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Pale Spectrum - Part Two of the Book of Gray Magic review
by Mia Blais-Côté

While Brilliant Shadows was excellent, Pale Spectrum blows the "I'm overdoing it!" syndrome. Too many characters, many of whom have no useful role in the story. I think most of them were Kickstarter awards... Too many "arcs" (important parallel storylines) in the script, all mixed up and hard to follow. Too many choices that don't seem to affect the story. I felt like I was reading a trilogy that an author would have wanted to write in one volume. I was lost at many moments, and many scenes made me die of boredom. Yet, in terms of presentation, it's great. The images are as sublime as ever. The dialogues are entirely dubbed in English, like in Brillant Shadows. The idea of wanting to make a bigger story than the first game, with a ton of endings, wasn't bad in itself, but the execution is a big mess. Especially since the endings I found seem to talk about parallel worlds / universes, with their own characters, magic system, etc... and there are already too many of them! It's hard for me to recommend it, although it has an excellent lifespan. From 6 to 13 hours, depending on the store page.