Depraved Awakening Review

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From time to time, it is needed to dive into the most basic instincts we have. Depraved Awakening will set you up to decide about this. When these chances appear, though, would you take them or let them slide through your fingers?

Warning
This is an M Rated game which includes sex, violence, prostitution and alcohol use. Though, they are there to fit the dark theme of the game, this may upset some players.

Depraved Awakening

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You play as a washed up gumshoe just trying to get by when one of your clients is found dead. The police believe it was suicide, but as you dig deeper you realize that far more is at play. As you follow the case you will be introduced to many different individuals. Decide wisely how you interact with them. It could be the difference of a bullet to the head or a long passionate night with a beautiful lady.

Story

Depraved Awakening‘s premise is rather simple: you’re a former cop turned private investigator. Now you take on any jobs that you can land. This job, however, is going to flip your entire life around.

Early in the story, you get to know you’ll be making decisions. You had a rough day at work and decided to have an appointment with a local prostitute. Will you go through with it? Will you decide to back out? These are the first choices you have.

The whole situation here: your latest client, Richard Mason, hired you to follow his wife. You found out she was cheating on him and so you let him know about it. About an hour later, people called the police as it seemed he jumped of his apartment’s window, falling 25 stores to the pavement. Police say this was a suicide; however, the P.I. in you thinks there’s more to this story.

As the story moves on, you’ll find yourself involved in something bigger than you ever expected; something that involves betrayals, tough decisions and maybe, just maybe, some love at the end of the trail.

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Spoilers

The story is thicker than you ever imagined. As you go with your life, we as players get to know that Richard didn’t commit suicide. Someone threw him out the window.

Everything that is happening here is because of something called the “Awakenings”. This is something I’m sure I’ve heard about before, maybe under a different name, though. This is a sex cult which uses women while covering their faces with masks. They take them to a specific place, they bid on them, and then…you know the rest.

Then, as you think you got things almost solved, a new threat appears. We even get to know about her backstory. Her family abused her and kept her in a locked room all the time. At one point, she broke. She decided it was more than enough and killed her abusers. She escaped and started living in the streets. Getting into fights. One day, she met a man who gave her a chance and she ended up marrying him.

She used her beauty to get what he wanted, and if they didn’t get it, they killed them.

You’ve now become her target. That, my friend, is really bad news. She’ll kill some important people, and she won’t stop until you’re dead now. Will you survive? Will you kill her? It is all up to you.

Characters

We will see some rather interesting characters throughout this case. Some are good, some are bad, some…you won’t even know. Their alignment will vary depending on your choices, so be sure to choose wisely.

The Good

YouCarliJudyStellaChristinaMi-do

Put whatever face you want on this one guy. You are the star of this story and your decisions will decide his fate. Choose wisely.

You get to know Carli at the beginning of this case, not because she is part of it, but because you wanted a break. She is an escort, and becomes a crucial ally in this story. She’s a smart and loving woman who cares a lot about her friends. She will stop at nothing to help her beloved ones. Will you become one of them?

Judy is your ex-wife’s daughter. She is having a rough time as she tries to get a job. Every big company is saying no because her mother is now in jail. Small stores aren’t hiring. She asks to stay with you and this might just be trouble.

Stella is what started this. She is Richard’s widow and a key to resolve this situation. She has a good heart. But, as Carlie noticed, she has changed in recent weeks. She became more sexually active than ever. There’s something certainly wrong and you’ll have to figure out what it is.

Christina is a spa worker. She becomes Judy’s co-worker and is dealing with troubling decisions she made. She is a young and not-so-independent girl who lives out of her work at the spa and an allowance her father gives her. Rapidly, she becomes Judy’s friend, and might as well become your friend too.

Out of all the troubles people around you are dealing with, Mi-do’s might be the worst ones. She is married to an awful person who utilizes her to get business deals. She is forced to do unspeakable things with her husband’s partners and she can’t refuse. She’s trapped in a horrible situation and you’ll have chances to help her out. Will you, though?

The Bad

The DragonKiraMatlock

Troubled woman who grew among abusers, The Dragon is a killer. She will be a literal pain in your chest and something you’ll have to take care of. Or will you?

Kira is a sex slave. There’s no other way to describe her. She is the bad guy’s girl. He abuses her every time and she is there just to help him with his work. She plans a rather complicated plan to get rid of the obstacles; however, it is up to you to figure out what’s going on.

This is the big bad of the story. He controls all the bad things that are happening around town.

More

There are a few more characters around. We get to know a couple of cops, a singer, one of Matlock’s “partners”. Although you’ll get some insight about some of them, you may end up surprised about their alignments. Trust is something you don’t want to give to anyone in this city.

Gameplay

Depraved Awakening is a visual novel that takes you on a linear story. You’ll have to make choices that may change the course of your story until you get to the end of it. There are different endings and they will appear based on what choices you made.

Will you succumb to your most primal desires? Are your enemies going to help you? Will any of your friends betray you?

These are questions you’ll get answers to throughout your story.

Relationships

As you go about this case you’ll be meeting different people. At the top left corner of the screen you’ll see some scores for the most important characters. This score is about your friendship with them, with a secondary score about “lust”. This, basically, is how much do both desire each other.

Again, this is -after all- an adult game. This means we’ll have the opportunity to have sex with different characters. Each one likes something different and you’ll be the one deciding what you want to do. This isn’t a The Witcher like sex scene, though. What you’ll get in Depraved Awakening is explicit sex involving crude language and some not-so-traditional activities.

Adult Content Warning

Replayability

Given the nature of this game, and the multiple endings, you have enough content to replay the story multiple times. I mean, just look at the Steam Achievements!

Graphics

I have to tell you this: the level of detail in this game is amazing. I’m talking about the background, the city. You see alleys, buildings, streets. You go into different rooms such as the police station, your office, your house and friends’ houses. Different stores, the spa and more. Every single time the environment was different and it felt authentic.

When it comes to the characters in the game, you can expect high level of details. You’ll see drops of water on their skin. You’ll see their facial expressions, how their bodies look while wearing different clothes. You might even be able to notice someone’s nipples through their shirts.

Even, when it comes to different injuries you see throughout the game, the level of detail is really above what I would even look for in big games.

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Soundtrack

If the developer was aiming for “soft porn music” then they nailed it. It was a bit uncomfortable at times since during normal conversations with different characters, the music was yelling “romance her” at me. Now, during some action sequences, the music was certainly on point.

Spoiler (Directed by Michael Bay?)

I can tell you, there was a point in the story where the music, along with what was going on, got my eyes teary. That’s something I can only remember happening with The Walking Dead game during its first season.

Issues

My main issue with this game is that, for being a visual novel where you have to literally read the entire story, there are way too many spelling and grammatical mistakes. You’ll find the usual confusions of “to” and “too” or “than” and “then”. This was a pain for me, because the developer even includes the person who proofread everything in the credits.

Final Verdict

Depraved Awakening is a make-your-own-adventure kind of game. This means that it has a set path you’ll go through; but it isn’t just a single path. Your choices will drastically change the outcome of this case as well as who you’ll befriend or not.

For those of us who like detective stories, this will get you interested rather quickly as soon as you start the story. Becoming a private detective, trying to figure out what happened to your latest customer and getting to uncover a really big illegal organization surely is rewarding; not to mention the plenty of women you’ll be meeting and -if you play your cards right- you might have a lot of fun with them in the process.

This is your adventure, take it the way you want and enjoy the ride.

Good

  • Interesting story
  • Good character backgrounds
  • Interesting choices
  • Decent replayability value
  • Amazing graphics

Bad

  • Spelling and grammatical issues
  • At times, facial expressions were really off
  • Detective's anatomy felt really off as opposed to women's
7.6

Good

Story - 7
Characters - 7.5
Gameplay - 8
Soundtrack - 5
Graphics - 9
Replayability - 9
Geek, writer, musician. John is a horror addict, DC Comics fan (Marvel too, though) and a single-player games enthusiast. You can normally find him watching horror movies or playing games on PC, unless he is writing, in which case, you won't see him around.
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