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10:00 AM on 08.24.2014

Visual novel CLANNAD is getting a Steam release in English

During their panel at Japan Expo USA, Sekai Project announced that they are releasing Key/Visual Arts's CLANNAD visual novel on Steam. It will be the full-voiced edition of the game. However there aren't much more details bey...

Jeff Chuang


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Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




8:00 PM on 08.09.2014

Otakon '14: MangaGamer grabs eden*, euphoria, and more

As Otakon 2014 continues to invade Baltimore's region, MangaGamer's ready to reveals their latest acquisitions. This time around, the company's working on a goal that'll please many visual novel fans if everything goes accor...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 AM on 07.23.2014

Cheers! Trails in the Sky's PC version gets a release date

As XSEED Games and Carpe Fulgur continue to work on The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, the awesome folks at XSEED have announced that the first Trails in the Sky game's hitting Steam and GOG on July 29th (next Tuesda...

Salvador GRodiles

7:00 PM on 07.03.2014

AX '14: Sekai Project to localize Grisaia no Kajitsu, planetarian

At Anime Expo Sekai Project announced that they are partnering with Visual Arts, the studio that publishes high profile Key titles, to release planetarian in English officially. There was a previous release of it with a ...

Jeff Chuang



Review: World End Economica Episode 1 photo
Review: World End Economica Episode 1
by Brittany Vincent

[Originally posted at Destructoid.]

Visual novels are a finicky medium. It's difficult enough to drum up interest because of their exotic origins, and harder still to find an audience due to their nature -- it's a bunch of reading. And you can't always be sure that the story you're reading is going to be one that you'll want to invest dozens of hours in. On one hand, you've got a menagerie of engaging tales that capture the imagination and ensnare the reader until the very end. On the other, you've got a set of stories with dull, flavorless dialogue and uninteresting protagonists.

Why waste time on a less-than-stellar adventure when there are juicier ones at your disposal? I find myself asking this question and others when it comes to World End Economica Episode 1, Spice and Wolf author Isuna Hasekura's three-part visual novel series that follows a teenager who runs away from home and attempts to make a living for himself in the world of day trading. It's ambitious in scope, but ultimately ends up failing due to a lack of interactivity and a protagonist that's difficult to root for.

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3:30 PM on 03.13.2014

Sega offering 19 games in the Humble Weekly Sale

The team at HumbleBundle.com are really good at pinching the pennies from your virtual wallet, even rivalling Steam's sales with its 'pay what you want' game bundles. This week is no exception, as Sega is stepping up and putt...

Chris Walden

6:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Pick up Go! Go! Nippon on Steam

You certainly can't complain that there aren't enough ways to get your hands on OVERDRIVE's visual novel/Japan travel guide Go! Go! Nippon~My First Trip to Japan: you can download it from MangaGamer, we let you know...

Karen Mead

5:00 PM on 02.04.2014

Cloudbuilt takes ninja-platforming to the next level

Here at Japanator, we tend to be very picky when it comes to covering Western-developed games. When it comes to our gaming coverage, we typically stick to titles developed by Japanese developers or on rare occasions, titles ...

Tim Sheehy

7:00 PM on 12.14.2013

Final Fantasy XIV coming to steam?

If you were one of those people waiting for permission from your Steam overlords to purchase a copy of Final Fantasy XIV, you're in luck. In a recent notice relating to server maintenance, it notes that additional "worlds" or...

Tim Sheehy

5:00 PM on 12.05.2013

Update: Final Fantasy 8 on Steam might be a thing

[Update: It's been confirmed. Final Fantasy VIII has officially launched on Steam.] After a false start, Final Fantasy VIII on Steam might actually be coming. NeoGAF detectives have found some new info on the Steam registry f...

Pedro Cortes

11:00 PM on 11.04.2013

Narcissu visual novels on Steam Greenlight

Thanks to Steam's Greenlight program, we've been seeing more and more indie games making their way to the digital distribution platform, including many niche titles and visual novels that would have otherwise gone unnoticed ...

Tim Sheehy







Big Atlus sale on PSN and Steam photo
Big Atlus sale on PSN and Steam
by Ben Huber

Looking for some games to hold you over until Novemberpocalypse happens? Yes, I know there's tons of games on the horizon, but this is the calm before the storm! Now's the best time to catch up on anything you missed earlier, and it looks like Atlus understands. They've put several of their titles on sale on both Steam and PSN. Wanted to get in on Persona 4 Arena? Now you can: it's $19.99 on PSN, and all the DLC is discounted too.

Here's a full list of sales:

PSN:
Demon's Souls: $14.99
Game of Thrones: $14.99
Persona 4 Golden: $19.99
Rock of Ages: $4.99
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes: $22.49

Steam: 
Droplitz: $2.49
God Mode: $4.99 (4-pack $14.99)
Rock of Ages: $4.99 

These sales will go until November 4th and 5th, on Steam and PSN respectively. If you want any of those titles it looks like a great time to jump in! Are you going to pick up any?

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