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Everything posted by OdaNova

  1. What are you playing?

    Just started up Koihime Musou, which I picked up with the Easter Egg code sale on Mangagamer. A 'timeslip' sends the protagonist into the Three Kingdoms era where all the famous generals are now women. Whey! I like it so far, only two minor issues; I'm not sure I fully understand the battle system, the tutorial was fairly sparse about it. Am I supposed to go defensive when the enemy uses an attacking formation and vice versa? It's what I've been doing in any case, but I might be misunderstanding some finer point to the system? I'm not that far in yet though; but I'm looking forward to continuing with it, it's enjoyable all the same.
  2. What are you playing?

    Finished Chuuostu! First Graduation Time after Time today;
  3. What are you playing?

    Ah, that's a shame. I'll just make do with the PC copy for now.
  4. What are you playing?

    I just finished up two of the Fruitbat giveaway VN's; Magical Eyes - Red is for Anguish. I liked it, but it felt unfinished and undercooked. Miniature Garden Started off okay, but faltered big time as it went along. Felt like they tried to be too clever and couldn't pull the story together in the end. I also didn't really like the translation, or perhaps it was just the dialogue full stop. On the bright side, at least it was a short one. Not sure which order I'll read the other three titles they gave away; I'm probably going to go The Graduation - > SeaBed -> Enigma.
  5. What are you playing?

    I'm playing Magical Eyes - Red is for Anguish. Bit of a wonky start, and I think the translation/writing is over-done at times, but it's enjoyable thus far. Is it bad translation if a scene is like: "Exposition/description that makes sense followed by stupidly obvious 'in other words'; 'summing up of exactly what was just said'" ? Surely, good writing would make sense in the first description and wouldn't feel the need to treat the reader like an idiot with a follow up tl:dr. Well, whatever the case I quite like it, I'm at the part where the two kids were introduced and they were brilliant characters thus far.
  6. Winter Sale Recommendations

    If you only get one, get Fata Morgana. Tokyo Babel felt like it was suffering an identity crisis, the way it flip-flopped from comedy to serious fantasy at times. It just didn't work for me.
  7. Are they really over 18?

    I always thought it was in that grey area anyway depending on where you are for age of consent. Like, for example, even if it was just 'high school' (or college for the UK, ergo ages 15-19), in the UK the age of consent is 16, so characters being around that age getting into relationships and sexual exploration isn't exactly that far-fetched, and I don't think it is something as horrific as some cultures make it out to be. Then again, I don't really like reading stuff where some of the romancable characters are clearly at the age of 10-13 or younger, and no, the whole 'it's a vampire, they're 2,000 years old' thing doesn't work if after 2,000 years they still act emotionally and otherwise like an 11 year old.
  8. What are you playing?

    I'm reading The House in Fata Morgana and I think it's been excellent so far. The music has been superb as well. I'm at, chapter five, where we're starting to get some answers. I'm not doing a very good job predicting how the plot is going though... I've come close at times but the plot twists always seem to one-up my guesses. Anyway, it's great, I can't put it down at the moment.
  9. What are you playing?

    The next VN I'm hoping to start is the House in Fata Morgana, though, I might prioritise Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma first so I can finish that trilogy -it has been a bit of an up and down journey so far with that series, but I'm glad I've given it a go. I just got (rudely) reminded of an old VN. Got a notification on Steam about Notch: The Innocent Luna Eclipsed Sinners (bit of a mouthful), was pretty fun to see someone leaving an xenophobic comment on my review because it was negative. Gentle reminder to turn off comments on reviews in future I suppose.
  10. What are you playing?

    I have that on my wishlist as I stumbled upon it. Do you recommend it?
  11. What are you playing?

    I'm still on this, hitting almost 25-30 hours now and it is getting exhausting. I like the concept but jumping around the different routes to unlock them gets tiring, especially as there are only so many different ways you can explain something I already know before it gets boring. (Text skip doesn't work in every instance of repeated explanations unfortunately.) I'm on the supposed final route now, and that means I've done 8 routes just to get to this point.
  12. What are you playing?

    Just got round to starting Virtue's Last Reward. I finished 999 last month. Early days yet but VLR looks pretty interesting, similar games different concept. I've finished one route so far, guess I have 8 more to go.
  13. Visual Novel Steam Sales Declining?

    Yep. I buy the all ages version of visual novels on Steam if it is available there, but otherwise if it is an 18+ title, I'll grab it elsewhere unless the free patch is also available. Can never quite tell what they're going to permit or ban. I thought it was great when they let Kara no Shoujo onto the store, but apparently they haven't approved KnS2?
  14. Where to find old Visual Novels (1990s)

    The more you know!
  15. Where to find old Visual Novels (1990s)

    I knew of the JAST Archive, but didn't know about Asenheim. Thank you for the link.
  16. I have a spreadsheet that I use for tracking completed games, which started back in 2016 because my missus was ribbing me about not finishing games... And I just kept tracking it. I throw in completed visual novels on that as well, since I consider them a form of gaming anyway. Recently, I did add another sheet or two to track visual novels with an official English release, mostly pinching from the very helpful thread about it on here. I put down whether they have an English release, or if a translation is in the works. Whether it is 18+ or all ages, and if it is both, which is the original version if applicable. Oh, and finally I put which store it is available on. I tend to go for AA versions on Steam and grab 18+ versions from Mangagamer or wherever since I never know if Steam will throw the ban hammer at it or not...
  17. What are you playing?

    I finished it! I liked it, they sure did their research on pseudoscience... That ending was a bit hmm though.
  18. What are you playing?

    I'm just finishing up the True route for Zero Escape: The Nonary Games (999). I agree with one of the characters though, if you throw all the scientific terms at me I'll just go cross-eyed... I get that the theme of the story encourages the multi-playthrough, but I was getting a bit tired of going through the game again and again. Now I'm on the final true route though and it's getting spicy again so I think it's been worth it so far. Really looking forward to seeing the conclusion, but it'll have to be tomorrow as I'm bushed.
  19. What are you playing?

    A shame. I will try to give it a fair shot though.
  20. What are you playing?

    Just finished reading Danganronpa and the sequel Goodbye Despair. Kind of preferred the first one over the sequel though. The original game kept things moving along nicely and the mystery of the school etc was pretty neat, even if there were some super annoying characters (Hiro, Toko and Hifumi in particular). I really liked Kyoko and Byakuya for moving things along because Makoto and the rest of the cast were a bit dense for so called 'ultimates'. The sequel for me kind of went overboard with everything. I didn't like many of the cast (Chiaki was ace though), some characters went even more OTT and the constant fourth-wall breaking got on my nerves. It felt like, the first was a game but the second was just being silly and just going wild for the heck of it. The mystery felt sidelined until the finale since no one was driving the investigation so much. Really disappointed with the sequel, but, it has left me split because the first half was so bad, but the last two/three cases were pretty neat in their own way and had me wanting more... Yet, I don't want to suffer the annoyances of the characters to get through to the interesting bits... I don't know. Well, that's me anyway.