Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness |OT| Visualize The System

cj_iwakura

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  • Release Date: 9/13/16 (US) | 9/16/16 (EU) | 5/24/16 (JP)
  • Platform: PS4, PSVita (US) / Xbox One (JP) / PC (TBA)
  • Genre: Visual Novel
  • Developer: 5pb.



Psycho-Pass is set in 2112. The Sibyl System is actively measuring the populace's mental states, personalities, and the probability that individuals will commit crimes, using a "cymatic scan" of the brain. The resulting assessment is called a Psycho-Pass. When the probability of a person engaging in crimes measured by the Crime Coefficient index exceeds a certain level in an individual, he or she is pursued, apprehended, and killed if necessary.

This law is enforced by the MWPSB(Ministry of Public Welfare Safety Bureau). Their investigative division consists of two primary types of officers: Inspectors and Enforcers. While Inspectors are trusted officers who spearhead most investigations, the ones who often pull the triggers are Enforcers; often ex-criminals or normal people who simply had a Crime Coefficient that became far too high for society to allow.

The game is based on the events of the show's first season, and does spoil elements of it. Though familiarity is not required, it is highly recommended to get the most out of the game and its characters.
The first two episodes are currently free on PSN.

But What About Season 2, you ask?




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The player can choose between two new detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigation department's Division 1; Nadeshiko Kugatachi, a calm and serious inspector whose memories were wiped,
and Takuma Tsurugi, a hot-headed Enforcer who is searching for his missing childhood friend.


Division 1's key staff, from left to right: Shion Karanomori(Support), Shusei Kagari(Enforcer), Yayoi Kunizuka(Inspector), Shinya Kogami(Enforcer), Akane Tsunemori(Inspector), Nobuchika Ginoza(Inspector) and Tomomi Masaoka(Inspector).



Although primarily a visual novel, the player must decide the best course of action for each given situation. Every decision has its own repercussions.

With an intricate decision-making system, Psycho-Pass:Mandatory Happiness offers a twisted plot and compelling cases, providing a number of different endings.

Ultimately, depending on the choices made, Hues my deteriorate beyond recovery, cases may be left unsolved, and the game may end quicker than expected.



(Limited Edition)


RPGFan
(80%)

I enjoyed my time with Mandatory Happiness, although I came away from it feeling a bit sullen. Licensed games rarely tend to add much to their individual franchises, but Psycho-Pass' creator, Urobuchi Gen, got his start writing visual novels for Nitro+, the studio that paired up with 5pb to develop critical darling Steins;Gate. Taking that into consideration, Psycho-Pass and 5pb seem like a match made in heaven, but the result of this pairing is ultimately, well, just another licensed game.

Though Mandatory Happiness is an above-average visual novel in its own right, it woefully underutilizes its setting and suffers from mediocre writing. A little more love could've made this one an essential visual novel, but as it stands, it's still a pretty good cyberpunk adventure.

Keengamer

(9.4/10)

Psycho-Pass Mandatory Happiness offers an amazing story, full of captivating moments, exciting plot twists, emotional cases, and a constant tempo that prevents it from ever feeling slow. The choices you'll make carry a great influence on the story, and you feel it every time you're asked how to proceed with a situation. Although reading subtitled texts will take up most of the time, the game presents the setting and characters in an intriguing way with the constant switching of them regardless of the conversation. The uniqueness found within every scene of talking, action, and investigating provids the depiction of a living world inside the story.

Twinfinite
(4/5)
For the most part, Mandatory Happiness is a Psycho-Pass game made specifically for Psycho-Pass fans. The story has no real bearing on the overall plot of the series, but it definitely adds a lot to the compelling universe, and even provides useful explanations for some lore points brought up in the TV show (hyper oats, anyone?). Mandatory Happiness is a great supplement to the already fantastic Psycho-Pass story.

Push Square
(7/10)
Even if you haven't seen the Psycho-Pass television series before, Mandatory Happiness does a good enough job of making it clear what's going on to be enjoyable. It tells an engaging and thought-provoking story that deals with some heavyweight and uncomfortable subjects, and one that poses plenty of ethical dilemmas along the way.


One link to join it all.
So it goes, again...
 

Shizuka

Member
Subscribed.

I got the
true ending
with Tsurugi, currently playing Nadeshiko's route now.
Not that it matters, at least halfway into the game. It's all the same dialogue, just from a different perspective.
 

Bowlie

Banned
that link about season 2 👌🏽

will be waiting for the Steam version, but the reviews look good
 

breakfuss

Member
Ah man, I was going to say it's on netflix for those who hadn't seen it but it appears to no longer be available (in the US at least). Not the hugest anime fan but i really enjoyed it.
 
Ah man, I was going to say it's on netflix for those who hadn't seen it but it appears to no longer be available (in the US at least). Not the hugest anime fan but i really enjoyed it.

That sucks. After getting back into anime with Attack on Titan this show was the one that impressed me the most. As someone who doesn't watch much anime either I was very impressed with how the story played out. Some pretty mature themes got touched on and there were some interesting twists and turns. Memorable antagonists too.

Kinda want to play this so I can jump back into this world and see it's characters again.
 

Karu

Member
This releases in Europe... but it's nowhere to be found on our shop? Anyone could give a hint towards the price?
 
I just started watching the series with the first 2 episodes free on PSN. Enjoying it so far, I like their take on a cyberpunk setting. It feels tonally a little bit like Soul Hackers.

I'll definitely finish this up before I start the game.
 
Bought and gonna play as soon as I'm done with Ace Attorney. But the character designs for the two protagonists bother me. Way too pale for my tastes. And kinda bland. Oh well.

I think it's the forehead. Season 1 characters are also pale as fuck but their hair distracts me from it, and makes them more stylized.

Anyway looking forward to playing this!
 

catbrush

Member
I got this yesterday. After the first case, I'm disappointed by the sparseness of CG during what felt like key scenes. Doesn't seem as high budget as other Nitro+ titles. The plot seems like it could be interesting though.

I chose Nadeshiko as my character. I ended up killing Haruto and stunning Shiori. Is it possible for this encounter to play out differently?
 

Dee Dee

Member
Oh this can't be a coincidence...
I have two weeks off inbetween jobs and borrowed a Vita to play Steins;Gate, not realizing this was coming out.

I am so happy to see that season 1 cast.

16th for EU is the release date, am I reading this right?
It's not my Vita and my brother's PSN account, so I don't want to fiddle with the country settings.

My hue is going of the deep end just thinking about playing this!
 
So i want a good VN and this seems great but before i pull the trigger, does anyone know if steins gate zero was delayed?
The amazon date has changed and ive seen nothing posted on gaf.
If it was ill so buy this game now.
 

Shizuka

Member
So i want a good VN and this seems great but before i pull the trigger, does anyone know if steins gate zero was delayed?
The amazon date has changed and ive seen nothing posted on gaf.
If it was ill so buy this game now.

This isn't really a good VN if you're not a fan of the anime.

Steins;Gate 0 was delayed to "Q4 2016".
 

jonjonaug

Member
I'm enjoying the game so far but it might have an even worse script quality than Danganronpa 2 somehow. There's frequent gramatical errors, odd phrasing, and for some reason the script keeps getting Kagari mixed up with Tsurugi (the new Enforcer).

It's sad that NISA seems to care so little about putting out quality work.

EDIT: OK yeah this is definitely for fans of the anime. There's a really great twist in there that wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it won't mean much if you haven't watched the anime already.
 

wrowa

Member
I got this yesterday. After the first case, I'm disappointed by the sparseness of CG during what felt like key scenes. Doesn't seem as high budget as other Nitro+ titles. The plot seems like it could be interesting though.

I chose Nadeshiko as my character. I ended up killing Haruto and stunning Shiori. Is it possible for this encounter to play out differently?

It was possible for Shiori to get killed too. I don't think it's possible for her to remain under the 100 threshold, though.
 

Dee Dee

Member
Okay, fuck it, I am playing, Ace Attorney, Steins;Gate, Amnesia:Memories and some freaky Korean Otome game on my phone all at the same time, but I got myself some PSN budget - let's do this!

When do new games become downloadable on the EU PSN store? Midnight GMT?
 

Shizuka

Member
Okay, fuck it, I am playing, Ace Attorney, Steins;Gate, Amnesia:Memories and some freaky Korean Otome game on my phone all at the same time, but I got myself some PSN budget - let's do this!

When do new games become downloadable on the EU PSN store? Midnight GMT?

It's already available in Europe.
 

Lumination

'enry 'ollins
Already have the Vita LE in hand. Just need to finish AA6 first.

I like the Psycho-Pass world a lot, so it would be really hard to disappoint me here.
 

Dee Dee

Member
Gaah, I want to play it, but it seems the EU PSN digital store does still not list it. The PS4 version is on the homepage, but no Vita.

I'm going back to bed...
 
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