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Clephas' Translated VN recommendations

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As you can imagine, I got a lot of requests for a similar list over the years, but the thing is, I don't play VNs in English that didn't start out in English.  As such, my recommendations are based entirely on my experience of the Japanese versions of these VNs, rather than the localization.  As such, don't hold me responsible for your personal experiences, lol.  I'm going to split these by genre so I don't have to answer questions along those lines.  For the purposes of fairness, I won't include anything with a machine translation (which means no Chuushingura).

Chuunige

I/O (yes, I did indeed play this, and it was good despite being dated horribly)

FSN (you saw that coming, right?)

Tsukihime (again, you saw that coming, right?)

Comyu (fantasy)

Ayakashibito (fantasy)

Tokyo Babel (fantasy)

Dies Irae (fantasy)

Demonbane (fantasy)

Sorcery Jokers (fantasy)

Hello, Lady (upcoming fantasy)

Hatsuru Koto naki Mirai Yori (upcoming eventually, fantasy)

Baldr Sky (whenever it comes out (*crosses fingers for your sake* sci-fi)

Phantom of Inferno (despite all the problems with the localized version it is a great read)

Muv-Luv Alternative (this one is borderline, because it makes you read two mediocre games prior just to understand it)

Charage/Moege

Noble Works

Majikoi (classified this way as long as you don't include the true/last route)

Da Capo (the original only, and only because it is wrong not to have the archetypical moege experience at least one time in your VN lifespan)

Shuffle (truth be told, I'm basing this assessment off of the expanded version, not the version originally released over here)

Sanoba Witch (Yuzu-soft and thus predictably overdone with the ichaicha since this is one of their less plotge-style ones)

Dracu-riot (Wait until an official release comes out.  The patch currently floating around is a nonentity in comparison)

Senren Banka (Sadly not out yet, but something to look forward to)

Chrono Clock (I listed it in this one rather than plotge because the 'plot' was a bit too thin)

Akatsuki no Goei (the original falls, barely, into this category, despite some seriously disturbing shit involving Kaito's origin story that was dropped here and there and the dystopian nature of the setting.  Fan patch will probably be released next year)

Tsujidou-san no Jun'ai Road (yes, I put this here)

Note: For those who wonder why my list is sparse on a lot of names beloved by those who play localized games obsessively... you do realize that a lot of the charage that get released over here are from the bottom of the pile, right?

Nakige

Hapymaher (probably my biggest recommendation for this genre)

Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashi no (for the distant future, something to look forward to)

AstralAir no Shiroki Towa (whenever it releases)

Hoshizora no Memoria (yes, I recommend it, lol)

Irotoridori no Sekai (Eventually.  And again, more Favorite... despite the fact that its staff idolize mysterious lolis)

Koi ga Saku Koro Sakura doki (I was insanely surprised that this got localized at the time, considering the normal sluggishness of localization at the time)

Plotge

Koisuru Otome to Shugo no Tate (partial with two routes done.  Definitely worth reading, if only to get an idea of what AXL is like)

Cross Channel (weirdly, I've always had a fondness for this game and its clinically insane protagonist)

Yume Miru Kusuri (yes, I played it.  Yes, I liked it)

Boku ga Tenshi ni Natta Wake (no idea when this will come out... but definitely a recommendation, for all the screwy shit that happens in it)

Nanairo Reincarnation (upcoming soon hopefully for you, since that would mean two kamige releases in two years, lol)

Hello,Goodbye (this was a possible for chuunige, but I put it here.  This will supposedly release before the end of the year, but I'm guessing March)

Gameplay Hybrid

Eien no Aselia

Seinarukana

Ar Tonelico

Ar Tonelico 2 (this and the one above can only be considered to be borderline VNs in an odd way, because they are mostly jrpgs with a few VN elements)

Note: I don't include anything Eushully, because none of the good ones have a translation that isn't a machine one.

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Nice to see some recommendations of translated VNs from the mod here, seeing that usually you like to recommended Japanese VNs. I didn't say it was wrong though if you keep recommended Japanese VNs, but at least we can see translated VN that match your taste here. As for the list here, I agree with most of those.

If I may add some recommendation here, perhaps Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai because I remember that you did praise it back at the time of the release albeit hesitant at that because of some of your pet peeve such as renameable MC. That said, I would say to the people that Hoshiori here is worth reading, if only for some calming story and the romance development between the heroine and the MC, and don't forget the detailed after story. As for the estimated release, I would say that it's big chance that Tsurezure here will release it first before Sekai managed to work on all of your recommended VNs (ie Baldr Sky, Senren Banka). Of course I would recommend Hoshiori here as charage/moege, in which it should be obvious why. Other than Hoshiori, I would say that Evenicle here is could be added here although perhaps you disliked some of it's aspect. Not that I didn't have any problem with the list though, since The Sword of Eternity duology here is pretty good gameplay hybrid VN, even though Seinarukana's story was more light compared to Eien no Aselia.

As for Sekai announcement here, let's just say that currently only Nanairo that have closest chance to be released in near future. We still don't know what happen to Senren Banka work there, but at least we have Bladr Sky was at halfway translated even though it's not clear whether they'll have 18+ scenes or not (If not perhaps we can say that it's like Force here lol). As for Dracu Riot while I understand the circumstances behind the 'nonentity floating current patch', personally I would say that I'll leave it to each of their own here whether they want to try the patch first or decided to waiting for Sekai to thaw Dracu Riot, and of course if the people find that it would be better to wait for Sekai even after read the patch then it's okay as well. I don't know whether FW did work on Hatsumira translation or not, but perhaps it could be one of FW's secret project. As for Bokuten, the release time should be in near future considering that it's already in beta testing, along with Damekoi as well in which it should be in your plotge recommendation seeing that you liked it despite the ladder style system.

Well even with I'm saying this much, I would say that overall this is a good list. Also I agree that it's too bad that some of Eushully VNs were either machine translated (Soukoku no Arterial, Madou Koukaku) or still in progress (Amayui, Rhapsody), and that I've been looking forward to HGB release by Nekonyan (Hopefully at December if they still want Winter 2018 release).

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22 minutes ago, littleshogun said:

Nice to see some recommendations of translated VNs from the mod here, seeing that usually you like to recommended Japanese VNs. I didn't say it was wrong though if you keep recommended Japanese VNs, but at least we can see translated VN that match your taste here. As for the list here, I agree with most of those so what I can say is that the list is pretty good.

If I may add some recommedation here, perhaps Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai because I remember that you did praise it back at the time of the release albeit hesitant at that because of some of your pet peeve such as renameable MC. That said, I would say to the people that Hoshiori here is worth reading, if only for some calming story and the romance development between the heroine and the MC, and don't forget the detailed after story. As for the estimated release, I would say that it's big chance that Tsurezure here will release it first before Sekai managed to work on all of your recommended VNs (ie Baldr Sky, Senren Banka) and Hatsumira as well. Of course I would recommend Hoshiori here as charage/moege, in which it should be obvious. Other than Hoshiori, I would say that Evenicle here is could be added here although perhaps you disliked some of it's aspect. Not that I didn't have any problem with the list though, since The Sword of Eternity duology here is pretty good gameply hybrif VN, even though Seinarukana's story was more light compared to Eien no Aselia.

As for Sekai announcement here, let's just say that currently only Nanairo that have closest chance to be released in near future. We still don't know what happen to Senren Banka work there, but at least we have Bladr Sky was at halfway translated even though it's not clear whether they'll have 18+ scenes or not (If not perhaps we can say that it's like Force here lol). As for Dracu Riot while I understand the circumstances behind the 'nonentity floating current patch', personally I would say that I'll leave it to each of their own here whether they want to try the patch first or decided to waiting for Sekai to thaw Dracu Riot, and of course if the people find that it would be better to wait for Sekai even after read the patch then it's okay as well. I don't know whether FW did work on Hatsumira translation or not, but perhaps it could be one of FW's secret project. As for Bokuten, the release time should be in near future considering that it's already in beta testing, along with Damekoi as well in which it should be in your plotge recommendation seeing that you liked it despite the ladder style system.

Well even with I'm saying this much, I would say that overall this is a good list. Also I agree that it's too bad that some of Eushully VNs were either machine translated (Soukoku no Arterial, Madou Koukaku) or still in progress (Amayui, Rhapsody), and that I've been looking forward to HGB release by Nekonyan (Hopefully at December if they still want Winter 2018 release).

It is worth waiting for the official Dracu-riot release.  Even the revised patch that briefly entered circulation was a pale imitation of what was done later.  The sheer number of idiot errors (simply mistaking which character was doing what and why) was ridiculous and took nearly six months to fix them all after that patch was released (in error).

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