As for this time, I decided to make my 'Top 10 translated VN at 2016' even though it's very belated for obvious reason lol. Once again, I would use some data from Conjueror's video with some modification here, and also to show of how easy the score was fluctuated. As for the rules, no yaoi and otome VN here, localized name for alias, I'll list both of Erogamescape and VNDB average score if possible, I'll add the party who translated the VN, and the translation must be considered complete by VNDB as of January 31st - the VNDB average score would be based on that date as well (Keep in mind that it can be fluctuate), so there would be no Dracu Riot here even though I'm more than happy to add it here if possible lol. Also beware of the spoiler when you played the opening here.
10. Tokyo Babel (VNDB 7.66, Erogamescape 71)
As for this VN, the premise was that the world was already destroyed and right now the last remaining of humanity live in the purgatory - by the way the name of that was another title drop lol. Also other than human world, both of heaven and hell was also have some complicated situation as well so both of angels and demons live in purgatory as well. From there, all three race was travelling together in order to met the God for asking His atonement. Of course there would be no smooth sailing for this because sometimes some powerful being got crazy, and here's our MC job to combat the crazy one while on his quest to find out about himself. That premise aside, it's already well known for the fighting scenes here so it should be good if one yearn for that. Also interestingly this VN did have no sex scenes, which mean that it have all star cast from the anime (Hanakana and Miyuki Sawashiro come to mind) which probably blew most of Propeller's budget. For last note here, I just want to nitpick that why they need to use school as purgatory lol, and more seriously Tokyo Babel was more in line with Shin Megami Tensei franchise in general.
9. Enigma: (VNDB 7.67, Erogamescape --)
There's no Erogamescape score for this VN, because there's no page for Enigma at the site as of now. As for the VN itself it's a doujin one, so there's no voice like majority of the doujin VN. That said, the graphic of this VN was very good looking and they even have vocal opening, which at least show that the creator put the effort on the production value. Although it was stated that the game creator (Uzumeya) aim was to appeal the woman, the fact that it's also have a heroine meant that at least they attempted to reach both gender. For the premise, our MC (Chester) was stranded out to a mysterious island which apparently sealed off from the rest of the world, and he was already afflicted with a deadly disease and about to be die. From there, Chester find out that there's something off with the island and therefore he tried to find out what's really happen on the island. For the additional note here, the aforementioned disease was also the title drop, and the same goes with the mysterious forest on the island that was rumored to devoured the people.
8. Hakuisei Aijou Izonshou aka Nurse Love Addiction (VNDB 7.71, Erogamescape 73)
First of all, this is a shoujo ai VN which mean that there would be some yuri, although in regard if that it's quite limited though because this is all age VN. For Hakuai premise here, our MC Asuka who is quite a ditzy one find her picture book with the writing 'I want to be a nurse' and from there she find out that her childhood dream was to became a nurse. So from there Asuka and her more responsible younger sister entering the nursing school, and met with a very popular yuri couple who soon to be the sisters best friends. After that they'll gonna have a fun school life while learning to becoming the best nurse, ......if only it was as simple as that. Yeah, turn out things here was not as simple as it looks from the cover alone just like Symphonic Rain - I mention that because it was from same developer, and I guess some Symphonic Rain staff also involved in Hakuai here. As for the twist itself, I'll leave to the reader here in order to find out about that if you curious.
7. Seinarukana -The Spirit of Eternity Sword 2- (VNDB 7.74, Erogamescape 75)
As for this VN, supposedly it was Eien no Aselia sequel although the connection was quite loose because it only have few returning characters from Aselia, and the casts were travelling between different worlds instead of stay in Aselia's world. That said, the gameplay for this VN was improved so at least should be satisfy some people whose been interested with Aselia gameplay. As for the history of the translation, it was back at 2011 iirc that Seinarukana was started the fan translation. After that, the first translator was disappear and then the team got another translator to hopefully finished the project. Too bad thought that the second translator was disappear as well making the project was in danger of the purge. After all that happened, Aroduc decided to help with the translation and out of those two he is obviously managed to finished the translation and sold it to JAST. Which obviously lead to long time - it was planned at 2013 iirc only to be delayed, before finally it was saw the release at 2016. Well all of those events were already in the past, and at the very least we could enjoy it in English.
6. Himawari (VNDB 7.90, Erogamescape 81 (Peeble in the Sky PC version))
There's an interesting case in regard of the English version release of this VN, namely that this VN spent too much time in testing case ie delayed. As for the reason, I could say it was probably because Frontwing released PSV version for Japan first before ported it to PC for overseas version, but it didn't matter now anyway because it's already released - the delay was last for more than half a year though because it was supposed to be released along with Tokyo Babel (Tokyo Babel release at March 31st). As for the premise of the VN, it was in regard of Youichi (The MC) who live in 2048 and still recovering in regard the loss of his dad who was dead along with many victims in the space plane crash, with him as the sole survivor of the accident and suffer amnesia to boot. After he find an alien girl at one night, Youichi was started to uncover his memory and the truth behind the accident. For a bit more trivia, Himawari was released as doujin first before Frontwing took the attention to this and adding all star cast from anime as the seiyuu. As for the difference, the original version contain sex scene while the remake version didn't have that (Duh).
5. Okujou no Yurirei-san aka Kindred Spirits on the Roof (VNDB 7.97, Erogamescape 80)
I admit that at first I didn't see this VN potential because of the simplistic graphic lol, and I thought that the format just 'yuri couple of the chapter' in which it's what Liar-soft like to do with their Steampunk VN. Turned out that's not the case because instead of just one time appearance, the couple actually did have enough development and more so if we decided to watch all the scenes from the perspective of the couple. For the premise, it was just a ghost yuri couple who couldn't move on because they want to felt each other but they wouldn't be able to do that for obvious reason, and so they decided to enlist Yuna's (The MC) help in order to established as many yuri couple as possible in order to allow the ghosts for learning how to express the feeling. Obviously heard that request Yuna was quite hesitant, but after did the first attempt reluctantly she started to like that and decided to be more active. Oh, and by the way this VN was partially voiced, although there will be full voiced version later though (JP only) - I hope that Mangagamer will license that version if possible.
4. Grisaia no Meikyuu aka The Labyrinth of Grisaia (VNDB 8.09, Erogamescape 82)
While I already said that I didn't pay attention too much to fandisc and think both of this and Rakuen as fandiscs for Kajitsu, I would say that Meikyuu here was did good enough job for that. Although there's an infamous cliffhanger though, in which it was sort of understandable if we look at Frontwing situation whose still in recovery after barely safe from bankruptcy thanks to Kajitsu. The content of Meikyuu here was the main story along with some side stories, one of those should give you some cathartic if you play Makina's route. Anyway, the main story was explained Yuuji's past which to say was quite dark, from becoming the unfavorite in his family, trained to be the terrorist since he was children, and finally enter the military at young age. As for the side stories, it was in regard of the girls route epilogue in which it should give enough closure to the heroines tale. So in the end, the concept here was more or less like Sharin FD in which Grisaia was take the clue from Sharin itself (Quite appropriate). Oh, and I like the OP here because my roommate back at my dormitory stay replayed it at some point.
3. Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- (VNDB 8.12, Erogamescape 83)
What I first remember for Root Double is that I'm looking forward to the eventual English release of this VN since back at 2012, simply because GundamAce (The translator) said that this VN was on the almost same level as Ever17. Of course I was quite happy seeing that it was finally about to be licensed by Sekai back then, some problematic issue aside. Let's not forget that this VN was also have the delay as well, although the case was not as bad as Saku Saku though because at least they only delay it once instead of twice lol. As for the premise, it was involved a nuclear explosion in a facility and there's amnesiac firefighter captain who was supposed to rescue the people inside the facility, only to be trapped for 9 hours and from there he and his comrades must try to figure of how to save themselves.
There's also another MC in which he was a high school student who also trapped inside the facility, and from there he also must figure out of how to save himself and his friends. For more info, there a lot of number nine here (Nine enneagram, nine characters, and nine hours) so I think it's more or less could be said as Nakazawa answer to 999 (Uchikoshi created that, and Nakazawa was Uchikoshi's former partner back at Ever17). For one more note here, GundamAce lament that Takeshi Abo was not composed the OST in Root Double, because he think that it would be more fitting. Oh, and forget to said that Sekai released Xtend version instead of original version, which is a better version because Xtend add some additional scenes. So I'd decided to post both opening here, and beware of the spoiler from 2nd opening below.
2. Steins Gate 0 (VNDB 8.33, Erogamescape 80)
Instead of set after the main game ended like Meikyuu, this is was set up in the midst of Okabe's despair when he fail to solve the problem. Obviously since our usually chuunibyou MC was fall in despair, the tone that this VN beginning set was more grim compared to the original Steins Gate. Anyway, while VNDB did list this as sequel I think like both of Kajitsu sequels this could be categorized as fan disc, and perhaps it could be because the material for this VN was come from additional novel of Steins Gate. While I did say that the tone at the beginning was quite grim, it did have some lighthearted moment of course whenever you didn't have Okabe as the main POV because sometimes you'll gonna have another POV to view. It also have some nice moment though, especially for Suzuha fan because she was get some interesting development here. There's also new characters as well, which you could say were interesting on their own. Oh, and while officially it was for console only VN, at least you could play this on PC as well because there's a patch that add PSV translation to PC version.
1. Fata Morgana no Yakata aka The House in Fata Morgana (VNDB 8.78, Erogamescape 88) - Localized by MangaGamer
Okay, at first I didn't trust this VN like Yurirei because of the graphic was quite unorthodox compared to usual VN, and more importantly the Bayesian score of this VN was quite low - turned out that more or less it's just determined of how popular the VN was. After seeing the good review for this VN, I decided to tried this and find it was quite good indeed, especially with the mystery behind the aforementioned house. As for the premise, you act as someone who got amnesia and a mysterious maid guide you through the doors which show the tale of the house former residents, whose more or less were doomed to have a tragedy while hoping that you'll get your memories back. The VN itself was a doujin one so there's no voice in the VN, at least in translated version because there's also PSV version with voice acting. It also spawned drama CD which have voice acting as well, and the casts was well known for anime fan - some of them returned for voicing PSV version. Another good point of this VN was the OST, which some of those was sang by Gao. Here's one of the sample in form of the opening.
Well, that's all for the list here and hope you enjoying this. As for 2016 it was quite interesting contrast because there's more story content VN, compared to 2017 in which some of best VN there could be categorized as usual charage. Not that I said it was bad of course, but rather it's just something that I noticed here.
PS - For the title I'm simply combined both of Fata Morgana and Steins Gate 0 into Fata Morgana 0, which could be still an appropriate title for Fata Morgana fandisc lol.