Memories off is KID’s trademark series, along side the infinity franchise (never7, ever17, remember11, 12riven, etc). Now, as you know, I have played and enjoyed the fourth and fifth games. And as you also know, I spend a good deal of time on various Chinese forums. Whenever I come across Memories off I see nothing but praise, especially for the original game. In fact, I’m pretty sure that memories off has a higher place in Chinese otaku’s hearts that Kanon or Tokimeki memorial. But, I haven’t played it. Why? Because the art is crappy (I do not and will never like Sasaki Mutsumi) and the music isn’t much better (I do not and will never like Takeshi Abo). However, I thought that I’ve put it off for long enough, and installed it on to my computer.
I was disappointed. There was too much slice of life, too much comedy that isn’t to my tastes, too much angst that never gets anywhere, and not enough of the fluffy romance or edge of the seat drama, which is what I’m playing it for.
Throw on top of that the ugly and minimal programming and the fact that I have the early version, before they fixed much of the mistakes in art, and I have, on my hands, disappointment on a CD. I am now going to try 1 more story. If that still doesn’t work out I’m just going to delete this game from my computer and never think about it again.
…Sigh…this is why I don’t like to play old games…