valhala.pngThough post-dystopianism sounds way too postmodern for my still rational brain, the idea of serving outrageous cocktails to the people of a corporations-driven, nanotechnological future sounds simply brilliant. As brilliant as the freshly released VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action Prologue by Sukeban Games.

Essentially a bartender sim with lovely graphics and some excellent writing, VA-11 HALL-A is set in the titular bar and could indeed be summarized as a "playful commentary on the homogeneity of the video games industry, through the usage of drunk robots and cybernetic [REDACTED]." Or, at least, that's what the devs tell me.

What I can tell you instead, is that it's a lovely and upbeat offering sporting more than a few laugh-out-loud moments that allows you to serve and interact with a menagerie of brilliant, alcohol deprived characters and, possibly, their dogs. Or was that their talking, smartly dressed, corporate, talking dog overlords?

No matter. I have just realized that discovering a fictional world and its denizens can elegantly be achieved by tending bar and now simply cannot wait for the release of the full game (hopefully) sometime this December.

You can already grab the VA-11 HALL-A Prologue and essentially pre-order the full game (Windows, Mac, Linux), add the full soundtrack to the mix or even just download the freeware and hefty jam prototype of the game via itch.io.