More Feels than Birbs in Hatoful Boyfriend

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Okay, so this game is definitely a WTH AM I PLAYING, WHAT JUST HAPPENED, WHY IS, type of game, which makes it really interesting to me!

To start with, I found some guides in order to play it. OtogeMeow’s, by Neko-chan, who has done for Ryouta, SakuyaNageki, Yuyuya, Kazuaki, Shuu. For the rest, you have to find others that cover them. One is in Steam, covering from the Bad End to BBl Epiloge. And also this one in GameFaqs, done by our Krystallina from DaiyaManga!, which also covers from the Bad End to BBL.

Before I get to the guys/routes, let me just that WHAT THE HECK MAN, THIS GAME IS BRILLIANT BUT INSANE. Like the sprites are super big, so all I can think is GIANT PIGEON/BIRBS. The background art is gorgeous, and so so pretty, which makes the photographs of the pigeons even more hilarious www. The other really WTH thing is SHE LIVES IN A FUCKING CAVE. A CAVE GDI. And also loves to call herself a hunter-gatherer, which is funny tbh xDD She also seems to dig her own house and build its walls, so I suspect she’s actually naked and a cave-woman throughout the whole game!

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Dragged Me to VN Hell

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Like many people, I got to know this series through the anime, then discovered there was a game being localized by MangaGamer and so I discovered visual novels, my favorite game genre nowadays.

Higurashi, then, was far more than just a series or a game to me, it set the standards by which I compared all visual novels to it. It’s tough experiencing a masterpiece as your first taste a genre, because you’ll find afterwards, they’ll be disappointing.

Higurashi was my religion for a while. I extolled how amazing it is, how good, the mystery’s, the suspense, the tenseness, the plot and characters becoming more involved with each installment. Mind you, Higurashi is still one of my favorite VN’s and it won’t be dethroned that easily. Might be because of nostalgia, or maybe, it’s just because it’s that good.

Mind you, that evaluation is mixed with said nostalgia. I can’t escape that, but even now whenever I think of Higurashi, I can remember scenes and how relieved I was when I finished and finally knew how that whole fuckery came to be, and if everyone was okay.

Higurashi was very well marketed and sold. For those that don’t know, because this is old, Higurashi is an horror and suspense VN but got sold to fans of galge/girl’s dating-sim. It was made so the first part was like a typical, normal game, with these cute girls, and then the twist happens and it mind-fucked everyone. In fact, the very art was done to emulate galge ones, so that when troll faces pop out, you know you’re in dip shit.

It was a stroke of genius for 07th Expansion, because it quickly became a cult hit which grew with each installment, until it finally received a manga and an anime. Prior to Higurashi, 07th Expansion was a small company doing card illustrations, and was as underground as a doujin company is.

This can be found everywhere, if you’d search, but I’ll tell how Higurashi happened. Call me a nerd, which I am, but I like knowing these things and telling them.

07th Expansion was back then a company made of 3-4 people, Ryuuk was the writer and artist, his brother was the programmer and his friend did the website. Said friend encouraged Ryuuk to turn Higurashi, which was a play Ryuuk had written before, into a game because he really liked it. So we can thank him for Higurashi and 07th Expansion existing as a game maker.

I’m sure you’ll find names and more details if you search for this story, because it’s been a long while since I’ve read it, and I know it because I’m particularly passionate about those that impress me.

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The Way to Experience Umineko no Naku Koro ni is Socially

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This is a difficult game series to write about, mostly because Umineko was a social experience. Me and a friend played them as they came out after discovering 07th Expansion had already done 3 of them. I had no idea, since the only series I knew of was Higurashi. So when I stumbled upon it, and very eagerly told my friend, we got on-board.

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Saya no Uta

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Developer(s) Nitroplus
Publisher(s)
Writer(s) Gen Urobuchi
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows,Android
Release date(s) Microsoft Windows

  • JP: December 26, 2003
  • NA: May 6, 2013

Android

  • JP: April 17, 2014
Genre(s) Visual novel

I don’t have enough words to really explain why this visual novel is at the top of my most liked games list. I can say it’s a relatively short game, only 10 hours maximum to play through it all. It has 3 or 4 choices tops.

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Never 7 -The End of Infinity-

Developer(s) KID
Publisher(s)
Director(s) Takumi Nakazawa
Writer(s) Kotaro Uchikoshi
Composer(s) Takeshi Abo
Series Infinity
Platform(s) PlayStation
Neo Geo Pocket
Dreamcast
Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
Macintosh
PlayStation Portable
Android
iOS
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Visual novel

I’ve been a huge fan of the Zero Escape series (comprising 999 and VLR, both which I’ve talked about) so it was no surprise that when I learned that the writer for this series worked on the Infinity series…I had to play them, duuh~

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