Katawa Shoujo: Don't knock it 'till you've tried it

Posted by MattyFTM (14364 posts) -

So I've never played a visual novel before. I never really saw the appeal. It seems weird calling them games at all. In reality you're reading a story and occasionally making choices which affect the story in different ways. In principle it doesn't sound bad, but especially with dating sims they just didn't really take my fancy. But I recently, after much convincing from Swoxx on the Giant Bomb PC Gaming Hub IRC, I decided to give Katawa Shoujo a go. I did it mostly so I could say "I played it, it was rubbish" to shut him up. But my experience with the game ended up being phenomenal. I didn't expect anything like it. Assuming we consider it a video game, it's one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had.

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Katawa Shoujo is a freeware Japanese-style dating sim set in a disabled school, in which all of the potential love interests have a disability. Now bear with me, because when I first heard of the game I reacted badly too. Knowing that it originated from 4chan didn't help my initial impressions either. I promptly called it a "Disabled girl boning simulator" and filed it away in the darkest corner of my brain which I refer to as "things I wish I didn't know about" alongside Rapelay, squid porn and other similar monstrosities. It sounded horrible. A game in which the aim is to fuck one of 5 disabled girls. What kind of sick pervert would play that?

But after playing the game, I realize that my initial reaction was completely wrong. The game isn't about having sex with disabled girls. Nothing could be further from the truth, really. Yes, there are sex scenes but they are short and aren't the focus of the game. I'll get to them later. To sum up the story, Katawa Shoujo tells follows Hisao Nakai. In his final year of Japanese High School he suffers a heart attack and is diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, arrhythmia. After spending months in hospital, he is finally released but must attend a new school dedicated to the care and education of disabled students.

The first thing that struck me upon playing was the high production values. Coming from a team working across the internet, everything from the art to the writing and even the music was extremely impressive. While I haven't played any commercial games of this style, I imagine it compares favourably to them. As I went into the story, I only became more impressed. Firstly you have Hisao who is coming to grips with his newly diagnosed condition, and getting used to attending a school filled with students with all manner of disabilities. There's an awkwardness in his character that represents human nature. He is unsure how to react around these sensitive issues. He shows humanity and through time, grows more comfortable with the situation he finds himself in.

Onto the 5 potential love interests interests in the game, each with a different disability. It would be easy for a game based on dating disabled girls to make all of them frail and timid, with the protagonist coming along and rescuing them from falling into depression. But it completely avoids that trap. It handles the entire situation with tact and sensitivity. Each of the girls have adapted to their disabilities and it does not consume their life. They have all overcome them to the point where everything they do is second nature. The most defining aspect of each character isn't their disability, but their unique personality.

There is the bubbly & happy go lucky Emi, the shy & reserved Hanako, the weird tomboy Rin, the dignified & well spoken Lilly and the assertive & competitive Shizune. I don't feel a need to define them by their disabilities because their disabilities don't define them. They are unique and vibrant characters. On face value, some of the characters seem very one dimensional and stereotypical. That was a real concern when I wound up heading down the Emi storyline. I was expecting a very one dimensional and stereotypical cheery anime girl. But she opened up and became a far more diverse character, and I'm reliably informed that same is true of the other storylines too.

I don't want to talk about the details of the storyline because that could spoil it for someone, but Emi's story a profound effect on me. I became extremely emotionally attached to the the characters. The writing is great; It's probably slightly amateurish and maybe there is a little too much fluff, but regardless of the downfalls it does a great job of injecting emotion into the characters. It turned a handful of drawings into believable characters. Characters who I cared about. I'm not ashamed to admit that there was one point in the story that almost had me in tears. It was an emotional rollercoaster. Something which I most certainly wasn't expecting. I didn't think I could ever get that emotionally invested in a video game, yet I did.

The lemon scented lube scene

Of course, Katawa Shojou isn't perfect. For a start, I greatly disliked the sex scenes. Two of them were OK. They were believable and seemed like situations that Hisao and Emi could find themselves in, and were reasonably tasteful. It still felt creepy to me. While the game insists that all the girls are over 18, Emi looks really young. But I could believe the situations and it wasn't too explicit, so it wasn't that bad. But there was another sex scene. The middle sex scene. It featured... lemon scented lube. It was totally weird and extremely out of place. Everything from the reasoning why they were doing it, to where they were doing it and their reaction during and after was downright weird. There was nothing "sexy" about the scene at all. I get that they are young and don't know what they're doing. It's supposed to be clumsy and mechanical. But it's not supposed to be like that.

I should note that it is possible to these scenes off in the settings if you wish. That seems like it might be a good option, although they didn't detract from my overall experience with the game. They are all short and certainly not the focus of the game. The other annoying thing in the game is Kenji, a comic relief character who lives in the dorm room next door to Hisao. Simply put, he's a complete nutter who keeps going on about a "feminist conspiracy" he believes in. At the best of times it's a bit annoying, and when you're emotionally invested in the story and you want to continue with it, Kenji showing up is the last thing you want. I found myself saying "fuck off Kenji" aloud during the game once or twice, and then frantically clicking past his dialogue, barely reading a word.

Overall it is a fantastic experience. It's something I wholeheartedly recommend that other people try. I've heard mixed reactions from other people. Some find it lackluster, others have a similar experience to me. Either way it's free, so you've got nothing to lose trying it out. Or you could judge it prematurely and never get to experience it at all, like I almost did.

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#1 Edited by MattyFTM (14364 posts) -

So I've never played a visual novel before. I never really saw the appeal. It seems weird calling them games at all. In reality you're reading a story and occasionally making choices which affect the story in different ways. In principle it doesn't sound bad, but especially with dating sims they just didn't really take my fancy. But I recently, after much convincing from Swoxx on the Giant Bomb PC Gaming Hub IRC, I decided to give Katawa Shoujo a go. I did it mostly so I could say "I played it, it was rubbish" to shut him up. But my experience with the game ended up being phenomenal. I didn't expect anything like it. Assuming we consider it a video game, it's one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had.

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Katawa Shoujo is a freeware Japanese-style dating sim set in a disabled school, in which all of the potential love interests have a disability. Now bear with me, because when I first heard of the game I reacted badly too. Knowing that it originated from 4chan didn't help my initial impressions either. I promptly called it a "Disabled girl boning simulator" and filed it away in the darkest corner of my brain which I refer to as "things I wish I didn't know about" alongside Rapelay, squid porn and other similar monstrosities. It sounded horrible. A game in which the aim is to fuck one of 5 disabled girls. What kind of sick pervert would play that?

But after playing the game, I realize that my initial reaction was completely wrong. The game isn't about having sex with disabled girls. Nothing could be further from the truth, really. Yes, there are sex scenes but they are short and aren't the focus of the game. I'll get to them later. To sum up the story, Katawa Shoujo tells follows Hisao Nakai. In his final year of Japanese High School he suffers a heart attack and is diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, arrhythmia. After spending months in hospital, he is finally released but must attend a new school dedicated to the care and education of disabled students.

The first thing that struck me upon playing was the high production values. Coming from a team working across the internet, everything from the art to the writing and even the music was extremely impressive. While I haven't played any commercial games of this style, I imagine it compares favourably to them. As I went into the story, I only became more impressed. Firstly you have Hisao who is coming to grips with his newly diagnosed condition, and getting used to attending a school filled with students with all manner of disabilities. There's an awkwardness in his character that represents human nature. He is unsure how to react around these sensitive issues. He shows humanity and through time, grows more comfortable with the situation he finds himself in.

Onto the 5 potential love interests interests in the game, each with a different disability. It would be easy for a game based on dating disabled girls to make all of them frail and timid, with the protagonist coming along and rescuing them from falling into depression. But it completely avoids that trap. It handles the entire situation with tact and sensitivity. Each of the girls have adapted to their disabilities and it does not consume their life. They have all overcome them to the point where everything they do is second nature. The most defining aspect of each character isn't their disability, but their unique personality.

There is the bubbly & happy go lucky Emi, the shy & reserved Hanako, the weird tomboy Rin, the dignified & well spoken Lilly and the assertive & competitive Shizune. I don't feel a need to define them by their disabilities because their disabilities don't define them. They are unique and vibrant characters. On face value, some of the characters seem very one dimensional and stereotypical. That was a real concern when I wound up heading down the Emi storyline. I was expecting a very one dimensional and stereotypical cheery anime girl. But she opened up and became a far more diverse character, and I'm reliably informed that same is true of the other storylines too.

I don't want to talk about the details of the storyline because that could spoil it for someone, but Emi's story a profound effect on me. I became extremely emotionally attached to the the characters. The writing is great; It's probably slightly amateurish and maybe there is a little too much fluff, but regardless of the downfalls it does a great job of injecting emotion into the characters. It turned a handful of drawings into believable characters. Characters who I cared about. I'm not ashamed to admit that there was one point in the story that almost had me in tears. It was an emotional rollercoaster. Something which I most certainly wasn't expecting. I didn't think I could ever get that emotionally invested in a video game, yet I did.

The lemon scented lube scene

Of course, Katawa Shojou isn't perfect. For a start, I greatly disliked the sex scenes. Two of them were OK. They were believable and seemed like situations that Hisao and Emi could find themselves in, and were reasonably tasteful. It still felt creepy to me. While the game insists that all the girls are over 18, Emi looks really young. But I could believe the situations and it wasn't too explicit, so it wasn't that bad. But there was another sex scene. The middle sex scene. It featured... lemon scented lube. It was totally weird and extremely out of place. Everything from the reasoning why they were doing it, to where they were doing it and their reaction during and after was downright weird. There was nothing "sexy" about the scene at all. I get that they are young and don't know what they're doing. It's supposed to be clumsy and mechanical. But it's not supposed to be like that.

I should note that it is possible to these scenes off in the settings if you wish. That seems like it might be a good option, although they didn't detract from my overall experience with the game. They are all short and certainly not the focus of the game. The other annoying thing in the game is Kenji, a comic relief character who lives in the dorm room next door to Hisao. Simply put, he's a complete nutter who keeps going on about a "feminist conspiracy" he believes in. At the best of times it's a bit annoying, and when you're emotionally invested in the story and you want to continue with it, Kenji showing up is the last thing you want. I found myself saying "fuck off Kenji" aloud during the game once or twice, and then frantically clicking past his dialogue, barely reading a word.

Overall it is a fantastic experience. It's something I wholeheartedly recommend that other people try. I've heard mixed reactions from other people. Some find it lackluster, others have a similar experience to me. Either way it's free, so you've got nothing to lose trying it out. Or you could judge it prematurely and never get to experience it at all, like I almost did.

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#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@MattyFTM said:

These are my pictures, aren't they?

#3 Posted by MattyFTM (14364 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: I got them off the wiki. If you uploaded those images to the wiki, then yeah.

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#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I uploaded a billion of the goddamn things. I could probably do a playthrough if I could find some way to get past the nudity thing. (I'm not turning off the adult mode, damn it.)

#5 Edited by Swoxx (2988 posts) -

You're very welcome Matt!

This "game" is the biggest surprise I've ever had. I downloaded it to laugh at it. Instead it turned out to be one very emotionally engaging and immersive experience.

Everyone I've seen give it a shot has had the exact same reaction "Wtf is this hentai bullshit?" followed by trying it and then coming back and showering it with praise.

Everyone should give this visual novel a try. It's going to be high on my top 10 list for 2012, I know it already.

And people worried that this is a fucking simulator or something. The sex scenes are such a small part of the story, and they only act to further the story.

Man, I still can't believe how much I enjoyed it.

Also this:

I'm not ashamed to admit that there was one point in the story that almost had me in tears. It was an emotional rollercoaster.
#6 Posted by JasonR86 (9651 posts) -

You know what I got out of what I just read? The game is set in a High School, which for some reason specializes in helping the high need kids who are all special cases and likely require a lot of attention, where the protagonist (who is a minor) has sex with other minors after, of course, building a 'relationship'.

Am I wrong?

#7 Edited by MattyFTM (14364 posts) -

@JasonR86 said:

You know what I got out of what I just read? The game is set in a High School, which for some reason specializes in helping the high need kids who are all special cases and likely require a lot of attention, where the protagonist (who is a minor) has sex with other minors after, of course, building a 'relationship'.

Am I wrong?

Sort of. The games story says that all the characters are 18+, but one or two, especially Emi, look young.

But seriously, I know what you're thinking about that summary, and I had the exact same initial reaction to you. It sounded horrible. Then I played it and my entire opinion changed.

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#8 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

I haven't "played" the game for very long but I've found most of the art work to not be that great and most of the story to be dull. I'll give it a little more time.

#9 Posted by TobbRobb (4588 posts) -

@JasonR86: You got it in the wrong order. It's building a realtionship (5h) then having sex (30sec). Most of the cases the sex isn't even the payoff, it's just a scene among many.

IMO, they felt a bit like hollywood sex, short, awkward, immediately forgotten.

The part about minors... They are supposedly 18, but I'm not gonna kid myself. Whatever, 15 is still A-OK in sweden.

#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@TobbRobb said:

The part about minors... They are supposedly 18, but I'm not gonna kid myself. Whatever, 15 is still A-OK in sweden.

TobbRobb: fucks high school girls and proud of it.

#11 Posted by TobbRobb (4588 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Around here it's legal ^^, and I'm only 18 anyhow, wouldn't be weird.

#12 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19321 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:

So I've never played a visual novel before. I never really saw the appeal. It seems weird calling them games at all.

I'm going to read through the whole thing but, dude, you should really play the Ace Attorney games.
#13 Posted by MattyFTM (14364 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ said:

@MattyFTM said:

So I've never played a visual novel before. I never really saw the appeal. It seems weird calling them games at all.

I'm going to read through the whole thing but, dude, you should really play the Ace Attorney games.

The Ace Attorney game always looked cool. I would have played them. But I just never got around to it.

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#14 Posted by JasonR86 (9651 posts) -

@MattyFTM said:

@JasonR86 said:

You know what I got out of what I just read? The game is set in a High School, which for some reason specializes in helping the high need kids who are all special cases and likely require a lot of attention, where the protagonist (who is a minor) has sex with other minors after, of course, building a 'relationship'.

Am I wrong?

Sort of. The games story says that all the characters are 18+, but one or two, especially Emi, look young.

But seriously, I know what you're thinking about that summary, and I had the exact same initial reaction to you. It sounded horrible. Then I played it and my entire opinion changed.

I suppose. The game probably isn't for me anyway because I usually don't like any media that focuses too strongly on relationships (oddly I'm a mental health therapist so figure that one out).

#15 Posted by spazmaster666 (1966 posts) -

Hmm, been a while since I played a bishoujo VN so I may give this a shot.

#16 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

I was going to post a blog that more or less said the exact same thing, but you've stolen my thunder for the day it seems.

Great blog though, glad to see others are enjoying the game. I've finished all the routes and Emi's is still my favorite, though I've got to admit that I found the lemon scene more funny than off-putting.

The craziest thing is that Emi is actually the oldest of all of them.

I'll also say that if someone is interested in playing the game they shouldn't turn the adult content off - they definitely move the narrative forward and serve an important purpose (believe it or not.)

I can't fathom how someone would click past Kenji's dialogue though. He's one of the best parts of the game!

#17 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19321 posts) -

I usually have no tolerance for any media that revolves around romantic relationships. Whether it be movies (hated Scott Pilgrim), music or games... I can't stand it. With Katawa Shoujo, though, it was different. Not sure why, but perhaps because the focus wasn't so much on the relationship between Hisao and one of the girls, but really on the girls themselves and their personality, lives and issues. Indeed, I found some of the sex scenes to be unnecessary, but many of them felt natural instead of pandering. 
 
I didn't like the lack of choice the player has (very few dialogue options and such), but the story was enjoyable nonetheless. I liked the game a lot more when I played through it a second time. The first time, I ended up with Emi, who I wasn't too fond of. Afterwards, I decided to pursue Rin, who I found to be far more interesting. I don't think I'll play it again for a while, but it seems that the most liked path is Lilly's, so I know I'll play the game again eventually.

#18 Edited by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

Man, you guys should play some other VN's, there's some great stuff out there.

I thought Katawa Shoujo was okay! turned out way better than I expected it to. I had some issues with it though, mainly some uneven art, less than good writing and the MC..perhaps it doesn't help that I've played a buuuuuuuuuunch of high budget VN's.

It's great to see that people here enjoy the concept of VN's, if only they'd localize the majority of the Japanese releases.

#19 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19321 posts) -
@Cloudenvy said: 

It's great to see that people here enjoy the concept of VN's, if only they'd localize the majority of the Japanese releases.

When even Ace Attorney Investigations 2 isn't getting localized, you know the genre is fucked in the west. Hopefully Good People Die is getting localized because I loved 999.
#20 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

Fucking hentai. 
 
Since you and Swoxx wouldn't stop talking about it, eh, I'll try it :P 
 
Fucking hentai.

#21 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

The short girl in that last picture looks to be about 13 years old.

#22 Posted by Enigma777 (6070 posts) -

Goddammit! Not another one. Stop it Swoxx! Stop turning our people into cripple lovers!

#23 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ said:

@Cloudenvy said:

It's great to see that people here enjoy the concept of VN's, if only they'd localize the majority of the Japanese releases.

When even Ace Attorney Investigations 2 isn't getting localized, you know the genre is fucked in the west. Hopefully Good People Die is getting localized because I loved 999.

They've even stopped Ace now? jebus..Well, we can always hope.

That or depend on English patches or guides for the rest of our days.

#24 Posted by MattyFTM (14364 posts) -

@benjaebe said:

I was going to post a blog that more or less said the exact same thing, but you've stolen my thunder for the day it seems.

Great blog though, glad to see others are enjoying the game. I've finished all the routes and Emi's is still my favorite, though I've got to admit that I found the lemon scene more funny than off-putting.

The craziest thing is that Emi is actually the oldest of all of them.

I'll also say that if someone is interested in playing the game they shouldn't turn the adult content off - they definitely move the narrative forward and serve an important purpose (believe it or not.)

I can't fathom how someone would click past Kenji's dialogue though. He's one of the best parts of the game!

In hindsight, I can certainly see a humorous side to the lemon lube scene too, but at the time I was just staring at it thinking "What the fuck?". I mean, it seemed shoehorned in and didn't seem like something those characters would do.

And I can't believe you actually liked Kenji. I'm certainly not the only one I've talked to about the game that hated him. He was practically just running up to you, saying "Look at me, I'm crazy!!! Waaaaaaaa!!!!! Here is some crazy shit I've done!!!" every 30 minutes. I wouldn't have minded a bit of comic relief occasionally if it was actually funny, but I didn't find Kenji to be funny.

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#25 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4970 posts) -

Goddamn it. Fine, I'll try this. FINE!

#26 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

@MattyFTM said:

In hindsight, I can certainly see a humorous side to the lemon lube scene too, but at the time I was just staring at it thinking "What the fuck?". I mean, it seemed shoehorned in and didn't seem like something those characters would do.

And I can't believe you actually liked Kenji. I'm certainly not the only one I've talked to about the game that hated him. He was practically just running up to you, saying "Look at me, I'm crazy!!! Waaaaaaaa!!!!! Here is some crazy shit I've done!!!" every 30 minutes. I wouldn't have minded a bit of comic relief occasionally if it was actually funny, but I didn't find Kenji to be funny.

Kenji was decently funny in Emi's route, but play through Shizune's and he's hilarious. I think it's because each writer handled their own route and did their own Kenji scenes.

#27 Posted by TobbRobb (4588 posts) -

@benjaebe: That explains why Rin's route had 0 Kenji... Someone didn't think he was that funny.

#28 Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497 (559 posts) -

What Katawa Shoujo turned out to be is definitely not what I was expecting, in the best possible way. The maturity of the story-telling was a real surprise and the characterization was really well done. I have to play it again though, as I clearly made some very wrong decisions and died before really getting to know any of the girls. As an American I found it to be a wholly unique experience because, obviously, nothing like this ever comes out here.

#29 Posted by MattyFTM (14364 posts) -

@TobbRobb: Suddenly it seems very appealing to try out Rin's route if I do a second playthrough.

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#30 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@MattyFTM said:

@TobbRobb: Suddenly it seems very appealing to try out Rin's route if I do a second playthrough.

You haven't done her route, yet? It's the best.

#31 Posted by ZombiePie (5629 posts) -

This all said I'm still not going to open up the rules against Japanese porn games.

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#32 Posted by Rehtayne (127 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Unless you find Rin's character to be absolutely annoying, of course.

#33 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Rehtayne said:

@Video_Game_King: Unless you find Rin's character to be absolutely annoying, of course.

Huh? You're not . What blasphemy is this?

#34 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@ZombiePie:

What if we censor it well enough?

#35 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Rehtayne said:

@Video_Game_King: Unless you find Rin's character to be absolutely annoying, of course.

Huh? You're not . What blasphemy is this?

Hah! I'm not alone on this!

#36 Posted by MattyFTM (14364 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@MattyFTM said:

@TobbRobb: Suddenly it seems very appealing to try out Rin's route if I do a second playthrough.

You haven't done her route, yet? It's the best.

I don't know if I want to play it again yet. I'm worried that doing another route will somehow spoil the first playthrough. I really loved the Emi route, and I'm happy with that being my story in the game. I've been jokingly saying that I'd feel like I was cheating on Emi :P. But similarly I'd love to play more of the game. I don't know.

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#37 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Do it. Her route isn't all that good, anyway, all things considered. Once you play as Rin or Hanako, it's gonna be hard to go back to Emi.

#38 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Kenji is the best.

#39 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish said:

Kenji is the best.

YOU are Kenji:

Can you honestly say that this would be out of character for you?
#40 Edited by MattyFTM (14364 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish said:

Kenji is the best.

Wait... Is he doing a Horatio Caine in that picture? Is Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who going to play any second?

I think Kenji might just have redeemed himself :P

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#41 Edited by Poki3 (525 posts) -

All I can say it... you should play the other routes :P

Welcome aboard.

PS: I felt the same way after doing my first run through, thinking that I wouldn't be able to detach myself from what I've seen before etc. Just give yourself a little time to get over it and try a different route. Maybe you'll like it more, maybe less, but in the end nothing will happen to the one you played first.

#42 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -
@Video_Game_King: No, no I cannot.
#43 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@MattyFTM: That doesn't redeem the other 95% where I had to skip through his dialogue or I would've died!

#44 Posted by Xel (128 posts) -

I've played through Hanako's route and Shizunes route and want to try Emi's next.

As for Kenji, I love the guy. Every scene he's in has cracked me up!

#45 Posted by ZombiePie (5629 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@MattyFTM said:

@TobbRobb: Suddenly it seems very appealing to try out Rin's route if I do a second playthrough.

You haven't done her route, yet? It's the best.

The Rectification is still in effect so it depends on context. You cannot add images that contain nudity to the database without moderator permission, and more importantly you cannot add eroge games to the database without moderator permission.

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#46 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Do it. Her route isn't all that good, anyway, all things considered. Once you play as Rin or Hanako, it's gonna be hard to go back to Emi.

Blasphemy! Emi's is still my favorite. I didn't really care for Rin or Hanako all that much though. Different routes will resonate with different people, though I'm pretty sure the one thing we can all agree on is how poor the second half of Shizune's is.

#47 Posted by JackSukeru (5908 posts) -

I've been sorta interested in trying this, some guy saying it was full of bad writing put me off it a bit, even if I knew it shouldn't have. The only dating sim I've ever played is this one which a friend lent me about...nine years ago, I think. Ah the memories.

Actually I suggested to that same friend that we would play through Katawa Shoujo together, Endurance Run style! but he seemed to be very put off by the disabled girls.

#48 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@benjaebe said:

@Video_Game_King said:

Do it. Her route isn't all that good, anyway, all things considered. Once you play as Rin or Hanako, it's gonna be hard to go back to Emi.

Blasphemy! Emi's is still my favorite. I didn't really care for Rin or Hanako all that much though. Different routes will resonate with different people, though I'm pretty sure the one thing we can all agree on is how poor the second half of Shizune's is.

But you also like Kenji, so your opinion doesn't count and it never will!

#49 Posted by TobbRobb (4588 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@Rehtayne said:

@Video_Game_King: Unless you find Rin's character to be absolutely annoying, of course.

Huh? You're not . What blasphemy is this?

Hah! I'm not alone on this!

You people are crazy! How is she annoying?

Can't handle a smartass?

#50 Posted by kingzetta (4307 posts) -

I remember hearing on waring huge podcast, that one of these dating sims S.O.S button. When you push it your in-game girlfriend will convince real life you not to kill yourself. Then there was a real resort promoting "couple's weekends." but the couple was you and your in game girlfriend.

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