Master Detective Archives: Rain Code

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Danganronpa has been one of the crucial sudden success tales of the previous few years. They’re bizarre, they’re morbid, they’re the sort of factor that has historically been very area of interest outdoors of Japan, and but, the Danganronpa video games have offered over 5 million copies worldwide.

Overview recreation Master Detective Archives: Rain Code Overview – Outmatching Monokuma

Overview recreation Master Detective Archives: Rain Code Overview – Outmatching Monokuma

You’d suppose Danganronpa creator Kazutaka Kodaka would latch onto the collection for all times, however after producing a pair sequels, he as an alternative opted to department out with the brand new studio Too Kyo Video games. After placing out a pair smaller experiments, Kodaka has delivered his first main Danganronpa successor, Master Detective Archives: Rain Code.

Does Master Detective Archives show Kodaka and firm are nonetheless master thriller writers? Or does the sport not handle to flee Monokuma’s cuddly shadow? Seize an umbrella, it’s time to wade in…

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code: June 30, 2023
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Writer: Spike Chunsoft, Nintendo
Developer: Too Kyo Games, Spike Chunsoft

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code begins with protagonist Yuma Kokohead (this recreation has an actual aptitude for names) awakening in a prepare station with no reminiscence of his previous. Sure, it’s an amnesia story, however don’t fear, the remainder of the sport doesn’t go too heavy on the cliches. Yuma quickly finds himself on a prepare with quite a lot of card-carrying members of the World Detective Group — Master Detectives who use particular powers that assist them clear up mysteries. Sadly, these powers don’t find yourself being a lot use as all of the detectives find yourself useless and Yuma is fingered because the assassin. Ain’t that all the time the best way?


Fortunately, it seems Yuma made a pact with a chipper Loss of life God named Shinigami in change for his recollections. Normally, Shinigami seems as a purple Pac-Man-esque specter that solely Yuma can see, however she transforms into a way more… strong… kind whereas in a Thriller Labyrinth. However what’s a Thriller Labyrinth you ask? These trippy manifestations of Yuma’s present case lead you step-by-step you to the true perpetrator, who finally faces punishment from Shinigami. Punishment that causes them to die in the true world.

Due to Shinigami and the Thriller Labyrinth, Yuma solves the prepare murders and finds himself in Kanai Ward, a perpetually rain-soaked neon dystopia minimize off from the surface world and lorded over by the Amaterasu Company. Yuma quickly hooks up with one other group of World Detective Group members, referred to as the Nocturnal Detective Company, and discovers he’s a trainee Master Detective himself. The WDO has despatched all of the sleuths to uncover “Kanai Ward’s Final Secret” which is by some means linked to the broader “Nice International Thriller,” however within the meantime, Yuma and mates get right down to fixing some smaller-scale homicide mysteries whereas dodging Amaterasu Corp’s Peacekeeper safety drive.

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code’s premise isn’t as elegant and snappy as “highschool children attempt to survive a killing recreation” and setting the desk takes some time. The sport’s early hours are a bit sluggish, however you need to begin to really feel at house in Kanai Ward earlier than too lengthy. Whereas the world of Danganronpa actually left an impression, it was additionally reasonably summary. The state of the broader world outdoors of the classroom killing grounds was all the time imprecise and the objectives of Monokuma and the video games’ different antagonists had been nebulous. By comparability, Rain Code gives a way more fleshed-out, plausible, and, in some methods, grounded world. Don’t get me fallacious, the sport nonetheless serves up some wild twists and the gallows humor, horniness, and normal weirdness remains to be right here, however this time it’s served up with a surprisingly-hearty aspect order of world-building. The whole lot matches collectively and is sensible. Heck, we even get a reasonably sensible in-universe rationalization for why everybody in Kodaka-produced video games bleed pink blood.


You get a way Kodaka cares concerning the characters in Rain Code in a manner he by no means actually did with Danganronpa’s deranged college students. Positive, Danganronpa characters had been typically memorable, generally even likable, however the video games tended to deal with them in reasonably callous methods and also you not often felt actually concerned of their dramas. Not so in Rain Code. All of the weird twists and silliness finally builds to a surprisingly heartfelt, character-driven ending. I’ll admit, there have been some moments that legitimately hit me within the feels, which exhibits actual progress in Kodaka’s writing abilities.

Mater Detective Archive: Rain Code’s extra fleshed-out world is bolstered by much-improved presentation. Not like the straightforward, largely-static visuals of the Danganronpa video games, Rain Code gives up an intricate fully-explorable overworld. This isn’t Cyberpunk 2077, however Kanai Ward gives up a shocking degree of element and a few thrives you don’t typically see on the Change, together with some reasonably eye-catching reflections. In the meantime, Mystery Dungeons ship loads of mind-bending imagery, with the panorama bending and reforming round you as you proceed. These spectacular visuals do generally come at a price to efficiency, however the occasional framerate hitches aren’t that extreme or distracting. Audio is a barely blended unhealthy, as the sport’s soundtrack that’s maybe a bit too much like Danganronpa, however that’s largely made up for by uniformly glorious voice appearing.

After all, good world-building wouldn’t imply a lot if Rain Code didn’t serve up high quality mysteries. Fortunately, it does. That is most likely one of the best, most constant set of instances Kodaka has delivered to this point. There are not any duds right here, as every thriller is intelligent, tightly plotted, and feels distinctive. Many of the instances are performs on basic thriller tropes – loss of life on a prepare, a collection of locked-room murders, a theatrically-themed case filled with backstage drama, and so forth. Kodaka takes on the thriller paperback classics and spins them in enjoyable and sudden methods.

Rain Code’s well-wrought mysteries are served nicely by gameplay that feels much like Danganronpa, however has been polished to a a lot better diploma. Every chapter begins with an investigation section, the place gamers discover the overworld and look at crime scenes to gather clues (or “Resolution Keys”) that may later be used within the Mystery Dungeon. Generally these sections of the sport is usually a bit drawn out, however Rain Code retains the participant engaged with some uncommon situations. From chapter to chapter you’ll end up performing some barely awkward undercover work at an all-girls college, exploring a secret lab as a disembodied spirit, and extra.

Mystery Dungeons are primarily an up to date tackle Danganronpa’s class trials, with gamers presenting clues and countering arguments in a collection of minigames. The most typical problem you’ll face are Reasoning Loss of life Matches, a refined model of the Nonstop Debates from Danganronpa that activity you with actually dodging an opponent’s statements and countering lies with the suitable Resolution Key. Different reoccurring minigames embrace Shinigami Puzzles which activity you with spelling out a key phrase, God Shinigami Rush the place you bash via the perpetrator’s last defenses, and the Deduction Denouement the place it’s a must to lay out the specifics of a case within the pages of a graphic novel.

Whereas it’s not likely attainable to get misplaced in a Thriller Labyrinth, the presentation is extra participating than Danganronpa’s class trials, which weren’t that visually-exciting and will really feel repetitive. The Mystery Dungeon format additionally permits for extra innovation, with each often having a novel twist. In a single chapter you’ll should recreate locked-room mysteries step-by-step, in one other you’ll should battle towards your individual doubts, ect. Typically, the writing and building of the Mystery Labyrinths is simply tighter than the category trials of outdated. There are fewer moments the place the logic doesn’t make sense otherwise you’re pressured to make questionable stretches.

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code’s twists and turns aren’t fairly as wild as Danganronpa’s, however they make extra sense, and are, finally, extra satisfying. And don’t get me fallacious, Rain Code goes to some very darkish and shocking locations. Kodaka has constructed the world of Rain Code brick-by-brick in a really cautious manner, and it’s arduous to not admire the craft. And a whole lot of crafting has be carried out! The sport is a minimum of 30 hours lengthy and those that purpose to wash up ever sidequest and collectible might spend nearer to 40 hours. Anticipate to spend so much of time combing via these archives, thriller followers.

This overview was primarily based on a duplicate of Master Detective Archives: Rain Code supplied by Nintendo and writer Spike Chunsoft.  

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