Saya no Uta

A horrific and compelling visual novel about the depths we can sink to if our perception of reality is distorted. Written by Gen Urobuchi, creator of Madoka Magica. The less you know about this going into it, the better; suffice to say it is an absolute masterpiece of the medium.


Developer: Nitroplus
Publisher: JAST USA
Available on: Windows PC (18+ only)


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