Which release of Higurashi should I play?

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#1 by elen0766
2021-07-20 at 10:21
< report >Noticed there are many releases and I'm not sure which one is the best option.
#2 by vario
2021-07-21 at 05:26
< report >Just go for the Steam version r37233. You can also use the fan patch link if you want voices and/or sprites and CGs from console ports.
#3 by zap
2021-07-21 at 13:40
< report >Definitely use 7th mod. The steam release is so cut and censored I wouldn't give them my money. Sprites were redone in a worse style for some reason, music was cut, jokes censored. It doesn't even have the voices!Last modified on 2021-07-21 at 13:43
#4 by vario
2021-07-21 at 14:23
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steam release is so cut and censored
What. It has no censorship at all. The only way to play a censored version is to use the fan patch and make it display the script from the console port.
#5 by zap
2021-07-21 at 14:27
< report >Literally one of the first scenes where Rena greets you going to school has her dick jokes toned down, does it?

Either way, don't throw good money after bad by paying for an incomplete release.
#6 by kei-tr
2021-07-21 at 14:53
< report >Yeah, I didn't started playing yet but I looked it up a bit, it seems your best bet is getting newer mangagamer releases and applying 07th-Mod's PS3-fication Mod to it. This way you can get voices as well as choose between different sprites, backgrounds among other stuff. One thing I don't know yet is if getting chapter 8 and 4 is enough, they contain all previous chapters as well or you have to own each of chapters? I guess its later? If its later, chapters after first one acts as patches or DLCs and you can access all of them from first game once you install all of them or they are all different applications/programs (hence they all share different save files, gallery etc.)?

There are 3 side stories as well. I don't think mangagamer ever handle them since they are console exclusive (no pc version) but fortunately they are included (ported) 07th-Mod's patch. I think there are total of 11-12 chapters in these 3 side stories and all of them but last one released at the moment, only last chapter remains. Last chapter's translation finished as well (link), so if you are interested in reading side stories as well I recommend waiting for couple of more weeks like me, if not you can jump in right now.

There are also 2 fandiscs. Unlike side stories they aren't part of main game exactly, so I guess that's why they aren't included in 07th-Mod. Mangagamer showed their interest in the past for translating them as well, but now its past 1 year since chapter 8 released and they are not even listed as TBA. Even if they picked up at some point getting them in our hands at least years away.

I think that's all. Feel free to correct me if I am mistaken about anything.Last modified on 2021-07-21 at 14:58
#7 by vario
2021-07-22 at 05:52
< report >I have no idea what the English translation does but the original Japanese script in the Steam version has descriptions of violent stuff and a ton of lewd jokes without any changes (unlike the console port because it's always funny to hear characters say something a bit different in their voiced lines).
#8 by shukumeiteki1
2021-07-22 at 07:52
< report >you should play this version for sure link
it restore the censored content of consoles (and some pc versions) adds many many stuff and you can change everything on the go, like original art style, change the language, voice acting, effects, etc.
It also adds the console chapters that are not available anywhere else.

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