Posted: November 18
Loren is a fun combination of fantasy RPG and visual novel. The story is well-written and your choices truly influence your experience of the story! This is hands down the best visual novel I've ever played.
I enjoyed it so much the first time on easy mode, playing as the elf female, that I decided on a second playthrough (despite having 100+ other games in my Steam library). Now I'm playing on hard difficulty mode as the human male, making different choices than before, and while the overall story arc is the same, the events and viewpoint are completely different than my first playthrough. And it's such a joy because I didn't know that there was this whole other layer to the game's story until I started playing the second time.
The turn-based combat is enjoyable as well. The battles are way easy on easy mode, and appropriately anxiety-inducing in hard mode. There's lots of cool skills and spells you can learn as you level up.
The conversations at the camp with your party members are interesting and can lead to romance if you make the right choices in dialogue. Gay and lesbian relationships are possible. And having no romance is possible.
Graphics, music, sound effects, gameplay mechanics, are all fine.
I highly recommend Loren for lovers of RPGs and visual novels.