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[PlayStation 5] Harmony: The Fall of Reverie Review

[PlayStation 5] Harmony: The Fall of Reverie Review
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Harmony: The Fall of Reverie is a narrative-driven visual novel experience from DON’T NOD that is now available on PlayStation 5. Check out our Harmony: The Fall of Reverie review!

 

Harmony: The Fall of Reverie is a narrative-driven visual novel experience from DON’T NOD that is now available on PlayStation 5. I’ve previously reviewed other games from the studio, such as Life is Strange or the psychological journey that is Twin Mirror, so I was definitely eager to check out what Harmony: The Fall of Reverie had to offer. But before I continue, I do want to mention that this adventure is Rated M for Mature, which means it’s not suitable for all gamers due to its themes and the topics it deals with.

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You’ll be playing as Polly, who has been estranged from her mother for a while now. She ends up returning to the city of Atina after learning that her mother has gone missing. While investigating their old place to try and find any clues about what has happened, Polly goes into her mother’s room to find a flashing pendant. When she picks it up, she ends up being drawn into another dimension – the titular Reverie! It’s there that she’ll be known as Harmony, who is tasked with finding a way to save Reverie and what we know as the real world before both end up collapsing.

 

I have to say that I really like the game’s art style and overall look since it features a very clean presentation that helps everything stand out. The hand-drawn art style also translates to the different cut scenes that you’ll get to see as you go deeper into the story of Harmony: The Fall of Reverie. The game’s soundtrack has also been created by Lena Raine, who you know from projects such as Celeste, Guild Wars 2, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Chicory: A Colorful Tale.

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Since the game’s format is closer to that of a visual novel, there are a lot of stories for you to experience as you meet new characters, travel to new locations, and search for any clues that can point you in the right direction. The game is fully voice-acted, which was a pleasant surprise since that is usually not the case for most visual novels since voice acting is quite expensive!

 

You’ll explore different story nodes that you’ll be able to check, thanks to Harmony’s premonition ability. Depending on the choices you make, you’ll be rewarded with crystals related to each of the Aspirations you’ll meet. Aspirations are the embodiment of humanity’s yearnings, intelligence, desires, and needs. The first one you’ll run into is Bliss, who is the most playful one in the bunch. You’ll also get to meet Power, Chaos, Bond, Glory, and Truth. Crystals will then be tied to decisions that align Harmony with each of these Aspirations.

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You won’t be able to experience everything that the game has to offer in a single run since you won’t be able to obtain enough crystals for this. Along with that, you need to know that at some point in the story, you will need to choose between taking one path or the other, thus locking you out from checking the other route. Your ultimate goal is to heal Reverie’s Heart so that Aspirations can thrive and both worlds can recover and coexist in, well, harmony.

 

And now, let’s talk about the trophies! The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum, which means that you’ll be working on unlocking 14 Bronze trophies, 8 Silver trophies, and 6 Gold trophies. There are trophies for progressing through the game’s story and finishing each of the different acts. You can also obtain trophies for obtaining 20 of the different types of crystals you can gain access to based on the choices you make along the way. There are also some trophies that are mutually exclusive since they’re tied to making specific choices, so between that and how many crystal types you can get along the way, you’re going to have to play this one more than once to get that Platinum trophy.

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Harmony: The Fall of Reverie is an interesting narrative-driven visual novel experience on PlayStation 5. DON’T NOD has done a great job with this game’s story and the different twists you’ll experience along the way, which is to be expected from a studio that has given us the Life is Strange series and games such as Twin Mirror. The soundtrack is from Lena Raine, who’s worked on the soundtracks for games such as Celeste, Guild Wars 2, and Chicory: A Colorful Tale – which I got to review on PlayStation 5 a couple of years ago. Harmony: The Fall of Reverie is out on PlayStation 5 with a $24.99 price tag.

Disclaimer
This Harmony: The Fall of Reverie review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by DON’T NOD.

Review Overview

An excellent narrative-driven Rated M for Mature adventure from DON'T NOD
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