RapeLay (PC) review
"If you aren't a perv familiar with Illusion's games, you don't have any business reviewing their games. Seriously. It's like asking a male mysogynic gay chauvinist to write about fem lib: if you think you're going to get the objective truth, I have some beachfront property to sell you. "
If you aren't a perv familiar with Illusion's games, you don't have any business reviewing their games. Seriously. It's like asking a male mysogynic gay chauvinist to write about fem lib: if you think you're going to get the objective truth, I have some beachfront property to sell you.
This site may be called "honestgamers", and I suppose the staff review is his honest opinion of the game, but the rating is absolute bollocks. Virgin Roster doesn't get the flack this game does, and yet the protagonist in that title is even more of a monster. This game also doesn't even pretend to place importance on the story, whereas Virgin Roster is done in the ren'ai style of games where the story is central.
Toss the flimsy, laughably unbelievable premise aside - you won't have trouble doing this if you know what you're doing (and if you don't, what the hell are you doing with this kind of game in the first place?) - and the meat of the game is basically 3D sex. This isn't about rape; it's about fantasy. RapePlay is about rape just as much as shooting games are "murder simulators", to use an oft-quoted press quote.
That is to say, the title is only incidental to the action. An unfortunate premise to be sure, but that shouldn't stop you in your enjoyment of a good wank. And a good wank it delivers, because RapePlay is one excellent 3D sex game. In keeping with Illusion's fine tradition of quality, the girls look superb, right down to the shiny sheen of sweat on adorable litte Manaka's skin. They also respond pretty damn realistically (for a h-game), none of the prerendered still-art shit you get from the majority of other h-games. The voice acting is also excellent, this really does sound like sex instead of the hit-and-miss of most h-games.
As with most h-games, completing certain sequences unlocks stuff, the difference being here it's all about the sex and not about deciding whether girl A really wants you to take her to the park or to the mall. A sex game without pretensions; what more could you want? Alright, I admit the premise could've been less controversial - but I'm tired of wimpy-ass high school kid protagonists who has all the girls flinging themselves on him.
Also, there is very little violence, aside from the initial forgettable story sequences. There's no S&M, no hitting the girls, no torturing them or cutting them up. In fact the protagonist himself can get killed if you do it wrong, isn't karma great? The girls themselves only protest fairly mildly before succumbing to your attentions, not unlike the majority of other h-games. If the mere subject of rape makes this game taboo, what does that say for other h-games? If you believe other games are all nice lovey-dovey couples having clean fun, I have another beachfront property to sell to you. Borderline non-consensuality pervades this genre, get over it. This game is no different.
The only peeve I have with the game is with the iffy camera controls, and the shoddy fan translation - oh, I bought my own copy, I understand Japanese pretty good, I was just wondering what the Scene made of this.
RapePlay is one superb h-game. Don't let the ignorant reviews stop your enjoyment of this offering from Illusion.
Community review by Trucidation (February 16, 2009)
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