[PlayStation 4] Nicole Review
Nicole from Winter Wolves Games and Ratalaika Games is a visual novel in which you are following her life in a new university. Learn more in our Nicole review!
Nicole is a dating simulator that revolves around your day-to-day life as a college student.
Nicole (the game) begins as Nicole (the main character) enters her new university. She’s clumsy and distracted, so she ends up bumping into another girl, which thankfully happens to be her roommate. As she reaches her room, she unwinds by reading the local news, and it is then that we learn that there seem to be some mysterious disappearances happening on the campus. As you progress through this visual novel, you’ll help Nicole as she takes on her different classes, ends up dating one of the different potential suitors, and maybe even solve the mystery!
There are two different game modes in this visual novel, one with a stat building system, in which you have to keep track of Nicole’s morale, energy, grades, zeal, diligence, amity, wit, and money. The second mode is a “visual novel only” mode in which you can enjoy the story without managing all of the stats. The different choices you make for Nicole in this game will also affect the romantic relation she can have with one of the four different guys: Darren, Kurt, Jeff, and Ted.
Being a visual novel, the core of the gameplay is to follow the story and select from the different options you get here and there, with a ton of reading in your future. I liked how there are several periods during the day, from morning to the evening, and in each free time period, Nicole can do different actions. These include studying, going to the gym or to the park, or even taking a nap to recover a bit of your lost energy and morale.
As for the presentation, I liked the art style and how the different characters each had a lot of different outfits, depending on what was happening, which is not a common feature in visual novels. The soundtrack was mostly there for the ambiance, but one track in particular definitely surprised me by how powerful it sounded.
Trophies-wise, the list is rather short, with two Bronze trophies, eleven Gold, and then your Platinum trophy. This is also a game that will take you several hours to achieve the Platinum if you’re going in blind. However, if following a guide, it will take roughly half an hour, but then you’d be missing out on the game’s story, plot twists, and the stats raising system. The trophies are awarded for unlocking the different part-time jobs in the game, as well as getting the normal and special endings for each of the potential suitors.
Should you buy this game? If you’re a fan of visual novels, then this is a fun one to play, and the stats raising gameplay twist. Do know that the game is available at an $18.99 asking price. I liked the game’s presentation, the different options available for the actions that Nicole can take in each period of the day, and getting to know the different characters I met during my adventure.
To help trophy hunters out there, here’s a helpful trophy guide for Nicole:
This Nicole review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.