Unless you’re interested in visual novels or yuri titles, you might not have heard about Nurse Love Addiction. The Vita is the perfect platform for visual novels and so it landed in the West earlier this month, I knew I had to get it. I’ve reviewed several otome games in the past, but this is my first yuri – girl on girl – review, and it’s a little different to what I’d expected.
Asuka Osachi, and her sister Nao, enroll in Teito Nursing School to train to become professional nurses. Whilst Nao would make for the perfect nurse, she’s only attending as she wishes to be with her sister. Clumsy Asuka, however, has wanted to be a nurse since she was a child due to her favourite childhood book spurning her on. Alongside talented teacher Kaede, “princess” Sakuya and her girlfriend Itsuki, the group of girls will spend three years training together. Of course, that’s not all there is to it as you may end up in a relationship with any of these girls! But is that all that Nurse Love Addiction has to offer? No, it isn’t all cuddles and roses here.
There are a few twists and turns which’ll either keep your rapt attention, or leave you wondering as to why the game’s official description fibbed to you a little — I certainly didn’t expect anything other than a light-hearted, fluffy yuri title, but there are some extremely dark moments! Thankfully, I ultimately enjoyed the plot and found myself wanting the best for each character. I assume the canon ending is Nao’s good ending due to the story elements which are revealed, and how it all wraps up, and this also happened to be my favourite ending. I completed every route and I feel bad for you if you somehow get a bad ending first — those are brutal.
The game itself plays well with multiple choices and endings, and I eventually found myself completing all of them. The bad endings feel pretty out of place and I could’ve happily not have seen them, but the good endings all come together to give you the entire story — again though, I feel that Nao’s ending is the canon ending, and it’s the only one where I felt that there was a satisfying conclusion for all characters. You can save (and there are multiple slots) and access the backlog at any time, and Nurse Love Addiction has a pleasant and easy-to-use interface. Seeing how the UI looks on Steam, it definitely looks cleaner on Vita.
Nurse Love Addiction has a soft art palette which is easy on the eyes, and the simple character designs are endearing and befitting of each character’s personalities. The sprite work is great as is the background and CG art, and Nurse Love Addiction is undeniably a gorgeous game. I enjoy how the character sprites change to match the time of day, as opposed to being bright all the time and I especially like the hair and its notable shine and glitter! A fully voiced and emotive Japanese cast do their best to bring the cast of characters to life, and the piano-lead soundtrack is generally gentle and a pleasure to listen to.
Visual novels are increasingly becoming more popular, and the Vita (and PS4) are seeing more of them now than ever before. Nurse Love Addiction begins as a cute and simple yuri title, but it has a lot of twists and turns which are both unsettling and unexpected. If you see it through to the end though, you should be happily satisfied. Everything comes together nicely when you’ve tackled all routes, and I recommend completing all of them. Or at least the multiple good ones, as otherwise you’ll never get the full story.
Nurse Love Addiction, at one point, had me pretty fed up with the game — it isn’t what it’s made out to be in the game’s official description, and some may not like the angle it takes later on in the game. Having collected my thoughts and having experienced all the endings though, I found myself wanting more from the game. It’s a slow burn but Nurse Love Addiction will grab you, and I’ve found it to be a thought-provoking title. If you enjoy visual novels and yuri then you should definitely pick it up, although be warned that it’s not all fluff.