Publisher: CIRCLE Entertainment
Platforms: PS4, Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 16/01/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
One thing the Switch is not short of a good old Visual Novel. Here we have another one Maitetsu: Pure Station. This is one I saw on steam back in 2016, and I can finally play it next will be the anime that it got after the game. Was it worth the wait?
The story revolves around Migita Sotetsu, who was orphaned when he lost his family in a train accident. His hometown wants to open up a factory that will pollute the river and he is going to try to stop this from happening. However, no one wants to help him as the factory will bring much needed jobs to the town. He stumbles in to a train station and awakens the RailLord Hachiroku and now he is on a different path in the Yuri inspired Visual Novel.
I have to say I really enjoyed the game and its story (how bloody cool is RailLord). Since the PC release there has been a lot of cut content for obvious reasons, as there are a lot of sex scenes. This aside, the story is great with a ton of information and a great cast of girls… I mean characters.
Maitetsu: Pure Station plays like every other Visual Novel read as so on. The game has multiple endings that mainly ends up seeing Sotetsu getting married to one girl. This is a great thing to have in a Visual Novel when it comes to choices, it keeps you coming back for more.
One thing I think was amazing so the duel language feature, being able to read the English with the Japanese and listen to the Japanese voices. Was a good little addition, especially if you want to scrub up on some Japanese. It is also possible to go back to the log and play every line back.
With the changes here comes another one. They set the friendship bar to full, taking away the need to woo the girls. It is harder to get the bad ending then the good ending. Not a major problem, but it is a bit of a change. These changes do not make any actual difference to the game it’s self, but I am sure there will be a few folks who want the full experience.
Overall Maitetsu: Pure Station is a great Visual Novel. There is not much wrong with the game except the few differences that are from the PC version to the Switch version. And the amount of voice acting work is just amazing.
Go out and buy this if you like Visual Novels.