sublime story hits all the right notes

Oe Are OFK will make you fall in love. In fact, this gorgeous visual novel makes such a powerful connection with gamers that you won’t just fall in love. OFKfrom the charismatic cast of – you’ll find yourself head over heels in love with their favorite boba shop.

At the heart of We are OFK is a group of friends navigating messy personal lives and exploring what it means to be creative. These friends (Luca, Carter, Jey and Itsumi) then form a band called OFK, whose music you hear throughout the game – but before there is a band, there are only four friends who manage through the ups and downs of LA. The Birth of OFK has everything you’d expect from a fairy tale set in the City of Angels, from struggling artists to seedy label men.

In telling this story, We are OFK adds color and emotion to all the mundane things in life. Luca’s story begins with a job he doesn’t like, while Itsumi reels from a painful breakup. As they unknowingly stumble towards the founding of OFK, their relationships with each other are explored, developed, and at times challenged. These relationships drive OFK, and each character relies on another to further their story in some way. The first two episodes show Luca’s friends pushing him to embrace his creative side as a singer, but his reluctance worries his producer Jey, who fears the project will fail. Impressive, We are OFK manages to tell a gripping story without losing sight of these entrenched human struggles – and the result is a story that has you laughing, crying and cheering throughout.

We are OFK. Credit: OFK Team.

We are OFKThe story of would be nothing without its cast and its developer The OFK team does a phenomenal job of bringing each character to life. Each character has their own distinct personality, and each voice actor’s stunning performances sell every ounce of humor, style, and emotion. As We are OFK‘s, these stars are human to a fault – for example, Luca is hilarious and loving, but doesn’t always realize he can be selfish; while the enigmatic Carter has a dry sense of humor and heaps of talent, but they have a real problem opening up to those who care about them.

The depth of each character is explored through We are OFKThe main interactive element of , the multiple-choice dialog options that appear during conversations. These can give voice to their opinions on lighter topics like hentai and frog reincarnation, but can also allow players to try and convey the thoughts and emotions that a character is feeling at their lowest. There’s never a right or wrong answer – you’re here to learn about these characters, not to decide their fates, and it’s a testament to We are OFK‘s writes that these dialogue choices feel prodigiously powerful. Because OFK’s cast is so engaging, you’re bound to do the right thing with them; to help them integrate or express themselves in the best way.

Having a wealth of contextual dialogue options also serves an incredibly clever secondary purpose – you can only respond with one choice, but just by offering multiple it adds oceans of depth to each character by demonstrating multiple things they are thinking at this moment . You never feel like you’re playing a role for yourself – you’re always in the headspace of the person in the scene – and therefore, We are OFK livens up its cast in a way that few games have done before.

We are OFK.  Credit: OFK Team.
We are OFK. Credit: OFK Team.

In the likely event that OFKThe members of the group will seduce you, their music is sure to be a treat. Each of the game’s five episodes is composed to perfection by LA omniboiaccompanied by an original song by OFK. Each track blends seamlessly into where each episode is, narratively and emotionally, and OFKThe songs are all accompanied by music videos that pop out of reality for a few surreal minutes. These tracks aren’t just a good time to tap your feet – they serve to cement OFKgroup identity as a group, and each has playable mini-games to bounce on: “Follow/Unfollow” sees a drunk and emotionally lost Itsumi dive into an arcade machine to retrieve her phone, swim in an LA submarine and bring back lost cats along the way.

It’s clear that the OFK team cares about the music, but they also paid the same attention to the art style of the game. of introspection and loneliness that are often only visible to those caught within. A photo of Itsumi, alone in her room after listening to a voicemail from her estranged parents, lingers just long enough to feel deeply intimate – her isolation seems painfully real, and without a single word you can feel that she is on the verge of tears.

We are OFK.  Credit: OFK Team.
We are OFK. Credit: OFK Team.

The OFK team’s art style also manages to paint both sides of LA – there’s always a friend at hand, but a conflicting sense of loneliness is never far from the touch. Most background characters in We are OFK are painted casually as faceless blurs, meaning a character can stand on a crowded dance floor and still appear alone. At first glance, the art is stunning and full of lovely shots of sunny streets, neon-lit clubs and quiet company – but on a deeper level, OFKThe art style of adds so much story and character to a game that is already full of it.

We are OFKThe captivating art style and sublime writing of mean that it realizes a bold idea – an interactive visual novel that is deliberately not too interactive. We are OFK is not supposed to have As dusk falls‘ fiery fast-paced events or Telltale’s groundbreaking decisions – picking the perfect text beautifies a scene, but We are OFK is designed to be watched as a biopic, and because it tells such a fundamentally powerful story, it doesn’t need anything else to keep players immersed.

It is difficult to emphasize how We are OFK accomplishes. It’s a story of life, love and friendship that never fails to find a glimmer of joy in the darker aspects of the human condition. Relentlessly charming and deeply impactful, We are OFK is this year’s anthem for summer that will leave fans gasping for an encore.

The first two episodes of We are OFK launching August 18 for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC. This review was released on PC.

The verdict

We are OFK is a phenomenal game that brings its characters to life in a way that few games have ever done so vividly. An emotional and grounded story with dizzying highs and painful lows, Team OFK’s debut is an essential experience that deserves a captive audience.

Advantages

  • Brilliant writing and voice acting make each character a pleasure to spend time with
  • The art style is beautiful and adds extra layers of depth to the game
  • A brilliant soundtrack from OFK and omniboi

The inconvenients

  • If you’re looking for a fast-paced interactive story, look elsewhere.
  • It would have been nice to see more secondary characters like Queenie

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