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The intro to this visual novel is how visual novels should play

#1Devilman_AmonPosted 5/2/2013 4:20:08 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75bR2b0o8qI

You see how the camera is moving around like a real person and not just static, and how the main characters are animated as well as the npc's in the background? Thats how VN's should evolve. Be it done by 2D frames, motion portrait tech, or 3D cel shaded. Preferably 2D frames though (with proper animation frames not choppiness).

Also they should allow more frequent character conversation choices and have some action sequences. This way theres some interactive gameplay involved.

And be in English of course
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#2SieKensouPosted 5/2/2013 6:15:43 PM
those segments are juxtaposing an animated character onto a video recording....
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#3Seifer_usPosted 5/2/2013 8:27:00 PM
I prefer this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpq-7z3pRYA

The only visual novel / sound novel I was able to tolerate besides Chunsoft's other title "Machi".
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#4EroyumePosted 5/2/2013 9:23:32 PM
From: SieKensou | #002
those segments are juxtaposing an animated character onto a video recording....


Yeah, the Steins;Gate OP uses live-action footage. Nothing special there.

Several VNs are fully animated and/or contain gameplay. The problem is that most are not available in English.
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#5Devilman_Amon(Topic Creator)Posted 5/2/2013 9:28:32 PM
Seifer_us posted...
I prefer this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpq-7z3pRYA

The only visual novel / sound novel I was able to tolerate besides Chunsoft's other title "Machi".


Not much different than the FMV games of the 90's

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From: SieKensou | #002
those segments are juxtaposing an animated character onto a video recording....


Yeah, the Steins;Gate OP uses live-action footage. Nothing special there.


It's the presentation and the concept I'm talking about.


Several VNs are fully animated and/or contain gameplay. The problem is that most are not available in English.


Yeah maybe Time Leap for PS3/PC. Which is also in 3D. But that still has a static camera.
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#6RyuuHou25Posted 5/2/2013 9:31:22 PM
So....interactive anime basically. Or a video game in general with character interaction.....
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#7TerotrousPosted 5/2/2013 9:36:58 PM
Am I the only one who immediately thinks of Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor when seeing this? The constant gear motif + present day Japan is probably what's doing it.


Intro song is cool in any case.
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#8Seifer_usPosted 5/2/2013 9:49:37 PM
Devilman_Amon posted...
Seifer_us posted...
I prefer this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpq-7z3pRYA

The only visual novel / sound novel I was able to tolerate besides Chunsoft's other title "Machi".


Not much different than the FMV games of the 90's


But what you're seeing in that trailer isn't really indicative of the gameplay, which is basically just like every anime styled visual novel out there. There are multiple choice events and a long text-based storyline, mostly accompanied by still images and the occasional FMV. 428 and Machi are also the only visual novels to ever get a 40/40 in Famitsu. I highly recommend both games, even if Machi has aged a bit poorly in terms of the 90's vibe you get from it. Machi is on the Sega Saturn, PS1, and PSP. Meanwhile, 428 cn be played on the Wii, PSP, or PS3.

There's also not any of the typical overt sexualization of the female characters as is usually commonplace in most visual novels.
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#9MwarriorHieiPosted 5/2/2013 10:36:32 PM
From: Terotrous | #007
Am I the only one who immediately thinks of Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor when seeing this? The constant gear motif + present day Japan is probably what's doing it..

other way around >_>
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#10Devilman_Amon(Topic Creator)Posted 5/2/2013 10:45:34 PM
Seifer_us posted...


But what you're seeing in that trailer isn't really indicative of the gameplay, which is basically just like every anime styled visual novel out there. There are multiple choice events and a long text-based storyline, mostly accompanied by still images and the occasional FMV. 428 and Machi are also the only visual novels to ever get a 40/40 in Famitsu. I highly recommend both games, even if Machi has aged a bit poorly in terms of the 90's vibe you get from it. Machi is on the Sega Saturn, PS1, and PSP. Meanwhile, 428 cn be played on the Wii, PSP, or PS3.

There's also not any of the typical overt sexualization of the female characters as is usually commonplace in most visual novels.


Thats great but its still lacking any art style which is why FMV games went the way of the dodo bird. Most people dont care for live action in their games.

Basically my point is I'm kinda tired of these games reusing minimalist design elements from the early 90's.
Especially on more powerful systems.
I did like Hotel Dusk and Another Code R for their improvements in design. As well as Catherine.

Beyond: Twin Souls looks impressive though.
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