Visual Novels I Had Been Messing Around With – Part III
Getting more and more busier with real life obligations, my time with visual novels is gradually getting lesser and lesser everyday, what’s more with my new interest in reading light novels, my visual novels just had to stay down, though through careful time management,
or more like multi-tasking spam, I was able to make some progress with my visual novels playthroughs still, if not slightly. Here are some quick impressions for all the ones I played over the months..
Dies Irae Also Sprach Zarathustra
Remember seeing those awesome visual novels with very intriguing synopsis and visually nomlicious CGs? These kinds of visual novels would no doubt be in very high quality, but no matter how much you wish for it, it will NEVER have an English translation. Veteran players should stumble upon visual novels of these kinds once in a while, and to me, Dies Irae is the biggest tease.
Dies Irae’s main settings deal with a certain organization, LDO, and their objectives for obtaining Eternal Life. Ren Fuji, the protagonist who only desires an ordinary life, got caught up and battles between them ensues. All in all, the plot can be seen as a bit generic, however, the best part of the VN are the battles. Coupled with skillful scriptwriting and eye-catching CGs, Dies Irae’s battle scenes are as great as Type-Moon’s or Nitroplus’s. The character cast is huge too, and although huge, each of them plays an important role, which enables them to drive the plot forward. Though I wasn’t able to enjoy it to the fullest, since I wasn’t playing the more complete release (Acta est Fabula), finishing Marie’s route is already more then satisfying.
Deus Machina Demonbane
Demonbane is set in Arkham City, a fictional American City, and revolves Daijuuji Kurou, a third-rate detective, who stumbles upon a mysterious girl and a Deus Machina (Demonbane’s version of robots) which became known to all us “Demonbane.” Of cause, with mecha comes battles, and the battle scenes are really unexpectedly good. Since the general artwork of Demonbane is quite dull, Demonbane’s 3D mecha battles more or less made up for it.
Robots, alchemy and science, Demonbane’s script is full of surprises, and the way they are executed really brings out dark-like atmospheres, which fits quite well I would say. As Demonbane’s plot is based on Cthulhu Mythos by H.P Lovecraft, there are some minor and major references, though even non Lovecraft reader would come to love it too. You can read here for a more complete review.
Little Busters is one of Key’s major works, and definitely live up to it’s name. Using key-style humors and drama, Little Buster is still as good as ones like Kanon and Clannad and the likes. Each route deals with each heroine’s respective problem, some ordinary, and some a bit magical. As usual, the game wants you to finish all the routes of the heroines before finally having access to the true route. However it’s well worth the trouble, and the true end is nothing short of epic, making the other routes insignificant and even irrelevant as a whole.
Characters are fun and cute, which is certainly important with a theme such as this. And Masato deserves an honorable mention, the muscle idiot is so hilarious he definitely ranks top in the list of “Harem Lead’s Best Friend” characters. Anyhow, you can read here for a more complete and thorough review.
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o: Amakute Hoshikute Torokeru Chuu
I played this months back, and this one can be seen as a second season, in anime terms that is. None of the old pairings are back. We are dealt with a completely new school, new characters and new settings. However, the atmospheres are pretty much the same, cute girls loving each other to the fullest. Simplicity at it’s best, no special plots, no twist, no nothing.
This Sono Hanabira, the 7th installment in the series (I’ll just call it Sono Hanabira 7 for now to keep things simple) stars Suminoe Takako, a new teacher at St. Michael All-Girl School, and Houraisen Runa, one of her student who always seem to overwhelm her easily. What I like about this new pairing is that there are hints of S&M, not to the point of being disturbing of cause, this is Sono Hanabira we are talking about here. Throughout the game, I really enjoyed Runa’s countless teasing, targeted at her love interest, Takako, who gets embarrassed just as easily as Kaede from Sono Hanabira 2. Ultimately, Sono Hanabira 7 is a “new season” and even though it’s new, nothing is changed, the fluffiness, the cuteness.. it is able to make us feel hnnnngggg, which is an important factor in all of Sono Hanabira installments.
Escalation ~Kuruai no Fugue~
Although Escalation is a yuri visual novel as well, it differs a lot. If Sono Hanabira’s softcore, then this game’s pretty much hardcore. While it may seem like it has the same atmospheres as Sono Hanabira at first, I don’t feel much genuine feelings from the characters and their emotional standstill turns into an outburst by the end of the game. Try playing it constantly and you shall see, the horror of this game. Whips, chains, rapes and even surprise buttsecks… gah.. Nothing much for me to say about this game, if I were to choose between this and Sono Hanabira, I would choose the latter anytime.
Visual Novels I Had Been Messing Around With – Part I
Visual Novels I Had Been Messing Around With – Part II
Visual Novels I Had Been Messing Around With – Part III
Visual Novels I Had Been Messing Around With – Part IV