A few days ago I got to play a recently released Dischan visual novel called Dysfunctional Systems. The experience playing it was as good as I expect from any game I devote time to, however I found it a bit lacking in research. If you’re in for numbers and physics rather than gaming, you may skip to the second part.
As can be deduced from books I’ve read, stories set in the future and stories where highly advanced technology is common, people create stars purely for entertainment are my favourite. In short I like Science Fiction a lot.
When I first saw that Dysfunctional Systems’ story is based on Science Fiction I was rather sceptical about the prospects of it. You rarely see a Visual Novel and SF in a game at the same time, which is also a reason it is hard to imagine what kind of game could be produced by mixing these two ingredients. I have to say that people at Dischan squeezed the full potential of this mix and made a great game which exceeded my expectations by, like, a lot.
The blood of any game, art, is beautiful and polished – I don’t have any objurgations regarding it. As far as character art goes I find Waverly to have the best (cutest) one – Winter’s design simply didn’t fit my taste. Bundled extras are worth a look as well, but while tinkering with the source files I found an awesome image that people at Dischan apparently forgot to include. The mistake seems to be fixed in the current build though.
The soundtrack – a pack of awesome music by CombatPlayer worth at least as much as you pay for whole game is also included into the deal. It’s available in MP3 as well as in FLAC, which I really appreciate.
The short playtime might be the biggest one of the few quirks Dysfunctional Systems has. We are promised up to 5 episodes though, so both the shortness and rather abrupt ending can be overlooked. Other than that, this game is worth all the teas and beers the person, who was kind enough to present me this game, owed. Thanks!
The next part of this article contains spoilers so I split it up into two distinct articles. If you either already experienced the game or just don’t care, you may continue reading.