Disturbing?

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#1 by any13th
2017-09-24 at 22:37
So apparently this was made by Dan Salvato, who I didn't even know made games.(Big name in the smash scene)
I'm slightly interested, but I booted up the game to find constant notifications telling me that it's not for people under 13 years and that there's disturbing imagery.
But the tags are what worry me, namely jumpscares and horror.
Now I did play corpse party 1, but I avoided the bad endings as much as I could and missed most of the horror.
I also played Higurashi 1-4 and actually enjoyed the tense atmosphere and such.

I'm a little of a coward despite those two being under my belt and I really hate jumpscares.
I like the whole subversion of expectations this has going for it with it being a dating sim but actually not one.
But I'd like to know to what extent is this game disturbing or to what extent the jumpscares are jumpscares.
Sorry if the question seems dumb, but I'd like to know.
Till then I'll hold back on playing it.

Note any responses use the spoiler tag for anyone who wants to keep the surprise.Last modified on 2017-09-24 at 22:41
#2 by awvnx
2017-09-24 at 23:32
There aren't blatant jumpscares
#3 by akihikosanada
2017-09-25 at 23:21
There's like one kindasorta minor jumpscare very late in, and it only appears depending on the choices made.
#4 by any13th
2017-09-26 at 09:55
Can you tell me the sequence of choices to avoid for that jumpscare?
I know it's minor and is probably no worse than the higurashi jumpscare with Shion's eyes, but I'd still like to watch out for that sort of stuff.
I look at the tags and see "Linear plot", "Enforced Playing Order", "Meaningless choices" and "Fake Options".

I'll still probably hold back on playing this one for a while and come back when I gather my courage.Last modified on 2017-09-26 at 10:02
#5 by surferdude
2017-09-26 at 14:12
Chicken.
#6 by any13th
2017-09-26 at 19:54
Ouch, I felt that in my wing
#7 by eacil
2017-09-26 at 22:23
Surferdude, that's not very nice, I resisted the urge so much of triple mocking any13th and you did it without any second thought. :(
#8 by being
2017-09-26 at 22:54
link
#9 by akihikosanada
2017-09-28 at 21:23
Mack on Natsuki as much as possible and you should be good.
#10 by gmayor61
2017-10-12 at 16:01
Pretty late probably, but this really isn't a horror in the "scary" sense. Saying more than that might be a bit of a spoiler.
#11 by any13th
2017-10-12 at 19:21
So more like the atmospheric horror like with higurashi?
#12 by encrypted12345
2017-10-12 at 21:16
@11 That's an accurate enough statement.

A lot of the characters are forgettable, but Monika's good enough to make it an 8/10. Just make sure you get to the actual ending though. That doesn't happen until you get to the credits.
#13 by any13th
2017-10-27 at 22:18
Welp, through the power of peer pressure and fear of spoilers I played it and it was actually just as scary if not freaky as I expected. I didn't run into the jumpscare, but it still was quite the experience.
#14 by erikkustrife
2017-10-28 at 02:55
Nothing in this VN is at all anywhere near what most VN readers would consider disturbing. The only people who would are people who have never read a VN before in their lifes as there is nothing really new here. It doesnt have a high amount of gore, nore does it have a huge amount of people being defiled by various other people or things. Theres a reason why its pg-13 and not higher, its not anymore disturbing then watching something like a marvel movie.
#15 by kominarachromer
2017-10-28 at 04:19
#14 That's a bad example. Last I checked, there were no Marvel movies with themes of severe depression and extended scenes of people stabbing themselves.
#16 by evade15
2017-10-28 at 13:01
it is pretty disturbing but am i the only one who felt sad after the ending?
#17 by skyliner
2017-12-19 at 04:40
#16
nope also made me sad. i was happy at the beginning because i thought it was cute and all, but i was tricked. i still enjoyed the characters and progression and whatnot. bittersweet would be a good way to describe it i suppose.
#18 by sakurakoi
2017-12-19 at 23:49
#14 That's a bad example. Last I checked, there were no Marvel movies with
incidentally last weekend I happened to see Logan when I returned home (my father was watching it while my mother was away) and I think it was pretty much the first Marvel Movie I might have actually seen, for I don't really give much of a duck about them... and Logan pretty much reinforced my opinion.

Sure, it was not actually disturbing for me but I can pretty much see why it would be for someone who is not used to it... and welp, Yandere pretty much (tried to) make gore sexy for the western world (I know it is called guro, I actually quite like a few Cyclet CG~). In any event, Logan is objectively pretty much more disturbing subjectively, for it has similar "themes" indeed... i.e extended stabbing, rolling heads, children even doing that, action everywhere and ofc the last impalement. I actually missed two deaths and returned just during a burial. My father pretty much wondered at the beginning why it was just rated 16+, I just guessed that it was due to the lack of vivid splatter~
#19 by behappyeveryday
2017-12-24 at 14:40
@14 And here I thought there was something more or less decent from English developer.. But based on your comment I think this game is far from Subahibi in all similar aspects and just overhyped because someone good at making things viral worked at promotion. And now noobs who had never read decent VNs are overrating this one. We have had similar effect with Katawa Shoujo (in western net) and Besconechnoe leto (in Russian community).Last modified on 2017-12-24 at 14:42
#20 by being
2017-12-24 at 19:27
Katawa Shoujo might have been overexposed but it's not overrated at rank 80. I think it's much better than most Japanese VNs thanks to Rin's route, even the other routes like Hanako or Emi's could've easily been the highlight of most standard VNs.

Doki doki is just shit. The fans are either shallow/young or have little to no past experience with metanarratives and will get over it when they grow up.
#21 by verifonix
2017-12-25 at 14:40
Doki doki is just shit. The fans are either shallow/young or have little to no past experience with metanarratives and will get over it when they grow up.
Okay thanks for the heads up wanted to try this maybe since katawa shoujo was good imo.
#22 by any13th
2017-12-25 at 20:12
Meta-narrative is embedded in the identity of DDLC, whereas I find a lot of other VNs use it as a twist of sorts which you can use to reevaluate what the story is really about.Last modified on 2017-12-25 at 20:12
#23 by behappyeveryday
2017-12-26 at 15:44
@20 Well, from your rating list you really have very specific taste, lol. So I think you are very subjective in telling it better than most of Japanese VNs. Probably Katawa was just one of the first VNs you've read and then something clicked in you (maybe you was dumped by a girl, or on contrary become very popular) and now you are not interested in romance VNs at all as you crazily downvote them. So I can't really accept opinion of a person who rated Clannad and Grisaia as less than 2/10. xD
#24 by kiru
2017-12-26 at 16:24
^That guy has probably voted with rand() or something. That's really not how any normal voting list looks like.
#25 by being
2017-12-26 at 16:42
I just use a different voting system (5 and up is good, 4 is ok, 3 is meh).

Grisaia is fucking psychotic and ridiculous. I'm sorry. the second half of Michiru's route (when he puts her in the box underground for 3 days and tells everyone she's dead) was enough. I couldn't finish it after that.Hers and Makina's were the only routes I completed and both were 0/10 routes. I am only giving 1.5/10 instead since the common route was entertaining.

Clannad might be more subjective. I thought the anime was some of the worst trash ever, but I didn't finish the VN, so if it is very different, maybe I am underrating it a little.

I enjoy romance VNs very much actually. Reading Hoshimeme atm.

I often write down my thoughts on whatever I complete, and my vote is not random. my vote is always exactly where I want it to be, and probably won't change much unless it's for something I never finished.Last modified on 2017-12-26 at 16:42

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