Visual Novels, Anyone?

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Dec 30, 2009

Visual Novels, Anyone? by Tsukyndale at 11:30 AM (5,651 Views / 0 Likes) 13 replies

  1. Tsukyndale
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    So, I love visual novels, more so than manga (but a little bit less than anime). But they have a very niche fanbase, being that they have that Japanese art style and the fact that they're books you can't really get in print form. Who else likes reading off a screen with the music in the back with those pictures of your favourite characters changing their facial expressions?! [​IMG]

    My personal favourites are Ever17, Planatarian (;_;), Phoenix Wright, Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, and Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni.

    It's surprisingly harder than one would think it would be to get the h-scenes in most GOOD games.
    Those games made for the sake of shoving hentai in your face are for perverts. >.>
    Real visual novels are like books.

    As you can tell from my choices, I usually play visual novels that are linear, having one plot line. I am just horrible at making decisions about girls >.<

    I wish there were a lot more in English though, so that I could actually read some.
     
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    You mean point and click games? =.=''
     
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    No, no, point and click games are entirely different. They're games.
    Visual novels, you just kinda sit there and push a button to make the text change!

    It sounds boring as a game, I know...
    But it's really a novel in a different form.
    I personally don't believe visual novels should be classified as a games at all.
     
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    i havent played/read (?) all that many but from what i've played i've been blown away. Saya no uta is probably the best one i've gone through, with type-moon stuff not far behind.
     
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    the firt time i hear of that type of media, but it sounds pretty interesting, so im gonna try it out:.
    btw is that virtual art book ''zelda - molblins magic spear'' some kind of this media?
     
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    I'd suggest just playing the game and follow a guide that tells you which option to choose to get to the good ending. This way you can read the game like a visual novel, without having to worry about getting the 'bad end'.

    Here are some of the games I've completed this way:
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    and I still have a large back catalog of H games to complete.

    But of course it depends on if there's a English translation hack for the game. All of those game in the picture above have Chinese translation hack, hence is why I was able to enjoy it. I generally find that there's much more Chinese translation effort for Japanese games/materials (for example, the recent DS game Love Plus is already being translated and is expected to be finished soon), so it's great if you're Chinese.
     
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    Erm, after watching a video, I'd say... kind of... >.<

    It's more like a picture book with a narration tape...

    Visual novels are usually much more text heavy, and a popular one that's in English on the DS is Phoenix Wright (yes! it's a visual novel too! a little different, but a VN nonetheless!).
     
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    I do like Little Busters and Phoenix Wright but why do they make 60% of PC VN with hentai, come on is it really necessary to have that kind of content unless it's eroge genre.
     
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    Nice list of translated/in progress Visual novels: http://translationlibrary.blicky.net/ff/ff_vnlibrary.htm

    No links to get the isos though! Only the legal method! Patches are there though.

    Well about the linear plot visual novels, Planetarian was the only one made by "KEY" specifically as what they call a "Kinetic Novel" so far if you want one by them.

    KEY has also made:
    CLANNAD (Translation 99.99% in EDITING), NO adult content or separate version
    Kanon (Translation 100%), Originally has adult content but has an all-ages version
    AIR (
     
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    I've heard of these games, and always just referred to them as "porno games."
    But they are so popular it seems, and I always hear about Fate/Stay Night on Kotaku and other gamesites.

    Something I don't understand, however: what's the point of the porn part? Does it really add anything to the stories, or is it just there to jerk off to? I mean, they always re-release these games minus the ero part, or with added ero, so, seriously, what's the point?
     
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    They don't seem interesting.

    If it was interesting enough it would have been a book/movie/TV series, quite honestly.

    Adventure games, like Phoenix Wright, aren't too bad though.
     
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    I think visual novels have their advantages. The best one would be is the ability to have choices and multiple endings. This could be something done with a book by skipping around pages or a series of books, I guess, but that's a hassle. I don't think it'd work well as a movie or TV series though. Usually in TV series, you get "arcs" of 3-6 episodes on one story which makes 24 episodes not enough for the whole thing. That's pretty much the best part, since it's like having different stories in one. And you get images and sound along with it. All of the stories help define the final ending. At least, that's how it works in some of them.
     
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    eh they've got their own charm. they're like a complicated picture book with music and different endings.
     
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    -_-;;

    Most popular visual novels DO get turned into TV series(es?).

    Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni
    Umineko no Naku Koro Ni
    Fate/Stay Night
    Clannad
    Air
    Kanon

    And it's very hard to exclude Phoenix Wright from the "visual novel" genre because all you have to do is pick the right answer to progress the story line. And it generally doesn't take much more than guesswork. And you can't forget it's possible to get a bad end in case 4 in Justice For All! ;P
     

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