I am a avid video game player who has been playing video games since i was 5 the first game i played was Excitebike for the Nes, ans ever since then i have been hooked. One of my greatest achievements was when i was around 9 i max out the score bar in Columns for the Sega Genesis. The type of games i like to play are generally RPG's since i find their stories to be engaging. Right now due to schooling i have not had much time to play games and thus only get to play every now and then about 10 to 20 hours a week. Right know i am playing Sengoku Rance, and WOW.
I apologize for all grammatical errors on my blog in advance.
Saya No Uta is finally coming out legally, and while there has been a fan translation out on the web for ages now Jast is now bringing this great Visual Novel the translation it deserves. With the new translation comes uncensored CGs. With a story from the great Gen Urobuchi who has gone on to make Puella Madoka and Fate Zero. The story as described by Jast:
"Saya no Uta tells the story of a young medical student who receives experimental brain surgery after a traumatic accident. He survives, but is left with warped senses that perceive the world as a hellish wasteland of pulsating flesh and twisted monsters. His salvation is a mysterious girl named Saya."
Saya no Uta will be out for release and digital download in the coming weeks via Jastusa.com
As I have only played the Visual Novel types i will only be talking about them.
The reason i am typing this is because Jim Sterling has reviewed a erotic VN I thought that I would type this little helper so that if you wish to play a erotic VN that you would at least know what your getting into.
First off remember hearing the term don't judge a book by its cover, well that does not hold here a general rule of thumb is that the cover of the game box is a good help in describing your experience. First if the box has more then 3 women on the front don't be expecting a deep story usually these tend to skew towards the Nukige or VNs that only focus on the sex at a cost to the story and gameplay. The cover to Boob Wars can be found here http://vndb.org/v4857 its NSFW so be warned it shows yet another sign of a game that is a Nukige and that is nudity on the box. The final warning sign of a Nukige is if the characters on the box are covered in any type of liquid such as We Love Master. Now that is not to say their are not exceptions to these rules its just very rare and it is also not to say some of these games are not funny to play through for instance Harem Time is a funny game with a good concept.
Now that you don't have a pure sex game and are looking at playing a game with substance its time to pick your game. Do you want a light hearted story, do you want a challenging game, or do you want both. For someone who is starting out playing these games let me stress that these games that i'm about to talk about and mention are the best of the ones i have played and that most of them do little to no hand holding and are crushingly hard to get the true ends and with that i give you my favorite VN is at the moment Yume Miru Kusari
These two images that are not in order are just part of one of the three stories in this game and is told so well that at the end it made me cry. However in order to get the three true ends you'll actually have to think a bit upon your actions. While this is not the hardest or longest of VNs it still remains my all time favorite for being the VN that made me laugh, cry, and get me into playing these wonderful games.
The next game I will recommend is the ever dark hell perhaps the darkest VN to ever get brought over stateside Kara No Shoujo
These two images are Kara No Shoujo the first is a wall paper the second is from the actual game. This game is the hardest VN i have ever played, if you go to the wrong spot you will get a bad end and the bad ends are gruesome, the game is a soul crushing experience in which you try and catch a serial killer and without spoiling anything the game gets dark and hopeless the more you go. The depictions of gore in this game could make you flinch and turn away, the only downside is that the voice is not in the localized version, this of course can be downloaded and patched in but not legally, and without the voice acting certain scenes lose there luster.
The final game i shall recommend is School Days the only fully animated VN thats been brought over.
School Days is a basic love triangle story with a rather lackluster story until bout half way in, mind you i have only beaten half of the endings getting all of the bad ones. This game gets the recommendation due to in part from the full animation and other part from the amount of endings, there are over 20 ending to this game and they are all good in there own right. The bad ends are gruesome, and other ends are out of the blue but not entirely unexpected. This game choice system is complex and sometimes overwhelming in trying to figure out how to get to the next ending can be a challenge and not knowing that you can choose nothing and keep going with the story was a frustration until i realized it.
With this i hope if you do want to check out these games that you may give these a try and not just down them down all together do to the bad ones, after all if we were to judge the Batman: Arkham Asylum by the past super hero games then look at what you would be missing out on.
Oh yeah this guy is the funniest character of all time. Thank God for Chousen
All right this is one i have been wanting to write for a while but have not had the time to do so i will try to make this short.
First off i will be talking about both all age VN's as well as two adult VN's that are worth mentioning for their gameplay elements. First off lets start off by mentioning the gameplay element in VN's are choice think the Mass Effect choices taken to a whole other level when done right. The first game i am going to bring up is Steins Gate.
Released in japan for Xbox, PC, and recently PS3 this all age VN is one of the best examples of choice in gaming. With multiple endings this game will have you either looking up the walkthrough or drawing out a route map so you do not keep getting the bad end. Not to mention this game is about 20-40 hours long for a single playthrough if you listen to all of the voice acting and do not speed through it and it has very different endings unlike most games that offer multiple endings..... Mass Effect i'm looking at you.
From one VN that has some choice to a VN that has perfected it School Days HQ an adult game.
The website http://schooldays.us/ is the home of the game and is NSFW.
This game has the most endings i have ever seen in a game at 21 all very different from the last. To get them all you will need to play over and over and over at 60 hours i have gotten all but one ending. The entire game is animated first off and was the first fully animated VN that i am aware of. The endings are well varied very varied. First off there is no true end like in some other VN, there is multiple good endings a couple of harem endings and 3 bad endings that are well disturbing to watch and saddening.
From here i'm going to another Adult VN for this time more then just choice in gameplay Sengoku Rance.
I'm not going to mention the battle system in detail but with a picture for it'll serve a thousand words that i will never be able to convey.
To describe the battle system would take more time then i want to convey so i hope that picture helps.
Surfice it to say it not your average VN and is a exception to the rule just like the next game.
999 Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
For the best explanation of this game go to Destructoid.
And thats about it oh and before it gets said not all VN's are pure sex games some are sure, but others have strong story's that are compelling and deep that are both all age and adult. And judging a genre of games on a certain subsection of that genre is retarded.
Well i think i kept that short sweet and to the point.
Who the hell are you to say any games is bad? The only game i found of yours is Fez and i have yet to play it. To say a majority of Japans games just suck is such a half-assed and retarded statement, i have yet to fathom if you are trying to get publicity for your game, which from here on out will be called shitty even though i have no idea what it is, just like you have no fucking clue as to the Japanese games you just denigrated. Since i have high doubt that you either speak or read Japanese to play aforementioned games like Idolm@ster, Steins Gate, Chaos Head Noah, Any VN really they don't get translated, or hell how bout Tales of Xillia. These are just a few excellent games that I'm going to mention since i don't feel like type out a list today, since that would be a long list and take to much time. While i can not stand his blanket statement due to its absurdity and lack of validity.
So i can not wait to play your shitty game Mr.Fish.
I have taken enough of this jackasses horrible reviews what follows is one of 3 fucking reviews that deserve bile from all who read it. please note the other reviews are for Ar Tonelico Qoga(4/10), and Hyperdimension Neptunia(3/10).
The Last Straw of my patience came from this review:
Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2
is this what you want info:
Dev Compile Heart
it's like: a fetishist's dream game.
Assessing Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2's entertainment value is tricky because it isn't being sold as a game, so much. It's more like an object of fetish appeal, and mocking a fetish just means you aren't into it. Do you get off on 12-year-olds with giant saucer eyes and C-cup breasts? If the answer is no, you won't care about this game. If it's yes, you won't care how bad this game is.
But we are, after all, professional game critics,and so we must point out that this isn't a good game. It's better than the original Neptunia, which was barely even finished. It has a functioning combat system and something approaching a proper game's worth of world content.Still,graphics engine is ages behind the curve, the battles and quests are a repetitive drag, and the script is an absolute wreck. For every good gag that occasionally comes along, there are a dozen that flop thanks to terrible editing or pointlessly dense in-jokiness.
So, once again, if you're into the cartoon 12-year-olds, adjust the score up a few points. Otherwise avert your eyes and move along.
David F. Smith
First of all the price is $49.99 not $59.99 you twit. Next having a 3 sentence review should not be counted as a review. The reason i say 3 sentences is due to the second paragraph being the only part of the review with relevant information starting from the 3 sentence. I wish i still had the original Neptuia and Ar Tonelico reviews but due to how long ago it was i threw out the Magazine that contained it but the reviews all have the same features with the Ar Tonelico one being baffling since the game is really good in my opinion(and apparently Dtoid with a 8/10), but heres a quote from Smith,"Either way, there's more titillation than fun in Qoga"(Metacritic) so apperently he can't get his mind out of the damn gutter to actually see a game for what it is.
Now to be fair i have only gotten to play this game for about 4 hours due to just getting it yesterday and my school schedule, but have gotten my characters to level 14 and gotten through a small amount of the story and while i will admit it is no where near as coherent(due to unfamiliar terms, sharicite is one such term that has been encountered) as say other RPGS it has yet to be a "absolute wreck", i have seen and read far worse. Now i am well aware that 4 hours does not make a review and that my opinion may change the further i go in. However since i remember his Neptunia one review is just about the same, lets look at a review of the first Neptunia that has substance:
http://www.destructoid.com/review-hyperdimension-neptunia-194346.phtml The difference is how Dtoid's review and many others don't insult the audience of said game by calling them fucking Pedophiles. Seriously what the fuck gives you the right to even nearly equate pedophiles with people who like this game, which is what has been done here with the last line on the review and with the last sentence of the first paragraph, seriously go Fuck Yourself you asshole.