GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE and SUDA51 (Goichi Suda)’s The 25th Ward: The Silver Case is a sequel to the cinematic psychological thriller adventure remake of 2016, brought back to remastered and translated life by Active Gaming Media and NIS America.
It has been almost 2 years since the release of the original The Silver Case, and when I wrote about it, I couldn’t quite make up my mind about what kind of game it was, only that with the involvement of SUDA51 one never knows what to expect, which is what makes his output so interesting. The newest title is actually a remade HD version of a mobile game that was released in Japan in 2005. Now it’s finally here in its translated form with all sorts of upgrades and additions.
The story takes place five years after the events of the original 1999 adventure and revolves around the mysterious murder of a woman found with no external wounds but blood covering a room in the Bayside Tower Land apartment complex located in the 25th Ward district of Kanto. Playing three different characters in their respective storylines Correctness, Match Maker, Placebo, and finally the original game’s protagonist Tokio Morishima who connects all the seemingly random events should make this a far more engaging affair than the typically linear visual novels Japan is known for. Gameplay doesn’t only consist of reading text, but of investigating scenes, reviewing evidence, and interviewing suspects, so it’s more like an adventure game than most of its ilk. It’s certainly a very stylish affair and knowing Suda51 and his penchant for violence and disturbing imagery, this shouldn’t be for the faint of heart or mind. The newest version of the game doesn’t simply include updated HD graphics, but also additional story content. Unlike the episodic release on mobile devices, it’s a complete package and therefore the definitive way to experience it.
The game is now available on PC and PS4 with a 10% launch discount that will last until March 20, 5pm UTC. There’s also a Limited Edition that includes the game, a digital art book and the soundtrack, even though these can be bought as a DLC pack or individually as well.
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