Posts Tagged ‘visual novel’

Along the Edge Is An Exquisite-Looking Visual Novel

I’m a big visual novel fan. Typically I go for games like Saya no Uta or something of that sort, but it’s a genre I’m well-versed in. That’s why I’m interested in Along the Edge [official site], an adult-oriented tale that touts player choice as one of its biggest features, noting that you can’t change how your character looks or behaves at the beginning of the game, but it all changes as things wear on. It’s probably just a bunch of marketing speak, but nevertheless I want to see what it’s about. Read the rest of this entry »

Paramedium Infuses Ghostbusting With Visual Novel Sensibilities

Paramedium [official site] looks exactly like the kind of visual novel I’d make if I had any sort of artistic talent. Actually, it’d probably look a lot more like Space Funeral. But it would definitely have colorful, unique characters and bizarre one-liners. I really like the dialogue in the screenshot I chose for this post, in fact. Read the rest of this entry »

Cinders Devs Release Visual Mystery Novel Solstice

Cinders developers MoaCube released a new visual novel on Friday, this time stepping away from fairytales and into a fantastical setting of their own. They call Solstice [official site] a “mystery thriller”, exploring a strange city which looks right out of the Arabian Nights – except it’s in the middle of icy wastes. It’s got a demo and all, so you can have a bash/read yourself.

Even if visual novels aren’t your bag, you might be interested in MoaCube’s thoughts on how selling games outside Steam (Solstice is launching there later) has changed over the years.

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Not The Band: Visual Novel Clannad Kickstarting

Ella, ella, ella.

You trust your friendly neighbourhood mob, don’t you? When has a mob ever steered anyone wrong? Probably never. So I’m sure that it’s perfectly fine for me to trust in the mob jumping up and down and giggling about Clannad, a Japanese visual novel I understand is of some repute, getting a crowdfunded official English translation and release. The Kickstarter launched yesterday, and the mob have already pledged over $125,000 towards its $140,000 goal.

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Lost Love – Analogue: A Hate Story

Yes, it uses a particular style of art.

Around a year after the fascinating, sinister but divisive saga of schooling, sex, duplicity and privacy infringement that was Don’t Take It Personally Babe, It Just Ain’t Your Story, Christine Love is to release a fully-fledged sequel to her breakthrough game Digital: A Love Story. It’s called Analogue: A Hate Story but despite the inverted title aesthetically it has more in common with Don’t Take It Personally. It’s a semi-non-linear visual novel concerning mystery, transhumanism, traditional marriage, loneliness, and cosplay. Both building on and diverging from the Chan-fuelled ideas that informed her earlier work, then, plus, from its description, there’s a vague air of System Shock to it…
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Impressions: Katawa Shoujo

Ewwwwwwww, gross!

Last year there were a couple of games that brought up the question of what actually counts as a game. One of them shouldn’t have, because it is – Modern Warfare 3 (the nuance of “un-game” is lost on the world, sadly). The other was To The Moon, which occasionally teetered on the edge of that which people were willing to tolerate. The debate is mostly unhelpful – it generally comes down to a person’s expectations of the game, and those not being met. I found MW3 to fall far short of what I would expect of an FPS, and not fill that absence with anything new, meaningful or worthwhile, thus my condemnation. To The Moon replaced a perception of choice with wonderfully vivid narrative, deep characters, and an exploration of subjects poorly explored by any medium, let alone gaming. So where does that leave Katawa Shoujo?

It’s a visual novel, a format with which I’m not overly familiar. But heck, I like a novel, and I like pictures, so let’s see where this takes me. This is not a review, it’s an account of my experience of playing the game/reading the novel.

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My Secret “Magical Diary” Diary

Welcome to the write-up, my little buggaboos!
Dear Diary…. wait, is that too formal? Yo, Diary? Wotcha, Mr. D? Never mind. Busy week, this week. I said goodbye to my parents, a demon made me write him a love letter, and I learned how to set people on fire with the power of my mind! Then… then things got weird.

P.S. Donald, if you’re reading this, you now have cooties. And give back my bra.

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