Best english translated dating sims
Fourteen years, if you're counting from the beginning of the series. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love does not contain the greatest story, nor the greatest cast of characters that I've come across (akin to a throwback to the Power Rangers and Robotech era) but it has had a profound impact on niche Japanese gaming in the West.
Sakura Wars was eagerly anticipated by Otakus of all ages and sold successfully on the Play Station 2.
The premise may sound more like something you would expect from a shovelware title like Natsume’s Princess Debut, believe me when I say it’s not.
Instead, the story is closer to an action genre anime like My-Hime in which sexy schoolgirls fight using special weapons and powers, and if that doesn't turn you on...my friends, otaku you are not.
Ask PC gamers in Japan what their favorite games are, and Starcraft, World of Warcraft or Call of Duty won't be uttered from many of their mouths. Or how an adult man can be brought to tears with just a little over-the-top melodrama?
Curious about what makes these choose-your-own adventure games so memorable?
With one of the strongest atmospheres that I've encountered and a memorable cast of characters, Divi-Dead still holds up today.
If you're looking for a bit more spice to accompany your visual novels, then look no further.#8: Divi-Dead (PC, C-Ware/Himeya Soft)As the oldest entry on this list, C-Ware's Divi-Dead represents some of the best and worst aspects of the genre. While it's true that dating sims/bishoujo games rarely leave their host country, a few brave companies such as JAST, NIS, Manga Gamer, and the now-defunct Hirameki strive to bring them over here with decent/moderate success. It is the dating sims, interpersonal stories, and the fine art of moé that take center stage.I only hope you don't have the unfortunate luck of running across a game-breaking glitch towards the end.
#6: Phantom of Inferno (DVD, Nitroplus/Hirameki Intl.)Phantom of Inferno put Nitroplus on the map and was later adapted into an anime known as 'Requiem for the Phantom.' Twisting the traditional formula of a high school boy meets high school girl, the game places you in the shoes of Zwei, a fifteen year-old Japanese teenager who's been trained as a professional assassin.***note: While making this list I had to consider many different things, including whether or not I wanted to include games that have visual novel elements like Persona or the Ace Attorney Series.