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Yet Another Reason Why I Shouldn't Play Chaos;Head Yet

LemiusK

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The Key visual novel, "Little Busters!", has some additional routes in its "Ecstasy version" with two new heroines. These new routes weren't translated back then, which was why I didn't get to play them when I first played Little Busters. Now that they have been translated, however, I'm still unaware of how these new routes are accessed, and whether if they would require me to replay the whole story or not. If so, then it's a good example of why playing a partially translated VN is a bad idea, particularly for lazy people like myself who aren't willing to go back years or even decades later to reread the whole thing just for some hours of additional content.

This applies to Chaos;Head as well, of which its remake, the untranslated "Chaos;Head Noah", contains additional routes and heroines as well. Given what has happened to my relationship with Little Busters, I think I'm rather glad that I didn't ruin my reading experience by prematurely playing its original translated version. Maybe it's just a way to comfort myself in knowing I haven't got to experience such a popular VN, but if so, then so be it, I'm comforting myself 'till the remake has been translated in one or two or even three years.

Of course, none of this matters if the additional routes are selectable in the main menu, and you could just immediately access them... but I highly doubt that. Most VN routes like this usually require you to unlock the True End first or something like that.



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Now that they have been translated, however, I'm still unaware of how these new routes are accessed, and whether if they would require me to replay the whole story or not.

You would probably need to replay through the whole VN to reach them, yeah. The new routes spoil the true route, so originally they were supposed to be locked before you finish it. The Japanese version of EX gave you a choice at the very beginning to unlock them (in case you already played the original version), but I don't think you can do it in the official English version.

OR you could just use a 100% save file. Or just skip the additional routes, like I did. I mean, I literally played this game more than five years ago. :makina: As if I would care anymore.

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2 minutes ago, Dreamysyu said:

You would probably need to replay through the whole VN to reach them, yeah. The new routes spoil the true route, so originally they were supposed to be locked before you finish it. The Japanese version of EX gave you a choice at the very beginning to unlock them (in case you already played the original version), but I don't think you can do it in the official English version.

OR you could just use a 100% save file. Or just skip the additional routes, like I did. I mean, I literally played this game more than five years ago. :makina: As if I would care anymore.

Still, the interest just isn't there anyone, you know? I like that there's an option to skip past the main route and go straight for the new routes, but having moved on from Little Busters (not to mention all Key-produced games in general) for such a long time, to return to that world, that story just for two additional routes/heroines... I don't know. Just feels kinda awkward. It's just not the same feeling as going into a sequel for a VN like Grisaia no Meikyuu (which expands the story for five heroines + Yuuji, not just two). I didn't even like Sasasasasamigawa that much back then. :makina:

Thanks for telling me though. I appreciate it. At least I know there's an option to do that should I become interested in the future.

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And frankly speaking, I think I've outgrown Key VNs. Not that they're childish or anything but... I don't know. Key VNs have gotten progressively worse over the years, and their themes of friendship and family are kinda too corny for me.

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7 minutes ago, LemiusK said:

Still, the interest just isn't there anyone, you know? I like that there's an option to skip past the main route and go straight for the new routes, but having moved on from Little Busters (not to mention all Key-produced games in general) for such a long time, to return to that world, that story just for two additional routes/heroines... I don't know. Just feels kinda awkward. It's just not the same feeling as going into a sequel for a VN like Grisaia no Meikyuu (which expands the story for five heroines + Yuuji, not just two). I didn't even like Sasasasasamigawa that much back then. :makina:

Yeah, it's more or less the same for me. I don't know, I just don't care about traditional Key that much anymore.

On the other hand, I read Planetarian last year, and it was still amazing. It was by a different author than the most other Key VNs and it actually doesn't have most flaws other Key VNs have. Rewrite is also pretty cool, but it's Key only in name. Summer Pockets, apparently, is also handled by completely new people, though I heard some mixed reactions about how it actually came out.

6 minutes ago, LemiusK said:

And frankly speaking, I think I've outgrown Key VNs. Not that they're childish or anything but... I don't know. Key VNs have gotten progressively worse over the years, and their themes of friendship and family are kinda too corny for me.

To be honest, the problem with Maeda's writing is that he got used to one particular way of writing things (which got old years ago), and whenever he tries to even slightly go away from it, he fails. He failed in Moon., he failed the same way in Charlotte more than 15 years later.

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38 minutes ago, Dreamysyu said:

On the other hand, I read Planetarian last year, and it was still amazing. It was by a different author than the most other Key VNs and it actually doesn't have most flaws other Key VNs have. Rewrite is also pretty cool, but it's Key only in name. Summer Pockets, apparently, is also handled by completely new people, though I heard some mixed reactions about how it actually came out.

I have heard great things about Planetarian, though it being a kinetic novel is the main reason why I haven't tried it yet. It's definitely quite high on the list of kinetic novels I might try in the future though, along with Narcissu.

Rewrite, on the other hand, I have tried, and I heard the same thing about it that you have heard about Summer Pockets - mixed reactions, particularly towards its Moon route. Kotori's route, which was my first route, didn't exactly give me a great first impression either, since its pacing was so slow (even when compared to other Key games, so that's saying something). Kotori's route really dragged a lot, with the "good stuff" not appearing 'till much, much later near the end. I've never played another Key game ever since, nor did I complete Rewrite. Might still give Rewrite another chance next time though.

That being said, Tomoyo After (Memorial Edition) is still on my wishlist... Take that as you will. :maple:

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Well as long as you're willing to wait for Noah it's okay then. What I can say is that the reasoning was reasonable enough because the requirement to unlock the additional route could be similar like Little Busters, and I understand that it would be pain to reread already finished route. Speaking about KEY, perhaps it would be fitting VNs for the beginner seeing that it's one of more popular VN companies for mainstream player, although what I can say is that it's still up to you to whether you'll take a liking to any KEY game again or not.

PS - Since you did mention what you should do in regard of whether you should play continuing Meikyuu in order to knowing what happen to Yuuji and his family, well you can watch the anime itselves to save some times and from there you can decided whether it'll be worth to replay Meikyuu for the main story or not. For the reception, so far I didn't find any critic like usual VN adaptation anime so it should be telling that the adaptation was quite faithful to a degree.

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3 minutes ago, littleshogun said:

PS - Since you did mention what you should do in regard of whether you should play continuing Meikyuu in order to knowing what happen to Yuuji and his family, well you can watch the anime itselves to save some times and from there you can decided whether it'll be worth to replay Meikyuu for the main story or not. For the reception, so far I didn't find any critic like usual VN adaptation anime so it should be telling that the adaptation was quite faithful to a degree.

Thanks for the offer but, that seems like a really bad idea. If I watch the anime, I won't bother reading the VN any more, because I would already know what happens. Takes away the suspense from the story and ruins the whole experience. No thanks. :vinty:

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