Prototype Japan announces CLANNAD for PS3
. Tomoyo would be my choice.
Yeah Tomoyo is pretty awesome. But I thought everyone already knew about this. It was announced quite awhile ago.
What is this? A dating sim with under-age girls?
It is a japanese adventure game with a very deep and emotional story based on High School Students.
Oh god please no...
..With hours and hours of text and text, and chances of localization are none.
Most things based on anime don't get localized outside of Japan since the animes never see the light of day outside of Japan (with the exception of the various groups subbing the animes for free online). Was a good anime, curious how the game plays. Also, is it just the first season, or does it include After Story? Loved both, but After Story with the *spoiler* Nagisa and Ushio dieing *end spoiler* was saddening. Also, does it include the Dango Daikazoku song? http://www.youtube.com/watc...
There are two arcs on the VN, School and After Story.
It has after story. But you have to clear all routes first to access it.
There are more than 2 routes. There's the main game, which has... 8 or 9 routes--one for each of the characters. Then there's After Story, which is a continuation of Nagisa's route. (Which is a shame, because IMHO, Nagisa's route was among the least interesting. Would have rather seen a follow up for Tomoyo or Kyou). Anyway, I loved the PC game. Very well written and executed, even if the art was a bit off. Any word on whether or not they'll touch up the art for the PS3 version? I'll probably buy it when it's cheaper--though I probably won't play it that much, as I'm not too keen on Kanji. Anyway, IIRC, the anime WAS localized and I believe it has been a success, relatively speaking in North America. And it's not like we don't get VN games for PC over here once in a while (well, okay, most of 'em are crappy eroge). It's certainly unlikely that we'll see an NA release, but it's not entirely impossible. I would not rule out this title as a future PSN title in the NA/EU stores.
right now most anime and manga get a commercial release in the west these days ... the rest is a matter of how , and with wich quality of translation . But yeah visual novels and dating sims arent common
You know, Clannad (the game/VN) was the original. The anime was based on it, not the other way around.
With no chance of English localization...
I have to say, even though the idea of a dating sim interests me from a psychological standpoint, it seems like it would be really, REALLY Boring.
It's not really a "dating sim" per se, it's more like reading a digital book and picking a choice once every few hours.
I would agree that it sounds really boring when you hear or think about playing a visual novel however when you actually start playing one it's far from boring. and like Zatrox said most visual novels coming out now aren't really dating sims. There are stories that will depend on your choices to choose the love interesting but it's not a sim of any kind. Those kinds of games were around more in the mid to late 90's and have pretty much died down(although Love Plus is bringing back a bit) Visual novels now are all about really good stories and characters which is why so many end up becoming movies or anime now. The best ones keep you completely engrossed in the story and you will not be able to stop(just like a good book) and you do get choices far more then once every few hours. Some games have long portions of story with no choices but more often then not you get a choice every few minutes. I used to be in the same boat as you thinking "Pff visual novels they sound boring as hell" but then I played Fate/Stay Night and was pretty much hooked and have since then played probably a good 10-15 really good visual novels like Shuffle, Snow Sakura, Air, Little Busters, Ying Yang X-change Alternitive, Kira Kira, Edleweiss and honestly plenty more i can't remember. I would say just give one a shot and see how you like it. Worse thing is you waste a few hours and maybe better understand the medium and best case is you will find a new and interesting way to pass time.
PS2,PC,PSP,X360,PS3 what next?
How is this not further symptom of the JP gaming industry being in a rut? I mean, isn't this game as old as the PC gaming industry? The first to get any major recognition. Edit: But that's the thing, isn't it: is it going to be a straight, lazy remake, or a bleeding edged updated one that will stir dozens of copiers?
yeah right remake of old classics never happens in the west because they are brimming with creativity -_- Edit: I still dont see the relevance in your argument . You are talking about a visual novel from one of the most unimaginative studio using the same formula over and over , and even the same outdated (already back then) artstyle : a (crappy) comedy followed by sappy heart-warming romantism followed by a tragedy (death or seperation) ... Using that as a point feels to me , and would be the same as using say : "Fifa or madden as a further symption of the western industry being in a rut "
symptom obviously . And lets not also forget many of those games comes from amateurs at comiket as well .
Difference is, there are fewer "Madden" examples in the Western market than there are of CLANNAD in Japan. In fact the only reason Madden is an example is because of EA's monopoly on football and other official sporting leagues. Date sims and JRPGs don't have that excuse. Also, you don't tend to find amateur date sims on consoles. Not including that Megazone 23 garbage somebody shove on the PS3 at launch.
I love this kind of stuff i just hope it see's US and Euro light.
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