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AI: The Somnium Files being review-bombed for a second time

Here we go again

Not even one week removed from the AI: The Somnium Files review bombing fiasco, and here we are yet again. The first time around, an angry fan decided to review bomb AI: The Somnium Files on Metacritic to show how broken Metacritic is, and also to express his distaste for how an in-game character was treated. That issue was corrected by fans swinging the review score back in the positive direction, but now we're seeing things get slammed once more.

The user review section is being bombarded with extremely low scores all over again, and most of the comments left for those scores are exactly the same. We have no idea who's behind the review bombing this time, nor do we know what their reasoning is. We'll keep tabs on the situation and see what info we can suss out.

Following a review bomb, AI: The Somnium Files swings back to have the highest Switch user review average on Metacritic

A-Set all set!

It's been one hell of a wild ride for AI: The Somnium Files over the last week+. The game went from having and 8.2 user review average to a 1.9, following a review bombing by someone who was trying to show how easy it is to game Metacritic, and also wanted to show disapproval of one of the game's characters that he said he had a 'major crush' on. News of the review bombing even made it to the dev team, who were disappointed to see the game fall so low.

While we don't know if they've heard the story of the person who caused all the trouble, all that really matters is the end result. Fans of the game have taken on another review bombing, but this time it's a positive one. The game now sits with the highest user review average of any Switch game, clocking in at 9.0. Let's hope the saga ends here, and we can all move on!

Man says he single-handedly review bombed AI: The Somnium Files, cites Metacritic shortcomings and a "massive crush" on a character as his reasons

Truth is stranger than fiction

Last week, we posted up a story about AI: The Somnium Files being review-bombed on Metacritic. The game went from an 8.2 to 1.9 review average in just a single day. There was speculation that the review bombing stemmed from positive LBGTQ+ comments in the game's dialog, but that has turned out to be false. The real reason is actually quite a bit stranger.

ResetERA user Krvavi Abadas stepped up to take responsibility for the review bombing, which he claims he did all on his own. The reason for the review-bombing was two-fold. First up, Abadas wanted to showcase just how easy it is to cause trouble on Metacritic. The second part of Abadas' motivation comes from what he perceives to be mistreatment of A-Set, a character in the game. Abadas admits to having a 'major crush' on the character, and he didn't like how she was treated in the game.

Abadas is now banned from ResetERA, but you can still see his entire post on the situation below. WARNING: The comments below do include spoilers on the game.

In case you’re wondering how absurdly easy it is for one person to screw everything up so easily, it turns out they

1. Don’t block every “temp e-mail” site out there, the “E-mail Alias” feature on sites like Gmail might also have the same effect.
2. Have zero protection against people making multiple accounts at the same IP address.
3. Doesn’t even verify if you own the damn game.

The main lesson here is that Metacritic is utterly worthless when it comes to user reviews, remember when people review bombed Portal 2, now considered to be one of the best games ever made, because the game had a tiny, completely unobstructive, hat store?

As a reminder, Steam, which actively protects against this sort of thing and requires you to own the game before reviewing it. Still has “Very Positive” reviews.

The plan was to make a proper thread a few days after my tests were finished, demonstrating how you can easily turn any obscure game into one of the best or worst games of all time with just a few hours of work. Hence why i ended up archiving everything each step of the way. Anyone who’s familiar with my previous threads (Or watched the Gamexplain video on Tomohiro Kawasae) knows i like doing investigative articles on Gaming, and this was going to be no different.

To reiterate my thoughts on the game from previous threads. I loved most of the A-set videos and found them to be incredibly endearing, even developing a massive crush on her due to my general attachment issues. But i hated the actual game for how it basically ignores everything said videos were trying to build up, to the point that it takes Naixatloz, the proper antagonist of said videos. and tosses it aside by cruelly making them a hallucination caused by A-set having a brain tumor, with barely any foreshadowing. and even requires you to rip her f****** eye out yourself, as part of a bulls**t “One of the Psync machines requires you to remove an eye!” plotline that other characters get to conveniently ignore, all part of a route that’s specifically about her.

the protagonist being a unlikable asshole who’s sole character trait is “hehe funny sex joke” + basically spends 90% of the game completely abandoning his adoptive daughter, and the fact that i personally find the storyline it uses instead to be complete and utter nonsense filled with plot holes and ridiculous logic.

Honestly, if there’s one takeaway you should get from this unfortunate situation i’ve gotten myself into. It’s that A-set means a lot to me. Even though i hated how her game turned out, it still makes me really happy to see people doing things like creating fanart, and hopefully this encourages you (and Spike Chunsoft themselves, i really wish they’d make more videos!) to continue supporting her.

…Even it does end with you acquiring Somnium Files and actually enjoying it.

AI: The Somnium Files lead designer saddened to hear the game is being review-bombed

This is just disappointing

AI: The Somnium Files seemed to be very well received when it first came out, especially by fans of the genre. Unfortunately, in the time between the game's original release and now, it seems to be under the attack of review bombers.

While we're not quite sure what the reason for the review bombing is, the game has been hit with a deluge of zero scores on Metacritic in just the last couple of weeks. There's speculation that the bombing is related to supportive LGBTQ comments in the game, but that has not been confirmed.

The worst part about all of this is that Akira Okada, the game's lead designer, has just found out about this happening. He tweeted about the situation, publicly wondering why the game was hit by so many low scores in such a short amount of time. His followers told him about review bombing, which is something he didn't even know about. Okada said he was unaware of the practice, as he likes to think positively.

At least things seem to be ending well with Okada. Since talking about the review score issue, a ton of fans have been tweeting him to tell him how much they love the game. Okada has said he really appreciates the support from fans, and will focus on the positive, rather than the negative.

AI: The Somnium Files A-Set stickers now available in LINE

All set!

The heroine of AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES and brand-new star of the net world, Tesa, a.k.a A-set, gets her own series of LINE stickers!

AI: The Somnium Files is also 40% off on Steam® during the 2020 Steam Lunar New Year Sale! Save an additional 10% on the sale price with the new TEAM ZERO ESCAPE Steam bundle, containing Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games and AI: The Somnium Files.

AI: The Somnium Files Original Soundtrack on the way

Soundtrack on track

Noisycroak Records have announced plans to release AI: The Somnium Files Complete Soundtrack -RaiNBOW AFFaiR-, which will launch worldwide on Nov. 29th, 2019. The album includes 67 tracks, with vocal tracks being in both Japanese and English. As far as we know, this album is giong to be a digital-only release. You'll be able to scoop it up via iTunes, Amazon, Mora, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, and more. The album is priced at 2,400 Yen, or you can get each track for 250 Yen each. Check out the full tracklist below.

Theme of AI -The Somnium Files-
告解 2 -kokkAI 2-
委細 -isAI-
PSYNCIN’ IN THE FOUNTaiN
戲舞 -gimAI-
SINKIN’ IN THE BRaiN
展開 -tenkAI-
Appearance of Intelligence
Awakening Interval
Artist, Inc.
Appearance of Iris
Automobile Interior
Aplomb of Iris
Appearance of Imaginings
Absolute Isolation
Alarming Incursion
PSYNCIN’ IN THE PaiN
PSYNCIN’ IN THE DOMaiN
厄災 -yakusAI-
溟海 -meikAI-
奇怪 -kikAI-
Ambidextrous Identity
Armed Insurgents
問罪 -monzAI-
PSYNCIN’ IN THE VaiN 1
PSYNCIN’ IN THE VaiN 2
襲來 -syuurAI-
Abandoned Icehouse
Agreeable Infirmary
PSYNCIN’ IN THE SWaiN 1
PSYNCIN’ IN THE SWaiN 2
PSYNCIN’ IN THE SUSTaiN
贖罪 -syokuzAI-
自戒 -jikAI-
Arcane Incantation
悲哀 -hiAI-
PSYNCIN’ IN THE CAPTaiN
欣懷 -kinkAI-
Atlantic Islands
Ancient Impassivity
PSYNCIN’ IN THE VILLaiN
Anxiety of Iris
PSYNCIN’ IN THE MaiN 1
警戒 -keikAI-
敵對 -tekitAI-
PSYNCIN’ IN THE MaiN 2
PSYNCIN’ IN THE MaiN 3
決潰 -kekkAI-
PSYNCIN’ IN THE MOUNTaiN
告解 -kokkAI-
PSYNCIN’ IN THE CURTaiN
PSYNCIN’ IN THE REFRaiN
Atrocious Insanity 1
PSYNCIN’ IN THE STRaiN
Abnormal Incident
PSYNCIN’ IN THE CHaiN 1
PSYNCIN’ IN THE CHaiN 2
Atrocious Insanity 2
破壞 -hakAI-
獻盃 -kenpAI-
喝采 -kassAI-
虹ノ矢ハ折レナイ -Grand Finale- (日本語版)
虹ノ矢ハ折レナイ -Grand Finale- (英語版)
Adventurous Inventors
虹ノ矢ハ折レナイ -Vocal Solo- (日本語版)
虹ノ矢ハ折レナイ -Vocal Solo- (英語版)
虹ノ矢ハ折レナイ -Instrumental

AI: The Somnium Files devs spill all on the game's true ending

SPOILERS!

Want to get every last, juicy details about the true ending in AI: The Somnium Files? Famitsu has a feature with Kotaro Uchikoshi (Director) and Akira Okada (Lead Planner), and they go into a full rundown of what happens, why it happens, and more. Even better, Famitsu is offering the entire interview in English! If you've seen the true ending and want things explained, click over to read the feature. If you've yet to get the ending, don't click over, or you'll have all sorts of things spoiled for you!

Interview here

Four new demos available on Japanese Switch eShop: AI: The Somnium Files, The Legend of Dark Witch, and more

New demos!

Can't go wrong with some free demos! Four new demos are now available on the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop, and can be installed worldwide with a Japanese Nintendo account.

AI: The Somnium Files from Spike Chunsoft

The Legend of Dark Witch from Inside System

Invisigun Reloaded from BonusXP

Viviette from Rainy Frog

AI: The Somnium Files demo now available in North America, coming to Europe soon, new video released

Give this unique game a shot

LONG BEACH, OCTOBER 24, 2019 — Spike Chunsoft has released a demo for AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES! Explore reality and dreams alike in this neo-noir detective adventure! The demo allows you to experience the first Investigation and Somnium in this eye-popping, exciting mystery adventure. Play the Demo today!

For those of you in Europe and the rest of the world, stay tuned! The Demo will be coming your way soon.

ABOUT AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES

The mind never lies…

In a near-future Tokyo, Special Agent Kaname Date is on the case of a mysterious serial killer. Date must investigate crime scenes as well as dreams on the hunt for clues. From the mind of Kotaro Uchikoshi (Zero Escape series director), with character design by the Yusuke Kozaki (NO MORE HEROES, Fire Emblem series), a thrilling neo-noir detective adventure is about to unfold.

STORY

One rainy night in November, a woman's body is found at an abandoned theme park, mounted on a merry-go-round horse. She had been stabbed repeatedly, and her left eye was gouged out.

Kaname Date of the Metropolitan Police Department arrives on the scene. He recognizes the woman. Suddenly, he hears a noise from inside the merry-go-round.

He breaks into the merry-go-round's central column to find a young girl. And in her hands, she grips a bloody ice pick...

AI: The Somnium Files voice cast signing event on Nov. 9th, 2019 at Game Realms

Your chance to meet the cast!

LONG BEACH, OCTOBER 22, 2019 — Spike Chunsoft is thrilled to announce an AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES voice cast signing event at Game Realms on November 9, 2019! This is the best chance for fans to interact with the talented voice actors and actresses from AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES! Bring your copy of AI and get it signed by 7 cast members!

Voice talent joining the AI signing event:

Erika Harlacher (Aiba)
Greg Chun (Kaname Date)
Jackie Lastra (Iris Sagan aka A-set)
Corina Boettger (Mizuki Okiura)
Dorah Fine (Hitomi Sagan)
Allegra Clark (Boss)
Zach Aguilar (Ota Matsushita)

More information will be revealed later, so keep an eye on Spike Chunsoft's Twitter!

Signing event details:

Place: Game Realms in Burbank, CA
Date: November 9, 2019
Time: 1 - 3PM

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