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Coming off two play throughs of Doki Doki Literature Club I have a hankering to play some more visual novels.

 

What do people recommend? Steam availability would be a bonus.

 

I've previously done a short play through of Clannad which I enjoyed and keep meaning to go back to. I'm very tempted by Stein's Gate. Any good dating sims (kinda like Doki Doki before you know)

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Zero Escape series is incredible (though not a dating sim). Also second recommendation for Danganronpa which is in the same vein. Also you have to play Hatoful boyfriend, the pigeon dating simulator and play it through a number of times. That's one I still need to go back to and uncover all the plot!

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Danganronpa is excellent and the right amount of weird. The sequel slightly less good. Apparently the recent third entry is fantastic however. 

 

Steins Gate has a very interesting time travel story but is SO SLOW. Mileage may vary on that one.

 

 

The vita is the ideal platform for visual novels, I like that portability for these games. 

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Great write-up @Wiper - I think finding the right visual novel is really difficult as some people have dividing lines which generally come down to how much player agency there is, and subject matter is obviously quite important too.

 

I think both Snatcher and the Phoenix Wright series are good starting points as they feel more game-like as you choose to move around the environments.

 

I utterly adored Steins Gate but there is extremely limited choice - it is basically entirely linear - but if you are interested in a game that explores time travel in a interesting way then it's highly recommend. If you've watched any episodic anime then I feel that you will have an easier time with it than perhaps others.

 

Finally Hatoful Boyfriend (and it's pseudo-sequel Holiday Star) are some of the strangest games I've ever played and is vastly different from first appearances.

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Monster Loves You! gets my vote. It's nothing deep, but satisfying and you'll leave with a grin regardless. General run is about a half hour long, loads of endings.

 

 

Crush Crush gets the boobs vote, but it's more a clicker with amusing dialogue*

 

*memes & knuckles

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Timely thread as I'm about to dive into the world of visual novels with absolutely no experience other than loving the Phoenix Wright games. I've picked up The Nonary Games (Zero Escape) and Danganronpa 1 + 2 in the Steam sale purely because I've had them described and they sound fucking incredible. Also I like escape rooms, sue me. 

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My wife and I have played through a few visual novels on our YouTube channel - I really enjoyed the ones we've done, so other folks may like them too.

 

First up, The Men of Yoshiwara - it's a strange curio where you play a female protagonist who illicitly visits Yoshiwara, which is basically a red light district in a matriarchal society. Of course, you fall in love with one of the gentlemen. A few interesting choices, but I like this one mainly because it jumps away from the tropes you usually see in VNs.

 

 

Next up, some days I can't recommend Panzermadels enough. Other days, I feel ashamed that I've completed it. You're a new kid at school, surrounded by cute girls. The girls, of course, are tanks. Because... I have no idea. Still, the game is fun, and dumb as hell. And you will die a LOT.

 

 

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Absolutely the Zero Escape games, which I still can't bring myself to sell. Even the third entry, whilst disappointing in some respects still keeps things fresh in both mechanics and story.

 

I also really enjoyed Remember 11. Especially when I cheated in order to stop dying repeatedly.

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The story modes for the four Blazblue games are essentially visual novels with occasional fighting bits. I've played through all four (~60 hours) despite not liking either fighting games or visual novels, so they must do something right.

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I remember really enjoying Fate Stay Night when it was out, before I'd watched the series it blew my mind and after I watched the series it was cool seeing where my choices matched up/diverged to what happened in the show. It's probably worth going for the complete version as one of the added storylines is perhaps the best thing ever. Similarly Steins; Gate gets strongly recommended as well.


Enjoying Danganronpa atm, great game for subverting expectations if you can get over some slightly clunky mechanics. Beutiful to boot as well.

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37 minutes ago, donpeartree said:

Having never played Danganronpa, what's the best starting point to get in for a ps4 owner? 

 

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Danganronpa-1-2-Reload-PS4/dp/B01M1CVD4S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514996471&sr=8-1&keywords=danganronpa

 

Then:

 

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Danganronpa-V3-Killing-Harmony-PS4/dp/B01NAJXLJH/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1514996537&sr=1-1&keywords=danganronpa+v3

 

You can skip Ultra Despair Girls.

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On 03/01/2018 at 17:29, Alan Stock said:

Definitely do the Danganronpas in order as characters/plotlines carry over a bit.

They better had. I've just started number 2 and am confused as hell as to where the plot is at. Incredibly intrigued though. Loved the first one and will look forward to seeing how it plays out

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Are any of these on Android? I honestly find most story based non action games more enjoyable on my phone or tablet now as I rarely have time to sit in front of the PS4 or on my laptop. Also it's cozy to tuck up in bed to solve puzzles.

 

I really enjoyed that weird hotel guest sim on the DS. Room something? Never worked out what the hell was going on, even though I'm pretty sure I got close to the end before getting stuck. I just really enjoyed walking around the hotel and talking to the guests listening to the cheesy muzak.

 

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12 hours ago, Vorgot said:

They better had. I've just started number 2 and am confused as hell as to where the plot is at. Incredibly intrigued though. Loved the first one and will look forward to seeing how it plays out

 

If you loved the first one, keep at it. You didn't finish school mode in the original, did you

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2 hours ago, SMD said:

 

If you loved the first one, keep at it. You didn't finish school mode in the original, did you

I didn't do the school mode, I figured I had too much else to play. Should I have done? And I will definitely be keeping at it! 

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4 hours ago, Vorgot said:

I didn't do the school mode, I figured I had too much else to play. Should I have done? And I will definitely be keeping at it! 

 

School mode fleshes out each character, gives you some extra traits/skills/whatever they're called, I've forgotten, but the first one ties in to the sequel right at the end. You might as well just Youtube that ending because it's not worth the time if you're not trophy hunting and didn't want to dip into the characters more.

 

I just watched the anime for the first game because I've forgotten all the details and I've had Dv3 waiting for me for ages. Can't wait to finally get stuck in.

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43 minutes ago, SMD said:

 

School mode fleshes out each character, gives you some extra traits/skills/whatever they're called, I've forgotten, but the first one ties in to the sequel right at the end. You might as well just Youtube that ending because it's not worth the time if you're not trophy hunting and didn't want to dip into the characters more.

 

I just watched the anime for the first game because I've forgotten all the details and I've had Dv3 waiting for me for ages. Can't wait to finally get stuck in.

 

I've just started the school mode, I'll dip into it now and again, as I did really like a lot of the characters. It's pretty easy chill out gaming as well it seems

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