If the medium is the message, then AOL’s messaging software—at least for my generation—has the same sentimentality as whatever we talked about over it. That’s the pitch of Emily Is Away Too, a new visual novel that plays out in “EOL” Instant Messenger windows, away messages and personal profiles.
Glitched out texts, lush water colors and abandoned towns: Yurei Station, a visual novel that came out a few weeks ago on itch.io, uses these elements to create a horror game that lingers with you long after you’re done with it.
Twitter can be a pretty awful place. The Subtweet Game makes the worst parts of it into a romance game.
Ladykiller in a Bind is full of sex. Naughty, dirty sex. It’s a fun visual novel that let me explore BDSM and consent. For those of you feeling a little timid, the game’s new update adds a few features to keep things PG-13.
Steins;Gate is an amazingly well-written time travel adventure. It is also one of the best visual novels ever made. New adventure Steins;Gate 0 lives up to the original in nearly every possible way.
One Night Stand is a game about, well, a one night stand. In this game you wake up naked in a stranger’s bed and try to piece together how it happened. While the scenario can play out in 12 different ways, the story as a whole is a gentle look at how two people can come together, and what happens from there.
Steins;Gate 0 will finally release in North America on November 29. The visual novel will be available next month on PS4 and Vita according to a post on the PlayStation blog by localization lead, Adam Lensenmayer. The game is a sequel to Steins;Gate. You can read our review of the imported Japanese version here.
“The Prince of Play” Solon Scott is a YouTuber who plays through visual novels, mostly Japanese dating simulators. It’s his art medium. In his videos, Scott acts out characters’ voices, explains literary devices and offers sharp commentary on visual novels’ plot. He sees himself as a performer and his videos as, in…
Visual novel Rose of Winter tells the story of a mercenary named Rosemary hired to take one of four handsome princes over the treacherous Mount Needle. While it relishes romance novel cliches, Rose of Winter also strives to tell an affecting, human story, about how it feels to fall in love for the first time.
It is the Wild West. Gun drawn and at the ready, you prepare yourself for the next unfortunate collection of words to stumble across your path. You level your pistol, fire, and branch off to the next bit of narrative. This is Words Must Die.
Steins;Gate is now on Steam. Richard Eisenbeis called the game “simply a fantastic visual novel” when he first reviewed it and I have to agree. So go send emails into the past and watch the diabolic horror that ensues, if you’re into that sort of thing. The follow-up, Steins;Gate 0, is already out in Japan.
In Cat President: A More Purrfect Union, an actual PC video game people can buy for nine dollars, an unemployed grocery store clerk guides the fate of the nation by choosing to act as campaign manager for one of six cat pictures. Vote Dr. Nom-Noms.
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness is set somewhere within the first eight episodes of the first season of cyberpunk dystopian anime Psycho-Pass. And it’s made me do things so messed up that it’s hard to keep playing.
Danganronpa 2, Spike Chunsoft’s murderous visual novel, is coming to Steam on April 18. D2: Goodbye Despair is the second game of the PSP/PS Vita series to come to PC, so you may want to check out our impressions of the first game’s port for an idea what this one might be like. There’s an announcement trailer above.
If I were to sum up in two sentences my experience with delusion-filled murder mystery visual novel Chaos;Child, it’d be these: 1) If I’d known how incredibly long Chaos;Child was, I’d never have played it and 2) I’m so happy that I played Chaos;Child.
If you are into visual novels at all, you’ve probably already played Steins;Gate (and if you haven’t, you should). But Steins;Gate is only one in a series of games tied together by their excellent sci-fi tales—and improper semicolon use.
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel is a new fighting game for PS3 and PS4 that is filled with Nitroplus characters spanning everything from visual novels to hit anime.
The original Kara no Shojo was one of the most violent and psychologically disturbing games I have ever played. And while the second is also full of brutal murder and complex mysteries, it never quite reaches the soul-crushing despair of the first.