The Visual Novel Thread

Lord Bacchus

Student Council President
Urgh [shudders]. Yeah, that's really not a pleasant thought at all, is it? Ick.
They just look too innocent! It would feel so bloody wrong. :D

Fortunately for all Key stuff, even for their stuff that was originally released as an eroge, there is always a version without those elements.
 

Lord Bacchus

Student Council President
Yes, like this oh-so-tasteful hugging pillow design, for example. (Found via a simple image search for "Kudryavka Noumi".)

Guh. I don't feel so well now. (There were even worse ones, by the way.)
Worse? Neil, don't tell me you turned safe search off?! The things you must have seen.
 

-Danielle-

Pokémon Master
I absolutely loved Root Letter.

It wasnt just a lot of reading with hardly any decisions and stuff to do which is great and the kind I prefer.
I couldn’t finish Hakuoki because it was mainly reading and I’m worried Steins Gate and 0 as well as Psycho Pass Mandatory Happiness will be similar.

Can anyone advise?

Also, I think i’d like Chaos Child. Has anyone played it?
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff

Muv-Luv, Muv-Luv Unlimited and Muv-Luv Alternative will be given a retail and digital release on the PlayStation Vita by publisher PQube on behalf of ixtl and the Muv-Luv team. PQube will also be helping them with the Kickstarter to let folks receive their special edition sets when they are made available later in the year.

Rice Digital will also be offering collector's editions for the Vita games. Due to Japan's regulations on game consoles/portables, the Muv-Luv trilogy will be the D rated versions (17+) and not the Eroge version (18+).
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
I thought the Vita was on its way out now? I know Sony haven't got a successor planned but I didn't realise they were doing anything else with it.
Believe it or not the Vita is like a zombie. It's still alive even though it's dead.

I'm slowly updating the Vita thread but there are some big titles coming to Vita this year including Persona 3/5 Dancing games, Catherine, Utawarerumono, Secret of Mana and many more. The platform itself has at least 2 years max left in its lifespan, same for the 3DS.
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
CLANNAD's upcoming PlayStation 4 release will also have English text available. I believe this is the first visual novel to offer English support on a Japanese only release.

The PS4 version is based on the PS3 master with 1080p HD resolution and 5.1ch Surround Sound. It is currently set for June 2018 and is available to pre-order on Amazon Japan and Play Asia.
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
Horror visual novel from NIS called Shin Hayarigami received a stealth release for the west on smartphones. The title was renamed Urban Legend Shin Hayarigami: The Blind Man. It's available for £2.99.

The game was released in Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita with a rare rating of CERO Z for strong bloody violence.
 

farzam1999

Adventurer
Probably not the right thread to ask, but is Steins;Gate worth the price it's at right now? (also S;G0?) They've got a bundle for both of them as well.

Are they good for first time VN players? - haven't played these kind of games at all before. But since I liked the anime, is it worth checking out?
 

Arveene

School Idol
Steins;Gate is excellent, although I will say that the anime did a very good job of adapting it, to the extent that it's only really worth playing if you want to experience it again. S;G0 I haven't actually played to be honest, but if there's a bundle it'd be worth checking out.

They've got the whole sending texts mechanic which is a little unusual for VNs, but they are excellent examples of the genre.
 
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