Posted by RPGee (763 posts) 1 year, 10 months ago

Poll: Is it possible to have a good Let's Play of a Visual Novel? (18 votes)

Yes it is. 44%
No it is not. 33%
That's not easy to answer. 22%
I dislike Let's Plays/Visual Novels entirely. 0%

A fairly straight-forward question, but one worth asking, I suppose.

So, in a mass Skype chat I'm in, a person said that it was not possible for there to be a good Let's Play of visual novels, since it essentially boiled down to some dude reading text on the Internet. I disagreed with him, but it is a question worth putting a little bit of thought to. And it also got me thinking: in some ways, does Persona 4 boil down to a visual novel format, considering it is the player absorbing only content presented to them in a rigorously formatted structure?

Remember, no YouTube spamming, you people, this is about discussion. If you do have any good or bad examples of the topic's contention, it wouldn't be the worst idea to mention them as backing of an argument.

GIFs are probably fine as well.

#1 Posted by JasonR86 (9742 posts) -

Sure. Why not?

#2 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2031 posts) -

Game, set, match motherfucker.

But really, it comes down to personality. If you can spin a joke really well, then there's loads of material in visual novels ripe for making fun of. MetaDating works because of the hosts mostly, and in this one it only helps that it's Hatoful Boyfriend. It might not be the best idea to start out LP'ing with visual novels, though...

#3 Edited by audioBusting (1663 posts) -

I think it depends on what you're looking for in a Let's Play. What constitutes a good LP? I think it's not easy to answer this question.

#4 Posted by MyNiceIceLife (641 posts) -

Would be funny to see someone play School Days and get one of the bad endings, although there would be those awkward moments.

#5 Posted by Levius (1255 posts) -

Only if the hosts get the tone just right like Jeff and Vinny, otherwise 90% of the time it's probably best to leave it as a long play.

#6 Posted by TobbRobb (4886 posts) -

I think it's possible but really hard. A few key things you need are: A group. One guy can't easily carry such a time consuming and low profile experience. You need interest and or investment in the story or characters (alternatively you could just ridicule it for entertainment, I GUESS). If you don't care, then why would the viewer. Let's players influence the viewer's opinion way more than either side cares to admit.

So basically, bring a friend or two, make sure everyone is into it and make sure you have some stuff to talk about inbetween. Voicing the dialogue by assigning characters could make a big difference too.

I think Day9s series when he plays VNs with some other guys are fairly entertaining, they could be a good reference point.

And for the record, I think Persona is WAY, WAY more suited for let's plays then a run of the mill VN. Persona breaks up the pace and the actions in lots of different ways and requires more player input. It's a game while VNs are more like books.

#7 Posted by Winternet (8082 posts) -

If you want to watch someone click X for a bunch of the game, then Persona 4 fits right in.

#8 Edited by AndrewB (7692 posts) -

I like visual novels, but no, a quick look would only be entertaining with specific people for specific reasons for specific people, like me. It would be about as boring as "shooter X" quick looks are to me for everyone else.

Edit: by quick look, I mean let's play. I had Giant Bomb on the mind for obvious reasons. Basically what I mean is that you'd be appealing to a niche within a niche. I'd rather experience a visual novel in silence even if through video. I did happen to watch a little Virtue's Last Reward let's play action before the game had reached my door because I couldn't wait any longer, but I was constantly irritated by the commentary.