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Exzyleph

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NekoNyan has released the Perfect Edition DLC for Aokana for free. The Perfect Edition DLC consists of a couple of H-scenes for Misaki (one during her route and one in the replay menu), so it can be safely ignored if that is not your thing:

They also sent out the digital art book to backers and it is damn gorgeous, but the PDF also clocks in at 1.1 GB :sweaty-blob:

The fifth VN bookclub is also up and this month it is for Narcissu (free) and its various side-stories (currently on sale):
 
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sprinkles

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I have Mask of Desception on my Vita, but played only a bit. With the Vita collecting dust for a couple years now I think I'll double dip... a few sales from now.
 

Knurek

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I have Mask of Desception on my Vita, but played only a bit. With the Vita collecting dust for a couple years now I think I'll double dip... a few sales from now.
I'd still prefer to play it on Vita, provided it's jailbroken and you have installed plugins to remove screen dimming and slide to unlock.
Unless you have Win 2 or a Surface tablet, that is.
 
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Alextended

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Just in case you lot missed it (if nobody else posted it too as I don't check this thread, but barely anyone commented in the other thread I mentioned it). I think it counts as a VN and a relatively unique one at that with the various time limits and other such features that spice up dialogue selection. There are some battle segments which aren't a common VN feature but they are few and far between, one per chapter or similar (it's set up like an anime with episodes and even a "coming up next" preview at the end of each), without leveling or items even though it resembles an SRPG. Only your dialogue choices which may affect the morale of the team members can increase or decrease their battle stats, as well as specific story progression points. Lots of nice art and animated scenes.

This is a launch trailer to celebrate the release of the Sakura Wars fan translation patch for the Sega Saturn version of the game. This marks the very first time that the original entry in this long-running franchise will be playable in English since it was initially published in Japan over two decades ago!
Instructions on how to apply the patch are included in the Readme file.

The trailer was made to look similar to Sakura Wars' original 1996 Japanese television commercial. The clean animated footage and animated English logo were provided by/edited by TrekkiesUnite118 while the trailer itself was put together by myself (Bowl of Lentils). The script was written by cj_iwakura, which was based off a translation of the Japanese ad created by Eien1No1Yami, and the voice-over was recorded by CrouchingMouse.
Sakura Wars is a Japanese steampunk media franchise created by Oji Hiroi and developed and owned by Sega. The first game in the series was released in 1996, and has since spawned five other main entries and numerous spin-off titles since then. The series—set during a fictionalized version of the Taishō period—depicts groups of women with magical abilities using steam-powered mecha to combat demonic threats.

The original Sakura Wars was an ambitious title for the then-in-production Sega Saturn. The first game's overlap of the tactical role-playing, dating sim and visual novel genres prompted Sega to classify it as a "dramatic adventure", a moniker which has endured during the series' lifetime. Both Red Entertainment and Sega co-developed most of the games until 2019, when Sega became the sole developer. While the series has seen continuity in the main actors who could both act and sing as well as composer Kohei Tanaka, several other designers, programmers and animation studios would be employed through a number of games.

The series has sold over 4.5 million copies as of 2010, and garnered both critical and popular acclaim. The original Sega console games have been voted among the most popular for the Saturn and Dreamcast. The Sakura Wars franchise includes numerous anime productions, manga, and other media projects such as stage shows. With the exception of Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love and Project Sakura Wars, the video game series has not been released in English. Several of the anime series have been localized for English territories.
And the initial screenshots I took with SSF (the game works with that if you mount the image, it's also fine with Mednafen and the Beetle core in RetroArch too):
These were taken with the Beetle core in RetroArch (and the mattias crt shader on top), sorry for the crappy letterboxing in them.
 
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daxy

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Finished Higurashi Chapter 2. Still into it! It’s fun. Perhaps not as engaging as some of the other VNs I’ve read and it’s no Dostoyevsky, but I’ve enjoyed reading a bit of it in the evenings. I’ll definitely pick it back up with Chapter 3 soon.
 

Li Kao

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After a 10 days long hiatus, I resumed my Steins;Gate playthrough ! I was really worried it might be another dropped attempt !
I just finished chapter 4 ! Good ! Then I looked at the number of chapters ! HELPPPPPP ! :astonished-face:

Overall not a very interesting chapter, the fluff was strong in this one. But at the same time it had some major events and developed the friendship angle, it wasn't totally useless. Just super long. And idiotic : Okarin completely forgot he was chasing after the IBN in a fucking heartbeat
 
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daxy

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After a 10 days long hiatus, I resumed my Steins;Gate playthrough ! I was really worried it might be another dropped attempt !
I just finished chapter 4 ! Good ! Then I looked at the number of chapters ! HELPPPPPP ! :astonished-face:

Overall not a very interesting chapter, the fluff was strong in this one. But at the same time it had some major events and developed the friendship angle, it wasn't totally useless. Just super long. And idiotic : Okarin completely forgot he was chasing after the IBN in a fucking heartbeat
Oh my goodness. Okarin will forget a lot of things for convenience of the story. Get ready. By the end of Chapter 4 is when I got fully into it IIRC. It takes a while to get going. Chaos Child felt even slower somehow. Really stretching it thin.
 

Exzyleph

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Launch prices for Utawarerumono per the official discord:
We just put up a new trailer for Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception on Steam. Check it out on the Steam store page, and don't forget to wishlist if you haven't already!

We're announcing pricing as well. Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth will launch on Steam on January 23rd, 2020, at $39.99 USD each in the United States, with a 15% launch discount for the release period. The four Character DLCs will be sold for $2.99 USD each. Other regions follow Steam’s recommended regional pricing, with a few exceptions described below.

Two bundles will be available on Steam, the Series Bundle and the Complete Bundle.
The Series Bundle contains the games at a 10% discount.
The Complete Bundle contains the games and all DLC at a 20% discount.
These are both configured as “Complete the Set” bundles.

Exceptions to standard regional pricing are as follows.
China: Games ¥380.00 CNY each; DLC ¥38.00 CNY each
Taiwan: Games $1,690.00 TWD each; DLC $174.00 TWD each
 

Li Kao

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Started chapter 5 of Steins;Gate. The game was in one of thoooose science mood. My head hurts :face-with-head-bandage:
 

skLaFarebear

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Is the first Utawarerumono going to be released too? How much do you lose by starting on Mask of Deception?
Not much outside of some fun fanservice and one particular sequence. It's Mask of Truth, specifically the late game, where you really start to lose out.
 
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Kvik

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Downunder.
The bad thing about the 2006 anime is that they skipped Ulthury's character arc which was one of the most poignant arc in Uta1.
 
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Kvik

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Downunder.
I plan to have the Uta OT up tonight (22/01) around 9 PM (+10 GMT).

Nothing too fancy, some brief synopsis for all 3 games, gameplay differences, and order of play recommendation. If anyone has any idea for content and wants to collab on it, let me know.
 
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