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Posted 3/18/12
I would love to play some can you guys recommend me any good ones.
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Posted 3/19/12
Fate series and Clannad visual novels are good
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Posted 3/21/12 , edited 3/21/12

DecayingDomo wrote:

I would love to play some can you guys recommend me any good ones.


Please be a bit more specific, Decaying Domo. Let us know what types of media you enjoy, and what you're looking for. What do you want in terms of story and/or gameplay?
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i am about to finish my first visual novel, Katawa shoujo. i am not going to lie that game caused me to develop feelings again.
its been a long time since i actually gotten serious with a girl again haha. but now i would like to find a awesome girl to be with.
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i'm currently playing Katawa Shoujo and Cross Channel its a good VN eventhough there is some adult content
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rance series...not necessary a visual novel.
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Starry☆Sky - best. visual. novel. ever.
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Posted 4/29/12
I'm new to this genre and I've always wondered what the difference is between a dating sim game and a visual novel. I think the closest games I have ever played to these two genres would be Persona 3 and Sakura Wars: So Long My Love (oh, hey Subaru).

I'm also wondering if there are any of these types of games that specifically focus on teaching the player Japanese. I've looked through everyone's suggestions and I think http://www.jbox.com/product/MG006 (Go! Go! Nippon!) caught my eye as a sort of introduction to Japan kinda gimmick. I don't know if the game's quality and experience is good enough for trying this genre out for the first time. I wouldn't want to be put off from this genre from one bad apple.
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Posted 5/13/12

meygaera wrote:
I'm also wondering if there are any of these types of games that specifically focus on teaching the player Japanese. I've looked through everyone's suggestions and I think http://www.jbox.com/product/MG006 (Go! Go! Nippon!) caught my eye as a sort of introduction to Japan kinda gimmick. I don't know if the game's quality and experience is good enough for trying this genre out for the first time. I wouldn't want to be put off from this genre from one bad apple.


I bought and read through Go Go Nippon. Not bad, but the writing was not exactly compelling. It has a little bit of gameplay, but it's rather inconsequential. (I'd describe Persona 3 and 4 as about 85% gameplay and 15% reading. Sakura Wars 5 is about 60% gameplay. A lot of the visual novels in my collection are 99% reading.)

I can't think of any edutainment VNs which is in English that will actually help you learn Japanese. A couple projects with similar ideas have been discussed on the Lemma Soft forums, but so far, neither one has a demo...

Anyway, if you're looking to try something new, consider some freeware options. For example, Heartache 101 ~Sour into Sweet~ will work on any halfway decent Windows computer. It's a worksafe romance game with lots of stats, a dice game that generates random events, and an introduction sequence that can be entirely skipped. Find it at http://heartache101.3eeweb.com . You can find some much more simple freeware in the Renai Archive at renai.us.

If you're willing to try an indie game, then consider what the people at Sakura River and Winter Wolves have made. The former group has created Fading Hearts (combination of romance game, RPG, and simulation) and Infinite Game Works (a cute simulation about making indie games). The latter group has created two games that fuse western RPG concepts with a 2D visual novel, as well as Spirited Heart (life sim with two sets of romance options) and the two Flower Shop games (relationships mixed with schedule management and gardening).
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Posted 5/14/12
Im waiting for someone to translate My girlfriend is the president fandisc
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Posted 5/14/12
Thanks for the feedback I will check it out.

One last thing, what is the difference between a dating sim game and a visual novel. Are dating sim games visual novels that involve romance and a certain style of gameplay/progression? Or are they entirely different genres? How would you categorize Persona 3, Heartache 101, Sakura Wars, and something like 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors?

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The Visual Novel Database
http://vndb.org/
Plenty to choose from

The other way is to look at the actual visual novel engines on the Wiki
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Posted 5/19/12 , edited 11/12/13

meygaera wrote:

One last thing, what is the difference between a dating sim game and a visual novel. Are dating sim games visual novels that involve romance and a certain style of gameplay/progression? Or are they entirely different genres? How would you categorize Persona 3, Heartache 101, Sakura Wars, and something like 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors?


Are you still looking for specific recommendations? Please state what you're interested in. Also, try TVTropes' thread for Recommendations: Visual Novels at http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=12912407920A98227300&page=1

There's a lot of genres and categories that sound easy to define, but the more you think about them, you realize they're difficult to define. For instance, I'm not entirely sure what a role playing game is anymore. So yeah, the following is how *I* define the following:

* I use the term "dating simulation" in reference to video games that have 1) romance themes, and 2) simulation gameplay. If the game includes statistics and schedule management, then it's a simulation. Heartache 101 and RE:Alistair are two freeware examples that fit these qualifications. The two Flower Shop games made by Winter Wolves are examples of independently released dating sims. Fan translated examples [have been removed by the mod --lorreen]

* I use the term "visual novel" for a video game which *is* a story. I usually say that unlike comics, the pictures and words are separate... but there are exceptions. (Digital: A Love Story has no pictures, [but others] blend words and pictures together.) It can have any theme, setting, or format.

...Most visual novels have occasional choices, which (sooner or later) lead to different events and endings. Every now and then, you'll see a VN which has no choices, and is simply a story told through words and images. People use terms such as "kinetic novel" or "sound novel" to describe these. Some freeware examples are Juniper's Knot, True Remembrance, and Narcissu.

...There's an awful lot of visual novels about fictional characters' relationships, and a lot which have obscene content. I use terms such as "romance game," "harem game," and "porn game," depending on what sort of content a specific VN has.

* The entire Persona sub-series is Shin Megami Tensei with high school age characters. In other words, challenging eastern RPGs with dark supernatural / apocalyptic themes. To be more specific, Persona 3 and 4 are eastern RPGs with romance options.

* The entire Sakura Wars series is a mix of strategy RPG and visual novel. Each major game has timed choices and quick-time events.

* I haven't tried 999 just yet. From what I've read, it's partly an old-school adventure game (similar to classic text/graphic adventures), partly a puzzle game, and partly a horror visual novel.
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Posted 5/31/12 , edited 6/1/12
I finished playing heartache101 and I didn't like it because it relied too heavily on the randomness factor. I understand it was there to increase replayability but I've always hated replaying games. I prefer to play a game once, maybe twice, but get the best intended experience out of it. Too many endings is a con, because I would rather not spend another 20+ hours playing the same game just to get a small difference in the end. 999 Is an exception because the scene skipping feature was amazingly fast and the game isn't really over because you got one of the endings, it's over when you get the true ending.

Anyways I think I will try some more of your freeware suggestions, maybe RE:Allistair. If you have any other good visual novel or date sim that are free for PC I'll check them out. I'd still like to test the waters in this genre before I put more money in it. I don't mind NSFW titles as long as its not too obscene.

Thanks for your help.


PS: I finished RE:Alistair it was very short but cute
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Katawa Shoujo is amazing. I've just got Lilly's arc to go through and clean up getting a few CGs. but the other arcs I've played have been awesome. Rin's was the only one I had issues with cuz I felt it didn't make sense but i guess Rin doesn't make sense so it makes sense.... I think?
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