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I like the idea of a visual novel, and feel that when done well they can be really good. Unfortunately, Steam seems to be plagued with these shitty cliche-filled anime ones which are driving me crazy. I'd love to play some, but I can't seem to filter my way through the big-titty Sakura games.
So, if you know any good non-anime related visual novels please recommend them. And just for the record, I am not saying that all anime VNs are bad, it's just that I've had a bad experience with them.
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Now that looks pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.
Note that this is the third one of the series.It's highly reccomended that you play the first two (999 and VLR) which are coming to Steam before this.
Did they give an estimated time of its arrival?
As far as I know,they didn't.
Not yet. And this game is cinematic, whereas the other 2 are more VN.
Invisible Apartment is anime in style but decent in writing. Hatoful Boyfriend is not anime in style but the writing sucks. and there's Over The Hills And Far Away.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/429940 short, free n decent
Life is Strange, Telltale games, and Cory in the House for the Nintendo DS
I've played a bunch of VN's, and I hate how sexual most of the popular ones are >~< I personally stand by Clannad being my favourite VN with practically no sexual bits (implied sex late game, but you gotta get a baby somehow XD nothing is shown, just it's says it happened). The game is mostly a Romantic comedy tragedy.
If you wana give it a go, here's the link ^_^ http://store.steampowered.com/app/324160/
Just be warned, this game loves to rip out your heart and tear it into many pieces multiple times as you bawl your eyes out ^_^" it's quite relentless in that.
Leviathan: The Last Day of the Decade
if you like CYOA there's also some variations e.g Choice of Games (bare text) , Tin Man Ganes (more RPG-ish)
I know you said no 'anime' but if you haven't tried these yet I recommend them:
Analogue: A Hate Story
Everlasting Summer <-It may look like a dating sim, but imo it's got some parts that make it better than a generic one + good music/art admittedly it's still a little fanservicey, but it's got a hidden horror route that makes up for it :]
I think these could be potentially good but I haven't tried them: Serafina's Crown, Black Closet , and Quantum Suicide (GL) , Omni Link (GL)
Then there's the hybrids with gameplay mixed in like
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action (haven't played it yet but should be good)
S.O.R.S (maybe not so much but some choices affect some levels).
Not sure what exactly you mean by anime vn's, not related to anime's at all, or not in an anime style, but katawa shoujo comes to mind
Edit: here a recommended list by someone on a vn forum
Not sure what you mean by non-anime related, but here are some suggestions, I haven't seen mentioned:
An Octave Higher If you go for the "true" ending it becomes serious and dramatic.
Magical Diary: Horse Hall funny one, mostly for female gamers, but have some male friends who enjoyed it too. From the same maker as Long Live the Queen
I was more looking for VNs without an anime style, however I might check out An Octave Higher, thanks.
What's your request, exactly? I think you're asking for Visual Novels without over-sexualized female characters, am I right?
If so, apart from all the previous suggestion, you should also take a look at these:
Of course, these are all anime-style Visual Novels, but they're some of the best ones, as it could be easily imagined by the price tags.
Besides, the Visual Novel genre is strongly tied to anime-style graphics, it's really rare to see one that isn't.
For future reference, the things you're trying to avoid are best called "Weeaboo trash fodder".
Yes, I am looking for VNs without the provocative characters of the female kind, which typically comes from anime-styled ones. I also find that ones related to the anime style are not well-written, and very cliched.
Higurashi and Danganronpa are solid choices. But Danganronpa has a little fan service at times.
Winter Voices. Not a visual novel per say but very much like one, plus turn-based battle elements. The story is good. There's a free demo of the first chapter.
You might like the Muv-Luv series, but you'd have to read them all three to get the full impact of the story which is an investment. The last part comes out sometime this Winter.. supposedly.
I think there is still fanservice here and there (if that bothers you), but it's not on the levels of the Sakura games you seem to want to avoid.