- Oct 25, 2017
- Title: Raging Loop | Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P | レイジングループ
- Genre: Horror, Suspense, Visual Novel X Werewolf/Mafia board game
- Developer: Kemco, DWANGO Co. Ltd
- Publisher: PQube, Kemco
- Platforms: Switch, PS4, Steam
- Price Physical: $39.99 | 39,99€ | £34.99 (Day One Edition with limited artbook)
- Price Digital: $29.99 | 29.99€ | £24.99 (10% launch discount)
- Size: Size: 911MB (Switch) |1.66 GB (PS4) | ?? (Steam)
- Age Rating: M | PEGI 16 | USK 12 | CERO D
- Official Website: PQube UK, Kemco JP
- Scenario: Shūhei Nobuki (aka amphibian)
- Direction: Shuuhei Nobuki (aka amphibian), Makiko Watanabe
- Character Design: Kageyoshi (aka. Kagelow)
- Music: Nonotsu (Studio Carnaval)
- Localization: Lemnisca
- October 18 (EU digital & physical)
- October 22 (NA digital)
- November 19 (NA physical)
- December 5 (Steam)
Immerse yourself in a thrilling psychological horror story taking place in the secluded Japanese village of Yasumizu. A heavy mist surrounds the place, preventing everyone from ever leaving. Ancient gods have come back to hunt the villagers down one by one. The feast has begun, can you escape the village alive?
After breaking up with his girlfriend, grad student Haruaki Fusaishi goes on a motorcycle trip to forget her, only to end up stranded in the remote settlement of Yasumizu. The next day, as he is repairing his bike, a mysterious mist drifts in, and all the villagers shelter inside their homes. Confused, Haruaki sees a mysterious figure with the body of a human and the head of a wolf that kills him.
Haruaki finds that instead of dying, however, he has instead looped back in time. After managing to hide from the creature this time, he discovers the village must engage in a ritual known as a “feast.” Several of them have been replaced with spirits of ancient “wolves” that will kill one villager each night, and it is up to the villagers to discover who amongst them are the wolves, and execute them. Caught in an all-out war of doubt and trust, can Haruaki survive and discover the mysteries behind the feast and his looping…?
- The Feast
Once upon a time, the mountain by the village was the home of five beast guardians. During the feast, some of the villagers of Yasimuzu will inherit their power.
- A visual novel with a complex branching story
Keep track of all your choices thanks to a comprehensible flowchart. Rewind the story and select other actions to see different outcomes and learn about the characters’ motivation. A death may be rewarded with a new piece of information, a Key that will give you access to new paths and bring you closer to the identity of the killer.
- An endless spiral of deaths
Haruaki Fusaishi will find himself stuck in an inextricable loop from which he cannot escape. Conscious of his own fate, he will take advantage of all the knowledge acquired before his tragic deaths.
- An extensive new game plus
Clear the game to unlock the Revelation Mode and discover the story in a new light. You will see the inner thoughts of the characters and unlock new scenes that will give you more insight about their motivation.
- The Wolves and Guardians
- The Wolves kill one person every day.
- The Snake sees if one is a wolf or a human.
- The Spider protects one person from the Wolf.
- The two Monkeys know each other's identity.
- The Crow knows whether a corpse belonged to a Wolf or a Human.
Raging Loop has been around for a while in Japan. The game was originally released in 2015 on Android and iOS. It became something of a cult hit and was ported to Vita, Switch and PC in 2017. A PS4 version then followed in 2018. Until the localization was officially announced in 2019, the game was known by its original title "Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P". Despite this inspired choice of title, neither The Patriots nor Tetsuya Nomura were involved in the creation of the game.
- So this originally came out in 2015? Is there already a sequel?
There was talk for a while about a direct sequel in 2018, but that turned out to be a different VN: Saiaku Naru Saiyaku Ningen ni Sasagu - also written by amphibian. The popularity of the game has led to a seven part series of (currently untranslated) novels based on the story and characters of Raging Loop. Some notable collaborators like fellow VN writer Ryukishi07 have worked on those books. A comic book is also available. And then there's a soundtrack with this rad cover:
- I like VNs but have never heard of this one. Why should I play Raging Loop instead of something else?
The combination of a classic horror VN with elements of the board game Werewolf makes Raging Loop a unique experience. The game is already somewhat of a fan favorite in Japan. It appeared in the Top 10 of The Best Adventure/VN Games Of All Time as voted on by Famitsu readers. On that list, it impressively sits right between genre classics like Kamaitachi no Yoru and Ever17:
Go Nintendo said:20. Dream C Club Gogo. (PS3) - 73 pt
19. Policenauts (PC/3DO/PSX/SS) - 77 pt
18. Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shoujo - Zenpen/Kouhen (FC/GBA) - 83 pt
17. EVE: Burst Error (SS/PC) - 86 pt
16. Ghost Trick (NDS/iOS) - 92 pt
15. Portopia Renzoku Satsujin Jiken (PC/FC) - 94 pt
14. Gyakuten Saiban 3 (GBA/NDS) - 104 pt
13. Snatcher (PC/PC-E/PSX/SS) - 109 pt
12. YU-NO: Konoyo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shoujo (PC/SS) - 140 pt
11. Super Danganronpa 2: Sayonara Zetsubou Gakuen (PSP/PC) - 181 pt
10. Chaos Child (Vita/PS4/PS3/XBO/PC) - 176 pt
09. Ever17 -the out of infinity- (PS2/DC) - 187 pt
08. NEW Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shingakk (Vita/PS4) - 198 pt
07. Rei-Jin-G-Lu-P (Vita/PS4/iOS/Android) - 202 pt
06. Kamaitachi no Yoru (GBA/SFC/PSX/iOS/Android) - 256 pt
05. Machi (PSP/PSX/SS - 258 pt
04. Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei (PS4) - 271 pt
03. Gyakuten Saiban (GBA/NDS) - 108 pt
02. 428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~ (Wii/PS3/PSP/iOS) - 331 pt
01. Steins;Gate (Vita/PSP/PS3/360/PC/iOS/Android) - 365 pt.
- How long is Raging Loop?
Longer than the average VN. It takes between 30 and 50 hours to see the end. Afterwards, an inventive New Game Plus mode is unlocked that might give you enough of an incentive to play through the story again.
- Is there already a good guide available?
There's no English guide available yet and it might take a while before someone makes one since this is a long game that just came out. If you're stuck, you can try this Japanese Guide with the auto-translate feature of your browser. This answer will be updated if an English guide becomes available.
- Is this game super gory or more of a suspense horror novel?
Raging Loop is tense and scary, but its imagery is not very gory. The game describes what happens in detail though, so your imagination will play a part as well. Rather than explicit depictions, expect images like these:
- So this is a good Kemco game, huh? What's next from them? More VNs?
Kemco announced three new Visual Novels during TGS 2019: RD, Shuumatsu Senki 0.1, and DMLC_R. RD appears to be the most interesting of the three. It's written by amphibian and the working title "RD" suggests a possible sequel or spiritual successor to Raging Loop.
Gematsu said:RD (title tentative)
The next romance horror game written by Kemco scenario writer Amphibian. The plot is already complete, so he’s tackling everything else from here on. Amphibian is finished with writing his novel, so he finally started working on this. Before departing on this long journey to 202X, we are disclosing the bare minimum information.
* The story is set in a fictitious town on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea.
* The protagonists are two girls + more.
* A “mermaid”!?
Full-fledged development on RD has begun!
- GamePitt - 10/10
Raging Loop isn’t just one of my GOTY titles, it’s one of my favourite Visual Novels of all time. The brilliant combination of horror, thriller, comedy, excitement and mystery all combines into a perfect package which I never wanted to end. KEMCO has done an outstanding job of turning a party game into a branching Visual Novel experience which fully immerses you within its world of beasts, Gods and fantasy. For the squeamish out there, the game relies heavily on verbally describing the horrific deaths rather than visually showing them, so don’t worry about it getting too traumatic! All I can say is, Visual Novel fans need to buy this game – it’s bloody brilliant!
- Digitally Downloaded - 4.5/5
I can't recommend this game enough. It tells a cracking Shinto werewolf story, and the drama of the game's "courtroom" scenes are every bit as compelling as we've seen in the likes of Danganronpa and Lost Dimension. The presentation is a little on the pedestrian side, but don't let that put you off exploring one of the hidden gems of the genre.
- Wccftech - 8.3/10
I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical of how a social mystery game like Werewolf could be transformed into a visual novel. However, my expectations were met nicely and Raging Loop was one of those visual novels that I simply couldn’t put down. From one loop to the next, I was enraptured with the mysteries that slowly unraveled throughout Raging Loop. While more of a guided experience than the likes of Virtue’s Last Reward or AI: The Somnium Files, KEMCO has surprised me with a psychological thriller that easily ranks up there among Uchikoshi’s best.
- Noisy Pixel - 8/10
While this game might seem like an average horror adventure with one true ending and multiple bad endings, the New Game+ is too good to pass up for fans of the genre. It’s these new features that the developer has added, which make this lore filled adventure a must-play title.
- PSX Brasil - 8.5/10
- KeenGamer - 8/10
Despite requiring a short while to get properly invested, Raging Loop has a lot to offer that will keep you attached once it's set its claws in. Bolstered with well-drawn, fleshed out characters and vivid storytelling, this visual novel is a welcome fit for anyone interested in multi-layered psychological stories no matter how well-versed they are with the genre.
- Gamereactor - 7/10
Making a visual novel game scary isn't an easy thing to do, but Raging Loop has achieved that with thick atmosphere and excellent sound design. The looping format isn't always executed amazingly well, but you could do much worse than to play Raging Loop this Halloween, as it's a disturbing tale of paranoia, deceit, and mystery, one that has plenty of twists and turns to boot.
- The Fandom Post - A-
If you’ve been searching for a spooky story to keep you cozy in this fall and wintry time, this is the one for you. While it does have a just okay resolution, the rest of the package comes together to have Raging Loop stand among the greats as one of the best visual novels of all-time.
- Phenixx Gaming - 8.5/10
- Famitsu - 8 / 8/ 8 /8 (32/40)
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