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VN of the Month January 2004 - Paradise Lost

kivandopulus

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Paradise Lost and Fate/Stay Night are the only masterpieces of the month, but Paradise Lost wins almost almost in every field in comparison.

1. Paradise Lost [040116] light 1 2
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Paradise Lost takes off in a dystopian setting that comes off as much more blatantly dark than its successors’. The stage is in a city known only as Sodom, which is separated from the outside world known as “Zoar”. Ruled by the gang known as the Infinite Viper, the law of “the strong eat the weak” is rampant throughout Sodom to the point that if you’ve lived beyond the age of 20, you most likely have murdered someone in order to do so. It is widely believed that outside lies a peaceful world free of the everyday violence so frequently seen in Sodom, but there is a closely guarded Gate that prevents residents of Sodom from leaving so no one has actually left and returned to confirm.
There are English reviews.

 

2. Gyakuten Saiban 3 逆転裁判3 [040123] Capcom 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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This game is the last of the series featuring Phoenix Wright as the main character, and through its course, gives more details on the past of important characters such as Mia Fey and Phoenix Wright, while tying up the loose ends on the storyline set up in the previous games.
The gameplay in Trials and Tribulations remains the same as both previous titles, including the use of Psyche-Locks introduced in Justice for All. A minor change is that the player will take on the role of different people other than Phoenix Wright for certain cases within the game, but this does not alter the game mechanics.
Game is localized and has English reviews.

 

3. Marebito ~Soshite Sekai wa Hairo o Ushinau~ マレビト~そして世界は色を失う~ [040123] Juno
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1980s. Main character Kensuke lives a normal school life and prepares for a cultural festival. However, one day he starts to see a mysterious man hiding from him, and that changes his peaceful life. He remembers tales of Marebito which is either a production of unshaped human fantasies or a demon. Will Kensuke get it all from his youth or get trapped in a strange incident?
We basically must determine what nature Marebito has and get development depending on that. This whole concept felt weird to me. 

 

4. Moke Moke Taishou Dendou Musume Arisa もけもけ大正電動娘ARISA [040123] Mixwill Soft
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A strange android girl falls from the sky and crash-lands into Shinichirou's cafe, causing her to register him as her new master. Helping with chores isn't Arisa's niche, but she manages to fit in with his sister, Kotomi, until a new girl shows up looking for "Fire Bee". Through a series of sexual encounters, Arisa is found out to be the weapon "Fire Bee" Shinichirou's father was working on before he disappeared. Now the military is desperate to get her back at any cost.
A slapstick comedy with absolutely useless scenario, because of contradictions and bakage direction. It may be a curious game among kusoge, but it is still a kusoge.

 

5. Ensemble ~Maioriru Hane no Ensemble~ ENSEMBLE~舞降る羽のアンサンブル~ [040130] DreamSoft
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Fifteen years ago, Hiyoshi Kaede got separated from his sister after the divorce of his parents. They planted a maple tree on their house's garden as a way to remember each other. Now, he returns to the tree once again...
Game is quite long, but without any twisted scenario turns or excitement. Some heroines from previous F&C games are featured casually. A typical F&C game without individuality.

 

6. Fate/Stay Night [040130] Type-Moon 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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----The one who obtains the Holy Grail will have any wish come true.
The Holy Grail War. A great ritual that materializes the greatest holy artifact, the Holy Grail. There are two conditions to participate in this ritual: to be a magus, and to be a "Master" chosen by the Holy Grail.
There are seven chosen Masters, and seven classes of Servants; beings akin to superhumans with incredible fighting abilities. There is only one Holy Grail. If you wish for a miracle, prove that you are the strongest with your powers.
Emiya Shirou is a high school student who has learned rudimentary magic from his father and uses it to fix objects. He finds himself engaged in the Holy Grail war as he gets attacked by a Servant. As he gets cornered, he somehow summons his own Servant and manages to stay alive long enough to compete against the other Masters.
Game is localized and has English reviews.

 

7. Ouritsu Nekomimi Gakuen ~Anata No Tame No Hatsujouki♪~ 王立ネコミミ学園~あなたのための発情期♪~ [040130] Dress
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There is a mysterious school far to the east that is attended by students and teachers with animal ears. These are fake ears, but it's an important tradition of the school. But protagonist recognizes in a new transfer student a real half-human girl. He gets culture festival executive committee member position to get to know various student girls better.
Game is a moege with neko-girls. Truth be told, girls are strangely realistic. Scenario is usual humorous one. It's only uniqueness of characters that makes the story and the jokes passable.

 

8. Shuffle! [040130] Navel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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Shuffle! follows the romantic life of Tsuchimi Rin a Japanese high schooler, who finds himself being sought after by a variety of girls. The world of Shuffle! consists of humans living in harmony with gods and devils. Despite their respective positive and negative connotations, both races are equally kind and good-natured. Your task is to choose a lover from the five girls the game offers.
Game is localized and has English reviews.

 

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1. WW&F ~Taishou Teito Denkitan~ WW&F~大正帝都伝奇譚~ [040109] MBS Truth
Taisho era. Main character is a detective who gets a strange request - to replace water in the body where water level decreases. At the same time an incident happens in a mansion concerning philosopher's stone. What's the relationship between the two incidents?
Lolicon

 

2. Tsuki no Nai Michi 月のない路 [040112] Suisen
Consequent disappearances start to happen in a neighboring town. Four people witness a suspicious person on the way home from school. Main character decides to investigate this incident.
Doujin

 

3. Black Pencil [040115] ATP Projects
You are Kiyoshi. Living a normal life, only a dream has been haunting you for a long time. In it, you see the death of a young woman. You then find out that she really exists.
Doujin

 

4. Yakin Byoutou Ni 夜勤病棟・弐 [040115] Mink
The elite doctor Kuwabara couldn't forget his feelings towards Nanase Ren, whom he had loved in his youth. He changed the hospitals he worked at, one after another, to look for her, and finally he met her again at the St. Cattleya Hospital. However, her attitude was remote and his love couldn't be fulfilled. To make matters worse, he received photographs depicting Ren being molested. Ren had been turned into a lewd woman by Hirasaka through the woman body experiment when she was at the St. Julianna Hospital. He was disappointed and he lost his mind...
Nukige

 

5. Eden Final [040116] Forst
Glen's capture puts an end to the war, and "Caucus" returns the the Earth's orbit. However, aliens sitting in Glen's body manage to separate from the body and infiltrate the ship. Ship's crew forces Glen to collaborate to find and eliminate the aliens on the ship.
Nukige

 

6. Komokyun!! ~Heart ni Yureru Tamashi no Fandisc~ こもきゅん!! ~はぁとに揺れる魂のFANディスク~ [040116] Unison Shift
Crossover fandisc with side stories featuring heroines from Komorebi ni Yureru Tamashii no Koe and Mune Kyun! Heart de Koi Shi-te-ru ~Onii-chan Motto Daisuki~. 
There is also a mahjong minigame and Uno-styled card game where the points earned can be used to unlock extra CGs and BGM mode, as well as various other extras including wallpapers, system voices, desktop icons and a clock application from the in-game shop.
Fandisc

 

7. Honoka-chan no Abunai Orusuban 穂乃花ちゃんのあぶないお留守番 [040119] Studio-74
School suddenly announces closure for a week, and a group of children get to stay at home taking care of each other while parents are at work. What kind of experience awaits Honoka-chan?
Doujin

 

8. Hard Love ハードラヴ [040123] D.O.
Main character grows a strong distrust for women after losing mother as a result of divorce. But living with a beautiful aunt and younger cousin gradually helps him to open his heart. However, a shocking incident happens that strengthens his distrust again. Protagonist starts to fantaically seek his cousin's love as the only person he can ever trust.
Nukige

 

9. Kateinai Choukyou 家庭内調教 [040123] Guilty
Main character lives alone after losing his parents. But one day his less than lover more than friend Tomomi's parents go bankrupt. To save his friend from sacrificing herself he needs either a huge sum of money or fulfilling several creditor's conditions. One of them is to train girl of the family as masochist in just two months before her marriage.
Nukige

 

10. Kurobara wa Yoru ni Saku 黒薔薇は夜に咲く [040123] D-Angel 1
It is the end of the 19th century in the British Empire. Nefas is the last of an influential and wealthy bloodline that has slowly perished from an incurable hereditary illness. Growing evermore jealous of the generous health others take for granted, his anger once threatened to selfishly lash out and harm everyone it could reach, a situation suddenly changed upon his chance encounter with a young girl named Malizia. Feeling emotions he thought long forgotten, Nefas now faces the dilemma of giving the object of his desire everything he can… both in pleasure and misery.
Nukige

 

10. OL Gari ~Nureta Office~ OL狩り~濡れたオフィス~ [040123] West Vision
Main character is an ordinary employee in a fashion company. He is denied promotion and eventually fired. He finds a job at a rival company, and this time he intends to use his grim experience to mercilessly manipulate co-workers and get to the top.
Nukige

 

11. Succubu ☆ Soon! さっきゅば☆SOON! [040123] Score  1 2
The protagonist's father makes a deal with a devil. Shortly thereafter, a succubus visits the hero's home. She was there to fulfill his father's contract. However, she falls in love with our hero at first sight, and decides to live with him and his sister-in-law instead. Soon the succubus' mother comes knocking, and even she wants to move in on the action! Of course, being succubae, they need to get laid once in a while to keep going--might as well give them what they want!
Nukige

 

12. Sweet Hearts [040123] Sweet Hearts
Main character is a second grader who leads a decent school life with his three female friends and one male friend. He starts dating Haruka, but relations develop slowly. One day the whole company decides to go on a hot spring trip. However, only Haruka comes to the meeting place. Overcome with shyness the two people start their romantic vacations.
Nukige

 

13. Under Ground ~Chikarou de Naku Kohitsuji-tachi~ Under Ground~地下牢で泣く小羊たち~ [040123] Deeper
Main character starts to live with his uncle after parents' death in a traffic accident. Uncle is a pastor who has close ties with the underworld. Under threat of losing life protagonist follows uncle training for three years, and now it's time for him to teach cute lambs the teachings of God by himself... 
Nukige

 

14. Yuukyou Gangu 2 遊狂玩具2 [040123] Nigred
Main character has reputation of a hooligan in a school of free spirits. He insults his home teacher and makes her sex slave. Under threat of breaking up he forces her to lure female students to his net...
Nukige

 

15. Mai Season 妹し~ずん [040124] Haikara Kissa
Main character spends his day lazily when the door bell starts to ring. The visitor is his younger sister who comes to live together with him for a while. What a bother... but maybe it turns out fun.
Doujin

 

16. Wings Innocent [040126] Blue Crescent Moon
A story about dormitory students that share a room and gradually get closer without being able to convey their feelings. Until one day...
Boys Love

 

17. Gimai - Hitomi 義妹・仁美 [040130] Mercure 1 2 3 4 5 6
Things were going just fine until my father suddenly announced he was getting re-married, and his new wife and daughter were going to live with us. What am I supposed to do now?
My new step-mother is beautiful, but my new step-sister, Hitomi, is fascinating. She is so fragile and gentle. The way she smiles at me and tries to please me….I think she wants me. I….I think I want her. Whenever she is around me, I just want to possess her.
How far can I push her? What will she allow me to do to her?
“Please, Brother, I'll do anything for you. Just please don't hate me…..”
Nukige

 

18. Haa Haa Telepath ~Hajimete na no ni Chou Binkan~ はぁ・はぁ・テレパス ~はじめてなのに超BINKAN~ [040130] Saga Planets
Main character crashes with a transfer student Mio at the staircase, and after that he starts to hear her voice. One day he hears her calling to come to the backyard, and that encounter makes them lovers. He decides to try his acquired knowledge on other girls as well.
Nukige

 

19. Himitsu no Houkago ~Abunai Dousei Seikatsu~ ひ・み・つの放課後 ~危ない同棲性活~ [040130] Vitamin
Main character works as a teacher. Director's daughter crashes to his new mortage flat and suggest cohabitation. Protagonist can not go against director's will with all the debts acquired, so two young people start to live together.
Nukige

 

20. Kyrie ~Blood Royal 3~ Kyrie ~Blood Royal 3~ [040130] Cherry Soft
After the beginning of the age of the white princess, in this world is always snowing. The protagonist has lost the momories of his past, after having joined to the army he is soon called "Silver Wolf". He receives the order to go the capital of the celestial maidens to rape the white and the blue princess. The white princess is the actual virgin consecrated to the deity and the blue princess will be the next one. Will the snow go on falling? What will the protagonist do to make the summer to be back?
Nukige

 

21. Maple Colors H [040130] Apricot
Compared to the original, Maple Colors H is more for fun (i.e. “H”) than character development and gameplay. You play with the familiar characters from the original in a series in some random plots.
Nukige

 

22. Midorigafuchi Yotogi no Mura no Oyome-sama 碧ヶ淵 夜伽の村のお嫁様 [040130] Nel
Main character's mother dies, and relatives arrive for her funeral. That evening niece comes to his room and starts hugging. Due to special air in the room protagonist can not resist and robs her of virginity - that in addition to an affair with another relative he was having. Then comes the third girl, and all of them turn out to be bride candidates. Protagonist needs to live with the for seven days to determine the best bride for himself.
Nukige

 

23. Nyuukan Nurse! 乳感ナースっ! [040130] SQUEEZ
Main heroine is a rookie nurse. Her main problem is A cup breast size. One day she confuses orange liquid in the laboratory for juice, and her breast becomes G cup due to excessive development of hormones. That transformation also affects her sensuality.
Nukige

 

24. Oshiete Agechau 2 教えてあげちゃう2 [040130] Trabulance
Main character is a first grader with no confidence to confess to the loved one. While his brother is away, he starts to live with brother's wife who soon invites another girl to the flat. One day brother's wife proposes to use her body to practice and gain confidence. As naughty lessons start, more people get involved.
Nukige

 

25. Pink Haze [040130] Hanjuku Nora
Main character wakes up from fever symptoms in the middle of the night. He makes a call to the nearby clinic in search of consultation, but doctor unexpectedly suggests coming over. What will happen at this six tatami space at night?
Doujin Nukige

 

26. Puriimo ~Please Teach! My Sister~ プリいも~Please teach! My Sister~ [040130] Petit Pajamas
Main character witnesses an angel coming down from the sky in a nearby park. Surprisingly, she turns out to be the new school teacher who needs teaching practice on Earth to become  a full-fledged instructor in Heaven. If her angelic heritage is revealed, she is going to be disqualified, so she suggest to live together with protagonist and his sister. Teacher is a disaster at doing house chores, and sister wants to make memories with her brother before going to study in Vienna. Another summer story starts here.
Nukige

 

27. Ryouki ~Midara ni Hibiku Fukushuu no Rondo~ 凌姫~淫らに響く復讐の輪舞曲~ [040130] Psy-chs 1
he main character is Van Renbork, a fallen noble that, together with the elder sister, was abused throughout his youth for the pleasure of the royal consorts of Estoul, a 1700's France-like kingdom.
It's only after causing the horrible suicide of Van's sister that the royal family decides to definitely shut Van into the palace dungeons, under the (true and proved) charge of conspiracy against the Crown.
Ryouki's story begins many years later, after the death of the royal consorts, when a truly unusual visitor goes to see Van: Eldia, the late king's arrogant and snobbish elder daughter. Plotting against her own little sister for the succession to the throne, Eldia reaches an evil agreement with Van, freeing him.
But Eldia (and many others, too!) will be VERY sorry for this foolishness, because Van, driven from a lifetime of hatred, can now implement his own plans, turning the royal palace into a den of iniquity and causing the ruin of the kingdom.
Nukige

 

28. Soshite Bokura wa, そして僕らは、 [040130] Spray
A group of people goes to an island to shoot a video. While filming, they discover a mystery about the island.
Boys Love


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I had no idea Trials and Tribulations and Shuffle were on this month too. Even though i find Trials and Tribulations to be just good and Shuffle to be barely decent, this month is ridiculous historically.

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