PSVita version tested
Review code provided
Where to even start with this, I mean I own a game on my Vita which is essentially about dating pigeons and Punch Line is by far more insane than that. The plot of Punch Line involves the main character getting knocked unconscious all because he looked at a girl’s panties for just that little bit too long, while unconscious his body becomes possessed leaving you as a ghost of sorts trying to get your body back. It’s absolutely mental.
Let’s be clear here, it isn’t much of a game in terms of playability, it is more of an anime combined with an interactive story. All you really have to do is occasionally chain together interactions with the environments to advance the story – while avoiding looking at the panties of the female characters for too long, which apparently causes the extinction of humanity somehow because of course it does. Seriously the whole thing is just batshit crazy.
Visually it’s a pretty impressive state of affairs, the in-game graphics really look like an anime and to its credit, the animated portions of the game do look like a proper full budget cartoon. Sadly though that’s really all I can say about Punch Line that’s a positive. As previously mentioned it’s not really a game per se, I also noticed some of the subtitles are pretty badly translated and the use of fanservice reminds me of some of the worst parts of certain anime I’ve seen over the years.
Basically, I can’t recommend this game based purely on the visuals and there’s just nothing else of note to it. The whopping £35 price tag for a Vita game also feels prohibitive, especially when you consider that for that sort of money you could pick up Final Fantasy’s 6 to 9. As always, it does get marked up for not being Colonial Marines so there’s that at least although as that’s a bloody low bar.
Beard Score: 3/10
PlayStation 4 Essentials:
Genre: Adventure, Visual Novel
Format: Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita