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I'd also second the Ever 17 recommendation, it takes advantage of being a visual novel in a way that no other game (i know of) has.

As far as availability goes...
True Remembrance is a very good, non-hentai, well-translated, legally free visual novel which is download-able at http://trueremembrance.insani.org/get.html (but don't expect any action) :p

I've read/played quite a lot of visual novels... though Ever 17, Fate/stay Night, True Remembrance and Planetarian is my absolute favorites so far.
If the rest of Little Busters is as good as what I've read in the partial patch so far, it might join the list as well, once it's completely translated :p

Other worthy mentions might be: KiraKira (VN about a rock band! got some nice soundtrack :3 ), Utawarerumono, Chaos;Head, Narcissu (another insani free VN) and Act 1 of Katawa Shoujo (incomplete English-made VN).

I'd also include Phantom of Inferno, the plot really is good, but the translation really is horrible in this awful stand-alone dvd thing, that is both frustrating and buggy to use...

There probably is a whole lot of others, but i think you got more than enough titles to check for now xD

You might wanna take a look at the Visual Novel Database ( http://vndb.org/ ), and see if you spot anything else you might like, along with links to the different translation patches or English publishers.
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The full English version of Katawa Shoujo was released in January 2012.


meygaeraIf 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.


I originally recommended Heartache 101 because it has a modest amount of story along with quite a bit of gameplay. Not everyone likes it, but I thought it was enjoyable. Anyway, there's not much other freeware content that has *both* gameplay and quality writing. So most of what I'll end up recommending from here on is 98% writing, with maybe a hint of gameplay. As long as you're okay with that...

* Dusk: A Moonlight Romance. A woman from the UK spent several years working on her indie simulation game Lucky Rabbit Reflex. (Free demo, paid version around $20 US.) Just after it was available for sale, she also released this freeware story. It has no choices, but it's one hundred percent comedy. See its Lemma Soft discussion thread at http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=11390

* Autumn. A freeware story with multiple endings that I found rather enjoyable. Originally written in Czech, and thankfully the English translation is pretty good. Archived here: http://www.renai.us/game/autumn.shtml

* The people at Insani.org translated quite a few demos and freeware visual novels from 2005 through 2008. Some of their best works are available in the Altogether section at http://altogether.insani.org . If you want something off-the-wall and cathartic, then check out Crimsoness (2008). If you want a cute, emotional story, try My Black Cat (2006). If you want something which is relentlessly sad, then read The Poor Little Bird (2005).
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Posted 6/14/12 , edited 6/14/12
Awesome thanks I'll check them out and let you know what I think.






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I'd also second the Ever 17 recommendation, it takes advantage of being a visual novel in a way that no other game (i know of) has.


I read a review on this and I want to play it. But I'm not sure how to "legally" acquire it without forking over a large wad of my paycheck.
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I'm playing "Family Project" right now, and so far it seems to be the most boring, drawn out, and sloppiest written vn I've ever played. It's kinda disappointing, the very beginning made it seem kinda cool.
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The only Visual Novel that I have every played was "Phantom of Inferno" and that was rite after I finished the anime "Requiem for a Phantom" since that ended was so insane in the anime that I just had to see the other alternative ending to the series.

I do want to dive more into the Visual Novel world since I'm vastly into Anime/Manga/Light Novels and such.

If you have any "MUCH PLAY" Visual Novels then make sure to recommend me some.
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The only one I've ever read and finished (I've started many, but never got into them) was one called A Midsummer's Day Resonance. It's a girl x girl love story kind of thing though, so if you're into that, I suggest you really give it a try! I loved it. I think I'll go read it again now.
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Well I certainly am into that kind of thing. I'll have to see if I can find it.
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A Midsummer's Day Resonance is both freeware and translated. It's one of several gems that the people at Insani finished before the group quietly disbanded.


YokuramaTalks wrote:

If you have any "MUCH PLAY" Visual Novels then make sure to recommend me some. :)


I've mentioned mostly freeware VNs in my last few posts. Let me name a few inexpensive VNs that are available in English and worth trying:

Cinders is one of only a few visual novels with a distinctly western aesthetic. It just might be the key to the future of VNs. Learn more about it on the VNDB -- http://vndb.org/v7506 -- and try the demo.

Analogue: A Hate Story is also rather different. It's a science fiction story which is both serious and avant-garde. VNDB link here -- http://vndb.org/v9680 -- and if you like the demo, then you can buy the game as a minimal-DRM download, or buy it on Steam.

Cafe 0 ~ The Drowned Mermaid is the most recent game released by Roseverte. Haven't heard of this group? They're one of the few independent studios that can be accurately described as international. They released Cafe 0 in English and Japanese on the same day, and translated it into German just a month later. If you like reverse harem, check out its VNDB blah blah blah at http://vndb.org/v8045, download the demo, blah blah blah.

Infinite Game Works is an independent game about... making indie games. It includes a boy x girls love triangle, but it's mostly a simulation. It was created by Sakura River, a team from Canada which is already talking about their gameplay goals for their next project. VNDB http://vndb.org/v6950 yadda yadda try the demo first yadda yadda.
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meygaera wrote:

Awesome thanks I'll check them out and let you know what I think.
I read a review on this and I want to play it. But I'm not sure how to "legally" acquire it without forking over a large wad of my paycheck.


I saw a $15 PS2 game for Ever17 in Bookoff (New York) but it's the Japanese version. Time to start learning Japanese?
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My experience with visual novels is very limited, but I'd like to get into more should they be localized to the US (unlikely I know). I know they're more along the lines of JRPGs with sim elements, but I really enjoy the sim aspect to Persona 3 and 4. I heard Sakura Wars: So Long My Love does something similar which makes me a bit curious about it. The only real Visual Novel I own is probably Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom. I've only played it for about an hour, but I'm looking forward to giving it a whirl again one day.
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katawa shoujo
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LeoCastell4 wrote:

My experience with visual novels is very limited, but I'd like to get into more should they be localized to the US (unlikely I know). I know they're more along the lines of JRPGs with sim elements, but I really enjoy the sim aspect to Persona 3 and 4. I heard Sakura Wars: So Long My Love does something similar which makes me a bit curious about it. The only real Visual Novel I own is probably Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom. I've only played it for about an hour, but I'm looking forward to giving it a whirl again one day.


Sakura Wars' gameplay is similar to Persona except the combat is turn-based. If you liked Persona then Sakura Wars would probably be something you might like. I think I prefer the Persona series a little better, I felt like the plot was a little bit more intelligent.



Anyways I've recently played:
Digital - A Love Story (http://scoutshonour.com/digital/)
don't take it personally babe, it just ain't your story (http://scoutshonour.com/donttakeitpersonallybabeitjustaintyourstory/)
Analogue A Hate Story (From steam, $15 I think)
(Christine Love binge I know)

These were all stellar. Especially Analogue. Very rarely does a game make me stop and think for so long after I've beaten it. Analogue brings up the gender issue like no other game I've seen, and probably does it better than most books and movies as well. It also brings up a more subtle point of whether or not civilization will actually be "better" in the future, or will it regress. I definitely suggest doing at least two different endings so you unlock at least 95% of the material (there is a little % tracker on your save files).

These games do tend to have a lot more reading and less visual appeal than other visual novels, but don't let that stop you. The music is good enough too, it definitely complements each game.


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Eh, old thread, but still figured I'd contribute a bit.

It really does depend on what you want out of a VN. If you want a romance story with some sex but not a lot, Katawa Shoujo and Kanon are good choices to start, along with Hinata Bokko, Shuffle! and the Da Capo games. All of those (except Kanon) are easily available and fairly inexpensive in English; Kanon is a little trickier, since its a fan translation, but the game is old and not really too expensive to buy from Japan. To Heart 2 is another good choice, but the translation is unfinished, and might not be finished for quite some time.

If you're interested mainly in the porn, [you will find that the mod has removed the recommendations--lorreen]

If you want a good plot, G-Senjou no Maou is great, as is Kara no Shoujo and Cross Channel. Seiken no Inganock is pretty good as well.

Finally, while this should be obvious, if you like an anime based on a VN, you should probably check out the VN. The games are much longer than the anime, and give a lot more depth to the individual characters. I've never seen an anime adaptation of a VN that was as good as the game, so if you liked Clannad or Deus Machina Demonbane or Fortune Arterial, check out the games. Likewise, if you liked anime written by VN authors, their VNs may be up your alley. Liked Madoka Magicka or Fate/Zero? Check out Saya no Uta. Liked Angel Beats? Try Little Busters.

Anyway, I've gone on quite a while (I've played a lot of VNs, obv.), but hopefully anyone interested can use this list to start out.
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I played deardrops,hyper->highspeed->genius and school days. Never even finished those :p
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only started playing visual novels just recently so at the moment i'm only playine one which is tsukihime might get around to play more but only after i finish this game.
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