Hate Plus

Hate Plus review

Hate Plus review

Love takes time.

Christine Love makes games about sex and technology... sexnology games, if you will. They exist in a video game landscape that's saturated with objectified women, but rarely attempts to give women characters a voice for their own sexual desires. Her latest is Hate Plus, a follow-up to her last game Analogue: A Hate Story, both of which are about women characters' struggles to talk about their desires.

Analogue was a visual novel about cute girls in frilly dresses with kinky habits on a spaceship, thousands of years in the future. You were an archivist, digging into the ship's logs of a bygone Korean spacefaring society; your only company was two computer AIs who fought for control over you. Love deftly wove her warring AIs through the emotional revelations born of a patriarchal Joseon Dynasty of the future. That sounds like a sentence that would never describe a game, right? It's almost surreal to write it. But you'd need someone seriously well-read to pull it off. How deep is your Love? Pretty damned deep.

If you're interested in space soap opera twists and 'hacking' a terminal within a time limit, go and play Analogue: A Hate Story now. It's one of the finest, most unusual independent games we have. It asks you to become a critical reader of fragmented texts, a kinky word archaeologist who gets off on other people's perversions. It also has a quite admirable amount of sexy bits that made me feel like Alan Partridge at an orgy, and I'm no prude.

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Analogue: A Hate Story sequel Hate Plus announced

Christine Love, creator of such interactive fiction works as Digital: A Love Story and Analogue: A Hate Story, has announced a sequel to Analogue with Hate Plus, due this summer on PC and Mac.

According to Love's official site, Hate Plus will continue right where Analogue left off and will explore the backstory of the AI *Mute. Like Analogue, this will have players investigating what happened to a patriarchal society isolated in a remote spacecraft for hundreds of years. "It plays similarly to Analogue, but instead of your AI companion simply showing you files they've picked, you'll have to investigate yourself, and discover what happened together," noted Love.

Hate Plus will feature new art, music and an improved UI along with more writing than Analogue - which is a lot.

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