for a male audience.
If your Japanese language skills are adequate, and you know a kanji character or two, you may be in the perfect position to live the life of an up and coming rock star.
“I’m through with standing in lines at clubs I’ll never get in.”
Have you ever wanted another life? Umi has. She has dreams, which seemed to get even bigger after she saw the new band Your in concert. But, for the time being, she’s stuck as an ordinary, everyday waitress.
But those days won’t last forever. Your stops by her cafe, and she ends up being going to the studio with them. Next thing she knows, she’s singing with them. Now her dream of stardom is on it’s way to coming true, and she’s building relationships with her bandmates (and other guys) as they work towards fame and fortune.
Unrealistic? Definitely. But no one cares. I’m sure plenty of people have daydreamed about suddenly becoming a superstar, and that’s what Your Memories Off: Girl’s Style is all about. It’s giving players the opportunity to live vicariously through Umi and experience the life of a rock star.
“I’m gonna trade this life for fortune and fame.”
Since Your Memories Off: Girl’s Style is strictly a text-based game, it’s very easy to look at in terms of good and bad. However, the good and bad are very subjective. What one person finds bad or annoying could be completely tolerable, or even good, in the eyes of another player, and vice versa.
Personally, I found myself occasionally intimidated or bored by the endless walls of text Your Memories Off: Girl’s Style threw at me. I also wasn’t too fond of the characters Taku or Masato, when it came to pursuing their storylines.
I loved the music that appeared throughout the game. From the background music, to the opening and end theme, it was awesome. I also liked all of the other characters that appeared throughout the game. Plus, the Shunichi extra story was a great way to add replay value and offer extra insight into Your Memories Off: Girl’s Style.
“Cause we all just wanna be big rockstars.”
While I tend to prefer visual novels that have mini-games or simulation game elements included to break up the monotony, Your Memories Off: Girl’s Style is among my favorite standard visual novels. It’s a joy to look at and listen to, and all of the different endings and possibilities for Umi and Shunichi’s lives make it one of the visual novels you don’t mind replaying.
Editor’s Note: All headings are lyrics taken from Nickelback’s “Rockstar.”
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