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AstralAir no Shiroki TowaThis VN has some good parts but it takes a lot of reading through boring drawn-out slice of life to get to it. Some routes have disappointing epilogues (especially Corona's). The setting is interesting, I like the snowy backgrounds and many references to Norse mythology. The bits of information they divulge about Valhalla Laboratory, Elfins, space probes and the like throughout the VN was enjoyable. There are a fair amount of good tracks in the OST (and a great number of them overall), though unfortunately most good ones aren't used very often (the action/fight ones). Riku as a main character annoyed me as he appeared a bit hard-hearted and uncaring at times. I wish there were more flashbacks for Rinne similar to the ones Yuuki got (Rinne's was probably my favorite route). The true route had some good moments but wasn't particularly impactful for some reason.Finished0/07
Beskonechnoe letoAmazing music, setting, atmosphere/mood. Decent story.Finished0/09
Chaos;HeadMy first VN. Good mystery. Hikikomori MC, whom I can relate to :DFinished0/07
Cross†ChannelRead like 1 hour of it but got bored. Should give it another chance probablyStalled0/0-
DeardropsPretty solid VN in most respects. The story is likely the weak point, while the characters are pretty likeable. Lots of awkward moments, really makes you feel the second-hand embarassment. OST is, unexpectedly, not great, but there are several nice tracks.Finished0/07
Doki Doki Literature Club!I was spoiled on a few things about this before reading. I'm not sure how this affected my enjoyment of it. The game is honestly done surprsingly well in a lot of respects, but a few things dragged the experience down for me. Mostly, that would be the horror. I'm not a fan of this genre in general, but especially hate jump scares, which the game employed in plenty during one of the acts. Breaking of the 4th wall can be novel, but it didn't do much for me this time. The game is cool as a concept, but these cool aspects don't make the act of reading it a whole lot more enjoyable. As for the good things: I enjoyed the slice of life in the initial act of the game immensely. I'm usually not a fan of SOL, but here, it was done masterfully; it's some of the best that I've read in a VN so far. The interactions with most characters (less so Natsuki) were very enjoyable, and it was interesting to learn about literature. Reading the poems was fun too. On the second playthrough, these peaceful parts of the game could be savored even more as you knew what was about to happen. The game had a powerful emotional impact, but unfortunately, I did not enjoy one of the emotions it roused in me: anxiety. The warning displayed when starting the game is not to be taken lightly, I suppose. It's not really the game's fault; simply, it's not something I prefer for my VNs to make me feel. It did also make me feel depressed, sorrowful, and relieved during many of the other parts of the story, which I appreciated. Overall, I wish the game was longer (although I can understand why they aimed for something this short), and it'd be nice if it wouldn't overuse jump scares so much. Also, Yuri's CGs are exceptionally pretty.Finished0/07
Eden* They Were Only Two, On The Planet.This is a short and sweet story told without too much fluff. It feels like the VN did what it set out to do splendidly. It was refreshing to read something with a voiced protagonist, linear story, and no h-scenes (in the middle of story, at least). The story does get a bit heavy on slice of life in the part where they begin living at the cottage, however. Even though it was nice to spend time with Sion, I preferred the scenes at the facility, and the atmosphere there. That's not to say that the second half of the game didn't have several fairly impactful scenes, though. Overall, the game had quite a number of those, but I can't say any one in particular hit home more than the others. This makes it difficult to call the game a masterpiece, even if it made me sniffle many times. I wish the last scene was made more dramatic, but in the end, maybe that wouldn't have fit with the rest of the story's tone. The characters in this game are all pretty solid, and I was only irked by Maya a bit. Ryou's cool-headed attitude was also refreshing, and it didn't feel like it made him seem robotic. The art in this game doesn't need much commentary, as it's nothing short of magnificent. The presentation of the sprites and CGs and how they reflect what's going on in the story benefits immersion a lot. So does the music. The OST mostly consists of subtle tracks that don't overextend themselves, but do well to set the mood. There are two tracks I was especially fond of, Android and Bird Cage. Overall, this game is great, but the second half being a bit of a chore to get through as well as the somewhat unimpactful ending reduced my enjoyment of it considerably.Finished0/08
euphoriaH-scenes weren't as good as I expected, most are pretty boring honestly, and only a few are good. Story is good in the latter half of some routes, not great in others. True ending was great. Getting to the interesting parts of the story was just a chore though, even when CTRL-skipping through some H-scenes. Overall close to an 8 because of cool plot twists and very good ending but the rest of the story just drags it down too much. Also, while the music that is there is very good, there aren't enough tracks.Finished0/07
Grisaia no KajitsuBoring common route, mostly unfunny comedy and not enough drama/mystery. Most routes don't have very good execution, but I really liked Michiru's route and one part of Amane's route (Kazuki backstory). Good CGs and sprites, but there's not enough music and it's not very good.Finished0/07
Haruka ni Aogi, Uruwashi noMost of the routes are unremarkable, except for Shino's which is good, and Miyabi's which is great. The setting is interesting but it's only explored a little in the branch school routes and Miyabi's route. The underground tunnels weren't quite as interesting as I anticipated. All of the characters are likeable, and that made the slice of life scenes with them palatable, but their percentage in comparison to plot-relevant scenes is too high. The H-scenes in the branch routes were the worst I've ever encountered. The twist in Hashiba Yuuna's route was interesting but not handled in an especially satisfying way; I also wish Infomercial-san got more focus. The main school routes had too little suspense as the characters' feelings were explained too readily, making them a bit of a chore to read since you already knew what was going on, and the epilogues were poorly-done. Tsukasa's trauma was rehashed a bit too many times; Miyabi's route is the only one that handled it well. Tsukasa himself was frustratingly different between the two branches, making it feel as though they are stories from two different VNs entirely. The sound effects and transitions were a nice touch; the soundtrack was good, though it would be nice if it included more songs. The sprites and CGs look nice, but there were too few non-H CGs in the branch routes. It also felt as though there weren't enough backgrounds. Overall, a fairly enjoyable game, but it could have left a bigger impact if it was more concise.Finished0/07
Hoshizora no Memoria -Eternal Heart-Finished only ****, Mare, Isuzu, Komomo routes. To do later: Asuho. The **** and Mare routes were a very good addition to HoshiMemo, the story feels incomplete without them. There was a lot of slice of life but especially Mare route had some interesting developments, so it was still fun to read. Not quite enough mystery/drama for a higher rating, though. Some music tracks were updated to be even more awesome. Finally got to see Setsuna in a swimsuit at the end = win.Finished0/08
Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star-Best VN I've read to date, 10/10 until I find something better™. Solid common route with mysterious mood, loveable cast of characters, impactful drama, and the best OST I've heard. An unforgettable experience.Finished0/010
Imouto Paradise! ~Onii-chan to Go nin no Imouto no Ecchi Shimakuri ...Koharu had the only decent route, and the others don't seem interesting.Dropped0/04
Kana ~Imouto~Meh. Couldn't relate to how MC felt towards his sister.Finished0/05
Katawa ShoujoGotta finish this thing.. But it would feel like cheating on Rin.Stalled0/0-
Konata yori Kanata madeSakura's route is the only good thing about this VN, but then again, it is really good. It focused on the concept of self-righteousness and how the protagonist struggled to change himself, which is quite interesting and relatable. Kokonoe's route and her struggle with feeling like she deserves punishment is also rather relatable, but I was annoyed by the way that route was handled. It started off as interesting, focusing on the fights with monsters and whatnot, but Kokonoe gradually became a seemingly normal girl as she spent more time with Kanata. There was a lack of focus on the monsters, vampires, and organization that hunts them overall too; almost nothing was explained regarding these elements. Christel's route seemed like the one that had the most effort put into it, but I, personally, didn't like her much, especially after her personality shift. I couldn't get invested in her route due to this. H-scenes seem to be randomly wedged in during unfitting points in the story, but this is nothing new. All of the music in this VN is rather well done, with a few tracks in particular that stand out. However, there isn't enough of it, so it does get a bit repetitive. The CGs and sprites fare similarly - nice to look at, but there are too few of them. Although, I didn't mind this too much as the text box takes up the whole screen anyway. There doesn't seem to be a key to hide the text, so you have to right click every time and do it from the menu, which is bothersome. This, coupled with a lot of other technical shortcomings (difficult to stop skip function, no option to disable pausing the VN when out of focus, no voice replay) made reading it irritating compared to more modern VNs.Finished0/07
LifemareA pretty good short story. The art and music were good for an amateur VN. I liked Somnia. The ending was a bit too predictable, but I didn't expect him to have such a kind sister.Finished0/06
Little Busters!Way too much slice of life to get to the good part, which is Refrain. It's good, but not amazing enough to justify doing the lackluster common and character routes for. One scene did make me cry, though. Mio route was very good; Saigusa, Kurugaya, and Rin's were fairly okay; Komari and Kud routes were mostly unenjoyable. Overall, the focus didn't seem to be on romance, which went counter to my expectations, along with how metaphorical a lot of the action in some routes was. The soundtrack had a few good songs, but none of the melancholic pieces were especially impactful. While there are a lot of tracks overall, most are average. Battle ranking game is kind of fun. Whole VN + some extras took ~95 hours....Finished0/08
Midori no UmiDecent VN, not a good nakige - the drama is just not handled well. Music is subpar; there are some alright tracks but no amazing ones, and too few tracks overall. Story is interesting at first, but there's too much boring slice of life and the setting gets tiring after so many endings. The protagonist isn't to my liking, and neither are most of the other characters. Even Sara wasn't enough to save this VN from utter mediocrity.Finished0/06
Re: LieF ~Shin'ainaru Anata e~This game has some nice poetic moments with well-written prose at times, but they don't end up being emotionally impactful due to the music. The OST is too "subtle" and lacks punch most of the time, which is fitting for some scenes, yet not for others. Often, they continued playing cheery slice of life music for ostensibly dramatic scenes. The characters are fairly complex and feel real, but only Yuu managed to charm me and make me invested in her backstory. Thus, the romance felt quite underwhelming, and perhaps even extraneous. It was frustrating to be teased with encounters with Ai and Yuu in the common route and have to wait until the true route for them to ever appear again. The mystery starts off strong, but after reading the first route, the subsequent routes don't offer quite enough information to keep you invested. The true route explains only the necessary details and fails to reveal the smaller riddles sprinkled throughout the other routes in a manner that's anything but vague. It's too open to interpretation for my taste, and left me feeling unsatisfied. The art is decidedly the strongest point of this game, and it's a pleasure to look at the copious amounts of stunning CGs presented in the true route. Despite this, the atmosphere in this VN isn't particularly strong.Finished0/06
RE: Prince of NigeriaKinda funny but super short.Finished0/04
RewriteAlmost all routes were very good, but nothing super amazing. Great music and story, though some stuff was very unrealistic and unexplainable, short of "it's magic" (Moon route especially).Finished0/09
Rewrite Harvest festa!Most of the routes are fairly boring and full of meaningless slice of life, which is not too unexpected considering this is a fandisc. Lucia and Kagari's routes had several good parts, and I moderately enjoyed Akane's route since I like her a lot as a character. Rewrite Quest seemeed to lack something that would make it especially fun, but it was okay. The humour in this game is quite good, as in the original, but that isn't enough to significantly affect my score. One thing of note is that I didn't pay much attention while reading the latter parts of this VN, so that could have taken away from the enjoyment some.Finished0/06
Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no ShoujoInteresting premise with the whole Obligation thing. Cool MC. Probably the only VN in existence that has good peaceful music in slice of life scenes. Houzuki is a badass. VN has terrible route system though, only h-scenes and epilogue are changed depending on which heroine you pick.Finished0/09
Shinigami no Testament ~menuet of epistula~Great VN. The plot is probably its strongest suit, as it delivers one of the most captivating stories. There isn't as much slice of life as in most other VNs, which is welcome. All the routes have interesting conflicts and satisfying conclusions to them. The mysteries are wrapped up nicely, and the last route concludes the story artfully. The pacing is good, but could be better, as many times plot developments are clumped together. I also wish flashbacks would be utilized more often; Favorite does this well. Vivi's backstory, for instance, would likely be even better if it were told in this way. Speaking of Vivi, she is one of the best characters I've encountered, but the rest of the cast is lovable too. Narumi is well-deserving of a special mention as he manages to leave a big impact despite not being a main character. Some of the fights were a bit too drawn-out for my taste, and on occasion a bit of a chore to read, but most had at least one stand-out twist, making everything worth it. The CGs are numerous and pretty, especially the ones atop the trash pile and Mahoro tower. The backgrounds are few and not as detailed as they could be, however. The music can be said to be just a bit short of great, with Illusion being the best track. Consequently, the atmosphere isn't absolutely outstanding, but this VN has enough other things going for it to remain spectacular regardless.Finished0/09
Shinkyoku Soukai PolyphonicaFinished0/0-
Tower of GloomFinished0/0-