Original vs Remake? (and h-code for original)

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#1 by adamstan
2021-10-21 at 10:05
< report >Hi,

This VN caught my attention and I'd like to read it. The thing is, I'm not sure which version should I choose. The remake can be bought quite cheaply on DLSite (it's currently on sale), but I saw some rather discouraging reviews for it on Amazon, and description here on vndb also states that
Generally considered inferior to the original as none of the staff was retained.
And that seems to be based on those reviews - people were disappointed that the artist has been changed, and they didn't like voiced protagonist. I think I also saw someone complaining that additional routes weren't for their favorite routeless heroine ;)

OTOH I have some technical issues with original. First, it's AudioCD based bgm system doesn't work well in Windows 7, since the music is always blasting at full volume. But I managed to circumvent that with wrapper that reads music from ogg files, and just preparing quieter files.
However another, and more serious issue is that default hooks in AGTH and Textractor grab only random fragments of text, and I cannot find any H-code for this VN.

So the question is - can somebody help with the H-code? Or should I just go with the remake?
Of course, there's also option to play original and look up words manually, but I'd rather avoid that :P
#2 by tyrog
2021-10-21 at 22:54
< report >Here you go: /HSN3C@4423E6

The problem with the remake is that none of the additional stuff is worth reading/seeing/hearing and the VA changes don't help.

On the other hand, with the remake you get almost all the content of the original, higher resolution, and no sound volume issues. It is possible—and strongly recommended—to turn MC voice off. For a first-time reader, going for the remake is an acceptable compromise, and even has some advantages, but I'd pick the original for sure.
#3 by vario
2021-10-22 at 04:03
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I think I also saw someone complaining that additional routes weren't for their favorite routeless heroine ;)
More like, the game still remained unfinished. It was supposed to get a sequel, but Basil has never made it. And releasing a new version with the title Complete Edition pissed fans off for sure. Especially when the new content wasn't able to reach the same heights as the original one.
#4 by adamstan
2021-10-22 at 04:30
< report >@2
Here you go: /HSN3C@4423E6
Thanks!
the VA changes don't help.
Ah, so they also changed the VA? So the ones listed on vndb page are for original or remake?
It is possible—and strongly recommended—to turn MC voice off.
That's interesting. In the few VNs with voiced MC that I've read I actually liked that feature. Is he exceptionally badly acted in that case or is there some other thing wrong with it?
For a first-time reader, going for the remake is an acceptable compromise, and even has some advantages, but I'd pick the original for sure.
In that case I guess I'll grab the remake just for the sake of owning at least one legit copy of the game, but I will try to play the original with your H-code first ;)

@3
And releasing a new version with the title Complete Edition pissed fans off for sure.
Yeah, one of the negatvie reviews on Amazon angrily stated that "it's the Complete Edition just in a name".
#5 by tyrog
2021-10-22 at 08:53
< report >The main heroines of the first game remain unchanged. Kagura and Hikari got promoted to main heroines in the remake and had their VAs replaced. Kawashima Rino is fine as Hikari, but Miru's Kagura just sounds wrong if you've heard the original. Some of the side characters got the same treatment. It's not a huge deal, but it's there.

Voiced protag is great when it works and painful when it doesn't. The actor is not bad per se—he has some fine comedic roles in other VNs—but there is something about his delivery that sounds off and will skew your perception of the MC. Maito is a great and complex character who deserves better. Other VAs come to mind, for instance I think Renaissance Yamada, for those who know their male seiyuus, would have made a great Sakurai Maito. Alas, we'll never know.

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