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Unread postby miszou » May 4th, 2007, 1:11 am

OK, first of all sorry for this topic, cause I'm sure these things have been said in other topics. But right now I won't be able to browse the fora much, sine I can only access the internet very shortly.

I just got to tokyo and browsed around akihabra, which of course have a lot of visual novels for sale :] Since I want to buy some more, my question in as follows:

Which Visual novel game do you recommend, is it translated/will it be translated and is there an 18+ edition, or only all ages?

I read about planetarium here, so I think I'll at least go fot that since I haven't go it. I saw an all ages version, is that the only version?

Sorry again for the trouble, and thanks a billion for the tips ^^ (ps if the game is not translated but it is really nice, plz also recommend ^^).
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Re: visual novel games to buy

Unread postby Ellume » May 4th, 2007, 2:36 am

miszou wrote:I read about planetarium here, so I think I'll at least go fot that since I haven't go it. I saw an all ages version, is that the only version?

Well I don't know much about visual novels still but I can help you with the one question. I wikipeded Planetarian and got some info on it:
Planetarian was first released on the Internet in 2004 by Key, a Japanese software studio whose previous works include Kanon and Air. Unlike those two games, Planetarian did not contain adult content, and was the second of Key's products to do this, the first being Clannad. It was later re-released on April 28, 2006 on CD-ROM with full voice acting for the female lead. A limited edition version was sold for pre-orders and early buyers; in it included a 243-page book of short stories set in the world of Planetarian and some included a bonus shitajiki, or pencil board. A PlayStation 2 port published by Prototype and a portable version of the game produced by SoftBank Mobile were released in 2006. The mobile version was used on FOMA cellular phones. A drama CD based on the "Snow Globe" short story from the promotional book was released at the end of 2006.

More info on the wikipedia page. Hope that helps. 8)
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Unread postby Ellume » May 4th, 2007, 4:02 am

I will also add that there is a completed English translation for Planetarian by Insani at there site. I believe this patch is only for the 'Retail Edition' and not the 'CD Edition'.
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Unread postby miszou » May 4th, 2007, 9:32 am

thanks :D I actually did a wiki search, but as you can see I mistyped the name XD thanks ^____^
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Unread postby Atvaark » June 1st, 2007, 4:09 am

For ps2: Cross Channel!

i really have to get this game...btw, can't find any OST for it, and i really want that ending song...any legal way to do it without hooking a tape recorder on my ps2?

here's the said song with the ending...
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Unread postby Message » June 1st, 2007, 7:38 am

I can't believe EVER 17 wasn't mentioned here..? Righstuf, Archonia (Europe), J-List, heck, even Amazon...
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Unread postby Atvaark » June 1st, 2007, 9:04 am

ho? care to give a little backstory of it? i'll probably be interested anyways...
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Unread postby Henduluin » June 1st, 2007, 9:30 am

Definitely Ever17. Seriously well written mystery drama. Just too bad the english translation was rushed, but oh well. It's still readable.

Summary taken from Archonia:

It is May 1, 2017, 12:51 p.m.

Seven people find themselves trapped without warning in the marine theme park LeMU, 167 feet underwater. Water, air and food are in short supply, and worse yet, a mysterious virus lurks deep in the ocean. The park is relentlessly assaulted by water pressure, and the protective bulkhead will collapse in the next 119 hours.

Time is limited for the people trapped in LeMU. Asthey fight to escape, the bonds between them grow stronger - bonds of friendship, and bonds of love. But time waits for no one, and your time is close to running out. With an ending that packs the ultimate surprises, what will happen to you? What will you gain when you finally discover the secret of LeMU? And what will you lose?

A great new interactive PC game that offers the ultimate in suspense, now available in English. In this unique love-sim, each of the female characters has a unique set of circumstances that develop through five scenarios that you, the player, try to unravel as one of the two protagonists. To solve the game's puzzle romance is essential, and more specifically, if you succeed in realizing romance with one of the other characters, you will move a step closer to solving one part of the game. Only after succeeding at completing all of the five complex game scenarios will a player be able to savor a sense of having succeeded at this unique story-based simulation game.

This game is called a "love story," but the goal of the player is not to find love with one of the female characters. The true objective is to attain an understanding of the entire scenario of the game and explore the possibilities with each character. How can you escape? Who will be sacrificed? The story develops based on the choices you make as you proceed through it. Your decisions dictate a unique story scenario for your character and the others who are trapped underwater with you. What will be your fate?


Best part is that the game teases you to hell and back by providing hints here and there but it never actually answers any questions until you unlock the true path and finish that. And even that messes with your mind more than once.

No sex in this one btw (well, aside from one not-so-subtle fanservice scene and one part where it's told but not actually shown)

Another good game I've had the pleasure of playing is Yume Miru Kusuri. An Eroge but it has a seriously good story. Scarily realistic too (well, ignoring the porn part anyway). Not exactly a happy story though, so you'd better avoid it if you're depressed. (Aeka's path especially is heavy stuff)
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Unread postby Atvaark » June 1st, 2007, 10:43 am

no pron? aww...well, means I'll be able to let my sister play it, good enough! and anyways, i don't think i've ever read an eroge with decent sex scenes...

hmm...looking up for sellers, but i can only find the ps2 version of it (ever 17). is that one also translated? it?s not mentioned anywhere...i usually prefer pc versions, but if the console is as good, then it's sold...
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Unread postby Henduluin » June 1st, 2007, 10:57 am

There is a console version of Ever17? o_O; I thought it was pc exclusive. Guess not. Anyhow, archonia should have the pc version.
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Unread postby Message » June 1st, 2007, 11:14 am

No, only the PC version is translated. And I really don't see how you could be having any trouble finding a reseller for EVER 17... I linked four of them in my previous post. O__o
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Unread postby soup » June 1st, 2007, 1:48 pm

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H-game, No english patch for it (Yet), but a very good love triangle game ^_^
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Unread postby Xavier » June 1st, 2007, 6:37 pm

Henduluin wrote:Another good game I've had the pleasure of playing is Yume Miru Kusuri. An Eroge but it has a seriously good story. Scarily realistic too (well, ignoring the porn part anyway). Not exactly a happy story though, so you'd better avoid it if you're depressed. (Aeka's path especially is heavy stuff)

I recommend it, too. Yume Miru Kusuri has a very good story, but it's a little bit depressing so stay clear of it if you don't want to cry. =p
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Unread postby Henduluin » June 1st, 2007, 6:42 pm

A little bit? I don't want to know what you think of as truly depressing then >.>
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Unread postby Xavier » June 1st, 2007, 6:48 pm

Henduluin wrote:A little bit? I don't want to know what you think of as truly depressing then >.>

I admit, the Aeka route was maddening, but not THAT depressing. The Nekoko route was funny and the Kirimiya route was just sexy. :lol:
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Unread postby Henduluin » June 1st, 2007, 7:16 pm

Meh, maybe it's because I'm a victim of bullying myself, but Aeka's path gave me nightmares. In fact, after a while the music alone was enough to make my stomach twist and turn. It's a good thing Aeka is so damn cute or I would never have made it through the story >.>
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Unread postby Mkilbride » June 1st, 2007, 10:16 pm

Planetarian...or so, I only played the trial, and it lasted an hour, but from what I read, it was interesting. It's old too, and a translation patch was released.


Just google it for more information.
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Unread postby Xavier » June 1st, 2007, 11:49 pm

Henduluin wrote:Meh, maybe it's because I'm a victim of bullying myself, but Aeka's path gave me nightmares. In fact, after a while the music alone was enough to make my stomach twist and turn. It's a good thing Aeka is so damn cute or I would never have made it through the story >.>

Been bullied for 9 years of my life and I only got out of the situation by going to a different country. :wink:

Yeah, the cuteness factor certainly helped. I can't stand some of the scenes so what I did was just skipped the ones that were too painful.
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Unread postby Atvaark » June 2nd, 2007, 1:36 am

woah, indeed you did...i was so out of it yesterday that i didn't even noticed they were links. i just though they were highlighted words from my Firefox English corrector...
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Unread postby Message » June 2nd, 2007, 5:52 am

Mkilbride wrote:It's old too..

Uhm... Yeah, if you think 2004 is a very long time ago. :roll:
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