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Chaos;Child is the first *real* Visual Novel I played and it was totally worth it especially with the 20$ it cost me at the time. I knew it was mostly like reading a book, but I actually enjoyed the experience way more than I thought, more than reading an actual novel. With visuals, soundtrack and voice acting (despite being in Japanese) it was easier for me to get hooked instead of simply looking at a white page in silence. Also, those helped alleviate the tense moments of the game.
I expected Chaos;Child to be shorter, and I'm glad it was way longer than I expected. I think it took me between 25-30 hours to finish the main story, and there's still extra post-game stuff that I still didn't do.
If you still hesitate to try out a Visual Novel, I assure you it's worth it plenty. It's easy to play (read) it a bit even if you don't have much time to spend or at times when you don't have the energy to focus on an actual game. Also, if you're the kind to focus on one game at a time, it's easy to also play a Visual Novel along another game because the experience is completely different.
I already took note of the crew that worked on Chaos;Child: pqube, mages, 5pb and Chiyomaru studios. I already ordered Steins;Gate Elite made by the exact same crew (minus Spike Chunsoft being the publisher instead of pqube) for a good price and plan to try out Steins;Gate 0 afterwards (published by pqube).
This game is a visual novel in the same way Steins;Gate is. Meaning, most of the gameplay involves reading textboxes as they come up on the screen. I thoroughly enjoyed this title, check this out if you had a good time with S;G, it takes place in the same universe as that.
Chaos;Child really needs more love. If you like murder mysteries, psychological horrors, Steins;Gate or VNs in general you will absolutely love it. I only hope enough people play it that they keep localizing the series; PQube took a huge gamble localizing this and I really hope it pays off for them.
Three things: 1) DO NOT WATCH THE ANIME ADAPTATION OF THIS AT ALL COSTS! It is a rushed mess (they tried to cram a 70 hour long VN into 12 20-minute episodes) and will ruin the twists of one of the best VNs ever made! 2) this game is LONG (you're looking at about 50-70 hours to complete depending on your reading speed) so you're definitely getting your money's worth! 3) The game is a thematic sequel to Chaos;Head, although having read it/seen it's anime isn't required at all (and I strongly suggest skipping it's also rushed anime adaptation).
I don't want to go too in depth as spoiling anything about a masterpiece like this would be a mortal sin, so do yourself a favour; avoid the abomination of an anime adaptation at all costs and buckle in for a wild ride for the ages!
Product came in unscathed. Proceeded to play the game quite smoothly. I wondered whether to watch/read Chaos; Head first or go ahead and dive straight into Chao; Child, since it is a sequel. But I just decided maybe it wasn't required. I don't regret it actually since the game itself does a good job of explaining the storyline quite well. During gameplay, there are translated errors here and there, but that doesn't stop me from being fully immersed in the game's universe. Was not fully expecting how long the story was and became mind-blown in the process. I played for a whole month now and I still have much to read! I play about 2 - 4 hours a day. There's a lot of elements in this game that kept me on edge. This game has gone beyond my expectations. A very well-written visual novel. :)
I saw the anime for Chaos;Child before purchasing the Visual Novel to make sure it was at least interesting. It wasn't bad, but I knew the anime rushed since they only had 12 episodes to work with. The Visual Novel is way more in-depth. I have 30 hours in so far, and It gets even better as you go along. I'm a HUGE fan of Steins;Gate, which is mostly what made me look into Chaos;Child.