428: Shibuya Scramble

Indirect follow-up to Machi and seventh game in Spike Chunsoft’s Sound Novel series, 428: Shibuya Scramble is an ambitious, multi-perspective visual novel developed using over 120,000 photographs, full motion video and some interesting and unusual mechanics.


Developer: Spike Chunsoft, Abstraction Games
Publisher: Spike Chunsoft
Available on: PS4, PC


Cover Game Articles

428: Shibuya Scramble – Introduction and History - Every so often a game comes along that really makes you sit up and pay attention. Sometimes it’s because it features a beautiful refinement or evolution of some established mechanics. Sometimes it’s because it really pushes graphical technology forwards. Sometimes it has famous names attached to it. And sometimes it’s 428: Shibuya Scramble, a title so far … Continue reading 428: Shibuya Scramble – Introduction and History
428: Shibuya Scramble – The Mechanics of Storytelling - When we’re talking about conventional games — particularly today’s games — it’s important to consider them from a wide variety of perspectives. Typically, we look at a game from several different angles: the way it’s presented through its sights and sounds; the way it plays through its mechanics; and, where applicable, how it handles its … Continue reading 428: Shibuya Scramble – The Mechanics of Storytelling
428: Shibuya Scramble – A Question of Identity - Well, it’s time to unravel some of the mysteries at the core of 428: Shibuya Scramble. And there are plenty of them! Not only that, but “beating” the game isn’t the end, either; once you’ve seen the “normal” or “true” endings, there are other, more deviously hidden scenarios to track down… but that’s a tale … Continue reading 428: Shibuya Scramble – A Question of Identity
428: Shibuya Scramble – In Search of the Truth - Many games these days make a point of providing some sort of “added value” over and above their base experience. Be it a postgame chapter with stiff challenges, post-launch DLC or a New Game Plus mode, these features are typically there to keep you playing even after you see the credits roll. Visual novels, as … Continue reading 428: Shibuya Scramble – In Search of the Truth

 

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Waifu Wednesday: Maria Osawa - Before we bid 428: Shibuya Scramble a fond farewell from the Cover Game spotlight, I wanted to give some love to one of its main characters. Since many of the articles on MoeGamer deal with the core narrative themes of the games under the microscope, I don’t typically bother with spoiler warnings. However, in this … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Maria Osawa
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