LoveKami: Divinity Stage (PC) Review

By Athanasios 21.05.2017 3

Review for LoveKami: Divinity Stage on PC

Fanservice-y harem visual novels. The plague of the genre, and maybe, gaming itself? Not really. When it comes to guilty pleasures there's at least one out there for everyone, so the real division is pretty much the same as in every genre - in other words, there are good harem visual novels and bad ones. Obviously, LoveKami: Divinity Stage won't really excite the haters, but should those thirsty for some anime romance be any interested in this at all?

LoveKami: Divinity Stage follows the NEKOPARA series formula, in that it's not your standard romance story. The ones that the protagonist will get to know and flirt with are not just simple girls, but goddesses that have descended upon the earth in order to meet with good ol' Homo Sapiens and exchange cultural experiences (sort of). Unlike the NEKOPARA franchise, however, this doesn't take its "lore" as seriously, and as a result, it's a much more pleasant read, as well as a more focused one, since it doesn't waste as much time delving into the whole divinity thing, and simply goes straight into the lovey-dovey (and sexy-sexy) stuff.

If the introductory paragraph wasn't clear enough, this is all about the romance, and as expected from a game of its kind, it is all purposely simplistic, as it mainly tries to be titillating… and succeeds while at it… And this actually comes from a gamer who has rarely enjoyed these types of products, as most take their selves a bit too seriously, or just add lots of pointless filler between their few NSFW scenes. In comparison, LoveKami: Divinity Stage feels a bit more focused.

Sure, it's still a ridiculous concept. Goddesses have appeared, and instead of doing anything special with their powers they work at maid cafes and form J-Pop Idol groups… and yet, it's actually a fun experience, mainly because it knows what it wants to be. Which is? An ecchi visual novel, AKA a piece of "harmless" anime erotica, AKA an H-game minus the porn scenes. It's meant to immerse… and titillate.

Screenshot for LoveKami: Divinity Stage on PC

The perfect example is the whole goddess shtick. Instead of something that feels out of place, it's actually a way to increase the… err, mental excitement - which, by the way, mostly relies on text, instead of on-screen naughtiness. Thankfully, there's plenty of it as well, especially the closer one gets towards the finale.

Technically, it's one of the better visual novels, although it does fall into the crime of resource recycling, not to mention that the character design is so not special that the main girl trio could easily be named shy busty goddess, naughty busty goddess, and classy busty goddess. Furthermore, while generally a fine game, it doesn't have anything that separates it from the rest, as it's formulaic to the bone, goddesses or no goddesses.

Also note that, first, it's a pretty short ride, and, secondly, that it's not for those who hate kinetic novels. There's a choice somewhere close to the middle of the adventure, but it's just a three-way crossroad where the player chooses the girl the protagonist will… get jiggy with. In conclusion? Pretty enjoyable (for what it is), but we've all seen better, right? Right??? Guys…?

Screenshot for LoveKami: Divinity Stage on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

As ecchi visual novels go, LoveKami: Divinity Stage doesn't really do anything that could help it stand out. It is good looking, but also unremarkable; it's light-heartedly sexy and titillating, but doesn't really cater to any particular fetish; and although well-written, it won't really win any awards. In other words: enter only if a big fan of the genre… or if the price drops.

Developer

MoeNovel

Publisher

MoeNovel

Genre

Visual Novel

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

I never understood these games, its clearly about the sex so why even deal with 'hinting' at things compared to straight porn?

Dragon0085 said:
I never understood these games, its clearly about the sex so why even deal with 'hinting' at things compared to straight porn?

Hinting can be sexy if done right Smilie

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