Poll

What Visual Novel should I read next?

Fate/Stay Night (The one I should have read first)
4 (26.7%)
Tomoyo After (It's a Dreadful life)
0 (0%)
Saya no Uta [Song of Saya] (Soul Crushing Pt 2: The Quickening)
1 (6.7%)
Steins;gate (The Japanese Bill Nye)
2 (13.3%)
Kamidori Alchemy Meister Run #2 (The Adventures of (not) Edward)
2 (13.3%)
World End Economica I (If Spice and Wolf was in the Near-future)
1 (6.7%)
Continue with Katawa Shoujo
5 (33.3%)

Total Members Voted: 15

Voting closed: April 14, 2014, 08:17:33 am

Author Topic: What VN should I attempt to read next?  (Read 14441 times)

Offline Commander Zaelthul

What VN should I attempt to read next?
« on: April 07, 2014, 08:17:33 am »
After reading through Hanako's route in Katawa Shoujo (Which props to the developers, well done) I'm at a bit of a stump at what I should dedicate myself to reading next.
So as Lord Gorchnik would put it, I need my servants to decide for me, if not you'll be executed as a way to boost morale.
Now I have at least read a little bit into all of them so I'll give you my impressions of all of them so far.

Fate/Stay Night(Are you going to save the world, Shiro?)
Now I have watched Fate/Zero and I can't wait for the new rendition of Fate/Stay Night to come out but I've been poked, prodded and just plain been nudged to read this damn thing but I'm curious if I should out for the new version of the anime or just go ahead and try to read this.
When I tried to get into it the prologue just pulled me down and basically all I got out of it that Archer is an asshole.

Tomoyo After(What if Clannad had H-scenes?)
Took me two months to get through that Introduction.
TWO BLOODY MONTHS!
And I hope the rest of it wasn't as ridiculous or just plain cringe worthy as that prologue.
Watching through Clannad and it's oh so gloriously tearful After story (Which actually made Nagisa a charcter I could get behind) I probably wouldn't have guessed it was going to be this damn quick into the damn Hentai.
I don't mind Hentai, I'm just not a huge fan of it if it's just shoved in there for the sake of pleasing the damn fans (Ala Kamidori).
I do however love romances just prefer the sex out of it if it's just there to be fanservice.

Saya no Uta [Song of Saya](CONNNTTTRRRAAACCCTTTT!)
All I know it was written by the same guy as Madoka Magicka and it was recommended by the crew at Extra Credits.
So I'm expecting a bunch of Soul crushing as Madoka has done to be before.

Steins;gate(..A Delorean? Pff please, I made a time machine out of a Microwave and a Phone)
So, after purchasing the Limited edition just recently and I'm still not sure if I want to read through this now.
I have the anime fresh in my mind but I suppose my main motive for even considering this is to see what other possibilities are out there.
I have to curse my curiosity quite heavily.
But still, that anime being my one of my favorites I feel like I have some sort of duty to get through it.

Kamidori Alchemy Meister, Round 2(A.K.A. Throne creator 2014)
...What can I say about this that I haven't already said.
It's the some of the worst writing I have ever seen yet, it's gameplay is so great.
This is the complete opposite of what I want out of a story and yet I want to play more of it due to it's rather interesting combat mechanics.
The complete conflict of feelings I have for this damn thing.
Like how the hell are you able to cover up sleeping with the entirety of your party behind your girlfriend's back? It's bloody nonsensical.
Well at least it's more interesting than Agarest.

World End Economica I(Economics! This time without the wolf girl)
I currently have a lot of trust in this author, my cynicism shouldn't allow this but it is.
Having a mild interest in economy and generally being a merchant during my days of playing MMOs, ever since reading/watching Spice and Wolf it takes me back to those days of doing your best to make money of the market places of those games.
Unfortunately the game I was thinking of now has an auction house destroying any real interaction and fun when it came to trading.
Now back to the nostalgia of trading, this time with one of my favorite characters of all damn time.

Enough gushing.
If you guys got any suggestions as well, I would like to consider them and what not.
And remember, The Emperor protects. But a shotgun helps.

EDIT: After slight popular request I've added to continue with Hatawa Shoujo.
I really enjoy it but I try to take breaks in between VNs but this one, I can see myself continuing but I fear the fatigue of that VN.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2014, 09:17:02 am by Zaelthul »
The Great Commandy one
Commander Zael'thul of the Legion of Cynics
"In the Temple of Wheat, we trust in our holy goddess"
The Goddess protects!

Offline MasterFail

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2014, 08:34:54 am »
Just a thought: Why stop after Hanako's route? There are more! :D

Offline sam6321

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2014, 08:35:37 am »
Just a thought: Why stop after Hanako's route? There are more! :D

Yeah that's only like.. 20% of the game o.o
There's much more to go through.
Can't Keelon the Deelon!

Offline Ledabot

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2014, 09:12:47 am »
Here I am thinking,  "dam, you should have thought of Aiyoku no Eustia"

The only problem with that game though is it's only half finished. If you have VN reader or something you could still do it and its great if your not a huge fanservice guy. Their only 1 scenee in the whole true story route, but as I said. It's only half done. Great music, great atmosphere, great story, not in English.  >:(

My vote goes to fate since its so dam long you will be reading it this time next year too. Hope you have time left for life and Sunrider.

Offline Commander Zaelthul

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2014, 09:14:57 am »
I will go back to Katawa eventually, I just like to take breaks in-between routes.
However I will add "to continue" to the poll.
-snip-
Eventually I will get around to Sunrider and all the other VNs here.
In fact, I've already started on the 'My Little Dictator' demo.
EDIT: Tell me if you want to change your votes and I'll reset it Sam & Fail.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2014, 09:20:02 am by Zaelthul »
The Great Commandy one
Commander Zael'thul of the Legion of Cynics
"In the Temple of Wheat, we trust in our holy goddess"
The Goddess protects!

Offline MasterFail

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2014, 09:23:31 am »
Of course, the real question is - did you get the good end or bad end on your first playthrough? ;P

Offline Commander Zaelthul

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2014, 09:34:23 am »
Of course, the real question is - did you get the good end or bad end on your first playthrough? ;P
If you're talking about Katawa, I got the bad ending first than Save-scummed for the second.
Thank you Guardian complex, sometimes I need to shut down those parts of my personality.
The Great Commandy one
Commander Zael'thul of the Legion of Cynics
"In the Temple of Wheat, we trust in our holy goddess"
The Goddess protects!

Offline Oreo_Blue

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2014, 10:33:10 am »
Spoiler

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Offline BlackZero

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2014, 02:07:51 pm »
I'd personally go Kamidori because it's not just a VN. However, F/SN would be my second and Saya my third.
I think it's too late, but I'd throw on Chaos;Head and Symphonic Rain too.

Kamidori:
Plot sort of makes sense, more so once you get to Ch5 or so. Wil H's everything for research and creates better stuff with it...

F/SN:
Classic VN gameplay. Personally I wanted something more but that's just me.

Saya:
Weird as fuck but also short. Probably something you can do in one sitting, I did.

Chaos;Head:
Psychology meets VN. The world is seen through a NEET who wants to do nothing... yet the world isn't what one would imagine it to be. No H here, at least before patching.

Symphonic Rain:
Guitar Hero meets VN. You play as a musician who doesn't communicate much to others. However, you will graduate soon and need a girl to accompany you. You have to find the right one for rehearsal.  There is very little H in this one.
“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...”
― Albert Schweitzer

Offline Lord Gorchnik

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2014, 04:05:40 pm »
Gorchnik approves of you making your servants bow to your command.  Gorchnik will gives his 3 cents (because 2 is not enough):

Fate S/N: The sad truth is, you DON'T have to play this to be a VN fan; but people will bitch at you unless you do. Personally Gorchnik is not a fan of it.  Kara no Kyoukai on the other hand....

Tomoyo After: Funny story.  Japan complained about Clannad not having porn in it.  KEY answered (not really) by giving them a short ending story with a conceptual love-making scene.  I was there when the riots were going down in Japan. Men are just too horny sometimes.  Wasn't a fan of Clannad, wasn't a fan of this either.  Given that you don't like porn for the sake of porn that's exactly what this (and 90% of other VNs are) but the sex is romantic if that's what you're after.

Saya no Uta: Gorchnik approves. An interesting read.  Can play in one sitting as others have stated.

Stein's;Gate: One of the better non-h visual novels. You really aren't missing a ton if you've watched the anime, but once again the "purists" will make fun of you because you haven't played the game.

Kamidori: Alchemy Mesiter: Porn with plot, the game.  Oh and some TBS included.  You stated you don't like porn for the sake of porn.  Stay away from this one then.  You basically make love to 12+ woman to design new costumes and artifacts for them to make them more powerful.  The classic example of a game that shows why VNs just get called porn by people who don't play them.  It's not a bad game, but might not be your cup of tea.  Very long 60+ hours.

World End Economica: Gorchnik has not played.  However like yourself, given that Gorchnik loves Isuna Hasekura's Spice and Wolf novels and has all of them in both Japanese and English (so far) I should probably get around to trying this one.

Offline Ledabot

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2014, 04:43:48 pm »
I have to insist I'm a Steins;gate purist. I would never touch anything except the pure anime version. Everything else is heresy.

Offline Oreo_Blue

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2014, 05:04:07 pm »
I have to insist I'm a Steins;gate purist. I would never touch anything except the pure anime version. Everything else is heresy.

The anime is an adaptation from the Visual Novel.... So unpure... :D

Offline BlackZero

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2014, 05:04:49 pm »
I have to insist I'm a Steins;gate purist. I would never touch anything except the pure anime version. Everything else is heresy.

The anime is an adaptation from the Visual Novel.... So unpure... :D
Agreed. Hence why I go for VNs or LNs.
“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...”
― Albert Schweitzer

Offline Oreo_Blue

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2014, 05:09:00 pm »
Well, I'm didn't play Stein's Gate original VN nor watched the anime, so I don't know how much they tweak the story in the anime. But from other VN / LN to anime adaptation, most of them changed quite a lot.

Offline BlackZero

Re: What VN should I attempt to read next?
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2014, 05:12:50 pm »
Well, I'm didn't play Stein's Gate original VN nor watched the anime, so I don't know how much they tweak the story in the anime. But from other VN / LN to anime adaptation, most of them changed quite a lot.
Depends really. Some of them were more faithful but tried to fit in too much, like Infinite Stratos. The ending felt too sudden but they needed to cram it all into the last few episodes.
“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...”
― Albert Schweitzer