In an attempt to get more people to play through their backlog of games, the lovely Anne from Chic-Pixel has organized a year-long event composed of different game genres themes each month called the Community Game-Along. Each month a new theme starts, and players can join in playing titles of that particular genre. It’s a really neat concept that not only allows you to get through your huge backlog of games, but encourages people to talk about their progress on Twitter using the various hashtags per theme! I’ve decided to join in this month, since it’s Visual Novel May and I definitely have a lot of visual novel games that I hadn’t really played.
Let’s take a closer look at what I’ll be playing!
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ve been seeing all my screenshots of my progress with this game already. I started this game in the last couple of weeks and completed it already! DRAMAtical Murder has an addicting story that sucks you in and refuses to let go until you’re done.
All the characters are memorable, the way the menus are displayed are amazing and the music is incredibly catchy as well! Basically, this is a great game, and all the praise it gets is justified. That being said, it is a BL (Boy’s Love) game, and the bad ends for this game are pretty heavy, so tread carefully!
The second game I’m playing at the moment is DRAMAtical Murder: Reconnect. It’s the indirect sequel of DRAMAtical Murder, with extended scenes, new scenes, along with a mini-game, videos and other fun extras!
The main menu is pretty cool! Once you press any key, you are taken into a dungeon similar to the one that appears in Captive Princess in the first game, where the treasure chests act as way to access different options and modes in the game. There are also several portals in different colors pertaining to different characters. If you thought the bad ends were pretty rough before, they’re even worse in this, because they’re extended to include more heart-wrenching scenes so keep that in mind if you decide to play this! However, you are rewarded with the good ends, which are the other side of the spectrum. Playing this is a must if you finished the first game!
I’ve also been playing the mobile version of Hakuoki! I’ve gotten through a few routes and did the tea ceremony chapter with a couple of characters. If you’ve been thinking of trying this game, I highly recommend getting the mobile version due to convenience and the exclusive tea ceremony chapter!
A couple of other games I’m planning on playing: DRAMAtical Murder: Recode and Gakuen K! DRAMAtical Murder: Recode is the Vita port of the first DRAMAtical Murder, but without the saucy sex scenes and the bad ends aren’t as severe. The main reason to play this, though, is because it has the new Mizuki route that also details on the Ribsteez team Morphine. Gakuen K is an otome game spin-off of the anime series K. The game is set in high school, where the character you play as transfers to. K has a pretty entertaining and phenomenal cast of characters, so I’m really excited to finally get to play this!
With these picks, I’ll be having a very busy and enjoyable May! What are your picks for Visual Novel May? Sound off in the comments below, and if you’re on Twitter, please use the hashtag #VNMay to talk about it and to see what others are playing!
Until next time, happy gaming!