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Everything posted by alpacaman

  1. I was just able to access the site from Germany although there still seem to be technical difficulties, as each page takes very long to load and my old account on the site has seemingly disappeared. I was able to make a new one though and am currently downloading the game. I'd say I'm cautiously hyped for Muramasa. It's the 8th highest rated title on vndb, but then again Baldr Sky Dive 2 sits at 9, and I found that one pretty mediocre. Also from my few experiences with Nitroplus I got the impression that they have a tendency to put style and edginess over substance in their stories.
  2. So I've been doing some reading over the last couple of weeks. I finished Musicus!. In my opinion it deserves most of the praise it's receiving. It feels to me like the kind of novel you'd read in literature class that everyone found extremely boring except for the literature geeks, so being this highly rated on vndb despite reaching a more mainstream audience thanks to the hype surrounding it is a pleasant surprise to me. I usually dislike it when people defend a boring story by saying it has ~themes~ (cough, Himawari, cough cough), but in the case of Musicus! I'd say it actually is them
  3. I think I found the reason it's tagged adult-only on Steam.
  4. So I read Ciconia When They Cry - Phase 1 over the last few days. I know it's kind of a stupid idea to start reading the first episode of a series that's just been delayed until the end of the pandemic (whenever that is supposed to be) for dubious reasons, but I was in the mood for a murder mystery VN without wanting to buy one so I picked the most promising option from by backlog. As it turns out Ciconia isn't a murder mystery, which I could probably have guessed beforehand, given the Sci-Fi military setting. So it's less of a sequel to Umineko in terms of subject matter, but rather tries to
  5. For some reason the Steam version isn't available in Germany and as I don't have a credit card I can't get the game from Mangagamer itself either. So it seems like I'll have to put off reading it for the forseeable future...
  6. Isn't the English release already based on the PS4 version? Anyway, I don't think Iwaihime could be salvaged by a few rewrites.
  7. I don't really want to get too deep into discussing Grisaia as I don't want to derail the thread, but is it really the character routes that are the most contentious? I managed to really not like it in the common route, and some of the aspects you mentioned as objective positives played a big role in that. The comedic scenes all basically culminate in a "women are irrational, amirite" or "Yuuji is so badass" punchline and most of them are accompanied by the same music track so at some point every time it started playing I automatically zoned out, which imo isn't what proper sound direction sho
  8. As to your second point, I think quality being 100% reliant on context or whether something does its job are different categories. The former is more is more about the assessment of quality depending on which subset of the potential audience you ask while the latter is more about resonating with the intended target audience. To pick Grisaia as an example: Many in the VN fandom regard it as one of the must-reads, yet there is a subset of readers who hate it passionately (including me). I'd say that has to do with it committing to a certain set of VN tropes and turning them up to 11. For the peo
  9. According to this list Little Busters has about 5-10% more lines of text than Clannad. There's also a bunch of minigames you can choose to spend quite a lot of time on (you're free to skip most of them though iirc).
  10. Isn't the presentation closer to point and click games or rpgs with story elements rather than any written or live action media? You have a static background and every time you click, you get a new piece of information, often accompanied by a line read, reaction shot or sprite or whatever. The soundtrack keeps on playing continuously until you reach a cue where it's supposed to change, and if you reload a point in the middle of a scene, the music starts over from the beginning, and not from the point you left it at when you saved. Also, you can't just revisit scenes at will unless you want to
  11. If you've come this far I'd recommend finishing it if only for the epilogue, which has one of the weirdest genre shifts 80% into a piece of fiction I've had the pleasure (?) to witness.
  12. More like Iwaihi-meh! (I'm sorry) Anyway, the VN sadly doesn't get any better the longer it goes.
  13. Err... That is certainly an interesting way to frame Chris' Nazi heritage, MajiKoi
  14. Three Fourths Home isn't even on vndb, probably because it has constant (minimalistic) gameplay where you basically just push one button down the whole time.
  15. You mean 999 though? Its sequel Virtue's Last Reward is part of the bundle that is The Nonary Games. About the true ending:
  16. Welcome to the forum, I hope you enjoy your time here! Also, a fan of The 25th Ward? Those are pretty rare. Have you played the original The Silver Case or Flower, Sun and Rain?
  17. And I always thought you automatically cede your right to judge other people for what they do with their free time and money the moment you become part of the VN community...
  18. Read Iwaihime over the last few days, and while the horror element was solid although a little underwhelming imo, what broke me was the epilogue (?) with its wrestling and pool scenes.
  19. I can't say I fully agree with this interpretation but a big part of what makes Umineko so amazing imo is it has room for so many possible messages you can derive from it without them getting arbitrary. It's like the game has a choice system, only the choices happen in your head while the text stays the same and the aspects your brain focuses on determine which route you pick. I guess every story has this to some degree but I don't know any other piece of media that intentionally plays with it to this degree. I think that is also what Beatrice being the witch of infinite possibilities is about
  20. I don't know if I would go as far as the anon in my praise of Umineko. I agree with the general sentiment that Umineko has a narrative complex enough to hold up even when compared to some of the best pieces of literature though. I heavily disagree with his point about using the original sprites though. If I interpret Umineko's message somewhat correctly this approach qualifies just as much as reading "with love" as my attempts at decoding its symbolism does, because you're acknowledging the work and passion Ryukishi07 put into coming up with so many elaborate murder mysteries. I feel
  21. My guess is most readers fall somewhere in the middle between this and what I described above. I don't think we are very far apart on this actually and I admit I kind of failed to highlight the battle of wits aspect. It is definitely one of the things that make up a major part of the charm of the mystery genre. I'd still argue the fun in this kind of confrontation lies in the reader knowing the playing field and having a grasp on the basic rules and trying to figure out which "loophole" or which possibly tiny part of the puzzle the opponents are going to use to corner each other (I'm seriously
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