3.5 Hours Played ‐ 38 products in account
Firstly and most importantly: if you go into this title expecting a "traditional" game, and not a story presented in an unorthodox manner, you are probably not going to enjoy this. Having played two of Christine Love's other titles (Digital: A Love Story, and Don't Take it Personally Babe, it Just Ain't Your Story,) and enjoyed them, I went into this knowing to expect a good story, and one that was quite possibly heart-wrenching.
If you're a reader, or into old feminist works, you will immediately notice the resemblence to The Handmaid's Tale, which is about a society where women are more or less just baby machines, and rather than being based off the Korean Joseon period, it's about a Christian fundamentalist society. I read it as a high schooler, and it was at times one of the most harrowing and eye-opening books I'd read.
Analogue is like that, and it's even more harrowing when you realize it's not far off from what the historical basis was like. It forces you to wonder "why? Why would people even consider doing this?" especially as it grows more and more horrific. You don't know which characters to like or trust, especially as *Hyun-ae and *Mute present very different views of the logs and what happened. Though, keep in mind, *Mute is the product of the Mugunghwa's society, and *Hyun-ae...well, she's arguably a bit more progressive about women, but you'll see the why of it is a bit more complicated. You are forced to question and consider the roles of both AIs and people like them in a society like this, as well as the other women in the logs, and the various men. Nothing can be read in black and white.
You realize that if you grew up in a society like this, what we see as being unacceptable would be what you see as what's right. You may short-circuit a bit, because the actions taken against the society are arguably more or equally wrong.
There are so many elements to this that you note as you play it once, twice, more than that, that it becomes deeper and deeper. The story fleshes out as you hear both AIs' sides of the story.
My only real gripes are these: I wish it was more interactive, and having to go through all the AI commentary on the logs is tedious. At the same time, how sucked into the story I got offset it.
If you're looking for a story that will make you think and even research an old Korean society afterwards, plus cute, messed up girls and a nice pinch of lesbianism, this is your game.