Hi, I'm new here. I'd like to write about my thoughts on how amazing this game truly is. Before that, I would like to share a few things.
Visual Novels, I've never even heard of such things until I watched Clannad. When I found out about VN's, my research and explorations lead my to believe that VNs are just H-games or pointless text based games. From that, I ignored VNs and went back to watching more anime. I encountered the bizarre and amazing School Days. It was amazingly terrible; I loved it. Little did I know that School Days is actually a VN! I was ready to buy it and I looked into it and the H content was a little too much for me. I still gave VNs another shot. I checked out Clannad VN but thought it'd be uninteresting because I really hated that ending in the After Story. With more research, I stumbled upon Tomoyo After. Oh my gosh! just reading about it made my heart churn! I looked into 'Let's Plays' on Youtube and the H content was too much for me and the rate E version had ridiculous replacement scenes that I'd rather the H version. Well, this hasn't been a nice welcome for me into this 'genre' of gaming. Yesterday, I was bored and ready to man up and buy a VN. These things can get expensive! I pulled back and looked up a free VN and encountered this amazing game.
With that said, I went into this with the notion that this game will have the weirdest and grossest H-scenes that are poorly done with horribly drawn art and a lame-O storyline. You can say that my standards for this is extremely low. I opened the game and saw gorgeously drawn characters, very nice effects on the background and still frames of the characters, and the music that I would seriously pay for! I was expecting some weird H thing within the first 10 minutes but I was mistaken. It actually took me HOURS before I encountered my first H scene!
Because of my wrongful stigma against VNs, I went into this game thinking of scoring the hottest looking chick to get the most action. I felt bad about this notion the more I delved into the game. Most of the characters are cool, likeable, and pretty distinct.The only ones I disliked were Rin and Kenji because they're too random but I know that's their intended design. I can't make full jugements yet as I've only finished two routes . I know they're not real but they felt very real and human . At some point, I was able to look past their looks and disabilities except Kenji's. I was amazed to see that these characters had a certain strength to them that I'm not sure I could muster if I am in any of their situations. It changed my outlook in life. I used to be awkward around disables people, worse I try to avoid them. Now, I don't mind them anymore and I want to help them. I honestly didn't consider getting a girlfriend (after high school), let alone a disabled one. Now, I'm finding myself to reconsider. I think to myself that if my partner would be as amazing, strong, and human as these cartoon character, they're worth more than the normal girls I encounter who are nothing but superficial. BUT I STILL WOULDN'T JOG EVERY FREAKIN' MORNING!!!
It also helped that Hisao's responses would closely resemble my options. The descriptions of the situation and setting almost made me feel I was there. Hisao's expressions and opinions were heart felt that I can almost sympathize with him even when I would disagree. On Emi's route, I can feel her emotions and her happiness. When she's disappointed/mad, I can feel that too. I felt bad when she's mad and I laugh when she seemed stupid. I can also say that I was actually happy when I see her and sad when she's not at the track. I almost felt like I was Hisao when I play the game. I really like that.
After my , I just started playing the game normally. Well, my fear for my health led me to Emi. Her story is AMAZING! I've never ever cried before for an anime/show/book/game. The only two that almost did was in Samurai X/Rurouni Kenshin and in Clannad's Tomoyo OVA. I was about to shed a tear when . The problems along the way and the relationship were beautiful. The best way to describe what I experienced from this game's storyline is innocent and beautiful.
The H scenes...well one of them felt 100% wrong. At least, . The other's I can understand a little. Except for that 100% wrong scene, the H scenes weren't horribly done and didn't feel very forced. I thought the H scenes with Emi would be very weird but it didn't. Even then, I was able to ignore that she looks like a 12 year old and her disabilities. If this is the full extent of how far H scenes would go in this game, I wouldn't mind it.
This is a very nice welcome for me to the world of VNs. This game is amazing I'd give it a range of 93 out of 100. I guess, I'm stepping into what I thought was the dark side and add VNs to my list of gaming preferences. Again, this has been a very fun experience and keep up the GREAT work 4LS. I'll pray of another one from you guys.
I can't wait to do the other routes and endings! Thanks 4LS, this is a very fun game!
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