Read Only Memories: Neurodiver review – a bright cyberpunk noir overdosing on easter eggs

The characters in Read Only Memories: Neurodiver are deeply into anime. They love manga and figurines and trashy movies and horror novels. The interests of the game’s creators have not so much leaked into this fictional world as they have been generously pumped in with an industrial hose. Even the visual novel’s loading screens take the form of those two-second intermission panels that flash up to signal an anime’s commercial break, complete with random characters announcing the game’s name (“Neurodiver!”). In moments like that, the passion is endearing. But in other places, it is overwhelming. Neurodiver is obsessed with media in a way that often distracted me from the bright-eyed cyberpunk story it wants to tell.

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