IL PALLINO
Brian. Or Cueball. (Or ILL Pal-EENo.)   Florida, United States
 
 
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Your friend request will be rejected unless you do the following:

Make sure we've talked before. If we haven't, then just say something on my profile before or during the time you send me a friend request. Apparently this is too difficult for the majority of people who send me friend requests.

Don't worry too much about the stuff below. If you're nice enough, you're cool enough, and most of my friends have nothing in common with me outside of gaming. (Some of my friends have nothing in common with me in favorite genres of games!)

Logical reasons for sending a friend request:

I try my darnedest to be nice to all of my friends. Sure I'm spread thin with all of the friends I have here on Steam, and I'll admit that I don't look at my Friend Activity feed as much as I used to, but I'll comment any screenshots or reviews (or whatever) if I'm notified via an instant message.

If we didn't like gaming, we wouldn't be on Steam! The games I do like are: Management/tycoon games, visual novels (mostly trashy VN's), the Space Pilgrim Saga , and quite a few simulation games. (Especially sims involving law and crime.)

I'm a huge music fan who likes a lot of bands and singers from a lot of genres, but my first love is Punk Rock. Normally I take my music the same way I take my Formula One: Loud, fast, and intense!

Teams I like are:

(Ice) Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning & New Jersey Devils.
NFL (American) Football: Jacksonville Jaguars & Las Vegas Raiders.
NCAA (American) Football: University of Florida, Mississippi State University, and the US Air Force Academy.
(Association) Football... Just so certain Englishmen who like to force their values on other cultures don't get pissy by me calling the sport "Soccer": Newcastle United FC, Orlando City SC, and AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Yes, I did mention Formula One above. I've been a Sebastian Vettel fan since 2009, but I have feelings for some other drivers. (Along with teams besides Aston Martin.)

Another logical reason to send me a friend request is that you come from some place I can relate to. (Select cities in Florida, Mississippi, and the United Kingdom. Anywhere in Brazil, Italy, Germany, or Slovakia. Given my interest in video games and anime girls, you know I'd be honored to meet anyone from Japan.... I might even kiss your behind!)

Logical reasons for not sending me a friend request:

You're offended by the "fact" that I pimp out your mother.

You're a filthy cheat with either one recent or multiple bans.

You want me to trade with you. (My trade link is provided in Items Up For Trade for a reason.)

You either want me to give you something from my inventory or buy you a game. Any random freak who solicits free stuff off of me will be reported to Steam for their violation of the rules. Not only is this against Steam's TOS, but it's also really tacky!

You're a developer who has a beef with a (justified) negative review I've written for your crappy game.

You're offended by the fact I make jokes about people on the autism spectrum. (Never mind the fact that I'm probably the biggest aspie you've ever seen. Don't worry, the meanest jokes are self-depreciating attempts at humor I use against myself.)

You want me to unfriend somebody that you don't like.
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Author's note: A play diary was originally planned in lieu of an old fashioned review, but was too long to fit Steam's constraints. The diary has been posted on the Escalation! forum.

TL;DR

10/10: The kinkiest visual novel ever made. This game also has the most positive male and female role models ever encountered in a video game. (Or visual novel for that matter!)

Overview
A fully-animated visual novel with full voice acting and more kink than the player can beat back with a riding crop without being cheap and nasty like Strange Passion - My Boss, My Mistress?? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!! The story starts with the male protagonist realizing he's a natural submissive, and his girlfriend, being like any WAG of the future should, dominates the protagonist in all sorts of kinky ways with the kink not only being frequent, but also "escalating" into kinkier acts as the player goes further into the story. (Hence the title Escalation!)

Graphics and Sound

The Kawaii-O-Meter registers Saki as a 9.04305... As in, hot and humid like the entire peninsula of Florida! The shine of Saki's PVC clothing is really something, and the glare realistically follows Saki's every single movement.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2422018837

The only downer in the graphics is that there is some bleed-through, which is far less common than some other games played by ol' Il Pallino, but it's still enough to criticize developers who don't know what should go where or how to code.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2415109118

Despite being fully voiced, only Saki's voice is heard, which is a good thing, because only the dom should be talking, right? Just like (almost) every Japanese woman, Aruha Kotone's voice acting is sweet, along with her laughter, moans, and squeals. The smacking sounds of implements that are used to smack all sound realistic. Admittedly, ol' Il Pallino decided to just totally mute the music since the reader will probably also be inclined to do the same thing. (Music would only ruin the mood regardless if it was classical, ambient, lounge, or even music played on a toy musical instrument made for the toddler market.)

Positives

Other than what was mentioned in the Overview?Almost everything... ASSuming the player loves being tied-up and beaten by a sexy woman. (You wouldn't have read this far if you didn't!)

Negatives

Escalation! is distinctly Japanese, which means that even animated depictions of genitals have to be blurred-out. But this is less of an issue compared to some other visual novels on the market, since about the only nudity the player can expect to see is the protagonist's shaved weenie... But somehow, there's still some people out there who's clueless enough to blame the developer when their complaints should be directed towards the Japanese government.

The scenes often aren't broken up correctly, and some single scenes tend to be very long, as opposed to many of the scenes, which are a first and second half of one another, which may not be a problem for anyone playing or replaying the game, but was a problem when ol' Il Pallino was keeping a play diary, and wasn't sure which scene was which due to some incorrect partitioning.

Given the extreme nature of Escalation!, there could potentially be one scene that grosses out the player, and the game gives no warning of what the player is about to witness, and ol' Il Pallino had to endure something that totally grossed him out. (Edit: Make that two scenes that totally grossed-out ol' Il Pallino!)

Does the developer know that gifting copies of their games to curators (such as REXCurse) result in more positive reviews? Or maybe the developer knew ol' Il Pallino was going to buy Escalation! anyway, and were so confident of their game that it would only garner positive reviews. One thing is for certain: It sucks to be getting free games for nearly two years with the only stipulation being that a review is to be written, and then lose this ability!

Escalation! contains enough Engrish (sic) to be on par with mid-1990's visual novels and dating simulation games. While this may have been excusable twenty-five years ago, this is inexcusable for a game of the quality (and price) of Escalation!

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2415109161

Conclusion

Buy this game and serve your goddess well. Remember that joke people make in reviews about Fap Queen in that it's family entertainment? For a game involving BDSM, sex, and nudity, Escalation! does provide not only family entertainment, but also edutainment! If the player were to play beyond the demo, every man, woman, boy, and girl would see how much better the world would be if men kept their bodies hairless and submitted to dominant women who wear PVC clothing and are in full control of every aspect of sex.

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1919143476

The honest word of Il Pallino... OR ELSE!

This review has been provided independently by an admin at REXCurse (REXnetwork).
No compensation was provided.

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Good news random freaks: You no longer have to send me a friend request just to trade with me, because my trade URL is now public!

I only ask that you don't use my trade URL to solicit free stuff off of me. Not only is it against the rules (and I will not hesitate to report your degenerate behind to Steam) but it's also really tacky!
https://steamcommunity.com/tradeoffer/new/?partner=285968436&token=fb0SvNUN
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Doug Heffernan 18 hours ago 
Happy Sunday, hope that you have a great day.
TWC | Skadi May 18 @ 11:28am 
nice profile brooooo!:luv:
Freakzone12 May 17 @ 11:42am 
added, same group!
FleXx_Kalation May 13 @ 1:34am 
Have a great start in the new week :luv:
Aniva May 4 @ 10:58pm 
That's good to know, thanks! I'm not sure if I'll ever play the sequel...up until now, I didn't even know it existed, haha. :tslol:
megabot May 4 @ 4:34am 
ah yes, the stellaris type of logic. "let's kill everyone in the galaxy so the game runs faster"

personally, I do not quite get why every pop has to be simulated like an individual but that is just me. I want better performance, not just something that looks cool