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Collar x Malice is an otome mystery thriller game that is one of the best offerings for the genre. It originally came out on the Vita a few years back and comes across very well on the Switch. My playthrough of the game was all in undocked mode. Whereas most otome games are fairly light in their themes, Collar x Malice has a somewhat dark, solid story with an interesting premise and strong characters. The music is good in the spots it is used and the voice acting is excellent. Gameplay-wise, CxM separates itself further from most games in the genre, offering a few Phoenix Wright style investigation bits and a few timed events to go along with the usual make your choice path options. The game has good length at 30-40 hours to get to the true ending and there are a good number of endings to be found.
As far as the Switch version, there are no performance issues and there is touch screen support, though I mostly used standard controls. The art assets for the most part look good in higher resolution on the Switch. The negatives are: some of the background art is a bit soft and the game doesn't do a great job of explaining the proper way to do the few timed segments. Overall though, an excellent game for the genre.
I have played this game before on a friends device, and decided to buy it for myself and decided to order through amazon. The game its self is amazing, even with a few errors in translation/spelling. The problem I have is that when I ordered this game, it came with the plastic casing over the came case half unwrapped, and no game card inside. Would love to write a review about the product I received BUT I can't because I did not get a game. Will write an updated review if I am able to return and get a new game sent to me. Until then, this gets a -100/5 stars.
Amazing game. Interesting storyline with sweet content. Definitely recommended. It’s my first visual novel and I’m enjoying it a lot. The voice actors did an extraordinary job, and the characters are drawn beautifully.
Collar X Malice is a great game with an intriguing story. Love all the characters and artwork. Came with beautiful photocards for each main character! Only complaints are there's grammar errors, Akito will call your character Ichika instead of the name you put in, and sometimes it's says one character is talking when it's really a different character.