Steins;Gate is coming to North American and European PlayStation 3s and Vitas in 2015 via publisher PQube. Considered by many to be one of the finest visual novels ever made, the time-traveling science adventure came to North American PC earlier this year via JAST USA. Check out our full review of the PC release. » 12/16/14 9:00am 12/16/14 9:00am

The world's premiere avian dating simulator is coming to PlayStation in 2015. The English release of Hatoful Boyfriend, the visual novel that took the video game and bird-watching communities by storm a few years back arrives on PlayStation 4 and Vita in the 2nd quarter of 2015. This is the oddest, most wonderful news. » 11/24/14 11:30am 11/24/14 11:30am

Understanding the Makings of a Video Game Story

This is the second part of a loosely connected three-part article series I'm writing which began with my previous article. Today I'm going to go deeper and describe the nuances behind the video game story that I love so much and why I think they are the greatest in many ways. » 5/07/14 11:20am 5/07/14 11:20am

Storytelling and Gameplay in Video Games

It's a controversial topic in gaming: should the focus be on improving the "gameplay" aspects of the game or making a story worth telling? You'll hear a different answer from everyone, whether they realize their answer is different or not. I exist as part of the minority of gamers that plays games solely for the story. » 5/05/14 10:40am 5/05/14 10:40am

Going From Fan to Professional Game Translator and Back Again

A few weeks back, I talked about how fans of Steins;Gate animated one of the audio dramas to make an hour-long extra movie. What I didn’t mention is that the main translator of that project is also one of the main translators of the game’s official release. And how he came to that job is an interesting little story. » 5/02/14 7:00am 5/02/14 7:00am

Fans Take Steins;Gate Audio Drama and Turn It into a Movie

I love the time travel adventure Steins;Gate in all its forms and am always left wanting more. Luckily for me, there are plenty of spin-off games, manga, and light novels out there. There are also several audio dramas—one of which has been turned into an hour-long movie by fans. » 4/11/14 6:00am 4/11/14 6:00am

Steins;Gate: The Kotaku Review

I love time travel stories. They are my favorite type of science fiction. But even in a world with Back to the Future and Star Trek IV, I'd still say the most interesting, complex, and utterly captivating time travel narrative I have ever encountered is the visual novel Steins;Gate. » 4/08/14 6:40am 4/08/14 6:40am

Walkure Romanze is My "Guilty Pleasure Anime" from Last Season

Guilty pleasures. We all have them: Something you like but feel that you shouldn't. Walkure Romanze is one of those for me. It has more than a few tropes I normally hate in anime, but these are combined with other aspects I truly love to create something I am embarrassed to admit I like. » 2/14/14 8:00am 2/14/14 8:00am

Kara no Shojo: The Kotaku Review

Here's How to Play The Attack on Titan Visual Novels in English

Back in October, we took a look at the seven official Attack on Titan games coming out in Japan. Of these, four are visual novels included on the Japanese Blu-rays. Of course, if you can’t speak Japanese, there’s a good chance you’ll never be able to experience these side stories—until now, that is. » 12/17/13 5:00am 12/17/13 5:00am

Why I am Reluctantly Okay With Cutting the Sex Out Of Visual Novels

Late last month, If My Heart Had Wings, a winner of several visual novel related awards, was released in the United States. This English version of the game has all the sex scenes removed and numerous scenes and lines of dialogue edited to fit a “T for Teen” rating. » 7/26/13 6:20am 7/26/13 6:20am

If My Heart Had Wings: The Kotaku Review

Winner of several visual novel game awards, If My Heart Had Wings is a romance title centering around a high school glider club known as the “Soaring Club.” It is a touching story about loss, love, and passion that grips you right by the soul from beginning to end. » 7/23/13 7:00am 7/23/13 7:00am

In This Game, You Date 8-Bit RPG Stereotypes

Last week, we took a look at a boy-love game that had you date slabs of meat. But this new game has you date something else amazing: 8-bit RPG characters. » 7/16/13 6:00am 7/16/13 6:00am

Popular Webcomic Megatokyo Is Getting Its Own Game

Megatokyo, the story of two Americans trapped in a hilariously over-the-top portrayal of Japan, is one of the world's most popular webcomics. Now, through the power of Kickstarter, it is making the leap into the land of video games in the form of a visual novel. » 7/09/13 7:40am 7/09/13 7:40am

In This Game, You Date Slabs of Meat. Seriously.

The Bacon Lettuce Biographies (ベーコンレタス列伝) is, according to its tagline, a “school-based boys’ love, fairytale adventure.” However, this is a little misleading because it is actually a visual novel where you date meat. Big, giant slabs of meat. » 7/05/13 7:00am 7/05/13 7:00am

A Game Where Keeping Your Date Alive Is Surprisingly Difficult

Save the Date is one of the more clever games I've played in recent memory. It's a visual novel with a simple premise: go out to dinner with someone. Well, it should be simple, except every time you try it, the dinners turn into scenarios that would be right at home in the Final Destination movies. » 5/31/13 5:30pm 5/31/13 5:30pm

Song of Saya Has its Own American Comic Book (And It's Not Very Good)

Back in 2003, Saya no Uta — The Song of Saya was released in Japan. It became known as one of the most messed-up games ever released. Earlier this month—nearly a decade after the Japanese release—it got its first official Western release. But that's not the first time that the franchise has reached Western shores. » 5/21/13 7:30am 5/21/13 7:30am