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Is Read Only Memories: Neurodiver Good? | A Review Roundup from Reddit, Steam, and Others

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As the sequel to 2064: Read Only Memories, a beloved classic cherished by fans, Read Only Memories: Neurodiver has been eagerly anticipated. Read on to see what everyone else has to say about the sequel.

Read Only Memories: Neurodiver Review Compilation

What is Read Only Memories: Neurodiver?

In Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER, you play as ES88, a young psychic agent employed by the powerful organization MINERVA. Your mission is to track down Golden Butterfly, a mysterious psychic entity causing havoc in Neo-San Francisco by fragmenting citizens' memories. With the help of Neurodiver, a bioengineered psychic creature, you'll delve into memories to gather clues and thoughts, ultimately stopping Golden Butterfly. This game offers a fresh story set in the vibrant sci-fi world of Neo-San Francisco, welcoming both new players and fans of the original game with familiar faces making a return.

Read Only Memories: Neurodiver features:
 ⚫︎ Point-and-Click Interactive Visual Novel
 ⚫︎ Retro-Future Pixel Graphics and Aesthetics
 ⚫︎ Cyberpunk Setting
 ⚫︎ Story-Rich Sci-Fi Adventure Game
 ⚫︎ Retro FM Synth Music
 ⚫︎ All New Cast with Returning Characters

For more gameplay details, read everything we know about Read Only Memories: Neurodiver's gameplay and story.

Read Only Memories: Neurodiver User Reviews of Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Checkmark Beautiful Pixel Visuals
Checkmark Impressive Synth Soundtrack
Checkmark Incredible Voice-Acting
Checkmark Certain Clunky Narrative Moments and Rushed Ending
Checkmark Basic Puzzles
Checkmark The Game is Shorter than Predecessor

We here at Game8 gave Read Only Memories: Neurodiver a 90/100 for its captivating cyberpunk story, breathtaking pixel art, and exceptional synth soundtrack. You can read more about our opinion in detail in the review linked down below. But our opinion isn't the end-all, be-all. We've gone out and collected opinions from across the internet to see what people are saying Read Only Memories: Neurodiver did well, and what they didn't like about it.

What People Liked About Read Only Memories: Neurodiver

Pros
Checkmark Beautiful Pixel Visuals
Checkmark Memorable Synth Soundtrack
Checkmark Incredible Voice-Acting

Beautiful Pixel Visuals

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One thing everyone can agree on is that the game’s visuals are nothing short of stunning. From the intricately designed characters to the breathtaking backdrops and vibrant locations, the pixelated world of Neo-San Francisco exudes charm and personality at every turn. Each scene is a visual feast, brimming with life and detail, making the game's world both captivating and unforgettable.

Memorable Synth Soundtrack

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The game's soundtrack has been generating a symphony of praise, and it's easy to see why. The decision to immediately sell the soundtrack separately speaks volumes about the team's confidence in its quality. Crafted by Scarlet Moon's Ken “coda” Snyder, the OST brilliantly captures the sharp, glossy tones of the late '80s and early '90s FM chips, echoing the essence of beloved retro gadgets. Their compositions not only evoke a powerful sense of nostalgia but also deliver irresistibly catchy melodies.

Incredible Voice-Acting

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The soundtrack goes hand-in-hand with the incredible voice acting, which a lot of people seem to really enjoy about the game. Not only is the cast brilliant, but the fact that most of the game is voice-acted is a welcome addition for a visual novel, where much of the gameplay involves reading dialogue.

What People Disliked About Read Only Memories: Neurodiver

Cons
Checkmark Certain Clunky Narrative Moments and Rushed Ending
Checkmark Basic Puzzles and Much More Lienar Story
Checkmark The Game is Shorter than Predecessor

Certain Clunky Narrative Moments and Rushed Ending

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Reviews all over the internet of the ending are largely mixed, with many expressing disappointment, especially among fans of the first game, who find it rushed and consider the reveal of the Golden Butterfly underwhelming. While the first half of the game is generally well-loved, certain segments are criticized in reviews and comments for feeling clunky and weirdly executed. According to them, the game just ends abruptly and doesn’t really give a proper conclusion.

Basic Puzzles and Much More Linear Story

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Fans who've played the first game express a preference for its puzzles over those in Neurodiver. They find Neurodiver's puzzles lacking, often simple click-and-find tasks that can be annoying. Additionally, they note that dialogue choices in Neurodiver lack the consequential impact seen in the first game, leading to a more linear and less varied experience.

The Game is Shorter than Predecessor

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Neurodiver is considerably shorter than its predecessor, 2064: Read Only Memories. On average, players complete Neurodiver in 5-6 hours, whereas 2064 took around 9 hours to beat, with 19 hours required for 100% completion, as reported on the How Long to Beat website. The more linear storyline of Neurodiver diminishes its replay value compared to the first game, making it easier to beat and less enticing for multiple playthroughs.

Read Only Memories: Neurodiver User Score and Rating

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Read Only Memories: Neurodiver, the sequel to the beloved 2064: Read Only Memories, was highly anticipated by fans however it currently has received a mixed reception on Steam with an average rating of 7/10. On Metacritic, it holds a score of 76, which is considered Generally Favorable and matches the critic score of its predecessor.

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Read Only Memories: Neurodiver Product Information

Read Only Memories Neurodiver Cover
Title READ ONLY MEMORIES: NEURODIVER
Release Date May 16, 2024
Developer MidBoss, LLC.
Publisher Chorus Worldwide Games
Supported Platforms Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC
Genre Casual Adventure, Indie
Number of Players 1
ESRB Rating T
Official Website Read Only Memories: Neurodiver Website

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