VA-11 HALL-A: Sex, Booze, and Sukeban Games
Even two years after its initial release, and especially now that it's available on Nintendo Switch, I still can't believe that Sukeban Games' VA-11 HALL-A is actually out. When indie savvy writers started rumbling about this lustrous mixture of anime, Snowcrash-style cyberpunk worldbuilding, Sega CD-era visual novels, and soulful bartending back in 2014, I thought for sure it would never see the light of day. Games like VA-11 HALL-A sound and feel magical in their early days, sweeping romantic types off their feet on PAX show floors only to either vanish over the years or to stumble meeting the magic of their premises. VA-11 HALL-A is here, against all odds, and every bit as strange and sweet as it initially promised to be.