Favorite Visual Novels?

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Well, in recent time, i managed to get a few of my friends to try Katawa Shoujo.
Now sadly, their all addicted to graphic/visual novels. ((luckily, the NON-perverted kind.))

So i figured, for the sanctity of my sanity, and the curiosity i have myself, What are some great Japanese Visual Novels?

What are your favorites? How many have you played? Why did you enjoy them?

Is there hope for the world and all of its people? <-Unrelated but a good question none the less.

I've only played one Visual Novel before but I really did enjoy it and I do look forward into trying out Katawa Shoujo soon enough when my Prelim Exams are done. It's called Kira Kira and while it is classed as an Eroge it only has two sex scenes near the end for each route you take and they're more or less tastefully done. It's about a group of Highschool students who form up a Punk-Rock band during a school festival and then take it further to tour around the country. I'm more used to action-games or atleast where you actually DO something but the plot in Kira Kira definately kept me interested and the soundtrack was quite nice aswell and definitely was not a waste of my week (I played it in the evenings, my family wouldn't let me live it down if someone in during the sex scenes)

Should definitely try recommending that one to your friends.

Kira Kira seconded.

I also played "Fate/Stay Night", "Clannad", "Higurashi no naku koro ni", "Ever 17", "ef: A fairy tale of the two", "G-senjou no Maou", "Cross Channel", Saya no Uta", "Wanko to Kurasou" and "Shuffle".

Qality in descending order. I would recommend the first 6 to anyone.

Visual novels, gaming section of forums....am i missing something?

The best visual novel I have played in my life ( Seriously, you haven't played anything if you haven't played this one ) is Kana Little Sister. Katawa Shoujo being an awesome exception. But yes, try Kana Little Sister. Some endings are ridiculously soul crushing. I stopped playing everything like... 2 months after that game, just out of respect.

I've never played one although I came here expecting another term for graphic novel...

Somonah:
Visual novels, gaming section of forums....am i missing something?

Well, they ARE games, even in their genre names, like eroge, utsuge, or nukige, the -ge part is coming from engrish for "game".

Maybe they are not exactly part of the more strictly defined "video game" medium, though.

Katawa Shoujo is the only one I've played, but I loved it. The depth of the characters was truly amazing.

Does anyone know of similar games? I'd prefer something with a smiliar artstyle, but maybe I'm just asking for too much.

This is actually the first I've heard of 'em. Are they commonly translated to English?

kouriichi:
their

They're.

Seems most people are going to put Katawa Shoujo and I'm one of those.

I also recommend Saya no Uta or Saya's Song if you can find an English version. Warning its easily 18+ because it has a lot of sexuality in it but a solid premise, good narrative and all that. Doesn't have near the choices that say KS has so don't be looking for that kind of experience, its just a lot of reading

Duruznik:

Does anyone know of similar games? I'd prefer something with a smiliar artstyle, but maybe I'm just asking for too much.

Check out screenshots at vndb.org, the visual novel database, for the art styles of the previously mentioned VNs.

Zachary Amaranth:
This is actually the first I've heard of 'em. Are they commonly translated to English?

There are several thousand of them in Japan, but most of these are smut.

Several dozen of the best, plot-based, famous ones are translated by fans, though those aren't legally available in english. Only a few are legall translated.

Alterego-X:

Zachary Amaranth:
This is actually the first I've heard of 'em. Are they commonly translated to English?

There are several thousand of them in Japan, but most of these are smut.

Several dozen of the best, plot-based, famous ones are translated by fans, though those aren't legally available in english. Only a few are legall translated.

Most game companies in Japan agree that if you buy their game and use an english patch they are totally fine with it, you are just going to have to be willing to buy them like that. But you can find a lot of used ones in ebay and such. Amazon Japan is also an awesome source, since they do send anywhere.

I've read Ever17 and Remember11 of the Infinity series, and I'm anxiously awaiting Never7 and 12Riven from the same line. They're ncredibly good - well drawn, well written, well translated - and I very, VERY highly recommend Ever17, they're almost entirely clean too (only one sexual encounter between them and that's only hinted at), they're a lot more intellectual than your average 'dating sim' visual novel.
Choas;Head is pretty good too although it features the 'typical' perverted hero (no sex here either though, nor proper nudity) and I've heard good things about Steins;Gate too, still waiting for the English patch to be releaased on that one though.
In summary; read Ever17. It's amazing.

The ones I recommend would be Fate/Stay-Night (has a +18 and non 18 version), Ever17 (no +18 scenes, but has [at the time] very accurate theoretical levels of science).

If you like to cry the a little wuss though you should try Muv-Luv Alternative. Unfortunately for you to get the maximum impact you need to play the first two games of the series, which are the generic Japanese VNs smut and all, to understand the back story of MV Alt. Word of warning though while all the series are +18, MV Alt also has content that justifies it (you can guess.)

TL;DR: Try the Muv-Luv series by playing the bland first two vns and finishing it with MV Alt and start crying as if your entire family was slaughtered or your puppy kicked.

My favorite VNs favor strong plots, if there are sex scenes involved they have proper context, emotional build up and are few in numbers so they can be skipped if they make you feel uncomfortable.

Highly Recommended

Tsukihime
Fate/Stay Night
Sharin no Kuni
G Senjou no Maou
Planetarian (Kinetic Novel aka no choice)
Ever17
Remember11
999
Swan Song
Saya no Uta (Disturbing imagery and scenarios are present by still an engaging read)

You mean comics right? because mine is batman:Hush, mainly because

EDIT: oh wait it appears I have been confused by your crazy words, darn you you rotten cad! Darn you!

Fate/stay night and its sequel and prequel.

I am the Plot of my Story
Still image is my body and text is my blood
i have clicked through over a thousand dialogues
Unknown to CoD fans,nor known to the casuals
Withstood impatience to endure many bad ends
Yet these eyes will never read anything
So as i auto-forward,UNLIMITED NOVEL WORKS

I have been planning to get into them but the only one I really played is Kanon (I do have Saya No Uta somewhere on my HDD)

I've played the Phoenix Wright games, Hotel Dusk: Room 215, and 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors.

Katawa Shoujo is the only one I've ever played and I love it a lot, so that.

Katawa Shoujo was the first Visual Novel I've ever encountered. As my avatar may imply, I simply adored it.

It's gotten me interested in the genre, so right now I'm working my way through Fate/Stay Night.

Well I love Visual Novels, and I like to play many.

I'll include a list of the best!

Katawa Shoujo (Currently playing)
Fate/Stay Night (Completed....SO WORTH IT!)
Clannad (Sill No 1 on my list! Also completed)
Kira Kira (Completed and one of my personal favorites)
Wanko to Kurasou (Really good and emotional but needed more routes - completed)
Shuffle (Completed, it was pretty good, needed...well more content)
Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo (Down right awesome, a chunky plot with an awesome protagonist....also its REALLY long so I only got through one route)
Da Capo and Da Capo 2 (I just felt they were really good - both completed)

I highly suggest all of them, but do a bit of research so they suit your taste!

I really need a bigger hard drive (No sex joke intended).

Only played four, only liked three. The three I liked are:
Fate/stay night (with fan-translation) (I skipped over the H-scenes, due to being poorly-written, and not adding much to the story)
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (Fucking awesome)
Time Hollow (I just wish this one was longer)

Only Katawa Shoujo, though I have been interested in trying some other Visual Novels...but trying to get translated versions are always so bothersome. Don't know where to start looking to be honest. So if anyone could point me in a general direction...

The only one I've played is Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. So I guess that. Though I am looking with interest at Katawa Shoujo...

Well, I've actually played enough by now to make singling out "favorites" to be viable. And they tend to offer similar things to me, even despite different genres and stories: more significant emotional content than I find in many other media. As for my favorites...

My big three would be Tsukihime (plus its sequel, which is basically an old-school text adventure game in VN format), A Drug That Makes You Dream, and Kanon...for separate reasons, naturally.

Really big ones besides that are Fate/Stay Night and Symphonic Rain...also for separate reasons. And if the last two routes of Katawa Shoujo are as fantastic as the first three, it's a shoe-in for for the category in my mind.

...

Also, Kana: Little Sister. I don't trust myself to speak more of it. ;_;

cnaltman62:
Fate/stay night (with fan-translation) (I skipped over the H-scenes, due to being poorly-written, and not adding much to the story)

In the context of Heaven's Feel and the second scene of Fate, I couldn't disagree more.

In fact, the only one I could genuinely bash would be Unlimited Blade Works' offering. That really added nothing, even emotional context. At least Fate's main offering (i.e. not the threesome) coincided with Shirou and Saber opening up and accepting the other's feelings openly for the first time (including the moment directly after where Saber mentions that she's recharged and capable of fighting the next day...and then saying they can plan tomorrow; for the moment, she wanted to sleep like that).

Zachary Amaranth:
This is actually the first I've heard of 'em. Are they commonly translated to English?

Well...not really. At least, there's far more that are made than make it over the ocean. And strangely enough, the things that do get translated into English aren't necessarily cherry-picked from the best. We get at least some of the crap along with the best; for every Kana: Little Sister or Crescendo that gets translated, we also get a Do You Like Horny Bunnies? or Slave Pageant.

But there is a significant number, including some fantastic ones, that get either official releases or fan translations. People have been noting some of their favorites here (far more people than I expected, to be honest), and I certainly agree with the ones I have played.

i'm big vn player and here is my favourites.
Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru 1 and 2 ( http://vndb.org/v195 and http://vndb.org/v3861 )
Princess Lover ( http://vndb.org/v765 )
Appare! Tenka Gomen ( http://vndb.org/v7881 )
Hana to Otome ni Shukufuku wo ( http://vndb.org/v1545 )

only English translated VN i liked is Snow Sakura.

PS yes they are not translated and never will be. i play them on Japanese with help of hook programs when i have difficulty reading.

I've played Fate/stay night and two routes of Katawa Shoujo (Shizune's and Emi's). Katawa Shoujo was really impressive overall in terms of managing to really address the emotional issues of disabilities and neither belittle them nor pretend that they weren't there. Also in not being fetish porn, which I suspected when I first heard about it.

That being said, Fate was a lot better, even if I wanted to punch very badly whichever member of Mirror Moon loved the word "vexing". Frustrating, annoying, infuriating: there are lots of synonyms that people actually use in speech, and I definitely thought that being translated made the writing occasionally stilted. However, Unlimited Blade Works was absolutely brilliant and one of the most compelling stories I have read in any medium, even if Fate was a bit standard and I had issues with Heaven's Feel.

i have alot to research in my new found interest

kouriichi:
What are your favorites? How many have you played? Why did you enjoy them?

I've played a decent amount. Off the top of my head I've played four Ace Attorney games, Hotel Dusk: Room 215, Ever 17, Remember 11, and 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. I actually enjoyed all of them except for Remember 11.

I highly recommend to anyone interested in Visual Novels to try Ever 17 or 999. The two games share some writers. Between the two I'd suggest the Sci-Fi/Horror/Mystery DS game 999, since it's much easier to get a copy of. Plus the localization is much better. Afterwards, if you enjoy it play Ever 17.

999 takes story telling in games to new levels. (The same thing applies to Ever 17 but from now on to make things easier I'll be talking specifically about 999.) It's hard to explain what makes 999 special without spoil the crap out of it. The thing is the narrative in 999 is something that can only be done in videogames. The game is very text heavy but the interactive parts are just as IMPORTANT to the narrative. This includes the act of simply playing the game, the process of trying to seeing all the endings, even the presentation of the text and puzzles. It's done so subtly throughout the entire game that the big reveal is a one-two punch: the twist itself, then the realization how every aspect of the game is connected to the narrative.

Little Busters! has come recommended highly from many people I know. As well as pretty much anything by KEY.

I've read a couple mangas, but I mostly felt meh about them.

I've read a couple comics, but I mostly felt meh about them.

I haven't read much, but if I had to pick anything, probably V for Vendetta. I'm the opposite of a lot of people in that I prefered Watchmen the movie to the comic, but liked the V for Vendetta comic more than the movie. Watchmen you can at least draw several times where scenes are directly lifted from the comic and transplanted into film. It doesn't work nearly as well the other way around.

Katawa Shoujo is my favorite Hanako fuck yeah
then there was another one I used to play on my Dreamcast but I don't remember the name

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