Developed by Liz-Arts and published by Sekai Project on steam in English and Japanese, featuring stunning graphics and an allstar voice cast, comes Memory’s Dogma CODE:01, an exhilarating sci-fi suspense visual novel set in future Japan!
[I was provided a review copy of this game and it will never affect the outcome of this review]
Brief overview of the story
The Year is 2030. With Japan’s recent advancements in information science and neuroscience, human memories can now be saved and recorded. The technology is referred to as “e-Memory.” However, due to the rapid increase in the number of crimes using the e-Memory technology, the government has introduced strict regulations on human memory data. In short, the government now holds a monopoly on all human memory data.
The recording of still-living humans was forbidden, and the e-Memory technology was only to be used on the deceased, giving rise to the establishment of Connect Centers. These state-owned and operated facilities allowed one to call and communicate with the dead. These Connect Centers allowed people who were still in a period of bereavement to cope with their loss by talking with their recently deceased loved ones.
The protagonist, Kusuhara Hiroki, is a college student struggling with suicidal impulses after the sudden passing of his close childhood friend, Mizunashi Sorano. Her memories were to last only until August 26—a mere four more days. Kusuhara teams up with his friend, Amamiya Kakeru, in an attempt to steal Mizunashi Sorano’s memories from the server where they were stored.
Thoughts On The Story
The story kept me interested throughout my whole read through and the pacing was just nice, it wasn’t too fast nor too slow. But then Memory’s Dogma CODE:01 has really big flaws. Though these flaws will be fixed only after the release of part 2 and part 3. Which I am willing to wait because the game managed to kept me interested and invested into the characters at the same time. Hmmm… To describe what I felt after completing Memory’s Dogma CODE:01 lets just say I do not know what to feel. As off right now I do know that there will be a part 2 and part 3 which is nice because Memory’s Dogma CODE:01 ends with an ending which is extremely open-ended it did not feel like it was a complete “part 1” by itself It can’t really be even called a part in my opinion, it is like half a part, half of a prologue. But then again at the same time it managed to keep me interested, while also keeping me of wanting more. So part 2 and part 3 please come out soon it feels very incomplete at the moment.
Next the ending that will lead to a part 2 and part 3 seems impossible to connect, It ends on a very cheerful tone yet the problem that they were facing still exists so how are they going to change things around?? There wasn’t any clear hints to direct the reader thoughts to the possible outcome which in this case leads to Memory’s Dogma part 2 or part 3…. The reader was just left “alone” with no hints or whatsoever. Too many questions were not answered too. The only issue that was solved or touched upon was how Mizunashi Sorano died and how memories were stored. Nothing much else were covered in part 1 not to mention many characters that were introduced into the story just disappeared halfway. I feel that Memory’s Dogma CODE:01 is saving up way too much content for part 2 and part 3 or it is just simply in development at the moment.
Audio and Visual Elements
Props to Lizart for the visuals and the voice cast. I love the character design of this game all the characters feels very well designed especially Reina as her design gave off that innocent pure looking child but at the same time is a genius. Lets be honest here we all love Reina right? Right? ._. But then the backgrounds are normal, nothing really stands out it is just what you will expect from a visual novel.
Next onto the character voice cast.. WOW… Every character including the protagonist is voiced but that is not the main point here. The main point is that who is voicing these characters if you are familiar with idols and such this voice cast will be a pleasant surprise for you that is something I can guarantee you. Lets list down the voice cast and examples.
[Note I am not going to list down all their other roles because it will be too many]
Kusuhara Hiroki (CV: Ishiya Haruki)
- Azure Striker Gunvolt (Zeno)
Orikasa Reina (CV: Oonishi Saori)
- Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (Eriri Spencer Sawamura)
Mizunashi Sorano (CV: Satou Satomi)
- K-On! (Tainaka Ritsu)
Amamiya Kakeru (CV: Horie Shun)
- Mayoiga (Hellfire)
Kanzaki Haruna (CV: Nakamura Eriko)
- THE iDOLM@STER (Amami Haruka)
Kokonoe Akane (CV: Fujita Saki)
- WORKING!! (Inami Mahiru)
As you can see the voice cast is great isn’t? We have Oonishi Saori who voiced Eriri Spencer Sawamura from one of my favorite anime just by having these it really changes the experience a reader can get from the game. Now with that add in awesome background music that blends in perfectly with the game and here you have it. A nice game packed fully with goodies with a nice little ribbon on the top to finish it off. Oh and I linked the character designer twitter right below do check it out if you are interested.
- Multiple Decision Points – Avoid the “bad endings” to reach the truth.
- Fully Voiced Japanese Cast– Characters (including the protagonist) are brought to life by a cast of veteran Japanese voice actors from the anime industry.
- Full HD Visuals – Enjoy the game’s stunning visuals in Full HD format.
- Multiple Languages – Play through the game in either English or Japanese
To sum up 7/10
I would recommend Memory’s Dogma CODE:01 for people who do like murder mystery and science fiction. But then I would suggest holding it off until part 2 and part 3 comes out because, despite having great visuals and voice cast those cannot compliment the flaw of the story which is lacking in content.