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Everything posted by adamstan

  1. [NekoNyan] Making Lovers Discussion

    Wait wait wait.... Midgar? Whew, I misread some of the previous posts, and thought for a moment that Making Lovers is going to be episodic...
  2. [NekoNyan] Making Lovers Discussion

    Episodic release? Yikes! That puts me off too.
  3. What are you playing?

    Yeah, I agree - in a main game Ruriko is a heroine without a route. It feels a bit like they used her to sell a fandisc...
  4. What are you playing?

    Both girls have routes in W Happiness - it has five routes: Ruriko, Konomi, Tamie, Marika and Mitsuki.
  5. What are you playing?

    I think, that for my next VN I'll try Pure Love! - I found it discounted to 999円 on DLSite It seems to be "pure" fluffy moege. I'm genuinely curious if I'll like it. Art seems nice, and in the OP I spotted lots of SD CGs. It might be fun - or horribly boring. Let's check
  6. What are you playing?

    Yes, it's just the repeat of original common route without any changes, so if you have read the main game, and remember it, you can safely skip that part in W Happiness. Ack, that hurts
  7. Worst VN of The Decade?

    Good that I haven't bought "Island" yet then (scared off by the high price on Steam) Himawari sits on my account, but my backlog is huge
  8. Recent (Japanese) Things You Have Purchased

    And, today another one has been delivered - Kono Aozora ni, Yakusoku o (PSP version) Like many other VNs, I've found it by clicking on random screenshots on vndb home page It seemed interesting, and I liked the art. It also seems to have quite good scores. And it's written by the author of White Album (1 & 2) and Damekoi.
  9. Summer Pockets is here!

    I see. I haven't encountered anything like that during my playthrough, so I'm clueless.
  10. Summer Pockets is here!

    In normal lines - I haven't noticed anything weird. However, there's indeed noise during But if you mean that one, then it's deliberate effect.
  11. What are you playing?

    That's a pity But indeed it isn't technically the greatest... I have played it in full-screen mode on 15" laptop with native resolution of 1366x768, and it seemed a good fit. My main PC has 27" screen with 1920x1080 resolution, and it is playable both fullscreen and windowed. I haven't noticed any extraordinary pixellation. But I actually prefer to play VNs in windowed mode on that bigger screen, since when they're fullscreen I have trouble with seeing full picture at once - I need to focus either on textbox or images. I have no experience with higher-resoultion systems. Returning to main topic of this thread, I once again have trouble deciding what to read next... I have a bunch of recently bought untranslated JVNs waiting - like Sukimazakura to Uso no Machi, Natsu no Ame (Konno Asta's VN), Sorairo (from the makers of Amber Quartz), or the older ones like Hoshizora Planet (from Tanaka Romeo, the writer of YMK and Kazoku Keikaku) or Uminomichi (shares setting with Yukizakura's fandisc)... but then, which one? Or maybe I should finally tackle Grisaia that has been sitting on my Steam account for almost two years instead? Or, since I seem to read mostly various kinds of nakige recently, maybe Toradora! Portable for a change of pace? (I loved the anime) Tough decision...
  12. Summer Pockets is here!

    It didn't disappoint me While it (Alka + Pocket) isn't the most original one (you will definitely recognize some AIR and Clannad tropes), it is good. And I agree with you about Tsumugi's route. Very touching ending indeed.
  13. What are you playing?

    I just checked how it behaves for me. It seems that side-images appear if the character is speaking, but their sprite isn't shown at the moment. If there is a sprite shown, there's no side image. The only bug/glitch that I remember from my playing were random crashes if I skipped for too long (likie during second and subsequent playthroughs). For that reason I took care to stop skipping and make a save one in a while. I also noticed, that it starts to run much more smoothly if you switch it to the Direct3D display mode in advanced display options (even though the label says it's not recommended).
  14. What are you playing?

    Weird, I didn't have any such technical problems with it And I played it twice But yeah - what happens in your screenshots is clearly a glitch/bug (but I have never encountered it during my playthroughs). On a side note - damn, those mini-games in Summer Pockets are addictive!
  15. What are you playing?

    I just finished Summer Pockets. What can I say... it's definitely classic Key nakige - wheter it's good or bad thing depends on the reader's attitude. I liked it. When it comes to "normal" routes, I liked them all. Shiroha's had some pacing issues, but other than that, I don't have many complaints. My favourite heroine from that part is Ao I think. Somebody somewhere said that she's a character taken out straight from Mashiro Iro Symphony - perhaps this impression is strengthened by the fact that she's drawn by Palette's Izumi Tsubasu - but I also had those impressions. She reminded me of Airi a bit. Interactions with side characters (Ryouichi, Tenzen, Nomiki, Shizuku) were also fun. True Route is split into two parts. It was highly emotional for me, even though it takes a lot from previous Key titles - there are bits of Clannad and AIR clearly visible. But I don't mind it. I really like family themes. Art is great - it's definitely the best looking Key VN, and it just looks good on its own as well. I also loved the music - it was definitely enhancing the scenes' mood. To sum it up - while I feel like it doesn't exactly reach the greatness of Clannad, AIR or LB, it's still prety close - very solid work. Therefore I'd rate it at 8.5/10 (the same as Kanon) Also, while I finished the story, I might still spend some more time with it, this time having fun with mini games
  16. New VN Publisher ANIPLEX.EXE blocks Europe

    I can see ANIPLEX page from my Steam account, but indeed when I try to click Adabana from there, I get the error message "This product is currently unavailable in your region". As for acces to aniplex-exe.com being blocked within EU, I guess that it might have something to do with the site being supposedly not GDPR-compliant. It's the same with some other Japanese or US pages - when you try to browse them from within EU, you get message that they cannot show it because it's not GDPR-compliant, and thus "illegal" in EU. In other words, they have to block it, or they could be sued.
  17. Need help getting into visual novels

    Wholesome romance, and you liked IMHHW. Hmm... from the top of my head, maybe you would like Aokana, Princess Evangile, Sanoba Witch (english title "Sabbat of the witch")? Also, while they are not primarily focused on romance, I'd recommend trying out Key VNs, like Clannad or Little Busters. Recent Summer Pockets is very good as well. Their older titles - AIR and Kanon - also are good, but they might be more difficult to get, since they don't have official english releases.
  18. [NekoNyan] Making Lovers Discussion

    From NekoNyan's TT:
  19. Summer Pockets is here!

    So, yesterday I finished Tsumugi's route. It was for most of the time very fluffy and lighthearted. But near the end I cried The effect it had on me was similar to Fuuko's route from Clannad. (even though story is different) Mugyuu~~... Now there's true route left - and it's good that it's Friday today, so no work tomorrow
  20. Summer Pockets is here!

    Maybe I should have picked up JP version - then finishing a route would take me a week instead of a day However, it's too expensive (I managed to get Steam edition on some kind of sale with some nice discount) As for Kamome's route - I actually liked the "adventure + childhood memories" theme. Incidentally, previous two titles I've read (Amber Quartz and Tenohira o, Taiyou ni ) also featured some variations on it. I also have been spoiled a bit (shouldn't have visited that TVTropes page )
  21. Summer Pockets is here!

    Whew... Thankfully, my feelings were quite opposite - for me it was pretty good route. Perhaps not as good as Ao's, but still.
  22. Summer Pockets is here!

    Ack!, I'm just about to read it...
  23. Summer Pockets is here!

    Ah, that's right, Ao's route is written by Kai. BTW, it might be some strange coincidence, but it's a third VN in a row I'm reading, that seems to be in one way or another influenced by AIR.
  24. Summer Pockets is here!

    Okay, Ao's route done in one sitting While Shiroha's route had some pacing issues, this one was great - just classic KEY. Really, I think I don't have any major complaints. Ao is cute tsundere heroine, I really liked comedy in her route (it's kind of miracle all those lewd jokes got a pass on Steam ), and tear-jerking elements also did their job. So far I'm loving this game.
  25. Summer Pockets is here!

    It was Sunday, so I've been just reading most of the time Now, because of work, I'll definitely slow down a bit According to Steam timer, it took me 9 hours to complete prologue + Shiroha's route.