Friday, April 15, 2016
CAPSULE REVIEW: Analogue: A Hate Story
Analogue: A Hate Story
You can get Analogue: A Hate Story at http://store.steampowered.com/app/209370/
Analogue: A Hate Story is a visual novel about investigating a disaster that occurred on a generation ship drifting through space. There's a lot of reading as you dig through text logs and interact with AI NPCs to uncover the truth. The game is notable for presenting an incredibly fair and even-handed examination of moral relativism. It depicts a society that is horrifying and deplorable by modern standards, but at the same time is clearly made up of people who are just trying to do what they believe is right. There are a lot of characters and some pretty complicated family trees - more visuals would have helped keep them straight, but the writing is strong enough that it's still very easy to believe in these characters and to care about them.