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    adamstan reacted to ittaku in Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashi No Translation Project (Completed)   
    And here it is.
     
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    adamstan reacted to Nemesis in New VN announced by Front Wing - Ginka   
    Brought to you by the creators of ATRI with Konno Asta as the writer and Yusano as the artist. The title of the game is Ginka
     
     
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    adamstan reacted to sanahtlig in Steam has banned Chaos;Head NoAH from their store, unbans the game after successful community-driven campaigning   
    I'm playing Yakuza 0 (on Steam) and there's literally a side-story where a ring of high school girls (led by a bully) are selling their used underwear.  There's another side-story where an elementary schooler solicits the adult main character to be his girlfriend, and says she'll "give him her precious thing".  And yet another where some punks try to sell a mother and her elementary-school child into prostitution.  So, uh, yeah.
    Keep in mind: Sony NA is giving some of these titles a pass, while Valve isn't.  So yes, Valve being stricter than Sony--while simultaneously carrying actual porn--is headline-worthy.
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    adamstan reacted to Plk_Lesiak in Need help. I'm suffering from severe depression now...   
    He was looking for something incredibly specific though. Basically a moege with a black protagonist, which indeed might still not exist.
    Also you reviving this saga threatens to activate my PTSD, this was one of the weirdest chain of threads in Fuwa's history and I indeed hope the OP found some source of happiness outside of his dream game no one wanted to make. I don't think this is even the worst or most confusing/desperate of his posts. 
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    adamstan reacted to Seraphim in Heart de Roommate Remastered releases 30.09.2022   
    Kudos to JAST for knowing how to show appreciation for their established fanbase! A lot of publishers won't even give a discount for owners of the original game when they release a  remaster or port.
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    adamstan reacted to Saetron in Heart de Roommate Remastered releases 30.09.2022   
    JAST announced today that they will release a fully remastered version of Heart de Roommate from Angle Smile at the end of September 2022!
    Content in the remaster:
    The remastered version will be free of charge for owners of Heart de Roommate on JAST.
    PreOrder here to get a 15% launch discount.
     
    (sorry for the styling, I'm on a phone. Will tidy it a bit up once I am on a computer)
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    adamstan got a reaction from Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    Today I fininished Touko's route, and with it - after whopping 123 hours - I have completed console version of HoshiOri
    Touko's route is even more "odd one" than Rikka's - but that doesn't have to be bad thing. It has rather slow start, but once it gained traction, it was pretty enjoyable. Touko's cat-like personality was quite amusing, and the character development she undergoes is great. The thing it was missing the most (IMO) was the presence of other friends in after-story. On the other hand, there were few really nice thoughts about love and commitment weaved into it. Also, the school arc of Touko's route further cemented my love for Sora ❤️
    Additionally, in console edition, similarly to Rikka's route, Touko also got very nice and heartwarming post-credits epilogue.
    So now, I guess it's time for some summary.
    It's very good moege, but only for die-hard slice-of-life lovers I'm one of those so I enjoyed it - although due to the sheer length it can get a bit tedious. However, as I said in my previous post, the formula worked for me, even if it wasn't the best moege I played - that title still belongs to Mashiro Iro Symphony
    The main highlight of this title for me is that it's oozing with heartwarming wholesomeness - which is especially pronounced in console version ❤️
    As for ranking of routes and girls... while I fully acknowledge the very high quality of Rikka's route, my personal favorite after all was Sora
    I actually liked all the routes (with different intensity), so it's a little difficult for me to rank them, but I think that going from top to bottom it would be something like Sora = Rikka > Touko = Marika = Natsuki > Misa - but they're all very close to each other.
    The VN looks beautiful, and I especially like the art style of sprites - I just wish there were more of them for side characters too.
    Considering all of this - it's a solid 8/10 for me
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    Now let's take a moment to talk about differences between console edition and original +18 PC version. The console edition is rated at +17, and it takes similar approach to Princess Evangile - the sex happens off-screen, but it's fully acknowledged that it happens. Additionally, there some added story events (according to credits, it was done by original scenario writers). It's actually pretty bold for the console version at times - including the use of nude sprites if there's only close-up used in the scene (so the nipples aren't visible).
    The additional and replacement scenes actually enhanced the experience for me - the writers did pretty good job to convey the intimacy between characters, and added epilogues for Rikka and Touko are simply great.
    I skimmed through original adult version, but I found the amount and length of H-scenes to be overwhelming, and also some of those felt rather out-of-character, adhering too tightly to the porn cliches and tropes. OTOH, the lack of some additional scenes from console edition also was painful, since they felt really natural.
    Below I'll list the most significant changed/new CGs for each route.
    The common thing is, that each girl received additional pillow talk/sleeping together CG, if it wasn't there before.
    1. Sora
    2. Marika
    3. Natsuki
    4. Misa
    5. Rikka
    6. Touko
    And that's it. I know I'm the weird one, but I wholeheartedly recommend the console version. If the additional scenes have been indeed ported over to PC for Perfect Edition, then that might be also worth checking out for h-scene lovers Although I've seen some reviews complaining that the merging was done sloppily in some places.
    Now I have to take a break - and in the meantime choose the next title to read. I'm leaning towards Hatsuyuki Sakura (PSV) that I bought together with HoshiOri.
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    adamstan got a reaction from Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    Yesterday I finished Rikka's route in HoshiOri
    It was indeed quite different from the previous four routes when it comes to the structure and style, and it was great
    Rikka's school arc was amazing - both the first part, where she gradually opened up to Ryousuke and the rest of the girls, and the second, where she confronts her inner conflict. Meguru was also very welcome side character BTW the story of two pianist sisters reminded me about Yui and Rea from Parfait - the stories are different, but for some reason I immediately thought about them.
    After story was also very nice and heartwarming. BTW - I'm a sucker for marriage endings, so this VN so far was truly a feast for me ❤️ It's also worth noting, that console edition got vastly extended post-credits epilogue. In the original PC version it was just single scene of
    and the game ends there. In console version we get another arc after that - basically an after-after-story, and it was great
    So now, with 102 hours under my belt, my feelings towards this VN are similar to @Seraphim's - my top routes are definitely Rikka and Sora, although I'm not sure which one wins. While Rikka's route was definitely of "highest quality", Sora's route had a bit higher emotional impact on me. Maybe it was because I read it first?
    Now let's see, what Touko's route has for me I honestly have no idea what to expect, since Touko remains rather mysterious character, but I'm eager to find out
    The only hint I can go by is that some people say that there's minor spoiler for Touko's route in Rikka's route. The only thing that comes to mind is
     
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    adamstan reacted to Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    She does Misaki in Chrono Clock as well, which I'm currently reading. I'm a big fan of her work, but I'm not very fond of Karen in particular, because I think her voice sounds a bit too artificial/strained there. Other than that, I most recently heard her as Momoko in Koikari, which I enjoyed a lot.
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    adamstan got a reaction from Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    Yesterday I started the famous Rikka's route in HoshiOri. I'm just a few days into it (still in June - I played only for 2 hours) but it's on another level already 😮
    Look's like I'm in for a treat. And Rikka seems to be awesome character. I already liked to see how she opened up to others during other routes - I'm really looking forward to how they elaborate on that in her own route. For now she seems to be one of the cutest tsunderes I encountered so far .
    Also, her VA is extremely versatile - it's really hard to imagine that the person who voices Rikka also gave voice to characters like Airi from MashiroIro Symphony, Amane from Konosora, Satouin from Anokana or Karen from Making Lovers among others 😮
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    adamstan reacted to Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    My feelings exactly! I like Misa as a character, but her route feels like it's lacking something, so it ended up being my least favorite one.
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    adamstan got a reaction from Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    Today I finished Misa's route in HoshiOri.
    While it was nice, I feel like it was the weakest of the four so far - although I cannot put my finger on why exactly... There were many nice moments, and Misa is ridiculously cute, but something was missing.
    But, whatever the case, now it's Rikka's turn! Let's see what the fuss is all about
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    adamstan reacted to Nemesis in PlayAsia, company that has been selling games of asian origin for two decades, has launched a publishing branch: PlayAsia Publishing   
    Does anyone actually use playasia? I find that their prices are way too high. It's usually cheaper to buy directly from Japanese publishers and have a third party export it for you.
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    adamstan reacted to Nemesis in What are you playing?   
    Started reading Kourin no Machi, Lavender no Shoujo.
    Looks like I haven't learned once again from picking up a game by studio. This has been on my list for a long time due to being related to Sharin no Kuni, which holds a special place for me. But different writer means the game is pretty much unrelated.
    It's not bad, but it's nowhere near Sharin no Kuni. Sakuragi Hikaru is kind of interesting. Riko is also kind of funny with how she naturally messes with the teacher. She also feeds animals weird stuff, lol. Poisonous mushroom - give it to the rabbit. Expired milk - give it to the dog.
    The Engrish is so cringe lol. I am alive hard = 私は一生懸命生きています。
    The drama is pretty cheap, we'll see where it goes from here.
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    adamstan got a reaction from Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    Continuing with HoshiOri, today I finished Natsuki's route.
    While "school" part of the route wasn't anything special (decent, but not outstanding), I really enjoyed her after story. It was - as it's standard with this VN - "just" a series of SoL scenes, but somehow they really clicked with me.
    Also, I think this was the first route that featured prominent additional "story" content as replacement for skipped h-scenes.
    (The console edition (+17) goes for the "off screen sex" approach, but it doesn't pretend that sex didn't happen - quite the opposite actually, it just doesn't show the act itself)
    In Sora's and Marika's case those were mostly afterglow/pillow talk scenes, but with Natsuki's route there was much more.
     
    Besides those, there were also other smaller story-enhancing additions sprinkled here and there - really good job
    I have to admit that those additional scenes heavily contributed to my enjoyment of Natsuki's route - they were really well thought out, and I was surprised to see them missing from original +18 version, since they felt like they should be there right from the beginning.
    So now, after 60 hours of reading, I guess I'm near the half? Now there are Misa, Rikka and Touko left.
     
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    adamstan got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in The Lost Delinquents of Rollings High   
    Good luck on your project
     
    I wonder if perhaps it would be better to host this thread in the Original VN projects section? But that's up to you to decide, since it seems we discuss the VNs in develpment in this section too.
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    adamstan reacted to Jago in The Lost Delinquents of Rollings High   
    Hi to anyone interested I'm a solo-dev making a visual novel titled "The Lost Delinquents of Rollings High".
    It's currently on its final 10 days of Kickstarter funding, if you're interested please go check out my Kickstarter & Twitter.
    kickstarter
    twitter
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    adamstan got a reaction from Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    Yesterday I finished second route in Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai. This time I went for Marika's route. It was extremely heartwarming and wholesome experience - especially in console version, which adds one of the most heart-melting scenes near the ending.
    Based on the two routes I read so far (Sora and Marika) I can see why this game is a love-or-hate thing - but for me it definitely lands on the "love" side, since I don't mind pure SoL at all, and the (let's admit - heavily idealized) way it portrays love also scratches all the right itches It isn't the kind of VN I'd read one after another, but once in a while it's great. Just like with sweets I guess
    After those two routes my gameplay clock reads 47 hours, and completion rate is at 30%, so this will be a looong journey.
    Now I'm starting Natsuki's route. Then I'll go with Misa, and I save Rikka and Touko for the last, since apparently those two routes are quite different from the rest - at least that's what I can get from reviews I saw.
     
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    adamstan got a reaction from Nashi881 in Recent (Japanese) Things You Have Purchased   
    Arrived yesterday - another 3 physical console editions of JVNs - Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai, Strawberry Nauts and Hatsuyuki Sakura

    (As for HoshiOri - I'm actually reading Vita edition, but for "owning a legit copy" purpose I bought PS4 one because it was cheaper )
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    adamstan got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Recent (Japanese) Things You Have Purchased   
    Arrived yesterday - another 3 physical console editions of JVNs - Hoshi Ori Yume Mirai, Strawberry Nauts and Hatsuyuki Sakura

    (As for HoshiOri - I'm actually reading Vita edition, but for "owning a legit copy" purpose I bought PS4 one because it was cheaper )
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    adamstan got a reaction from Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    No, it was later,
    I read that scene just a few minutes ago
     
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    adamstan reacted to ihateuall34 in Chrono Clock Poll & general discussion.   
    I may sound really pathetic but playing Michiru's route really make me feel like life would be better if I could settle down and start a family. I seriously never felt like this before when completing any visual novels before.
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    adamstan reacted to Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    Yeah, Sora's great! She's my favorite aside from Rikka. I still find this kissing CG (that I think I've already posted here at some point) of her hilariously awkward, but I can't quite remember if it was from the first kiss scene you mentioned.
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    adamstan got a reaction from Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    I started with Sora, since she was first both in the walkthrough, and on choices list I'm still somewhere around the first half of the route, I guess (just reached the first kiss ), but I'm loving it so far. Sora is so cute
    It seems to be near-perfect relaxing, feel-good moege - and nicely executed
    I've heard that Perfect Edition isn't as perfect as the devs claim AFAIK it tries to merge together the original +18 version and additional/replacement scenes from console edition (which I'm currently reading), but apparently sometimes it comes out weird.
    BTW reading Vita version on PC (using emulator) is an experience surprisingly close to playing actual PC VN - since Vita's touchscreen is emulated with the mouse, so I can freely navigate all the menus just like on PC - the only missing thing is right-click
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    adamstan reacted to Seraphim in What are you playing?   
    There's not really any recommended order from what I can remember, so just go with whatever strikes your fancy. At some point in the future when I feel like rereading this VN in the form of Perfect Edition (only read the original so far), I'm probably saving Rikka for last, since she's the heroine I liked the most (and a lot of others seem to do as well).
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