[PlayStation 4] One Night Stand Review
One Night Stand from Ratalaika Games is an M rated adventure game on PS4 with rotoscope animation and multiple endings. Learn more in our One Night Stand review!
As the name for the game suggests, for this new game from Kinmoku and Ratalaika Games, youâ€™ll wake up after a night out in a strangerâ€™s bedroom. You have no idea who she is, or how you got there in the first place, but you are aware that something must have happened the night before since sheâ€™s asleep next to youâ€¦ naked. Your mission, should you accept it, will be to explore the bedroom to find clues that will help you identify this stranger. Or, you could, you know, run at the first chance you get to â€œescapeâ€ from the situation.
The controls are very simple to get the hang of, since youâ€™ll be moving a cursor with the left analog stick, confirming your choices with the X button. Since youâ€™ll be replaying the game several times, you might want to make use of the fast-forward function, which is activated with the R1 button, so that you can skip text that youâ€™ve already read from previous runs. Doing this will streamlines the process of unlocking the additional endings, since there are twelve different endings to finds.
To get to the many endings the game has to offer, you will need to change how you decide to interact with your one night stand, taking the conversation in different directions based on the options you have for each dialogue path. Your answers to the girlâ€™s questions and the questions you make her will dictate where you end up for that particular run. You could be moreâ€¦ gentle with your answers. Or you might, perhaps, decide youâ€™re an idiot and start to give her more harsh answers, driving her closer to just kick you out of her place.
Something that will have certainly grabbed your attention by this point is the gameâ€™s hand-drawn rotoscope animated graphics. This gives the game a very interesting look and feel, helping to draw you into this window into a real-life situation. The soundtrack will also do a great job at complementing the experience, getting you started with a very relaxing and soothing song, moving towards
As expected, One Night Stand has a Platinum trophy for you to add to your collection, but this is one of the rare games from Ratalaika that does not have a PS Vita counterpart since the game canâ€™t run on Sonyâ€™s portable console. As for the trophies themselves, they are awarded for making specific choices in some of the dialogue branches, while the rest are for, as you can imagine, getting each of the endings in the game. A trophy hunter with a trophy guide in hand can probably speedrun the whole thing in an hour and change by making the game fast-forward through all text, and not just the one that has already been read before.
One Night Stand is a fun visual novel that looks great on PlayStation 4. It deals with a mature topic, which is why it has an M for Mature rating, which, in case you havenâ€™t realized it by now, makes this a game not suitable for younger gamers. A single run will probably take you around 15-20 minutes or so to complete, and after that, you can select to fast-forward through the text youâ€™ve already read as you try to take things down a different path. Overall, youâ€™re looking at a handful of hours to see everything that the game has to offer, which ainâ€™t bad for a visual novel with a budget $4.99 price tag.
This One Night Stand review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Rataliaka Games.