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« on: August 24, 2014, 08:46:48 pm »
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Anyone else into these? I'm still a n00b, having only read three, but I'm sure that number's going to increase in the future.


I just finished reading Kara no Shoujo for the first time... damn, that was powerful. Since I followed the walkthrough at tlwiki, I didn't get to the true ending yet, so some questions were left unanswered, but despite that, wow. It's probably the most twisted thing I've ever read.
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2014, 09:48:05 pm »
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I have played a lot of them.  Ghost Trick is my favorite (though it leans on the adventure side of things).  In spite of the genre's reputation, there is a little bit of something for everyone out there.  There's just also a lot of creepy stuff.  Other easy recommendations are Ace Attorney and 999/VLR.

The most recent VN I played was Tsukihime, which is a vampire story (yawn these days, I know) but it has a nicely done atmosphere.  (There are adult scenes in it, fair warning.  Though that applies to a hefty percentage of VNs so it's almost pointless to mention)

I'd say the most disturbing VN I ever played was Saya no Uta.  I didn't actually finish it, though I Googled the rest of the story.  You should not play that one if you have a weak stomach.  In fact, I wouldn't even look it up since there's some terrifying imagery in there.
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 05:24:48 am »
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The only VN I've played is Dangan Ronpa, but I liked it a lot.

The premise is essentially a darker version of Ace Attorney, lots of fun characters...that may die at any point.
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2014, 05:46:53 am »
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I have only played 3 visual novels. Umineko no Naku Koro ni is my favorite one. It also involves lots of fun characters...that may die at any point...multiple times.

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2014, 07:11:38 am »
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I'd say the most disturbing VN I ever played was Saya no Uta.  I didn't actually finish it, though I Googled the rest of the story.  You should not play that one if you have a weak stomach.  In fact, I wouldn't even look it up since there's some terrifying imagery in there.
That's my favorite so far. As disturbing as it is, it's also incredibly cute and wonderful at the same time, and I guess a part of what made it easier for me to read than Kara no Shoujo is that the deranged scenes are spread out over the length of the entire VN and then you get used to it, as opposed to being concentrated in a dozen of extremely brutal murder scenes.

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2014, 07:25:57 am »
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I played a bunch of DS Games like Ghost Trick and the Phoenix Wright series. Ghost Trick is great, I still think about it from time to time.

I did one playthrough of 9 people, 9 doors (think it's called something like that), but found it too annoying to play it again and look for the good ending.
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2014, 06:41:20 pm »
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Ace Attorney is quite awesome, I must admit.
I am not interested in most other games of the genre.
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2014, 07:58:40 pm »
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Ace Attorney is quite awesome, I must admit.
I am not interested in most other games of the genre.

I was once like you, my friend. So know that I speak with the voice of experience.

If you liked Ace Attorney, you will love Ghost Trick. Written by the same guy and available on DS and iOS. Great characters, fantastic plot, and a terrific soundtrack.
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014, 08:53:44 pm »
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If any of you have a PS Vita and don't yet have Danganronpa, it's on sale today for $20. Highly recommended!
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 09:03:50 pm »
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If any of you have a PS Vita and don't yet have Danganronpa, it's on sale today for $20. Highly recommended!
Some of us seems to have a PS Vita and don't yet have Dangaronpa then, because it is on sale today for $20.

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Re: Visual novels
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2014, 09:18:08 pm »
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I have Danganronpa, but have not played it yet.  It's in my mountainous backlog.
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2014, 09:47:20 pm »
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If any of you have a PS Vita and don't yet have Danganronpa, it's on sale today for $20. Highly recommended!
Some of us seems to have a PS Vita and don't yet have Dangaronpa then, because it is on sale today for $20.

Once I see that it is no longer $20, I will know this situation has been rectified. So get to it!

I have Danganronpa, but have not played it yet.  It's in my mountainous backlog.

I was in that situation only a month or two ago. I strongly encourage you to prioritize it. Same developers that made 999 and VLR and a really good game. The mechanics are not great, but everything else (characters, story, music, etc.) more than makes up for it.

EDIT: Also, the sequel comes out on September 2nd, for what that's worth. I eagerly await it. Also also, the last DLC chapter for Muramasa Rebirth comes out that day, but I guess this isn't the right thread for that.
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2014, 10:08:45 pm »
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Ah, too bad I don't have a PS Vita. I played a translated version of the first Dangan Ronpa on PSP, but it looks like they stopped working on the translation for the PSP version of Dangan Ronpa 2 because of the official English release.
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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2014, 07:36:16 pm »
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Nuts. I bought a physical copy because it was cheaper than in the online store. Just barely into the first chapter now. Also, I was playing VLR on my 3DS but somehow the save got corrupted :S and I'm hoping it's just the save, and not the whole game.
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Re: Visual novels
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2014, 06:23:32 am »
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Bought Hatoful Boyfriend on Steam to have something to do today. I'll report back later with my thoughts. I havn't really played many visual novels before. Ace Attourney series are the only ones that I can think of right now.
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Re: Visual novels
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2014, 11:56:06 am »
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Bought Hafotul Boyfriend on Steam to have something to do today. I'll report back later with my thoughts. I havn't really played many visual novels before. Ace Attourney series are the only ones that I can think of right now.

I just learned of this yesterday, it looks hilarious!
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« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2014, 01:29:52 pm »
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Bought Hafotul Boyfriend on Steam to have something to do today. I'll report back later with my thoughts. I havn't really played many visual novels before. Ace Attourney series are the only ones that I can think of right now.

I just learned of this yesterday, it looks hilarious!

After playing it for a couple of hours I can say that it's kind of fun. There are hillarious moments here and there, and in general it's an enjoyable experience.

The thing I don't really like about it is that every path is kind of short. So you have to play the game multiple times. But most of the stuff is the same regardless of which path you take, so there's a lot of repetition.

[EDIT:] Just noticed I said Hafotul in my first post where it should say Hatoful.
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« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2014, 04:51:37 pm »
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Allright, so me and luliin got all the regular endings. And now we've apparently unlocked the "true" game. :S It's getting MUCH darker. Still like the game, though. Probably more now. Although having to collect all to get access to the main bulk of the game is bad design, IMO.
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Re: Visual novels
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2014, 05:10:23 pm »
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I've just finished Papers, Please.
Does that count as visual novel? It's quite fan though, which is odd as your job is document checking at border control.  ;D
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« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2014, 06:05:57 pm »
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I've just finished Papers, Please.
Does that count as visual novel? It's quite fan though, which is odd as your job is document checking at border control.  ;D

Close enough! I mentioned it in the random stuff thread also but I highly recommend Papers Please.
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« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2014, 01:39:22 am »
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Does anyone want to try this game for me to tell me whether it's worth it? Since I read a review of it, and it's vaguely interesting, but not enough for price tag.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/310080/
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« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2014, 02:40:06 am »
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My fiancée just started playing it, and her comment so far has been "It's no good! They're all pigeons!". I'm not sure what to make of that, since she knew exactly what it was about going in to it.
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« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2014, 02:46:40 am »
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Does anyone want to try this game for me to tell me whether it's worth it? Since I read a review of it, and it's vaguely interesting, but not enough for price tag.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/310080/

Totally worth it.
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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2015, 03:11:29 pm »
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I liked the Yosuga no Sora anime and people kept telling me that the VN is a lot better, so I just finished reading it (Sora route). They were right, the VN was great. The translation was horrible (well, I guess I had that coming when I read it before they finished editing it). It's been a while since read a VN which didn't leave me with a feeling of weakness and dread, it's kind of refreshing.

Recommended for people who don't dislike romantic stories, but if you're underage, you probably want to make sure your parents won't walk in when you're reading it.

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« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2015, 05:09:23 pm »
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But weakness and dread are fine feelings, too. Time to read Cartagra ~Affliction of the Soul~.

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« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2015, 09:11:00 am »
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But weakness and dread are fine feelings, too. Time to read Cartagra ~Affliction of the Soul~.

So, this was... certainly worth it. Much more so than it initially seemed like. I don't think I liked it as much as Kara no Shoujo though (which, by the way, I've started to appreciate much more after I've had time to sort it out in my head, and is now both my favorite book and my favorite video game), but even then, I don't feel like my expectations were unmet either. I would recommend it if you liked Kara no Shoujo, and if you haven't read KnS yet, you should read it first I think.

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« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2015, 02:03:52 pm »
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I feel like I would enjoy visual novels on my DS rather than on my computer, because I don't want to sit at the computer and read.  But I don't know of any besides Ace Attorney which I've played, and like, though I wish it was less interactive so I could enjoy the story more.  The last one I played had some really hard clue gathering parts i'd rather skip.
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« Reply #27 on: December 20, 2015, 05:47:40 pm »
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So, while waiting for Kara no Shoujo 2, I reread the entirety of the first episode of Kara no Shoujo*. Incredible rereading value, I was surprised by like half of the plot twists again and I think it even freaked me out more than it did on the first time (which is quite remarkable), not to mention I understood many of the details a lot better after having read Cartagra.  Certainly helped me reinforce my belief that this thing is both the most fucked up, and also the most genius thing I've ever read, seen or heard. Getting the different h-scene choices was nice too.

*: Yes, I slightly misjudged how long it would take me and how soon KnS 2 would be released.

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« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2016, 10:20:21 am »
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Kara no Shoujo 2

Just finished this. It was no less of an extreme experience as the first installment in the series (although it does take a while before it gets there) and it was phenomenally good.

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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2016, 11:42:02 am »
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I'm a total noob to the visual novel scene, but it looks like there are too many good ones to count. I played the Phoenix/Layton crossover game on the 3DS but that's about it.

I have only played 3 visual novels. Umineko no Naku Koro ni is my favorite one. It also involves lots of fun characters...that may die at any point...multiple times.

I've read the first Chapter/Episode of Umineko, through I'm aware of the direction it takes later on. Totally my kind of story and I think it's awesome so far. I'm excited about reading more of it. It's just...SOOOO LOOOONG. I haven't been able to find the time to get through it at a consistent pace. Its soundtrack is ridiculously good though, to the point where I've put it on my phone to use as standalone listening music. Apparently they're going to rerelease it in English on Steam with updated assets. I'll be all over it once that happens.

Just a heads up about Umineko: its story is independent of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (and has a completely different feel), but it spoils some aspects of Higurashi. If you can, get through that story first (either through VN, manga, or anime) because you might end up liking Higurashi a lot.

Speaking of mystery stories, if I had a PSVita I would be all over the Danganronpa series, but alas I do not have one (as far as handhelds go, my 3DS is already starting to collect dust). I instead chose to read through a Let's Play of the first game. Really fun stuff. I'm in the middle of watching a Let's Play of Danganronpa 2. I'm liking the second game even more. I feel the individual mysteries in the second game strike a much better balance between challenge and fairness.

They're making a 3rd Danganronpa on PSVita and PS4. Hrm, a PSVita is looking more tempting now.

Once I get through those games, I want to check out Muv-Luv+extra+alternative. Oddly enough, Muv-Luv:Alternative is the core game and the stuff before it is like prologue. I think a good way to descibe M-L:A would be to say it's what you might get if you crossed Attack on Titan, Gundam, and maybe Topgun. In fact, I think M-L:A was a major source of inspiration for Attack on Titan. I'm a fan of mechas in general, as well as AoT, so I'm really hoping I'll enjoy this series.
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« Reply #30 on: May 16, 2016, 08:40:41 am »
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I'm reading Steins;Gate now. As was the case with YnS for me, I liked the anime, people kept telling me the VN was better, and they were right. Some of the alternative endings go really interesting places. I haven't gotten the true end yet though, but I assume it's the one I already know from the anime.

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« Reply #31 on: July 04, 2016, 01:20:31 pm »
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Played the first Ace Attorney. Liked it quite a bit. (Didn't like the bonus case as much, since it basically threw a ton of new characters and mechanics at the last second and forced you through a marathon.)

Played 999. Also quite good. I'm a bit annoyed that one choice I made which didn't seem important was required for the true ending, but otherwise it's very well crafted. There's a lot of things that only make sense on later playthroughs.

Finished Hatoful Boyfriend, which is excellent, and finished Holiday Star, which is less excellent but still amusing. You have to finish all of Hatoful Boyfriend to enjoy Holiday Star, jumping into the middle of continuity isn't going to work out very well.
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« Reply #32 on: July 04, 2016, 08:11:13 pm »
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The last case in the first game is flipping fantastic!
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« Reply #33 on: July 04, 2016, 09:37:10 pm »
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The last case in the first game is flipping fantastic!
I agree, I really enjoyed it, and I really wish that the mechanisms they introduced in it (the ability to rotate items, and spraying luminol) got more of an appearance in the later games.
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« Reply #34 on: July 04, 2016, 11:11:03 pm »
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So, this is nothing like House of Leaves?
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« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2016, 12:44:37 pm »
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The last case in the first game is flipping fantastic!
I agree, I really enjoyed it, and I really wish that the mechanisms they introduced in it (the ability to rotate items, and spraying luminol) got more of an appearance in the later games.

They got lots of use in the 4th game, which was the next game to be released after that bonus case was created. The original Japan-only version of Ace Attorney I on the GBA only had four cases. The fifth was added when the game was ported to the DS.
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« Reply #37 on: July 06, 2016, 12:48:01 pm »
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Played 999. Also quite good. I'm a bit annoyed that one choice I made which didn't seem important was required for the true ending, but otherwise it's very well crafted. There's a lot of things that only make sense on later playthroughs.

The third game in the Zero Escape series came out 8 days ago. I'm partway through it now.

If you liked 999 and have either a 3DS or a Vita, you should get Virtue's Last Reward.
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« Reply #38 on: July 06, 2016, 01:28:02 pm »
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Played 999. Also quite good. I'm a bit annoyed that one choice I made which didn't seem important was required for the true ending, but otherwise it's very well crafted. There's a lot of things that only make sense on later playthroughs.

The third game in the Zero Escape series came out 8 days ago. I'm partway through it now.

If you liked 999 and have either a 3DS or a Vita, you should get Virtue's Last Reward.

Do you have to play the Zero escape games in order? Are these games I can find in stores in the West? I enjoyed Danganronpa and have been interested in this series from the same developers (partially).

The first two Danganronpa games are on Steam now. Umineko is getting a localization on Steam that comes out on my birthday.
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« Reply #39 on: July 06, 2016, 01:55:46 pm »
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Do you have to play the Zero escape games in order? Are these games I can find in stores in the West? I enjoyed Danganronpa and have been interested in this series from the same developers (partially).

Of course you don't have to play them in order. I strongly recommend that you do play them in order, though. And why wouldn't you?

999 and VLR will be out on Steam eventually. I don't know if you can find the handheld versions in stores near you. You can definitely find them on Amazon for <$30 each.
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« Reply #40 on: July 06, 2016, 07:23:25 pm »
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I played VLR up to the game-breaking glitch, I have now learned the trick to get past it so I will get back to it soon-ish. There's a friend at work who's offered to lend me his copy of 999, and according to him the ending to VLR leads in to the new game strongly. You can get VLR on the 3DS eShop (as well as the new one), for physical copies they can be quite hard to track down.
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Re: Visual novels
« Reply #41 on: January 31, 2017, 02:55:31 pm »
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I just read the true end of FLOWERS ~Le Volume sur Printemps~. Which is to say that I haven't read the other endings yet because for whatever reason, you can't get them until you've completed the true end.

But holy hell that was an absolute masterpiece. As you can tell if you've read this thread, I'm a pretty huge Innocent Grey fan in general and despite being the only all-ages work from them that I've read, it delivered upon all the aspects that I've come to expect from the studio, and the social commentary in it was wonderfully blunt and on-spot.

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« Reply #42 on: January 31, 2017, 05:12:44 pm »
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So many visual novels I want to check out. So little time.

I have a PS Vita now, so that opens up my options a bit I think. Umineko and Corpse Party are currently in my backlog. What can I say, Corpse Party: Book of Shadows was on a good sale so I got it along with the base story.
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Re: Visual novels
« Reply #43 on: March 10, 2017, 04:05:40 pm »
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I finished Steins;Gate 0 today. It felt a lot more like a DLC or an expansion to the original story than a work of its own, because it definitely added a lot of new content and fresh ideas that were interesting and stuff, but it didn't really add anything groundbreaking in terms of the crazy science stuff, it wasn't as touching as the original, it wasn't as intense as the original, and it kept revolving around the plot of the original. All in all, it was very enjoyable since I was already a fan.

Also, the recursion ending was stupid, but I assume it was supposed to be a troll ending so I guess it worked well enough at that.
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