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.
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.
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.
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.
Summon Night 6: Lost Borders (PSV)
RPG 27 September 2017
The sixth major installment in the series of jRPGs enriched with elements of strategy, visual novel and dating simulation game, which was first launched in 2000. Summon Night 6: Lost Borders tells of three characters, each having their own companion: a flying creature with unique abilities. When strangers literally fell from the skies into the world of Fillujah, the protagonists decided to learn the secret they hide. The gameplay is based on two pillars. The first one being exploration of the environment that lets the heroes get acquainted with the game world, meet new characters, and accept various quests. The second one is turn-based combat in which players can use advanced tactics and special abilities and even join the forces of two party members to strengthen an attack. The title is enriched with a myriad of additional activities and minigames, including cooking meals, fishing, and so on.
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.
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma (PSV)
Adventure 28 June 2016
An interactive adventure horror game from visual novel genre and a third entry in Zero Escape series, created ChunSoft in cooperation with Aksys Games. It takes place in Martian research facility, ordered to survey reactions of people locked and isolated from the rest of the world. Gameplay doesn’t differ much from that of previous parts of the series and presents fans with well-known characters. Numerous puzzles are important part of the game, which we must solve quickly to maintain our heroes lives. Unlike its predecessor though, Zero Escape 3 stands out with more philosophical approach to its theme and focus on moral dilemmas. Depending on player’s actions, he or she will witness one of three alternate endings.
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.
The Lost Child (PSV)
RPG 24 August 2017
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.
Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (PSV)
RPG 05 September 2017
A hybrid of a visual novel and a tactical role-playing game. The title was developed by studio Leaf and company Aquaplus. The game is a direct sequel to Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and it tells the further story of Haku and his friends who are tasked with assuming control over the military forces of Yamato Empire and using them to protect the territory from hostile neighbors. Like before, long visual novel sequences are intertwining with very short tactical battles. However, the developers introduced some changes and improvements thanks to which the players gain more possibilities when it comes to using their forces on the battlefield. There are new types of side missions available as well. The battles once again take place on three-dimensional maps with a net of fields. All units are moving between these fields. Although the battles are turn-based, they feature action sequences. When a character performs an action and the player presses a button at correct time, various bonuses are activated - including critical hits. Other novelties include cooperation attacks, new skills and new types of weapons. Similarly to the previous entries in the series, Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth features high quality two-dimensional graphics. However, the three-dimensional tactical sequences of the game feature simplified character and environment models. The lack of details is compensated with unique style and animations.
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.
Exogenesis: Perils of Rebirth (PSV)
An adventure game enriched by elements characteristic of visual novels. Exogenesis: Perils of Rebirth takes place in post-apocalyptic Japan. The player assumes the role of a member of a treasure hunter group, who searches for an ancient artifact that can resurrect his dead sister. To find the treasure, the protagonist has to gather a team of similar adventurers, and embark on the dangerous journey. The developers were mainly inspired by games such as Zero Escape or the Ace Attorney series. When it comes to story, the player follows an extensive text narration and from time to time has to choose from a few alternative approaches. These decisions push the plot towards one of several possible outcomes, with each having unique subplots and a separate ending. At the same time, Exogenesis: Perils of Rebirth is different from typical visual novels, offering adventure game sequences that require exploring locations and solving various logic riddles.
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games (PSV)
Adventure 24 March 2017
A compilation of remastered editions of two adventure games developed by Spike Chunsoft - a Japanese studio. The Nonary Games includes 2009's 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward - a game which came out three years later. Since the plots of the two games are strongly connected, it is recommended to play through them in chronological order. Both games offer a gameplay formula based on two branches - the story-based sequences typical for visual novel as a genre, and the adventure-like sections played from first-person view. During the sequences of the first kind, the player follows the developments in the story and makes different choices from time to time; the other segment of gameplay requires the player to solve puzzles. Compared to their original releases, the games contained within this compilation come with improved visuals. Additionally, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors was enriched with professional voice acting (both in English and Japanese).