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Visual Novel

#1masked_yazooPosted 3/22/2012 8:48:44 PM
They release a lot of them in the 360, why not localize them!!!???
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#2Stray_ZeroPosted 3/22/2012 11:55:00 PM
masked_yazoo posted...
They release a lot of them in the 360, why not localize them!!!???

That's the point, localization issues, and lots of heavy JP to EN text to translate, and maybe suggestive content.

And to be honest, almost 90% (or more) of VN's never get translated and localized anyway on consoles, rather most being on PC (by fan and/or official translators) and a handful of VN's rarely get localized anyway.
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#3Gamechamp3kPosted 3/23/2012 12:10:55 AM

From: Stray_Zero | #002
and maybe suggestive content.


Console makers have pretty much the same rules in all regions, so all the console VNs are censored versions with any h-scenes taken out.

Also, it's because there isn't much of a market for them outside Japan. Visual novels struggle in the US even on the PC, which has a much broader audience. Unfortunately, not many US gamers want to essentially read a book on their 360.

However, if you like visual novels, we're lucky in that VNs have had a lot of worldwide success on the DS, including the popular-beyond-all-logic Ace Attorney series. 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors is one of the best in the genre, and we were lucky enough to get that, too.
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#4Gamechamp3kPosted 3/23/2012 12:12:42 AM
Oh, and most 360 VNs are ports of PC ones anyways, and there are ways to autotranslate them while you play (you have to be a bit dedicated, though, and have a good grasp of language because it's going to be butchered as all hell)
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#5JoboHotepPosted 3/23/2012 12:16:13 AM
The only visual novel I currently have is Metal Gear for the PSP (which I enjoyed). It's a shame really, I'd like more VN's to be available, especially ones based from existing game franchises (Dead Space and Mass Effect come to mind).
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#6Gamechamp3kPosted 3/23/2012 12:23:06 AM

From: JoboHotep | #005
The only visual novel I currently have is Metal Gear for the PSP (which I enjoyed). It's a shame really, I'd like more VN's to be available, especially ones based from existing game franchises (Dead Space and Mass Effect come to mind).


Actually, that's a Digital Graphic Novel. That's more of a comic book. Visual novels are more text-based. Here's gameplay from a traditional visual novel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9hGUC1x6-U
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#7JoboHotepPosted 3/23/2012 12:51:01 AM
Gamechamp3k posted...
Actually, that's a Digital Graphic Novel. That's more of a comic book. Visual novels are more text-based. Here's gameplay from a traditional visual novel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9hGUC1x6-U


Ah, yeah, I can see the differences from a Digital Graphic Novel, thanks for clarifying!

I noticed that early on in the dialogue, it looked like there was an option of what to respond with. Is that common? I used to (and still do) like "pick your path" books, and how you are able to tailor the story dependant on the choices you make. If that's a common option, I'd probably dig visual novels.

One more question: One of the things that I liked about the Metal Gear Digital Graphic Novel was the option to "search" around the artwork, and sometimes it would give you additional info about something you highlighted (like a piece of equipment lying around or environment or whatever). Do any Visual Novels do anything like that?
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#8masked_yazoo(Topic Creator)Posted 3/23/2012 1:05:45 AM
One more question: One of the things that I liked about the Metal Gear Digital Graphic Novel was the option to "search" around the artwork, and sometimes it would give you additional info about something you highlighted (like a piece of equipment lying around or environment or whatever). Do any Visual Novels do anything like that?

Ace Attorney Series...
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#9Gamechamp3kPosted 3/23/2012 8:35:01 AM

From: JoboHotep | #007
I noticed that early on in the dialogue, it looked like there was an option of what to respond with. Is that common? I used to (and still do) like "pick your path" books, and how you are able to tailor the story dependant on the choices you make. If that's a common option, I'd probably dig visual novels.


Yeah, most commonly, the whole pick-your-path thing is used in visual novels to determine your "route": a path leading to a particular ending or set of endings. Not every VN uses them, though. Princess Waltz only gives you 3 choices total, all within a few minutes of eachother right at the end of the game, purely to decide your partner for the final boss (and a preceding h-scene). Ace Attorney (sorry for mentioning it so often; it's just really good as an example), rather than giving choices to choose a path, actually has correct answers to all the questions, requiring critical thinking on the part of the player.

One more question: One of the things that I liked about the Metal Gear Digital Graphic Novel was the option to "search" around the artwork, and sometimes it would give you additional info about something you highlighted (like a piece of equipment lying around or environment or whatever). Do any Visual Novels do anything like that?


There are only two VNs I've played with an element like that: the Ace Attorney series, which has an Investigation phase where you're given the ability to roam around looking for evidence, and 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors, whose main gameplay feature is room escape puzzles that require you to look around a room (or series of rooms) to find and solve puzzles in order to leave.
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#10infinitexxPosted 3/23/2012 8:39:30 AM
Gamechamp3k posted...
There are only two VNs I've played with an element like that: the Ace Attorney series, which has an Investigation phase where you're given the ability to roam around looking for evidence, and 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors, whose main gameplay feature is room escape puzzles that require you to look around a room (or series of rooms) to find and solve puzzles in order to leave.

Both of these are amazing games/series, should take a look if that type of game is your thing.
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