Critical Point
Gameplay 6
Graphics 6
Sound 6

I was expecting more from the story and less emphasis on the sex scenes considering the writer but this was not to be. The plot is still interesting and the location unique but the focus is firmly on the females and sexual content. Fans of the genre will enjoy it but others might not appreciate the mixture of sex and violence.

Gameplay: Lots of reading and a few choices here and there.

Graphics: Plenty of scenes and characters.

Sound: Japanese voice acting and decent enough music

Summary 6.0 Above Average
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Accept
Summary 0.0 Terrible

Critical Point

Developer: Sweet Basil | Publisher: Peach Princess | Release Date: 2002 | Genre: Visual Novel | Website: n/a | Format: Digital Download

Adult visual novels based around a science fiction theme is pretty rare but Critical Point goes one step further by featuring a story penned by none other than Kenichi Matsuzaki. As a major contributor to both the Mobile Suit Gundam and Macross sagas I was interested in seeing what he would bring to the VN genre.

The game takes place in the year 2037 and everything is not at peace. The protagonist of the tale is Captain Leiji Osumi who is tasked by the Free Space Alliance to investigate rumors of sabotage at a remote lunar base. Upon arrival Leiji finds that the base is staffed almost entirely by females and none of them appear to be able to control their sexual urges. In between all the usual debauchery that characterizes the genre, Leiji must unravel the mystery of who is responsible for the sabotage.

During the course of the game Leiji is mostly concerned with sleeping his way through the seven stereotypical women that throw themselves at him. The sex scenes feature no animation but there are tons of them and the uncensored visuals are quite graphic. Meanwhile the saboteur starts killing people in gruesome ways when Leiji starts to breath down their neck, so expect a few gory scenes as well. The game even combines the sex and violence in a few scenes which is rather disturbing but still relatively tame for the genre I guess.

Critical Point has a branching storyline which leads up to one of over twenty endings but most of these are sudden deaths. Most of the time the consequences of your choices are rather obvious but in a few instances death can occur from seemingly random acts. You can save at any time so this isn’t really an issue but the text forwarding option forwards ALL text not just the lines that you have seen before as in other games which can be problematic.

The story is interesting but not quite as good as I would have expected considering the hype around the writer but it is better than some of the other fluff in the genre. The translation is pretty good and I didn’t notice any glaring errors or grammar issues. The game also has full Japanese voice acting which is pretty nice. In addition, the game has a decent selection of sound effects and some nice tunes. The visuals are not too bad considering the age of the game although due to the setting the environments are rather limited. The character designs are ok and the girls are varied enough to cater to all tastes.

Critical Point doesn’t advance the genre in any particular way and the story is not the best I’ve seen but it is engaging enough to warrant at least one or two playthroughs. Once again, if you are not a fan of the genre then there is not much here that will sway your opinion but you can certainly do worse than this title.

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

System Requirements

  • Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
  • Pentium 90 MHz or better processor
  • 32 MB of RAM
  • 60 MB Hard drive space
  • Mouse
  • Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
  • Pentium 90 MHz or better processor
  • 32 MB of RAM
  • 60 MB Hard drive space
  • Mouse

Related posts

Oscura: Lost Light

Oscura: Lost Light

Oscura: Lost Light is a nice, solid platformer with eye-catching visuals and challenging gameplay. The level designs in particular are very good and the puzzles never become tedious. The abundance of checkpoints and unlimited lives at your disposal also cuts down on the frustration. Overall Oscura is a great game for fans of the genre, but doesn’t have anything unique to really draw players who would not normally try out platformers. Gameplay: Entertaining and challenging without becoming frustrating or tedious. Graphics: The silhouette visual style might not be a fresh as it used to be, but still looks good in Oscura. Sound: The background music remains firmly in the background without really standing out.

Sakura Nova

Sakura Nova

The setting and characters are all good, but nothing ever happens to really make you care about either. The game does feature a free patch to add back all the censored content, so anyone looking for a nukige title will probably enjoy Sakura Nova. Unfortunately, those looking for a memorable story or plan on playing without the patch are likely to be disappointed. Gameplay: There are choices to be made and three different endings, but the story is a bit lacking. Graphics: Like other titles in the Sakura series the visuals are beautiful, but static. Sound: Not much to say about the music, but the voice acting is pretty good.

Type:Rider

Type:Rider

The unique concept of Type:Rider immediately caught my attention and thankfully the gameplay was up to scratch as well. It takes a while to get used to the controls as controlling two dots can be challenging, but the excellent levels and stylish visuals will suck you in. While not a very long game there is some replay value and who knows, you might just learn something about typography as well along the way. Gameplay: Once you get used to the controls the game is a blast. Graphics: Stylish visuals and a great art direction. Sound: Matches the gameplay and visuals perfectly.

Spirit of War

Spirit of War

Turn-based strategy titles that are based on the First World War aren’t exactly known for their accessibility, especially when there are hexes involved, but Spirit of War manages to buck this trend. It has a wealth of units, plenty of maps and the skirmishes are quite addictive. Thanks to the lengthy solo campaign as well as the inclusion of hotseat multiplayer the game definitely provides value for money. There are a couple of niggles that prevent it from scoring higher, but overall I really enjoyed this title. Gameplay: A nice selection of different units and gameplay that is very accessible to newcomers. Graphics: Nothing too extravagant, but still has plenty of neat touches. Sound: Unobtrusive music and decent sound effects.

Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood

Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood

The Mists of Ravenwood is another solid hidden object game from Artifex Mundi, one of the most respected developers in the genre. It takes place after the events of The Ghosts of Maple Creek and features another gripping adventure for the detective protagonist to solve. Improvements, such as the polished visuals and fast travel system, make the game more enjoyable to play while the story remains engaging throughout thanks to the “evidence board” feature. If you are a fan of the genre and enjoyed the original then The Mists of Ravenwood should not be missed. Gameplay: Not too difficult, but remains fun to play all the way through. Graphics: The hand drawn scenes are stylish, detailed and very interesting. Sound: A little too similar to the original for our taste, but the sound effects are great.

F.E.A.R. 3

F.E.A.R. 3

The series is moving away even further from its creepy horror roots and starting to feel a bit like a typical "Call of Duty" style shooter. There's still a few nice ideas, but the scares are thin on the ground and the story isn't exactly gripping. The co-op seems to have been the main focus of the game and works well. Gameplay: The shooting mechanics are solid but it loses that spooky "F.E.A.R" feeling along the way. Graphics: Looks good and the environments are a bit more varied than before. Sound: Nothing but silence from the lead character, but overall the voices and music is decent.

Leave a comment

3 + 7 =