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starfighter9 last won the day on October 13 2012

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  1. Rewrite has a series of segments called 'Mappie' that involve you scrolling around on a small area of the screen to select objects of interest on a map of the surrounding area, this is part of the game which contains both story objectives and hidden extra fun stuff although there is no gameplay beyond searching for the hidden popups and clicking on them to see story scenes. The fandisc Harvest Festa does have a segment called Rewrite Quest which is probably what you saw being referenced (dungeons and floor bosses).
  2. So, i finally finished Rewrite. Common 8.5/10, Kotarou is an epic troll although the comedy gets irritating after a while. It wfelt like Muv-Luv Extra at some points but on the whole was a good, solid common route, built characterisation and whatever pretty well. Kotori 8.5/10, a good introduction route, good plot and Kotori is kawaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Ending possibly objectionable to some but i found it ok. Chihaya 7.5/10, decent shonen stuff but nothing really stood out though. On the other hand, Shizuru 9/10, dat ending and the song. Lucia 7/10, starts off very well but a pity i didn't like the ending. Akane 8.5/10, once again possibly objectionable ending but i liked it. Moon 9/10, excellent job of building up to the finale and full of awesomeness. Terra 9.9/10, very well written, epic finale to sum everything up. However, the ending might be very disliked by some. Oppai 10/10, BEST FINAL ENDING EVER On the whole i can say it was quite different from what i was expecting, it's a departure from Key's nakige in that it focuses on storytelling rather than trying to make you cry. Nevertheless i liked it very much, and i would rate it as slightly better than LB as the separate character routes have better writing on the whole. Also, in many places i could see very clearly how others would possibly dislike it, overall i would say enjoying this is very dependent on being able to appreciate the flaws in the story, the very shonen-y action parts and especially the endings. Finishing this has bumped up Cross Channel on my to-play list, i'm now much more interested in Tanaka Romeo's writing. Also,
  3. Total Eclipse is a spinoff of the Alternative story but nowhere near as good. Symphonic Rain is also one of my favourite VNs, but i dont think all adaptations are bad - i saw Steins;Gate and thought it was not bad, and from ratings i see people also thnk Clannad anime is good. I also wonder how a Katawa Shoujo anime would go (0% chance of this happening), although it would probably have to be a h-anime since some routes fall apart if you remove the h-scenes. Bonus entertainment points since 4chan is sure to throw a massive fit.
  4. The Muv-Luv trilogy would be one heck of an awesome anime series imo (although i wouldn't get my hopes too high because Total Eclipse was crappy). Pretty linear storyline lends itself very well to adaptation, and the Muv-Luv Extra side routes can probably be ignored anyway. Symphonic Rain also definitely deserves one, although it will probably never happen due to lack of publicity It might be a bit difficult to deal with the rhythm game portion though.
  5. I guess i'm a bad boy then :lol:/> because there's no way i'm dropping Rewrite halfway, not after seeing Kotori ending. The irony of this though is that i dropped Katahane for Rewrite without even thinking. Btw is it just me or do you guys also get random long lags? Sometimes i'm happily reading then the game freezes up for a minute and continues on after that like nothing happened. I didn't open a thread in support forum because i think its too minor to warrant one, the game runs fine in all other respects.
  6. Yeah i know i need to play Clannad, but the main thing putting me off is length. I went into last year's year-end exam period with Little Busters! halfway through and it didn't do wonders for my grades. I have it queued up for midyear holidays. Btw how's the translation quality, part of the reason i've been putting it off is that i heard some parts are very unpolished and i was thinking maybe i should camp for doki to fully finish it. Then again people also said Steins;Gate was unfinished but i played through it and found no problems, in fact i have it as my 2nd highest rated right now. Still no news on Rewrite CG library? Or is it another MLA style VN with no library and i have to go look through everything and screenshot it.
  7. I have only played Little Busters!, Planetarian and Kotori route of Rewrite so far so i can't really offer much comparison. What i can say from my experience is that Rewrite's common route is basically a Muv-Luv extra with its ridiculousness and i did think of dropping it a few times, although i probably would have stuck around because Kotori is soooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuute, I wanted to hug my screen so many times. LB common route is full of jokes but it's at a very manageable level, there is a proper spacing of silly and serious so it doesn't become irritating whereas Rewrite is just joke after joke after joke until it gets old. Can't compare endings because i'm still pretty far from Rewrite's end. BTW LB:EX isn't fully translated yet (i'm not sure if there even is a partial patch) so try it only if you feel confident in your japanese. Planetarian might be a good start since its a short VN (about 3-4 hours?) and its basically the Key nakige formula rolled into a small bite-sized package. You could give it a try and see if you like their style.
  8. I would recommend Kotori first, her route seems set up to be kind of an introduction, and others have also said the same. I haven't played other routes yet though so i can't say for sure. But then again i guess all orders work anyway since the real destination is moon/terra. Anyway as far as Rewrite is concerned i must say i dislike the common route. Too much random comedy, too much silliness. It's like Muv-Luv all over again except Kotarou is also doing some trolling of his own rather than being a passive idiot. I only stuck with it because i have faith Key will deliver epic at the end, it would not be a stretch to say that i would likely have dropped it if this was my first Key VN. As far as the characters go i guess i'm ok with them so far except for chihaya. This is just me but i can never associate the name 'chihaya' with 'clumsy tsundere airhead'. Kotori and Shizuru are dangerous for heart health though, with that level of cuteness.
  9. So... As per the topic, Rewrite Discussion! I've played up to the middle of Kotori's route, and it's looking ok so far. I wouldn't call it great, but then Key isn't exactly known for making supremely awesome character routes so i can forgive anything if Moon and Terra are as good as promised. Meanwhile i'm actually quite disappointed with the common route, while i know to expect slice-of-life comedy this does go a bit over the top sometimes with the back-to-back comedy scenes and slapstick everywhere. Kotarou is an awesome protagonist with his epic trolling right off the bat though unlike say Riki who's actually kind of pathetic and just sits around at first. My intended route order from what i've seen is Kotori->Chihaya->Shizuru->Lucia->Akane. Also, does anyone know how to access Rewrite's CG library? I spent like half an hour derping around trying to find it to no avail in order to get the title screen as my desktop minus the menu bar. In the end i had to settle for taking a quick screenshot at game start just before the buttons pop up, but it would still be nice to know.
  10. I find that what really makes me like a song is not the song itself, but rather the feelings and memories associated with the song. For example, even the grandest of orchestral concertos have nothing on Innocence (from Katawa Shoujo) because of the epic scenes it evokes. At this point in time i look at my iPod and realise pretty much half my whole library of songs on it come from VNs because of this. Its hard to pick favourites but here are the ones i really like: *WARNING* Some of the videos, even if they are but picture backgrounds, may contain major plot spoilers - you may just want to listen to the audio and not look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y6DNQdlxNo, Katawa Shoujo KS is full of beautiful songs. Nothing like chilling in the school library with the KS soundtrack playing. Songs of Distant Earth, Muv-Luv Unlimited I didn't really like the 'Muv-Luv' song (Alternative's ending) so this is basically the 'Muv-Luv series theme song' to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ywI2bSscl8, Symphonic Rain A very aptly named song, and an extremely beautiful way to end off one of my favourite visual novels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLLrDE69UW4, Symphonic Rain It's a beautiful song, even though it's associated ending is likely to cause you to destroy something out of rage and grief. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIleIBSm_zc, Tsukihime Poor song, doesn't even have a proper name. Despite its simplicity, it's really beautiful the way its used in-game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHIJz0Op6sc, Ever17 I'm one of those who prefer the newer version over the original. Saya no Uta Beautiful song to end a... not-sure-if-beautiful game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EmhlYh-bLU, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S4HvWRrsQU, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly5NiKQqJvc, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prOdAOZ6jWA, Little Busters! LB! has one of the nicest collection of ending songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Nbj4UUzoas, Narcissu Side 2nd A song that perfectly captures the sadness and despair of the whole VN. Unmei no Farfalla, Steins;Gate A really epic ending song. This is quite possibly my 2nd favourite song ever, i always have this urge to sing along, especially at the chorus. At the end of it all though i think you will have to play a VN to the finish to fully appreciate its music. It just isn't the same, listening to a song and just hearing the song, and listening to a song while recalling all the feelings. This is why i love VNs.
  11. From what i have played, all these fit the bill to some extent: Lise, Symphonic Rain Nishinozo Mio, Little Busters! Aoi Isuzu, Hoshizora no Memoria In a slightly related matter as well, i loved Katawa Shoujo too, and Hanako was my favourite.
  12. As far as visual novels are concerned, Symphonic Rain seems to be somewhat underrated in terms of popularity. It rarely gets recommended despite being top-tier utsuge (in my opinion, but then the votes on egs and vndb are also in agreement). Heck, it isn't even on fuwanovel. In terms of other games, the X series by Egosoft is my favourite sandbox game, ive probably sunk over a thousand hours into it already. Paradox Interactive's grand strategy games (Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Victoria, Hearts of Iron) is also quite obscure but is addictive once you get the hang of it.
  13. EX is not a patch, it's a full re-release of the game entirely separate from the original. Details can be found here: http://tlwiki.org/index.php?title=Little_Busters! http://doki.co/visual-novels/little-busters/ http://vntls.tindabox.net/project/little-busters From what i can tell there is no way to get translated EX/ME content, since they have not released any EX route patches (Sasami is supposedly fully translated though) and the uploaded EX/ME patches simply force a skip of all untranslated scenes (i.e. everything extra in EX/ME). This naturally causes bugs and whatever so at this point in time you're better off just playing the original version. If you want to wait for EX/ME release, i's probably going to be at least half a year from now at current pace so i suggest you play the normal game anyway (I just finished LB last month). Also from what i have seen the new routes all require you to finish the Refrain final route anyway and the rest of the extra content that matters is all character route epilogues that you can just fire up a save to see.
  14. In between exams and Symphonic Rain i haven't had any time to come on the forums, and i finally pop back in after finishing Symphonic Rain. It's awesome, and i would definitely recommend it to everyone although unfortunately its not on the Fuwanovel site. I'm deciding what to play next, and what catches my eye are Sharin no Kuni, Katahane and Sekien no Inganock.
  15. Hello and welcome! Your vnengine looks good, especially as i just upgraded to a HTC phone recently. I have nothing to anti-recommend since everything i've finished so far is decent at least. My least favourite of all is Mirai no Kimi to, Subete no Uta ni (not that it's bad but it's just meh whatever) but i don't think non-vocaloid fans would play it anyway. As far as horror VNs are concerned, Saya no Uta and Tsukihime are probably the most famous. If you have a DS (well actually if you have a decent computer you can emulate DS perfectly well with the desmume emulator), 999: 9 hours 9 persons 9 doors is a puzzle game VN with horror elements too. I just threw out the horror ones i have played, not sure about your played-list.
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