Visual Novel

Symphonic Rain HD Remaster Arrives on Steam

There aren’t very many games that combine the visual novel and music genres. One of the best from the early 2000s was Symphonic Rain, which just got a remaster and Steam release! Featuring visuals remastered by the original character artist Siro, and with an official English translation, this HD translation is one fans of visual novels won’t want to miss.

Backlog Burndown #22 – Highschool Possession

Greetings Backloggers! While I struggle through thirty-five year old shareware classics, this week I also took on one of Dharker Studio’s Visual Novels. Highschool Possession is one of their earlier titles released in 2015, and has been in my backlog since February 2016.

Backlog Burndown #19 – Kansei

Greetings Backloggers! This week I covered another Visual Novel, Kansei. The sequel to Jisei, Kansei picks up the story of our mysterious protagonist the day after the end of the previous game.

Backlog Burndown #18 – Invisible Zero

Greetings Backloggers! Thanks to some timely support from the team at Vysoko Anime Productions, I was able to resume and complete Invisible Apartment Zero this week! Huge props to them for diagnosing my game crash and giving me a workaround after seeing my post on the Steam community forums.

Fairy Fencer F Dark Advent Force (Steam) Review

With the way games are published today, more and more obscure titles reach world wide audiences. With the market clearly hungry for Japanese culture in gaming, what with sales of the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy reaching the top of the charts on occasion, there has never been a better time to be a fan of JRPGs. There are so many to choose from with a vast array of sub-genres and styles. Fairy Fe...[Read More]

Backlog Burndown #011 – Not a Happy Ending?

Greetings Backloggers! After a few weeks of old school console gaming pain, I needed a break. Something simple. Something that wouldn’t challenge my reflexes. Something cheerful and uplifting.

Backlog Burndown #5: Comfort Food and Jisei

Greetings Backloggers! What’s your gaming”comfort food”? When things get weird in life, in the world, or in general, what’s your gaming answer? For me it’s driving games. Nothing like focusing your world down to extracting a few tenths of a second more from your Ring time in Forza, or rumbling around Europe building your virtual trucking empire in Euro Truck Sim 2. I&...[Read More]

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice Review

Phoenix Wright is a character that has earned his place in gaming, coming out of nowhere to be a unique character that has found his way into the expanded works of Capcom. Many may know him for his signature finger-pointing while shouting “Objection!”, but behind this rather simplistic lawyer is a standout series of games that take the visual novel genre and apply logical decision-maki...[Read More]

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

In his newest entry, Phoenix Wright travels to the country of Khura'in, a place where lawyers are hated and trials are done through seance trials performed by the religious leader, Royal Priestess Rayfa, which are treated as absolute truth.

Zero Time Dilemma

Zero Time Dilemma is a cinematic adventure game hitting the 3DS, Vita, and Windows, as a middle entry between 999 and Virtue's Last Reward. Escape-the-Room style puzzles and fully voiced cutscenes deviate from the typical visual novel gameplay established by its obscure legacy.

Asagao Academy Available Now

I said goodbye to traditional television about four years ago, spending my time instead with games, books, comics, and Youtube. Youtube is a space with thousands of truly talented, creative people, especially in the gaming space. I love Youtube to the point that I create content on my own channel, inspired by those I’ve watched over the years. Over time, I came to regularly tune into channel...[Read More]

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