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#1 by usagi
2017-09-12 at 17:20
I am baffled why this game is so unheard of. I was pleasantly surprised to discover such quality oelvn exists that can easily surpass many japanese works. Does it mean beginning of the long-awaited western novels ascension, I wonder?
Anyway, I really recommend it to read despite prevalent prejudices against western works. It has diverse cast of all adult characters, interesting long highly interactive story, very good writing and characterization, believable and live dialogues, realistic women behavior, lush highly animated sprites and backgrounds on unity engine, excellent english voice acting, huge replayability with tons of endings and choices, multiple romance options (even yuri is possible), decent music and ambient etc. It's not masterpiece and has his own faults too of course: you can feel that writer is a woman (i.e. male characters are somewhat unnatural/otomelike), plot is not deep and philosophical with some profound message, there aren't any hentai scenes. It's just mystery/triller/horror story for pure entertainment. Nevertheless it's good pastime during autumn rainy nights and breath of fresh air after overabundance of japanese typical cliches.Last modified on 2017-09-13 at 19:05
#2 by cnkx
2017-09-12 at 23:18
The reason there is lack of good western visual novels is because their talent is put elsewhere. For one, visual novels are not big enough in the west to warrant them put more attention into the genre. Indie devs that want to tell a story in games will more than likely just make one of those walking simulators with good graphics over a VN.

So no it's not the western novels ascension, if this is somewhat good, then it's just the same as always: they're the rare exception and will never be the norm.

Western novels deserve all the criticism they get, because of the low effort put into most. It's just never going to be a viable market or genre for western game developers, hell it's already a tight market for Japanese companies bringing localizations over as it's still niche as hell even within already existing communities, and communities like us are already fine with the Japanese ones.

Honestly, many many western VN's are just trying to imitate Japanese VN's anyway, by borrowing things like art style, writing style, setting and even the culture itself so the end result ends up being an inferior/low buget version of an already existing formula.

The way western VN's would work is if they were more culturally unique, much like how western RPG's are completely different from Japanese RPG's.

Besides that, the market in the west for Japanese visual novels is already small, let alone for western VN's. It's hopeless and no such ascension will ever happen.Last modified on 2017-09-12 at 23:23
#3 by loctar87
2017-09-13 at 01:01
I played this one a bit, though I haven't finished it. The animated CGs are impressive and creepy as hell, and the writting is above-average (if a bit on the slow side). It's just that a pure, classic horror story isn't really my thing.
#4 by denp4xlyr
2017-09-13 at 05:13
It's not unheard of at all. sodapoppin even streamed it.
#5 by kiru
2017-09-13 at 09:57
@2: If you look past the Sakura series, you'll actually see major amounts of "western influences" in oelvn. Heck, even the Sakura Series isn't always THAT bad, given that there are yuri works. You know, something that barely even exists in Japan and is novel enough for that reason alone.

There's good stuff, if you look around. You should probably avoid the very simple straight dating sims and such though, as that is REALLY done to death in Japan and usually better as well. Something like The Letter here however is automatically worth a look, as you can count similar Japanese games on one hand or so.
#6 by usagi
2017-09-13 at 19:12
Honestly, many many western VN's are just trying to imitate Japanese VN's anyway, by borrowing things like art style, writing style, setting and even the culture itself so the end result ends up being an inferior/low buget version of an already existing formula.
The way western VN's would work is if they were more culturally unique, much like how western RPG's are completely different from Japanese RPG's.
I am completely agree with that but works such as this or Bernd or Ebi-Hime novels etc. - all has very distinct and unique western feel. You can't call them imitation at all - there are nothing similar to japanese works - be it art, writing or characters. If anything, The Letter is closer to Life is Strange or Telltale games than typical eastern vn formula.Last modified on 2017-09-13 at 19:16
#7 by raine1216
2017-09-15 at 07:56
I agree with the OP. There's a whole thread on Steam before where the devs shared they're having a hard time getting noticed. It's been 2-3 months into release and there's no single Metacritic review, and there's only 1 site that reviewed it (afaik). It's by Rely on Horror and they gave it a solid 10/10, so it's definitely worth looking into.

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