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7 hours ago, Stormwolf said:

Reading ever17.

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Cant say its all that gripping. Setting is fine, but the characters? Not so much. They're pointlessly secretive, generally passive and every character is annoying different ways, and some character revelations are pretty nonsensical. So much so that i cant take it seriously. Virus granting immortality? Please... The coco virus is better though, but its enough with 1 disease in such a story.

 

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I agree. The story and the characters in Ever 17 aren't that great. What saves this game, however, is how it presents the overall mystery and the true route. I'd say, there are two ways to enjoy this story the most: you either try to solve the mystery yourself (it's possible, but you need to pay very close attention to detail), or just force yourself to read through the side routes to be mindblown after you finish the true route.

 

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30 minutes ago, Dreamysyu said:
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I agree. The story and the characters in Ever 17 aren't that great. What saves this game, however, is how it presents the overall mystery and the true route. I'd say, there are two ways to enjoy this story the most: you either try to solve the mystery yourself (it's possible, but you need to pay very close attention to detail), or just force yourself to read through the side routes to be mindblown after you finish the true route.

 

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Its likely vague enough that its impossible to figure out as you'll likely discard the hints as you go because they don't mean anything to you at that time.

 

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21 minutes ago, Stormwolf said:
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Its likely vague enough that its impossible to figure out as you'll likely discard the hints as you go because they don't mean anything to you at that time.

 

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Nope, it really is possible. I myself got quite a lot of things right, though, admittedly, I spoiled a certain moment from later in the game, which didn't really reveal anything concrete, but helped me a lot to place everything together. @Thyndd also got many things right, and he didn't know that spoiler.

I'd say, there is a certain "main twist" which is pretty much impossible to get if you never read over stories with the same twist. Every other twist is actually hinted a lot, you just need to notice these hints.

 

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I just finished Serika's route in ToHeart PSE.
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Shy ojousama, leader of occult club, which, apart from her, consists of ghost members only*  

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*literally ghost members :D

She's cute, and route was pretty nice, but it has one major drawback execution-wise - it's almost completely unvoiced!. It has some in-story justification - Serika is very shy and quiet, and most of the time she whispers, so we get to know her lines as 'reported' by MC - but it still seems like lazy move from devs. OTOH - first version was unvoiced, so if they wrote it like that from the beginning I kind of understand it - it wouldn't be feasible to rewrite whole story just to give more work to VA ;)

Nevertheless I enjoyed this route very much, and it ended nicely.

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Scenes with Serika patting Hiroyuki's head were very heartwarming. Pool date was nice too.

 

So, 3 routes completed, 7 more to go :D

Next one is Tomoko:
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Kansai-ben speaking tsundere in glasses, voiced by Aya Hisakawa. Wonder how will it turn out...

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3 hours ago, Dreamysyu said:
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Nope, it really is possible. I myself got quite a lot of things right, though, admittedly, I spoiled a certain moment from later in the game, which didn't really reveal anything concrete, but helped me a lot to place everything together. @Thyndd also got many things right, and he didn't know that spoiler.

I'd say, there is a certain "main twist" which is pretty much impossible to get if you never read over stories with the same twist. Every other twist is actually hinted a lot, you just need to notice these hints.

 

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Well, its likely something about time travel or alternate dimensions. Anyway, sometimes its best not to think too hard about it and let the plot twist hit you full force! Anyway, i do wonder how this vn will correct itself. So far the mc has made promises with 2 girls the moment he dies. And that was good endings. Either they'll run some multiple worlds stuff or some of these promises becomes entirely unfulfilled, which makes the routes utterly pointless and unsatisfactory. I must say i'm a bit reluctant to read the last two, as the vn has already told me how the regular routes end. Well, i'm still braving on to see what lies in store. True ending better make up for these bad endings disguised as good endings.

 

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Decided to start playing If My Heart Had Wings because I guess I was looking for something light and fluffy before I restart a lot of the drama heavy vns I'd like to get through

I'm a few hours in and it seems fine so far and the girls that I've encountered so far seem pretty decent

 

I actually kinda like the protag and he actually seems like he has some issues to deal with and has the potential for growth which is sadly lacking in quite a few vns

Hopefully I won't want to toss him into a spinning propeller half way through the vn

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8 hours ago, Ranzo said:

Decided to start playing If My Heart Had Wings because I guess I was looking for something light and fluffy before I restart a lot of the drama heavy vns I'd like to get through

I'm a few hours in and it seems fine so far and the girls that I've encountered so far seem pretty decent

 

I actually kinda like the protag and he actually seems like he has some issues to deal with and has the potential for growth which is sadly lacking in quite a few vns

Hopefully I won't want to toss him into a spinning propeller half way through the vn

I want to throw most mc's into a propeller regardless. Either they're just written as terrible as they are, or they have some idiotic issues as a "reason" for them to act like a cookie cutter shitty protagonist. In the end, they're mostly all the same, "good" reasons or not. 

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Just finished Meikyuu...

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I just wanted to say that the first Asako/JB H scene was truly spectacular, genuinely hilarious to the point of weeping eyes in places. But the ending is such a cliff hanger, almost like they cut a sequel in half. I'll move onto Rakuen next... ignore all previous plans I need to know what happens!

 

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For a long time now I'm watching regularly a playthrough of Shining Song Starnova. It's now on fifth route, which happens to be Nemu's and by this point I'm like 80% sick of this game. All the backstories and drama around the girls are just so over-the-top disgusting - they manages to be both cartoonishly exaggerated and genuinely disturbing to the point of being off-putting (I'd be pretty happy with literal shit-eating being exclusive to the clock-up games I read). Even in these small doses I find it occasionally hard to swallow and unlike a genuine utsuge, I don't think there's any real message or value within it (at least apart from compiling every horror story from the anime industry and then making all of them ten times more extreme). It's well-produced, has a lot of content and quite a lot of personality, but the longer I read it, the more I don't know what to think about it... :vinty:

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1 minute ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

For a long time now I'm watching regularly a playthrough of Shining Song Starnova. It's now on fifth route, which happens to be Nemu's and by this point I'm like 80% sick of this game. All the backstories and drama around the girls are just so over-the-top disgusting - they manages to be both cartoonishly exaggerated and genuinely disturbing to the point of being off-putting (I'd be pretty happy with literal shit-eating being exclusive to the clock-up games I read). Even in these small doses I find it occasionally hard to swallow and unlike a genuine utsuge, I don't think there's any real message or value within it (at least apart from compiling every horror story from the anime industry and then making allof them ten times more extreme). It's well-produced, has a lot of content and quite a lot of personality, but the longer I read it, the more I don't know what to think about it... :vinty:

I liked it a lot. There's a lot of "Idols r dark"  drama going on, but that's most definitely not the part I pay attention to or care about. I prefer to focus on everyone's interactions and coming together to have friendship win it all or some such.

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4 minutes ago, Mr Poltroon said:

I liked it a lot. There's a lot of "Idols r dark"  drama going on, but that's most definitely not the part I pay attention to or care about. I prefer to focus on everyone's interactions and coming together to have friendship win it all or some such.

Yeah, I'd say the casual parts are very well done and girls' personities really shine in their routes. But at some point the kitsch cartoon villains and the over-the-top nastiness of the drama take their toll on me... 

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After finishing Hello Goodbye, I have been reading EF. I did start over on chapter 1 ,because I got busy with other vns at the time. I like it so far. I'm on chapter 3 now. The ost and artstyle is beautiful. So far I rated it a 9, I might rate it a 10 ,since I heard it gets even better. 

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Already finished with Paulette's route from Maitetsu, so I think I'll continuing Hitotsuba for now (Might as well take Mimari's route first seeing that apparently there's a bug that you can unlock her first sex scenes after you finished Hikari's route).

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I just finished another route in ToHeart. This time it was Tomoko.
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It was very good route - clearly the best of the four I've read so far. At the beginning, Tomoko isn't even tsundere, she's genuine Ice Queen ;) However once she's defrosted, she turns into really nice girl, that has some classic tsundere traits. That progress, and ending make the route really satisfying.

Also, even though it's all-ages release, her route has some pretty nice CGs (WARNING - SPOILERS!)

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4 completed, 6 more to go. :)

Next one is Lemmy (レミィ)
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I liked her in common route, let's see how will her own route do.

 

 

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Freakily Charming recently put out another game that I feel truly lives up to the brand name.
Whilst Hitomebore was a very sweet tale of dealing with 'different', and the other title has its own appeal and fanbase, Butterfly Affection, the newest title, deals with the truly creepy. It's not long at all, and takes less than an hour, so I do recommend you give it a try if you're interested in cohabitating with a Gothic horror.

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11 minutes ago, Mr Poltroon said:

Freakily Charming recently put out another game that I feel truly lives up to the brand name.
Whilst Hitomebore was a very sweet tale of dealing with 'different', and the other title has its own appeal and fanbase, Butterfly Affection, the newest title, deals with the truly creepy. It's not long at all, and takes less than an hour, so I do recommend you give it a try if you're interested in cohabitating with a Gothic horror.

Do you have a convenient download link for it anywhere? I had trouble finding one.

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