Aero: So Getchu released its 2013 Rankings recently, and I’m sure a lot of you are pretty excited. Words cannot describe my thoughts around these rankings…at least not in the limited amount of characters that Twitter allows. So with that in mind, I thought this would be a good opportunity to call in some of the others to write some random rant of thoughts about the rankings. Enjoy.
Fuzzy: Disclaimer: For the sake of readability and avoiding liability for potential seizures (<_<), we will ditch the colored text for this post.
Aero: Wait a second. Didn’t we all agree that causing seizures was a PART of this post?
Fuzzy: Neon Rainbow~!!!
Aquaspirit: Sup! aquaspirit39 here~! I never thought I would write this soon, though I am only acting as a side commentator on this one. Aero planned to have all four of us to write something in this post, so it may become a little confusing and messy. On top of that, this is my first time co-writing a post with other people thus my writing may get a bit awkward and disjointed.
Aedes: Never paid attention to these rankings, in fact I forgot they existed until Aero brought them up. I’m just so out of touch with the outside world. Time to get reacquainted with it I suppose?
Aero: Here’s the list of games for the overall rankings. I have hyper-linked the VNDB page to the title of the game. I have also hyper-linked the Erogamescape page to the EGS Avg score.
Aero: I made a very cheap graph for this occasion. I don’t know how to insert names, so you’ll have to distinguish games by their rank.
Aero: Wowzers!!! Looking that graph we can see…pretty much nothing to be honest >____>. What the hell was I thinking…
Fuzzy: Congratulations on wasting post space. Eroge regression failure.
Aero: So anyway, I’ve played eight of the top twenty games: Lovely X Cation 2, Grisaia no Rakuen, Reminiscence, Lovesick Puppies, Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road, Karumaruka Circle, Fureraba, and Tsuyokiss NEXT
Aedes: Only 6 here. Lovely X Cation 2, Prism Recollection, Amairo Islenauts, Kara no Shoujo 2, Karumaruka Circle, and Cocoro Function.
Aquaspirit: …and I have played nine of them: Lovely X Cation 2, ChuSingura46+1, Grisaia no Rakuen, Reminiscence, HapyMaher, Madou Koukaku, Prism Recollection, Lovesick Puppies and Fureraba. Surprised to see Aedes still plays eroge, since I haven’t heard anything from him.
Aedes: Kind of true. I played them before I got busy doing other stuff. A good number of them are near the top of my backlog and you bet I would’ve completed them if I can manage my time better which I completely fail at.
Fuzzy: Daitoshokan, Lovely x Cation 2, Grisaia no Rakuen, Reminiscence, Prism Recollection, Lovesick Puppies, Fureraba, Amairo, Kara no Shoujo 2, and Walkure Romanze M&M
Aero: We have a winner people! Fuzzyhobo with 10 games played. Congrats =D
Fuzzy: <_<…>_> Well, playing ≠ 100% completion in my mind…I’d jump off a cliff if forced to 100% some of these games.
Aquaspirit: www, for me ‘played’ = ‘at least one completed route’. Can’t force myself to play routes that I don’t enjoy you know. After all I play eroge for fun.
Aero: Then I guess it would be more accurate to say that I’ve “completed” 8/20.
This section will most likely be the longest section, so bear with us >___>
Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
Aero: Though I’m not that surprised that Daitoshokan took first, my money was actually on Otome Riron. Just out of curiosity, is Daitoshokan really that good?
Fuzzy: I don’t think it’s fantastic/superb, but it does several elements very well…hence the high rankings across several categories. Overall enjoyable characters (Kana!!!) and good production values. They promoted the heck out of this game and August games in general target a much broader audience. With the anime and the FD on the horizon, Daitoshokan will continue to stay in the limelight.
Aquaspirit: At first, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Daitoshokan topped the overall rankings. Nevertheless, I initially held back my judgement since I’m someone who dropped this game after 10 minutes of playing. When I looked at the other sections’ rankings, however, I concluded that Daitoshokan is overrated.
Aedes: Guess we know Japan’s new fetish – shepherds in big libraries. Because surely that’s what the game is about right? It can’t possibly be about a bunch of school girls doing school things, because that’d just be boring as heck and every other game is doing that already. But then I didn’t play it; the true Japanese must know better than the dirty gaijin me.
Aero: I’m a bit surprised that LxC2 got second; I know it would do well, but I never thought it would do THIS well. However I can easily say that this is one of the best chara-ge games that I’ve ever played.
Aquaspirit: While I also didn’t expect LxC2 to score this high, I actually didn’t have any problem with its ranking. LxC2 has interesting gameplay, attractive heroines, and a wealth of content with the seasonal appends. I think LxC2 has been ranked appropriately.
Aedes: I do like LxC2 though, for reasons already mentioned. And Hikari. Also I can’t pronounce its name as anything other than cation, the ion, rather than ca-tion which I think is the intended pronunciation. Meanwhile, I’ll be waiting for the inevitable Anion x Cation.
Otome Riron to Sono Shuuhen -Ecole de Paris-
Aero: Time and time again I’m reminded that I need to play this series. I’m surprised that Aedes hasn’t picked up this title because I’ve heard that the imouto’s route is to die for.
Aquaspirit: Otome Riron or its predecessor, Tsuki ni Yorisou to be exact, was another game that I dropped after 10 minutes of playing. Despite of this fact, I can agree with voters that the game deserved a high ranking. While I don’t really like
getting a dildo shoved up my butt by Luna …the heroines in general, I think the game has excellent background musics. I could feel the unique atmosphere orchestrated by the soundtrack just from playing 10 minutes into the game.
Aedes: Just not into cross-dressing games. NO ONE messes with my gender identity, because I imagine it’d be pretty awkward if they succeed. Though now that you’ve mentioned the imouto route…damn I have to play it. Though I’ll make sure I’m the only one shoving anything up anywhere.
Aero: Anyway, ChuSinGura 46+1 seems like a hidden gem from my perspective. It doesn’t seem to be very well known, but it looks fantastic. It has definitely caught my eye now =D.
Aquaspirit: Yes, it is definitely a hidden gem. When I saw the CGs of this game for the first time, I thought it was another usual attempt to moefy historical characters and fit them into the school settings. As a result, I never gave it a chance to prove itself until a fellow erogamer tweeted about how awesome ChuuSinGura46+1 was.
Fuzzy: Otome Riron and ChuSinGura 46+1 are both on my backlog…so can’t comment.
Aedes: I see sizable boobs, weapons, and a loli with a dragon added in for good measure. What else does a game need?
Grisaia no Rakuen
Aero: Grisaia’s ranking is quite expected; high, but not too high. Heard mixed opinions about the game, but I liked it, and thought the ending was appropriate given the material they were dealing with.
Aquaspirit: I actually expected Grisaia to be much lower than this, considering many disappointment tweets that I read on this game. Personally, I was very happy to see my favorite title in the top 5 of overall category.
Aedes: I still need to finish Meikyuu. So thanks very much for the spoiler.
Aero: The rank for Reminiscence seems a bit high to be honest; around 8 feels more correct in my opinion. I liked the game, but the common route and individual routes seemed too far off from each other. What I mean by this is that the stuff covered in the common route isn’t really looked at all in the individual routes. However the game did have some very nice characters, and I look forward to the sequel.
Aquaspirit: Written by the same person who wrote Akatsuki no Goei, Reminiscence inherited all the good and bad traits of AkaGoei: attractive heroines, thought-provoking conversations, interesting characters interactions and rushed endings. As long as Reminiscence’s rank is within top 10, I think it is a fair judgement.
Aero: Lately, I’m considering playing Hapymaher after watching the opening for the fandisc. The ranking here only makes me want to play it more, but I’m a bit worried that the level of Japanese may be too advanced for me. Anyone played it? I can’t help but chuckle when I think about the dream concept of this game because when the protagonist has sex in a dream, it’s essentially a wet dream (LOL).
Aquaspirit: You should give it a try Aero and don’t worry too much about its Japanese level because it is actually pretty standard. Hmmm…not exactly sure what I should say, but I think Hapymaher is good enough to justify for its ranking.
Aedes: Talking about the level of Japanese next to a splendid pantsu shot and wet dreams…are you sure you’re in the right place? I know I am.
Aero: Madou Koukaku…LOL has anyone played it? I’ll just assume that like most of the games by Eushully that the gameplay good. If anyone can tell me anything about how good the story is, would be appreciated ^^
Aquaspirit: Madou Koukaku’s story was above average at best, but the gameplay was pure bliss. There are three main facets to Koukaku’s gameplay: town building, world map war, and real time battle .
The town building system is very interesting…I spent hours just managing my towns. The world map war system is also very intriguing since a player has to make many strategic decisions on how to divide and move his troops. The real time battle, however, isn’t as good because the controls feel very clunky and unrefined.
Aero: Is that Sadistic looking bastard the main character? If so, I’m in =3
Aquaspirit: What? I thought you are not into that kind of stuff. Unfortunately nope, he is just one of the antagonist. However, the game does have an evil end where you conquered all territories, raped all the girls and made them sell their body at a red-light district.
Aedes: Sorry not playing if I can’t be that guy.
Aquaspirit: Prism Recollection was your average eroge in all aspects except for its very beautifully drawn and colored CGs.
Fuzzy: You don’t understand Aero…it has a great PLOT! Okay…even if the REAL scenario sucks, ALL HAIL OPPAI MOEGEs!!!
Aquaspirit: *high-five Fuzzy* Finally someone who understand the beauty of non-flat oppai…Ｏ(≧∇≦)Ｏ
Aedes: I got sidetracked into doing something else while playing the imouto route. That doesn’t happen often.
Aero: I don’t really agree with lovesick puppies’ ranking. Two routes were good (the main girl and the childhood friend), but the others were quite tedious to get through. I would have thought that Cosmic Cute’s other title, Gleam Garden no Shoujo, would have been up there instead.
Fuzzy: I’m disappointed Gleam Garden didn’t show up in ANY rankings…I loved the game! Good scenario, music, and art. Gleam Garden is a charage more so than a serious/dark work…I think some people expected the reverse. The mixed messages probably disappointed some people, but I still loved it.
Aedes: Also surprised Gleam Garden didn’t make it anywhere. Reading its reviews it seems like it’s quite the work.
Sengoku † Koihime
Aero: Seriously WTF is Sengoku Koihime doing at rank 11?!? The EGS avg is 69 (just under my play threshold score), and it doesn’t even have any H-content. ~continues to rage despite knowing basic nothing about the game~~~~
…I’ll admit that graphics are quite nice =3
Fuzzy: The game hasn’t even been out for 2 months; of course people will have it in mind for voting.
Aero: Under that train of thought, shouldn’t Tsuyokiss have done better?
Aero: Amairo somehow made it up there at 12th. I’ve heard that’s it’s somewhat funny, but doesn’t live up to Dracu-riot. I would have thought that Karumaruka at 17th, which was advertised alongside Amairo, would have been higher up there. I suppose a lot of Sagaplanet fans were like me, and found Karumaruka to be disappointing. However after the initial wave of disappointment, and after thinking about it, admittedly I was harsh on the game. Yeah it didn’t live up to Sagaplanet’s GOD game Hatsuyuki Sakura, but it had its moments. But even after “forgiving”, there are still some elements of ridiculousness that I just can’t look past (Nicole’s route). I would say that Karumaruka deserved a rank somewhere from 8-12.
Fuzzy: Excluding Shirley, Dracu-Riot > Amairo
Aero: Is the one down there taking a picture herself…down there, Shirley?
Fuzzy: Yes. Play it just for her route at least.
Aedes: Yep, Shirley made the game worthwhile. Though I’d like to give Masaki some credit too.
Kara no Shoujo 2
Aero: Looking at the graph, Kara no Shoujo 2 is a clear outlier. I’m sure lots of people are surprised that it got only 13th despite its reputation. I suppose it dropped a bit because of how depressing it is? Pretty sure Aedes picked this one up, so I’ll leave further thoughts on the matter to him. Yay ^^, I managed to reference my graph once 😄 😄 😄 (LOL)
Fuzzy: Despite the delicious abyss of despair KnS2 builds up to, I still prefer the original. Art’s gorgeous as ever (just ONE Noesis game please, Sugina Miki >_<).
Aedes: You got that right. The game was !@#$-ing depressing. In my opinion, the past chapter dragged on far too long though you can certainly argue that it’s part of the main story since it set the whole thing up. I’m just much more interested in the present. Art notwithstanding, I also prefer the first one. The story was much more relatable and its premises more human, I can understand a mad artist, but this crazy shit they cooked up for the second one is so far out there it just doesn’t pull you in as much unless you’re smoking the same goods they are. And I also like the first protagonist more perhaps because she had more screentime to build her character, which brings me to my next point. !@#$ YOU GUNGNIR how could you…..:(
Fureraba ~Friend to Lover~
Aero: I feel that Tsuyokiss (16th) and Fureraba (14th) deserved better. I’m guessing a lot of people didn’t like Fureraba’s system. As for Tsuyokiss…I have no idea. Maybe it got a lot lower because it was released in December?
Fuzzy: December has nothing to do with it, WA2 wreaked havoc in the rankings 2 years ago despite the late release. You gotta remember Tsuyokiss is a franchise with a history of ups, downs, and rehashing…so a reboot doesn’t guarantee success. I for one don’t like the new art. We’ll wait for your review to vindicate it. 😉
Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road
Aero: Tsujidou-san no Virgin Road’s ranking at 15th surprises me. The two new routes were good, and Ai’s final route was VERY good. I would say that it left an even stronger impression on me than the original, which ranked 11th in 2012.
Aero: I’ve heard lots of good stuff about Cocoro＠Function!, so I’m a bit surprised that it all the way down at rank 18. The game’s setting seems very interesting, but I don’t think I’ll be picking it up any time soon. People who have played this game, please clarify one thing for me. If a girl who’s affected by that Cocoro Function starts masturbating or something, would that spread to the whole Orca network?
Aedes: Nope, only the main guy gets to broadcast his thoughts for all to know, not that he can help it since his thoughts just leak out on their own. Also, the main guy is a helpless pervert with brain filled with nothing but lewdness, which isn’t a problem with me but I’ve read that a good number of Japanese players don’t like that which could account for the game’s rank down here.
My problem with the game was that the twins were obviously shoehorned in and given little polish, which is equivalent to giving the finger to all twin lovers. And the story was only relevant in only 1, maybe 2, of the routes. Fortunately, that one route is the imouto’s route so just go for that and you’ll get the whole story figured out. Not that there’s ever any reason to not jump at the imouto the first chance you get.
Aero: Games by lump of sugar sure are lumps of sh…sugar? As the company name implies, all their games generally have a pinkish feel to them. I’m a big fan of slice of life games, but I’ve never really been into games by LOS. Though I’ll admit that LOS’s new title, Sekai to Sekai no Mannaka de, looks quite good. With all things being said, I probably will NEVER pick up Magical Charming (19th).
Aedes: There’s a card game involved here too, which replaces the usual choice system, that I’ve heard praises about. But other than that…mahou shoujos for the win?
Walkure Romanze More&More
Aero: Finally we have Walkure Romanze More&More (review) at rank 20…
Yeah I’m too lazy at this point…I’ll leave this section to Fuzzyhobo.
Hell I’ll ask one more question; is “romanze” just the Japanese typo for the word “romance”, or is there some deeper meaning?
Fuzzy: It’s German. Not surprised on Walkure M&M’s overall lower ranking, some people were really unhappy with the lack of content. Sold bonkers though…keep it coming Ricotta!
Aero: As expected, no sign of LxC2 in this section =D.
Aquaspirit: While I can’t comment on the quality of Otome Riron which sat on the throne of Scenario Ranking Section , I am glad that ChuuSinGura46+1 did not go unnoticed and Grisaia is there on the third position despite of the lousy twist it has near the end of the story. To those people who have not played ChuuSinGura46+1, I suggest you give the title a try.
Aedes: Sorry, I don’t recognize the title. Is that a word?
Aquaspirit: Those who have read ChuSinGura46+1 can probably understand why I (aqua) put this picture here and for those who haven’t, please go ahead and play the game. When you come back after playing the game, I guarantee that you will see this plain CGs in the whole new light.
Aero: LxC2 and Madou Koukaku take first and second place here. However after these two, the rest don’t seem to have any meaning because the systems are just your typical system. This section seems like a waste of space to me because unless it’s for a game that’s has non-standard gameplay (RPG, fighting, dating sim, etc), the system for most games will be pretty much the same.
Aquaspirit: Please take a quick look at the Systems Ranking Section.
VenusBlood-Gaia- is a turn based strategy games produced by Ninetail and/or Dualtail which have many years of experience in making these games. VB-Gaia- inherited many successful features of its predecessors and added onto them its original twists which make the gameplay enjoyable to both new players and veterans alike.
If there are any major disappointment that I have toward VenusBlood-Gaia- system, it will probably be its low display resolution. However, I managed to talk with a Ninetail staff through their official twitter and he told me that there are plans to upgrade their future games to widescreen resolution.
Even though I have not played Kimi to Kanojyo to Kanojyo no Koi, I have read enough tweets of this game to have some insights on its system. I believe that halfway through the story, one of the heroines will start talking to you, as in talking directly to the player. She will also hacked into the game, erased all your save data and prevented you saving your game progress. It is one of those rare games that break the 4th dimension wall.
What I am trying to do here is to point out that both VB-Gaia- and totono have some sort of systems that contribute directly into the eroge gameplay. On the other hand, Daitoshokan only has a more enhanced version of the standard eroge functionalities. While I can not comment readily on Daitoshokan system, I have played Eustia which uses a very similar system and throughout that game, the only functions that I really need to use was the usual load, save and skip buttons. Therefore, no matter how many times I think about it, I still can not wrap my head around the fact that Daitoshokan managed to score higher than both VenusBlood-Gaia- and totono in System Ranking.
Fuzzy: I ignore the systems section…I care about convenient system design over gameplay…at least for eroge.
Aero: No complaints here. Not really much to say here because it’s entirely subjective.
Fuzzy: I’m surprised that PriColle won 1st considering how most people seem to like Kamikaze’s artist more…I like both! Sakigake Generation will be a major contender this year. Walkure Romanze won 2 years ago, but M&M placed 4th. Personally, I liked the top 3 more this time around so no complaints.
Aedes: What can I say. People love their Clochette-sized racks.
Aero: No suprises that the LxC2 OP took first here XD. For those who had a look at this post, you can see that I ranked the OP for Reminiscence as my #1 for 2013. So yeah, a bit disappointed that it only took 7th place >____>.
I was originally a bit surprised that the OP for Hapymaher took 4th. I’ve watched it a couple of times before, but I didn’t really see anything special about it. So I tried looping it for several tens of hours, and it’s beginning to grow on me =3
Aedes: I honestly fail to see how LxC2 OP took the first place. It’s essentially a glorified PowerPoint presentation with fancy transitions and CG/sprite flashes. While the same thing can be said for most OP’s, at least be like Hapymaher and put some interesting spin on it.
Aero: Wow. Runa was the top character two years in a row. I really should try Tsuki ni Yorisou Otome no Sahou. No surprises with Risona’s rank; heard her route in Otome Riron is AMAZING. Wakoto’s rank is interesting…didn’t Hinata win the poll on the official site?
Fuzzy: Not INTERESTING. AMAZING~!!! All the Hinata lovers abandoned her in a heartbeat when forced to choose between her, Luna, and Kana while us Wakoto lovers are loyal and true… Okay, probably due to Nabatame. Of course, I voted for Kana, so I’m an utter hypocrite, lol. I would also point out the first LxC had 3 heroines rank 2 years ago, while 2 this time…another sign of a strong charage!
Aero: WTF. How did Maki’s rank increase >____>.
Fuzzy: You have to remember there are more variables at work here. Large and diverse voter pool forced to choose their overall favorites versus a small pool focusing on one game. So take everything with a grain of salt…or more.
Aedes: Shin sitting down there at 18th makes me a sad panda.
Aero: LxC2 shows up here as well, and takes 3rd place…weird how it beats nukige like Zettai Junshu (8th). Nothing else to say in this section really except that I didn’t find any new fap material in this section. I’m quite the vanilla boy you see, and a lot of the games in this section just don’t agree with me >____>
Fuzzy: Our combined fapping covers this category in spades, lol. LxC2 IS virtually a nukige with 50+ H-scenes (including appends). Great scenes, great art, and zero complaints. In my book, PriColle and LxC2 would be tied for first and Sei Shoujo would be lower in the rankings…loved the high volume and variety of content, but I’m not as crazy for the artist. I’m calling it now: Sakigake Generation will clench Ero this year.
Aero: That reminds me, I still gotta play the LxC2 appends. Are the H-scenes as good as the original game?
Fuzzy: I think so…ero fan service galore, lol.
Aedes: I would put Sei Shoujo lower in the rankings as well; the game got repetitive fast and I didn’t dig the art or the voice acting at all. But then most others are too vanilla to be worthy of first place so I guess it can stay there.
Aero: Well that wraps up our scatterbrained ranting! What did you readers think about the rankings? Shocking? Expected? Disappointed? Bigger backlogs? Flood the comments!