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Decline Visual Novel Recomendation Thread

Discussion in 'jRPG Weeaboo Discussion' started by felipepepe, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Strange. While Arksys says Steam version is coming after the console release, Japanese press release mentions that Steam release is same day (June 30) as Vita and 3DS.

    http://www.famitsu.com/news/201603/17101596.html
     
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    There are few possibilities. Since Chunsoft so far released Danganronpa on steam on its own I guess it could be same with Zero Time Dilemma and pc version may be released worldwide on June 30 (3ds/vita versions will be come out on 28 June in Europe and USA). On the other hand since Arksys is publisher for west maybe they made some deal to delay release of steam version outside of Japan.
     
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    That was three days ago.
     
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  5. Haba Harbinger of Decline Patron

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    So... Tokyo Babel demo is out. Is it any good? I noticed the word "chuuni" in the description which already dampened my enthusiasm significantly. And the fact that it is an all ages title.

     
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  6. Red Eye Learned

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    I don't get why they call shit chuuni. Just call it Action/Fantasy.

    They do realise that using chuuni is about as good as actually advertising your games as weab?

    It's a descriptor that will repel as many people as it attracts
     
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    Yeah, in fact they could invent a new advertising term "anti-chuuni" to describe titles in which people won't shout out their attacks and hold long pompous dialogues before battles...

    ...this would require such title existing in the first place of course qq
     
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    My review of "Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi" aka Totono (君と彼女と彼女の恋, lit. the love of you and her and her):

    After I finished Axanael, I searched for another that was relatively simple and sounded interesting enough to read, and decided to go with the same author, on the assumption that he would maintain the same style of writing and storytelling. I was wrong. There were 2 options, this and Sumaga, and Sumaga is supposedly coming soon from JAST, so this was it. But this game is nothing like Axanael. It was also an order of magnitude more difficult to read.

    Totono is a 2013 Nitroplus game, and like their other titles, one should play knowing as little as possible about the story. Essentially, it's about a high schooler with a crush on his childhood friend, the school idol. One day, he meets a strange girl who claims to receive messages from God, precipitating a love triangle between them. Then things start to go wrong.

    After I finished the game, I couldn't decide if this was a kamige or a kusoge. There were certainly moments in the game that I wanted to warn everyone never to play this under any circumstances. And there were moments I thought were brilliant as a deconstruction of both VNs as a medium and the eroge genre. While the ideas are not particularly original, they are presented in new ways and done very well. Totono is both ambitious and incredibly frustrating, kind of like YU-NO, which is why this isn't really an unqualified endorsement for everyone to play it.

    Here are some thoughts about the game:

    1. It's an adventure game disguised as a VN, with lots of choices. You have to play with pen and paper handy to take notes, and you have to pay attention to what you are reading. Some of the "puzzles" have randomized solutions. I suspect some people will need a walkthrough.

    2. It contains NTR. I never read vndb tags, including the sexual content tags, to avoid spoilers... and this was my punishment. So consider yourself forewarned.

    3. It should be played in fullscreen, if possible, and with headphones.

    4. It has several points of no return, which players can't go back from without deleting their save data. The game also destroys your save data before the true endings, so you have to back them up if you want to see more than one.

    5. It has a strange form of "DRM" (quotes because that can't really be its purpose), kind of like the codec from Metal Gear Solid. The player needs to use codes from the packaging or from other media sources, in combination with information from within the game, in order to proceed.

    6. It has lots of bad ends. In fact, you can get a bad end before the OP even plays.

    I don't think I will read any more Nitroplus games for a while.

    If you are fine with spoilers, here's a translated scene from the middle of the game, arguably its most brilliant/notorious scene:

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    Really, this is a major spoiler. Don't read the comments.
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    After almost a year I finally finished Chapter 2 of Sharin no Kuni.

    If OST wasn't excellent I'd've dropped it long ago.
     
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    Totono had some moments of brilliance but also a whole stretch of being boring as hell and I don't think it became good until the spoiler scene you posted.
     
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    Updated my LESS_T_T.txt
     
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    Going back to the question of "Is Tokyo Babel Chuuni?" I shall return with the answer of "yes, absolutely".

    Pretentious might be a better word, but there is a definite layer of chuunibyou in it all.

    Also, the writer is oddly interested in characters racial purity.

    [​IMG]

    Also what is with all the pop culture references and 4th wall breaking? Meh.
     
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  16. Red Eye Learned

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    Tokyo Babel was a nice read but not a great read. I liked it but Setsuna wasn't too interesting and some of the end routes ended up fairly rushed.

    Still worth reading at least once and it does have so nice moments and characters.

    Also really made me want to play through SMT again
     
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  17. InD_ImaginE Savant

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    Anybody got guide for Tokyo Babel? Just bought it and it seems people are giving reading order recommendation but I can't find the actual guide to get to the routes.
     
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  18. Haba Harbinger of Decline Patron

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    Try the demo. I'm not saying it is good, but I decided to give it a try to see what the deal with the protagonist is.

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    イエスですか?


    I guess you can use google translate on this:
    http://seiya-saiga.com/game/propeller/tokyobabel.html

    Seems p. straightforward to me.
     
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  19. InD_ImaginE Savant

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    Thanks a lot mate!
     
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  20. Red Eye Learned

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    Fucking Front Wing is now Kickstarting to localise the fan translation of Sharin no Kuni.
     
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    Another all-ages cuck'd release, qq.

    Frontwing is going all progressive 'n like, what the fuck is going on?

    https://www.facebook.com/FrontwingI...299420221294/1713767005507868/?type=3&theater

    I'm guessing 2ch is/was fuming about gaijin scum getting the game first AND cheaper?

    (Also: FUCK SEKAI PROJECT! FUCK SEKAI PROJECT! FUUUUUUUCK SEKAI PROJECT)
     
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  22. Haba Harbinger of Decline Patron

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    They could just do the same as that one hrpa wdwrpa is doing and provide the adult content as a separate patch/dlc on steam.

    1. Sell the game on your own website (you get better cut of the €$)
    2. Provide Steam key for the game
    3. Provide Steam key for 18+ content patch that isn't for sale on Steam
    4. ???
    5. Profit
     
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  23. Red Eye Learned

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    Did you hear about Chrono Clock?

    The devs put all the sex scenes outside the routes (though they could still be accessed elsewhere). And the routes ended the moment there was a confession.

    All the nips were mad and pretty confused until Chrono Clock was very quickly picked up by Sekai and it became apparent that they had deliberately made the game really easy to butcher for the steam release.

    Nips got even more mad and now the developers are backtracking with their next game.
     
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  24. InD_ImaginE Savant

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    Soo, I never am a big VN reader, but most of the VN that I read that is not nukige and/or usual high school drama usually doesn't even have h-scene as a central to the plot. Most would be replaced with a fade black and it would not change anything. So what is exactly the problem with 18+ content as DLC? Or do you have any example where actual plot development happening in a H-scene?
     
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  25. Haba Harbinger of Decline Patron

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    All the Rance games, Bunny Black etc.

    :troll:

    but more seriously, yeah often it isn't such a big deal. But in Grisaia for example the sex scenes are quite central to a certain character and their removal thus also radically alters the way you see the character.

    The worst offenders are the games where they completely remove the whole sex occurring. I mean, I don't care much if they show the actual sex (unless it is especially creative or funny), but the fact that you remove the entire scene and pretend nothing happens is quite disgusting. Or that you replace sex with something more innocent (Fate/Stay Night). If you write the characters having sex, it should have an impact.

    Also, not to forget that it isn't just sex that gets censored in those games.
     
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