The Lost Child (PSV)
A dungeon crawler RPG developed by the Japanese Kadokawa Games led by Takayasu Sawaki - the creator of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. The main protagonist of The Lost Child is a journalist who investigates a suicide committed on the Shinjuku station in Tokyo. As it turns out, beings not from this world are involved in the entire mystery, and the main protagonist comes into possession of a weapon called Demon Gun Gangour, which is capable of enslaving the fallen angels. Players observe from the first-person perspective how the main protagonist ventures through vast underground tunnels and fights the demons crawling there. Combat is turn-based and the defeated enemies can be enslaved in order to use their unique traits in the battles to come. Occasionally, a player gets to the surface where he can acquire useful information from NPCs - the interactions have been designed to resemble the form of visual novels. The game features visuals resembling the ones featured in manga series.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PSV)
Adventure 10 October 2013
A detective adventure game from the visual novel genre. It was developed by Japan studio Spike Chunsoft. The main protagonist of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Naegi Makoto, is a teenager who starts his education in an elite high school. In contrast to his colleagues, he has no remarkable achievements and he was accepted to the school by winning a lottery. Soon after the school year starts, Makoto and a group of other students are trapped inside the school building and a digitally-controlled mascot informs them that, in order to escape from the trap, one of them must murder someone else in such way that it will be impossible to find out who is guilty. The game is divided into three separate phases. First the player speaks with selected students, builds relations and learns interesting facts. When the murder happens, the player is tasked with gathering evidence and testimonies. Finally the action moves to a court room where during a trial one must find out who the murderer is through a series of minigames.
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (PSV)
Adventure 24 March 2016
An adventure game/visual novel developed by 5pb, a Japanese studio known with immense experience with the genre. Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness takes place in the world of Psycho-Pass, a popular science-fiction anime series. We are introduced to a grim version of 2113, in which a complex computer system called Sybil monitors the actions, thoughts, and emotional state of the inhabitants, creating a criminal behavior estimate for every citizen. If the probability is too high, the troublemaker is pursued by the police that neutralizes him on the spot. The game, taking place during the first six episodes of the animated series, enables us to assume the role of two new members of the investigating outfit: Takuma Tsurugi, an executor who’ve been sentenced by the system, but chose to join the police forces, and Nadeshiko Kugatachi, a woman with without memory who works as an Inspector, a person supervising the work of Executors. The game sees us follow the plot, shown through text, pictures, and short animated sequences. From time to time, we are given a choice of a few alternative actions, while our decision affect the possible outcomes of the story.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (PSV)
Adventure June 2018
The game is both another installment in the Hakuoki series and a direct continuation to Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds. Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is a visual novel telling a story of Chizuru Yukimura - a young woman who searches for her father with the help of Shinsengumi captains.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PSV)
Adventure 10 October 2013
A sequel to the detective adventure visual novel released in 2010 by Spike Chunsoft. In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair the player assumes the role of a completely new protagonist named Hajime Hinata. He is accepted to an elite high school despite the fact that he cannot remember what he did to earn that honor. During one of the school trips the class of the protagonist is imprisoned on a tropical island. In order to escape, the students must murder one of their friends and avoid being caught by their colleagues. The gameplay mechanics are based on the same principles as the original game and they are split into three separate phases, in which one must first participate in conversations, then gather testimonies and evidence in the murder case, and finally go to a trial and type the murderer.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night (PSV)
Arcade 25 June 2015
A rhythm game developed by Atlus and Dingo. The story of Persona 4: Dancing All Night begins six months after the events of Persona 4 — Rise Kujikawa went back into show-business, but soon a rumor spreads, saying that there is a mysterious music video, which sweeps those, who watch it at midnight to the “other side.” The gameplay is based on dance battles, and the story is shown in the cutscenes between them. To win, you need good reflexes, precision, the ability to perform flawless series of moves in accordance with the rhythm. Like the previous games in the Shin Megami Tensei series, the 3D visuals in stylized like a manga. The game features a soundtrack consisting of remixes by e.g. Tetsuya Komuro and Daisuke Asakura.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PSV)
Adventure 31 January 2017
The third full-fledged installment in the series of mystery thriller adventure visual novels developed by Spike Chunsoft. The plot of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony tells the story of a kidnapped high school student named Kaede Akamatsu. Together with other students, he is taken to a school called Gifted Inmates Academy. The academy’s director is a teddy bear named Monokuma. He informs his “guests” that the only way to escape the place is to kill another student in such way that no one catches you during the investigation. The game employs gameplay mechanics known from previous entries in the series. The gameplay is divided into two main parts: School Life and Class Trial. In the first part the player interacts with other students, creates relations and pushes the story forward. Once a murder occurs, the gameplay mechanics change and the player focuses on conducting an investigation during which he learns testimonies and statements of various people, he looks for evidence etc.
Steins;Gate 0 (PSV)
Adventure 10 December 2015
A visual novel adventure game developed by Nitroplus and 5pb. Studios. The game is a direct continuation of the original Steins;Gate from 2009. The plot picks off using one of the alternative endings of the predecessor. Okabe Rintaro, a student heartbroken after the tragic death of his friend Kurisu Makise, makes an appointment to a psychiatric health facility. Nevertheless, his life changes dramatically when he meets former professor of Kurisu and his research team, conducting research on a unique technology. By taking part in the experiment, our protagonist may be able to make contact with an AI that is a simulation of his dead friend. When it comes to gameplay, Steins;Gate 0 is a typical visual novel. The gameplay focuses on following the plot and dialogues, with some occasional decision making which influences the course of the story and leads to one of its alternative endings.
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds (PSV)
Adventure 16 May 2017
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds is an improved and expanded version of a visual novel game initially released on PSP and PlayStation 3. It was developed by Idea Factory. The game takes place in the 19th century Japan and tells the story of a young girl named Chizuru Yukimura, who travels to Kyoto in search for her father, a respected physician and scientist. Lost in the city, she is being helped by the members of the Shinsengumi - a law enforcement group, whose job is to fight the revolutionists opposing the shogun. When she finds out the truth about her father's research, Chizuru is forced to unravel a complicated political crime scheme. A key to achieving victory in the game lies in befriending the helpful police officers. Our adventure takes place in a way characteristic to the genre. The dialogues in which we take part are presented with 2D, slightly animated visuals. From time to time we will have to make a decision that will influence the game's plot.
Corpse Party: Blood Drive (PSV)
Adventure 24 July 2014
Another installment in the series of Japanese survival horror visual novels developed by 5pb. Corpse Party: Blood Drive takes place after the events shown in Book of Shadows and concentrates on one of its protagonists, Ayumi Shinozaki. The girl's new adventure starts when her aunt visits her. She informs her that since centuries the duty of the Shinozaki family is to guard the mysterious Book of Shadows which, should it fall in the wrong hands, might lead the world to doom. The artifact is said to be hidden in an old mansion of her relatives and Ayumi embarks on a journey to find it. The mechanics of the game combine solutions used in previous installments of the series. The action is shown from an isometric perspective and the gameplay focuses on exploration, riddle solving and making decisions that impact the plot. Since the game was released on new generation of Sony handheld consoles, it features much better graphics, retaining its manga style, however.
XBlaze Lost: Memories (PSV)
Adventure 09 April 2015
XBlaze Lost: Memories is a visual novel adventure game that takes place in the same universe as the BlazBlue fighting game series. In terms of the plot, XBlaze Lost: Memories complements the story from XBlaze Code: Embryo. The game shows the events of Embyro from many different points of view, and at the same time adds new plot threads. A pink-haired mysterious hero known as Me is our new protagonist. She searches for her younger sister who got lost in the Phantom Field. An enigmatic girl named Nobody is Me's guide in this strange world. During her adventures, Me will find the crystallized memories of the characters from XBlaze Code: Embryo. During the dialogues, the game works as a visual novel, but we control Me directly during her travels through the Phantom Field. We explore new corridors, solve Nobody's riddles, and discover new memory crystals which unlock new chapters of the story. When it comes to visuals, XBlaze Lost: Memories has 2D backgrounds and animated character portraits. The exploration of the Phantom Field looks like the old 16-bit games.
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (PSV)
Strategy 20 June 2013
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (PSV)
RPG 22 August 2013
The second installment in a series of jRPGs enriched with elements typical for visual novels and dungeon crawlers. This time, the player assumes the role of a chosen character (several available) and their goal is to defeat the monsters lurking in the Pandora Labyrinth. The gameplay resembles the formula used in the original game - the player explores randomly generated dungeons, talks to seven female companions (as well as asks them out on dates) and fights the enemies encountered. Once again, the so-called Star Children accompany the player in combat, offering their unique abilities as a form of support. The game is played from a third-person view and the player can both avoid encounters with enemies and attack them by surprise. Similar to the previous installment, one can buy new parts of equipment in town. The visuals are decent here and resemble anime productions.