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#1 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

So since Visual novel like games became a bit more popular with stuff like 999 I really hope people here also will be interested in this game which will be released in a week (The limited Edition) and next month the normal one. For people who do not know what this game or story is about:

Okabe Rintarou -- aka Okarin -- is an eccentric college student who dreams of conspiracy and chaos. Adopting the persona of a mad scientist, he spends his time developing oddball gadgets with his friends in their makeshift laboratory.

One day, they accidentally discover that one of their inventions can send emails into the past. In other words, they have created a time machine.

SERN, John Titor, the IBN 5100, the Butterfly Effect, and the 11 theories of time travel -- when chance brings these elements together in Akihabara, Japan, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

What will Okarin choose when he holds the future in his hands?

Personally I have never watched the Anime so I will go in relatively blind but due to the really good reception of this game I am petty excited to be honest. For the uninformed this game is rated M for a reason. As far as I know there will be no explicit sex scenes or full frontal nudity but several forms of violence and also sexual themes which could be uncomfortable for some people. I doubt it is on a Saya no Uta level but since I never watched the anime or played the game so far I can not say that this is 100% true.

Here is some old trailer:

So anyone here interested or already played the game?

#2 Posted by BeachThunder (11713 posts) -

:o I've heard good things about this. It's good to know there will be an English PC version.

#3 Posted by wokey (7 posts) -

Oh man really? I watched the anime and really loved it! I will definitely look into buying it, thanks for revealing this to me!

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#4 Posted by Aetheldod (3514 posts) -

Looks interesting ... havent seen the anime either but now it on my radar

#5 Posted by Wolfgame (695 posts) -

Nice, was thinking about making a post on this game too as we near release. I preordered the limited edition from Jbox, I won't be able to get involved with it until some time in May when semester is over, but I am anxiously waiting. I have avoided everything except very minor details on the story so that I can stay away from spoilers. That's the thing with most VNs if you lose the story you don't have a whole lot left to get into. Anyways, I am glad to see some activity on visual novels, especially around here.

#6 Edited by bigjeffrey (4809 posts) -

It's been like 1 or 2 weeks since i binged watched through the Anime and Movie.

its fuckign awesome

#7 Posted by ChrisTaran (1569 posts) -

Have it pre-ordered. Been looking forward to it for awhile! The anime got me hooked on this franchise.

#8 Posted by jiggajoe14 (656 posts) -

The anime is god damn stellar. This could be interesting to check out.

#9 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19308 posts) -

I might, if it wasn't coming out on April 30th for anyone who didn't get the limited edition.

#10 Posted by Poppduder (460 posts) -

@darji: I've watched you go from 350 posts to 5,000+ and you still haven't picked out an avatar. C'mon, man.

#11 Posted by Jrad (621 posts) -

The moment this comes out on Steam I'm buying a copy for everyone on my friend's list. This game's great. We need more amazing VNs translated and brought over.

#12 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5265 posts) -

Wow, that's awesome. I've had the anime saved for a rainy day and haven't watched it yet, but I'm still really interested regardless. I'll have to find a way to play this once I watch the show.

#13 Posted by TruthTellah (8562 posts) -

Yeah, Steins;Gate is a nice visual novel. I'm going to get this new version, and I hope many others will, too.

(@darji were you on vacation? I noticed you haven't been around in the last two weeks.)

#14 Posted by Karkarov (3001 posts) -

Probably one of the half dozen VN games that exist I might actually buy. The anime and the novels are quite good for those who care. In fact it handles time travel better than most major sci fi dramas/hollywood movies do.

#15 Posted by Aetheldod (3514 posts) -

@jrad said:

The moment this comes out on Steam I'm buying a copy for everyone on my friend's list. This game's great. We need more amazing VNs translated and brought over.

Can I be your steam friend ;D ?

#16 Posted by Hunter5024 (5551 posts) -

I love the anime, so I'm really looking forward to this.

#17 Edited by Sinusoidal (1299 posts) -

I thought the anime was the most overrated, moe-riddled pile of shit anime I've seen in recent memory... so no.

I couldn't get past the doe-eyed moron of a sister, (the main character's motivation for everything that happens) who is supposed to be a grown adult, yet consistently acts like a fucking helpless three year-old. Is it cool to act like you have brain damage in Japan?

#18 Posted by Mcfart (1556 posts) -

It's very good. The anime was good, but lots of perhipory stuff was cut out. If you didn't like the anime, don't get.

#19 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@mcfart said:

It's very good. The anime was good, but lots of perhipory stuff was cut out. If you didn't like the anime, don't get.

That is why many people think the Visual Novel is better. Also i offers different endings and storylines.

#20 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4932 posts) -

@darji: I've watched you go from 350 posts to 5,000+ and you still haven't picked out an avatar. C'mon, man.

HE'S ALIVE! I thought he was banned or something. Anyway, @darji, if you want to I could find or make an avatar for you, just say what you're looking for and I will get it.

And Steins;Gate is quite good.

#21 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@alexandersheen: Thanks for the offer but in all honestly I never liked avatars that much. But If you want you can make me something. Does not even matter what as long it is not insulting. Also please no Nintendo related stuffXD

#22 Edited by Sinusoidal (1299 posts) -

@poppduder said:

@darji: I've watched you go from 350 posts to 5,000+ and you still haven't picked out an avatar. C'mon, man.

HE'S ALIVE! I thought he was banned or something. Anyway, @darji, if you want to I could find or make an avatar for you, just say what you're looking for and I will get it.

And Steins;Gate is quite good.

That's her. Is she saying "Hi, I'm a sub-human moron who needs her brother to dress her in the morning which is why I wear this extra short, baby blue sundress with spandex shorts underneath and old-lady hat every single day of my life!"?

I kid!

But no. Why must she act so freaking stupid?

#23 Posted by Village_Guy (2504 posts) -

Hey it's Darji, I was almost afraid you were gone for good, haven't seen you post in a while.

As for the topic on hand, I might, I do enjoy a Visual Novel from time to time. I'll be looking up some more info and keeping an eye out for this one.

#24 Posted by Forcen (1805 posts) -

How is this being distributed in English? Will they sell it on Steam? DRM free only? What sites will sell it?

#25 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@forcen said:

How is this being distributed in English? Will they sell it on Steam? DRM free only? What sites will sell it?

I think they are interested on bringing this to steam if they can, but right now. it is through their website.Right now you can buy the limited version which is a box with extras and will release ne one week, but you will receive a download code on day one as well, so you do not have to wait for the game to arrive. The regular version will be download only and will release one month later for whatever reason^^

http://www.jastusa.com/shop/steinsgate-limited.html

#26 Posted by Forcen (1805 posts) -
#27 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@forcen: Yeah it is not really good but to be honest here. They have to since this stuff is already really niche and most people just download the game anyway. As for DRM you also have to activate it online as well. But after one time activation you should be good

#28 Edited by ervonymous (1297 posts) -

I played the fan translation a couple years ago, it's pretty good. Might double-dip if it makes it to Steam and it should unless JAST, 5pb. and Nitroplus have too much money.

#29 Posted by Wolfgame (695 posts) -

@darji: @forcen:

may be conflicting information, I know that Jbox has been hyping up the fact game is drm free, even on their homepage updated this past week to hype games upcoming release it says this.

#30 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@ervonymous: Is this how she speaks or is this just some very bad fan translation? I hope the later one^^

#31 Posted by Forcen (1805 posts) -

@wolfgame: Maybe they are referring to the disc version. They Need more info on that site.

#32 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@wolfgame: Even better to know this. Honestly I do not care about DRM as much as long it works without problems I am fine with it.

#33 Edited by ervonymous (1297 posts) -
@darji said:

Is this how she speaks or is this just some very bad fan translation? I hope the later one^^

That's just Rintarou making fun of Makise's American badassitude, we'll have to see how much of the JAST translation is straight out of the fan one.

#34 Edited by Stefanten (54 posts) -

Are there any story ties between Chaos;Head and this? I wanted to play Chaos;Head but couldn't get it working, so is it okay to skip it?

#35 Posted by FlipperDesert (2082 posts) -
#36 Posted by AlexanderSheen (4932 posts) -

@darji: I didn't made the original, just cropped it but I thought it was pretty cool. If you can't recognize it then you don't belong to the Anime Discussion thread anymore.

#37 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@alexandersheen: Thanks. I will gladly take it and of course I know this. Great Anime even though the Manga right now is lacking a bit^^

#38 Posted by wohlf (41 posts) -

Super excited, I love buying good VNs that actually get localized. Steins;Gate has a great story and the art style is fantastic.

#39 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3053 posts) -

Probably, I enjoyed the anime. Not sure if its a first day buy but would be pretty bummed if they made a limited run of the english version of this game and in a couple of months the game is like 200 bucks.

#40 Posted by SteamRickroller (251 posts) -

I am VERY tempted to buy it, especially because the anime is supposed to be fucking amazing, maybe even one of the best ever made. But I think I might watch that first because of GBA games hitting Wii U VC next week and BlazBlue:CP

#41 Posted by Random45 (1061 posts) -

@darji said:

@forcen said:

How is this being distributed in English? Will they sell it on Steam? DRM free only? What sites will sell it?

I think they are interested on bringing this to steam if they can, but right now. it is through their website.Right now you can buy the limited version which is a box with extras and will release ne one week, but you will receive a download code on day one as well, so you do not have to wait for the game to arrive. The regular version will be download only and will release one month later for whatever reason^^

http://www.jastusa.com/shop/steinsgate-limited.html

God damn, sixty dollars? For a Visual Novel? Screw that!

Even the standard edition is 40 bucks, sheesh. I'd pay at most like 20-30 dollars for a VN, but even that is really pushing it. I feel like this is going to be pirated to high hell.

#42 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@random45: It is a very long game as far as I heard it takes over 50 hours if you want to do every route and even the first time it will take you roughly 30 hours. That is like 1 dollar and hour. And the 60$ version comes of course with extra stuff like an art book. It is a fair price in my opinion.

#43 Edited by Wolfgame (695 posts) -

@random45: people who were gonna pirate probably already have, I believe this VN was already fan translated some time ago, I hold out for official releases to buy because I honestly want to encourage more of these games to come out. This game releasing in an official capacity in our market + rated by ESRB is actually a very big deal imo.

#44 Edited by Random45 (1061 posts) -

@darji: Yeah, Visual Novels are definitely very long experiences, so looking at it from that angle it's definitely worth it. However, there's a distinct lack of almost any gameplay, they're more like books than games, and pricing them as high as forty to sixty dollars just makes me feel off.

That being said, I'll probably get the 40 dollar version just because I want to support more Visual Novels being translated and released over here. Plus, I haven't seen the anime, so I'll be going in completely blind, which is always fun.

Edit:

@wolfgame: Yep, exactly why I'm gonna support it even though I disagree with the pricing.

#45 Posted by XChairmanDrekX (280 posts) -

I've played it before, and I loved it, both the visual novel and the anime based on it. Tells a complex time-travel story that is still easy to follow, has a fantastic ending and next to no plot holes I could find. Certainly an achievement for time travel stories.

#46 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19308 posts) -

I guess they must have a lot of faith in the people buying this to support them, because delaying the standard downloadable edition by a month compared to the LE for a PC game is also a bad way to ensure people just pirate the game.

I wish this game just had a typical, non-weird Steam release. It'd be getting a lot more attention and, surely, sales that way.

#47 Edited by ervonymous (1297 posts) -
@stefanten said:

Are there any story ties between Chaos;Head and this? I wanted to play Chaos;Head but couldn't get it working, so is it okay to skip it?

Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes are a part of an ongoing series by 5pb. and Nitroplus, they're all independent stories with some recurring characters and winks & nods to the other titles so you're not missing anything substantial.

#48 Posted by Animasta (14650 posts) -

I thought the anime was the most overrated, moe-riddled pile of shit anime I've seen in recent memory... so no.

I couldn't get past the doe-eyed moron of a sister, (the main character's motivation for everything that happens) who is supposed to be a grown adult, yet consistently acts like a fucking helpless three year-old. Is it cool to act like you have brain damage in Japan?

First of all, she's like 17 (and not his sister). Secondly, she's barely helpless and I don't get the criticism; she acts like that for a reason (not the least of which is that she works at a maid cafe), and the only brain damagy thing she does is stardust shakehand or w/e which also happens for a reason.

#49 Posted by AndrewB (7510 posts) -

I am now.

Why the bleep haven't we seen a re-release of the Infinity series, now that the whole canonical series has finally been fan translated to a quality level (and one of them even had an official but no longer in print release)?

Also, I paid $100 to import the collector's edition of a VN *after* already playing through it. A quality visual novel is worth every penny. It's a great medium. It's too bad I'm a crazy outlier for their bottom line, though.

#50 Posted by Hunter5024 (5551 posts) -

@sinusoidal said:

I thought the anime was the most overrated, moe-riddled pile of shit anime I've seen in recent memory... so no.

I couldn't get past the doe-eyed moron of a sister, (the main character's motivation for everything that happens) who is supposed to be a grown adult, yet consistently acts like a fucking helpless three year-old. Is it cool to act like you have brain damage in Japan?

If you were held hostage by a mad scientist for years, you might act a little weird too.