The sequel to AI: The Somnium Files arrives today on Xbox in North America, known as "Nirvana Initiative", and the good news is that it's been getting some outstanding reviews so far, currently sitting at a very impressive 91 score on Metacritic (for PC) - admittedly based on just a few reviews, as not many have cropped up in the wild as of yet.
If you haven't discovered the series before, Nirvana Initiative takes the form of a visual novel and detective adventure game, and based on the reviews we've seen so far, it doesn't stray too far from the formula established in the original.
Here's a selection of some of the reviews we've found for the game so far:
Nintendo Life (9/10)
"AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative is one of the most interesting visual novels we’ve played through in a while. The murder mystery at its heart is brought to life by some great writing and quirky characters alongside the satisfyingly integrated, beautifully balanced Psync puzzle elements. Even with some minor control issues, there is a lot to love in this game even if you never picked up the original. Highly recommended if you're even a little bit curious."
"A combination of maddening puzzles with satisfying solutions, a story that is as weird as it is excellent, and characters who make memorable impressions sees nirvanA Initiative establish itself as a worthy sequel to one of the better sleeper hits of the past several years."
RPG Site (9/10)
"Just like its predecessor, AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative is full of heart, hilariously self-aware, and reflective on the style of writing that built the foundation that built the Somnium Files series. Both AI games are deeply personal, subversive, and reflective works, some of my favorite games in the genre. Now that we have one miracle sequel that ended up great, I could go for another one in a few years."
"All in all, AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative is another complex and twisting murder mystery with a strong cyberpunk flavor. If you crave bizarre philosophies, high-tech conspiracies, and mind-bending puzzles, add this game to your list. Just make you aren’t photosensitive first."
"While AI: The Somium Files - nirvanA Initiative might be minor Uchikoshi, it's still Uchikoshi, which makes it worth experiencing for most fans."
Push Square (7/10)
"While nirvanA Initiative doesn’t stray too far from the formula established in the original, the gritty sci-fi story and likeable characters mean that it is a compelling adventure. Piecing together all the threads of the story will lead you on a rollercoaster of a journey and keep you guessing until the very end."
You can grab AI: The Somnium Files - Nirvana Initiative today on Xbox in North America, but the European release has been delayed by two weeks until July 8th, due to the desire to retain "parity" with the also delayed physical versions.
- AI: The Somnium Files - Nirvana Initiative (Xbox Store) - $59.99
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