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  1. I started out with Heartache 101 https://rpgmaker.net/games/3229/ it's a free-ware RPG maker dating sim. Doesn't have any voice-acting or CGs, but has an addicting gameplay loop. The scenes and conversations with the characters always felt rewarding since you could miss characters completely if you didn't trigger certain flags or have the right stats. I've been through the game a dozen times by now, and there's still some interesting scenes to be seen. It also helps that you can read through all the character lines and choices in the game's install folder in case you miss anythi
  2. I finished Virtue's Last Reward last night, and haven't stopped thinking about it since. I picked up the Zero Escape Nonary Games last steam sale, and powered my way through 999. It's funny since I immediately went into reading ever17 after learning that Uchikoshi was involved instead of jumping straight into VLR. Few weeks later, I ended up diving right into VLR. Ever17 left me craving some massive spoiler plot-twist style games, and VLR didn't disappoint in that regard. The soundtrack especially left a good impression on me. Same level of atmospheric sounding as 999. Couple of t
  3. I finished ever17 yesterday and was blown away. I went in knowing next to nothing, with only a vague understanding that the final route basically made the game. Base game routes were solid. I ended up enjoying Tsugumi's the most out of everyone. She just clicked. I really enjoyed the art and soundtrack. The art felt crude at times, but hard a charm to it. The music had the early 2000s vibe and felt ahead of its time for the serious tracks. Well done atmosphere overall. Reading through the first three days of each route took me some time and energy, but everything past that had me ne
  4. I mentioned in the What are you playing? thread, but I'm rereading Grisaia. almost finished with the common route, and I'm eager to start reading through each girl's route a second time. I'm enjoying the story all over again
  5. I finished Eden* last week, and man was that a trip. Despite the length, the time spent with Sion felt genuine and precious. What stood out to me was how expressive everyone was. Even if it was basic, just having animation for the characters saying their lines made them feel more alive. I remember specifically Elica and Sion having scenes where it would show them from different perspectives, not something I've seen that often. I swear it's the music that makes these kind of games get to you. I enjoyed the soundtrack, and would get misty eyed with a couple songs in particular. This track
  6. I'm a sucker for anyone that's a kuudere, and more often than not start off with their route . If there aren't any kuuderes, then it's whoever I end up liking the most by the end of the common route. In most cases, I brush up beforehand to get an idea of what I'm getting into. This includes things such as looking at the character list in vndb, or skimming over reviews to get an idea of route quality. I've followed route guides before, and I'll say that starting with a less interesting route does leave a sour taste in my mouth. that's just my matter of preference though
  7. I know exactly what you mean by not knowing what to read. I'm still the same way, and tend to drag my feet when searching for a new story to read. I've learned that it doesn't really matter what you read as long as what you find interests you, even if it's just a very slight interest. What works for me is sorting by rating on vndb, and I always search under the theme of romance since I'm drawn to those types of stories. It's not bad to peek at the characters to get a general idea of who you might enjoy, like if you want to know who's a kuudere. The rating isn't an end all conclusio
  8. Chronoclock was actually my first true visual novel I read, and it's safe to say that it was a good choice on my end. I really liked most of the cast, minus D.D lol It's moege that has an interesting enough premise to keep playing. Grisaia is pretty good, it just takes forever to get through the common route. It also has such a massive shift in tone and only a couple of choices that matter. I can't blame anyone for not wanting to play it all the way through because of that. Right now I'm getting into Planetarian. I'm not that far in, but the setting has me interested since it's somethin
  9. I find it difficult to get all emotional and worked up over a visual novel without investing a lot of time into it, and I'm not the type of person to just break out in tears over something sad. granted I haven't read any of the higher rated shorter / kinetic novels such as Planetarian or Eden*, but I will eventually. I recommend: Grisaia no Kajitsu - This was my first true visual novel, and if it doesn't make you shed tears of happiness or sadness, then expect to shed tears of despair during certain routes. Subarashiki Hibi - I just finished it this month, and man was it a tr
  10. glad to see I'm not the only Michiru lover here, haha. her and the rest of the cast were the deciding factor for me wanting to read more visual novels. the unseen depth that gets revealed through their routes that offers a new perspective of them and explains their actions during the common route was brilliant; it makes me want to find more experiences like this one.
  11. thanks everyone! haha~ I have my eye on Steins;Gate. I'm thinkin about savin it for when I hit that "only want a serious vn" phase. I know for sure that it's definitely worth reading from all the praise I've seen about it
  12. I thought about just staying a guest and lurking through some topics every now and then, but I really like the atmosphere of this place... everyone's nice and chill... I think I named myself dwaif a long time ago. I'm a pretty old user from the blockland forums (the only other forums I use nowadays), if you don't know what that is... well... it's like playing with legos on the internet. I found this website completely by chance. I'm really new to visual novels, and I'm sorta picky... I went through dozens of reddit recommendations and wound up reading through recommendations her
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