Right now, I'm doing the whole streaming to PS Vita thing, but yeah. I don't know if it's my eyesight going or what, but that screen is starting to feel smallish.Steam Deck will be the ultimate VN machine, period. I am going to move my entire collection into it.
I hope so too, but the way Steam approves adult content for Japanese VNs in the past 5 years or so makes it a crapshoot. But I suppose as long as Steam Overlay works with it, I'm not too fussed about it.I wonder if JAST will target a Steam release with Muramasa.
It will be nice to just shut off my living room PC and continue reading in the bedroom with SteamPal since the game saves will be on Steam Cloud. With my current SteamLink setup I sometimes forgot to shut it off.Steam Deck will be the ultimate VN machine, period. I am going to move my entire collection into it.
Yeah, now Steam Deck would be the single solution to these problems. I am so excited.Right now, I'm doing the whole streaming to PS Vita thing, but yeah. I don't know if it's my eyesight going or what, but that screen is starting to feel smallish.
I wish we could get Steam Link on Switch tbh. 90% of my use cases would be met by just that. I've got a launch model, so I could conceivably just put homebrew and Moonlight on it, but that's something I'll save for EOL.
On a more visual novelly note, I started and finished the freeware version of Doki Doki Literature Club the other day. I had some ideas about where it might go beforehand, but I certainly did not expect that. Pretty neat. Might grab the paid release down the line. Not sure.
According to their discord they are trying to get it on Steam, but it also sounds like they are having trouble getting it approved.I wonder if JAST will target a Steam release with Muramasa.
Yes, this is part of the reason. I am interested to see how they translate some of the phrases into English.From the little I know about Narahara's style of writing, it's that it can be really out there from a lot of stuff you've read before, a bit similar to Masada's style of writing for stuff like Dies Irae. Like Dies Irae, this VN definitely won't be for everyone.
Dies Irae has an outstanding localization, and from what I've seen of Moogy and Makoto's work previously, I'm confident Muramasa's TL will be excellent as well. Especially as we know they've been working on this for years so there's no worry of it being a rush job either.Yes, this is part of the reason. I am interested to see how they translate some of the phrases into English.
There are some screenshots on the page ZKenir linked and the answer is that the text-boxes are still vertical:I mentioned this in Discord, but I'm interested to see what they've done with the ADV text boxes in the game. The vertical arrangement worked really well to give the impression of characters facing one another and conversing.
Simply reorienting the text boxes into horizontal position could result in empty spaces in between and I imagine redrawing the assets are out of the question.
It's a bit of a trade off, since the English text needs much more horizontal space, but the alternative would be an even greater departure from the original.
Ah, right. Looks like they've republished the press release. It was an empty page when I visited it the first time. I suppose this is a bit of a trade-off, indeed. I can imagine these text boxes will go on top of the characters images if there's a particularly length passage.There are some screenshots on the page @ZKenir linked and the answer is that the text-boxes are still vertical:
I really like True Remembrance: trueremembrance.insani.org. It's a free game, and not super long, from what I remember.
Ace Attorney is my go to recommendation. Not too long, inexpensive to own the first trilogy, and some enjoyable courtroom/investigation to break up the constant barrage of text for people not used to the medium. Hits really well on both the comedic scenes and some heavy moments. There's also stuff like AI: The Somnium Files, and the Zero Escape Trilogy (999, VLR, ZTD) as well for good entry points. The Utawarerumono trilogy is also fantastic with the 3rd game being a personal favorite of mine (and one of the only pieces of media to make me cry).
You're thinking of Nakige, Nukige is uh....something much different involving adult themes.There's also a genre called Nukige or "Crying Game" which is aimed at sad stories or stories to make you feel things which would tend towards more mature/adult themes like loss etc.
Nothing VN fans love more than their convoluted terminology. Don't worry though, I'm sure Marina's Cuckolding Report is a nakige for someone.
Cupid is... uh... not a romance game in the way you read it. No genki high school girls you can romance there. It's just set during the romantic era
What's so good about Muramasa?
Oh nice, reminds me to give out a warning.
I've already muted Muramasa on twitter. Just need that pre-order link from JAST and I'm good.
As I mentioned before, the story is overall very dark, has fucked-up moments including gang rape and torture, and very graphical. Story is long and has in-depth discussions on the themes. I stopped after finishing one route because the game is very heavy, so be prepared.
- Set in fictional Meiji era-like Japan. A clash of old and new, power struggle, and generally an atmosphere of sadness and despair
- Story centers on themes including sin and punishment, the meaning of killing etc.
- Mecha battle with heavy focus on sword combat
- An unconventional choice system tie to a major plot twist
Oh nice, reminds me to give out a warning.
DONT READ SPOILER ON CHAPTER ONE. Or at all.
Meanwhile...Clockwork Leyline trilogy
There's only four visual novels I would comfortably give score of 10/10
Hmmm, FataMoru, Muv-Luv Alternative, and 428 ?What are the other 3
Never7 and Ever17's are quite old and uh....not so good featuring many translation errors and typos galore, but it's all you have if you want to read them. Remember11 used to be in this category alongside being a much more buggier game, but just a few months ago some fans made a "Gestalt" patch for the game here.How good are the Infinity series localizations? Slowly finishing Higurashi (at the start of EP7) and have been thinking about going into those next. Also, do I have to go for PSP versions - I know there are PC versions available on DMM but remember reading that you can't patch them to English.
Clannad, Rewrite, Fata Morgana. I actually don't mind reading diverse genres as long as the game can keep me engaged. Honourable mentions are Kira☆Kira, Gekkou no Carnevale, and Cross†Channel.Hmmm, FataMoru, Muv-Luv Alternative, and 428 ?
One thing I really like about Muv-Luv TDA is that it's much better at showing other nations like the U.S and U.N. in both a positive and negative light as well as the Japanese Empire. It's cast and the script in general feels a lot more "tolerant" of other nations and their characters thanks to the circumstances of the world in addition to it's somewhat diverse and more adult main cast. While it still highlights Japanese nationalism and pride in an often positive light, it also isn't scared to take a take a few jabs at it along the way.I actually didn't play 428 yet due to it being pretty expensive. Muv-Luv Alternative is nearly perfect but I couldn't enjoy it fully due to its positive viewpoint toward Empire of Japan; Muramasa actually suffers massively from this problem with its one-dimensional weeevil weeeevil Westeners. which goes completely against one of its major theme. However, the game is so good to make up for this weakness, would have been 11/10 work otherwise.
I read MAMIYA when it released and very much enjoyed it.I draw a blank here. Last time I looked into VN there was this new game telling the story of four male friends at the end of the world.
Looked quite sad.
Any idea what it is and if it was good ?
edit. It was Mamiya, I just had to look back a few pages, stupid me