delta wrote:I wish I had an answer, I really do - tell me if you find one. The only thing that comes to mind is MuvLuv Alternative, which is supposed to be pretty epic. But I'm soured on the whole franchise because MuvLuv Extra was stunningly bad, I hate the character designs, and I've been badly burned by hyped VNs before, so I'm not motivated to try it.
MuvLuv Extra was stunningly bad on purpose. The entire point of MuvLuv Extra was to be stunningly bad. In fact, if you look at the official site for it the entire thing talks about it being a "Super cliche school eroge" or something along those lines and how "We know how much you guys love linear routes with nothing to think about except how to land the chick, so we made Muv Luv even more that way!" and etc.
The whole thing is actually a giant joke being played on the people who bought it. Once you get through Extra it improves drastically, I really recommend toughing it out.
Also recommend not skipping through it. A lot of the stupid inanity in Extra actually becomes relevant later on and IMO a large part of what makes the rest of the game so good is how the cliche slice of life cheesy comedy of Extra and the simplicity of it contrast with Unlimited and Alternative.
Also Teclo I think the real problem with plots like that imo, isn't that they pull out these random off the wall backgrounds. I think what's awful about it is that they do that, and don't even make the backgrounds relevant to the character's personality and their development.
It's kinda why I can't stand Key VNs at all. Every single damn character is some moe blob with a background that has no actual relevance to their character in any way, and doesn't actually get any development or resolution before the end. It feels like you could just ad-lib their background and get much the same result.