You know those games you buy on Steam, more often than not during a sale and totally forget about? VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action was one of those games for me.
VA-11 HALL-A has been hanging around my Steam library for a while but I finally got around to playing it recently.
I regret not playing this game sooner.
Set in Glitch City, a cyberpunk city filled with crime, corruption, and cyborgs you play as Jill, a bartender working at VA-11 HALL-A. A small pub on the verge of being shut down.
You serve the colourful characters that call Glitch City home. That may not sound interesting, but with every conversation, you learn more about the seedy underbelly of the city and grow to love your regulars. Not to mention your charming co-workers.
VA-11 HALL-A is a text heavy game, which I know is a turn off for some and I understand that, but if you value stellar storytelling and interesting characters then this is certainly the game for you.
The majority of the game takes place in the pub as you serve drinks. Sounds easy but you need to remember the tastes of your customers. Every now and again they will order drinks in an almost cryptic way or ask for the usual.
At the start of each day, you get the chance to check the news and buy items for your room. Jill will think about getting a little treat and if you buy said item you get a slight advantage in the pub parts of the game.
However, you have to keep an eye on your cash flow as you have bills to pay.
While this game certainly has its heartfelt and dramatic moments, it has a fantastic sense of humour. VA-11 HALL-A is filled with crass jokes and pop-culture gags galore. I have not laughed this hard while playing a game since Saints Row IV.
I love the design of this game, I’m a sucker for pixel art. Each character has a unique look and the overall art-style is really cute.
It doesn’t hurt that the soundtrack for this game is amazing. Even if you aren’t interested in playing VA-11 HALL-A I highly recommend you give the soundtrack a listen.
If you are looking for a fun game with unusual characters then give a VA-11 HALL-A try.