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Ralizah

@KratosMD I mean, it's not a fantastic deal, but unless you play a copy on the Nintendo DS, it's the only way to get the game. And VLR is absolutely a better experience if you play 999 first (VLR also thoroughly spoils 999). I'd say you should go for it. It's one of the most intelligently-written and interesting series I've ever encountered.

And yeah, that seems like a good price for S;G0. Have you played the original?

Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

KratosMD

@Ralizah Alright thanks!

No, but I do own the original on the Vita so I will play it before 0. I just thought that since physical copies of that game is rare around here then maybe I should pick it up while I still can. I'll definitely be getting it then!

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Th3solution

@KratosMD @Ralizah
Pardon me for barging in, but I had a similar dilemma when I decided to buy the Nonary Games last year, since I already had VLR as well. I think I ended up buying the Nonary games pack for $30 on Vita.
First of all, like most visual novel type of games they are great on the Vita. I’m not sure how it would translate over to the big screen. It’s a personal preference, but I think I would prefer these games on the Vita.
Secondly, I will echo that 999 really is quite essential to play, in my opinion, if you’re going to play VLR. The second game can stand on its own, sure, but major story elements are contained in 999 that I feel like are essential to really getting the most of it. I actually kind of preferred 999 overall as an experience despite it being shorter and a little bit simpler in its story flowchart, concepts, and puzzles. I really liked the story and setting of 999. But both are excellent if you like the genre.
So basically you’re buying 999 for €20, and then you’ll have the option to play VLR on the PS4 or on your Vita copy you already have. I think it’s worth it, personally. I’ve paid a lot more for games I enjoyed a lot less. Now it’s always easy to spend someone else’s money, but these two were among my favorites played last year. I just wish it was cross-buy for you, then it would be an easier recommendation.
And on the other subject, I haven’t played any of the Science Adventure games. Steins;Gate is one I want to eventually play, but I heard 0 wasn’t nearly as good. Actually, if anyone knows the best order to play the Science adventure stuff, I’d be interested to know. With the Chaos;... games and Steins;... games it looks rather daunting to a newbie.

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Ralizah

@Th3solution I envy you playing the 999 remaster first. The original NDS version is excellent, but a bit frustrating, because there's no flow-chart (that element was introduced in VLR), so you have to constantly replay the game over and over to get the different endings (you can FF past previously read text, but it's still tedious).

But yeah, while VLR is comprehensible without 999, it's a much stronger story in the proper context, and 999 is an excellent story in its own right.

I'd also prefer the Nonary Games on a portable, but I prefer pretty much everything on portable systems.

The Chaos series and Steins;Gate series aren't terribly interconnected, so don't worry about how those two series relate. You can play either first. Chaos;Head was never officially translated, but if you're willing to play an English-patched version on your PC, I'd start there for the Chaos series. With S;G, you play the original and then move on to 0.

Robotics;Notes is also kind of its own thing, but I don't know if it even has a fan translation. There's a pretty decent anime adaptation, though. S;G also has a famously excellent anime adaptation. Avoid the Chaos;Head anime at all cost, though.

Ralizah

PSN: Ralizah

belmont

So I 'd like to ask for recommendations. I just beat Night in the Woods and although the ending was a bit lame I loved this game, the setting, the plot, the characters, the more "adult plot" themes. I was surprised on how much I liked this game.

Any particular recommendation for a similar somewhat short story driven game with a focus on nore serious themes with good setting and characters for ps4 or vita? From the top of my head Firewatch and Oxenfree come to mind but have I missed something

belmont

Th3solution

@belmont Haven’t played NitW, but short adult story game with a smidge of puzzles — What Remains of Edith Finch. Great from beginning to end. All 3 hours of it.

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Doctor_BK

Thomas Was Alone has fantastic voice acting and good, casual platform. I wish more people talked about it, and it’s older so probably pretty cheap. It was a PS Plus game at one point. Gone Home is decent as well. @belmont

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Kidfried

@belmont I can't wait to play Night in the Woods. But I'll have to work through my backlog first! I agree with @Th3solution that WROEF is a great choice. And also...

Virginia. I think many slept on this game. The game is narrative driven, but without a single line of text. The characters are very strong and the plot takes some interesting and very serious turns! Many of the 'adult' themes are handled so very well, very much like modern TV series. This is my #1 recommendation, I think.

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. Game deals with some pretty heavy themes too, like the dark sides of village life, religion and, well, I won't spoil anything. It's told in a very fragmented way, so it's more about you discovering the story that went down, instead of being part of the story. (And the soundtrack is amaaaaazing!)

And of course, @Doctor_BK, Gone Home is a classic too!

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belmont

@JohnnyShoulder @Doctor_BK @Kidfried Thanks for the suggestions my friends. I have beat What Remains of Edith Finch, Gome Home and Thomas was Alone sometime ago but I will check Virginia and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. I will keep searching for similar games and post again. On the more "AAA" point of view there are also the two Life is Strange games.

Night in the Woods was a very pleasant surprise. I higly recommend this game (it is on discount on EU now for about 15 euros).

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Octane

MGSV is on sale, is there any reason why I shouldn't pick The Definitive Version over The Phantom Pain?

Octane

KratosMD

@Octane I don't think so. People are saying that it's essential to play Ground Zeroes before TPP so definitely get The Definitive Version.

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Th3solution

@Octane Yes, Ground Zeroes is pretty integral to the story of The Phantom Pain. Personally I would only play TPP after having played GZ if I were you. GZ is pretty short though. The other stuff in the Definitive Edition I’m not so sure about since I didn’t play any of the DLC and didn’t spend much time with Metal Gear Online. But yeah, I think I would also recommend getting the Definitive Ed. if you have the cash and didn’t pick up both games when they were free on PS Plus.

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Octane

@Th3solution The Definitive Edition is the same price as The Phantom Pain.

Octane

Th3solution

@Octane Interesting. That’s a pretty good deal then. GZ and TPP should have all been one game to begin with, actually. Let us know if you play them because I’m always curious how people receive them because the games a little divisive, but I count them (esp TPP) as among my very favorite this gen, and really, of all time actually.

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Octane

@Th3solution I'll go in blind, without having played a MGS game before, so it'll be interesting either way. I want to finish SOTC and MHW first, but I'm still looking for something to play after those games, especially since I expect to finish SOTC by next week, and GOW is still two months away. MGSV could fill that gap I think. And I'll make sure to most my impressions here!

Octane

kyleforrester87

@Octane MGS5 is fun n all but I'd say it's not a "MGS" game in the same way people say BOTW isn't a Zelda game. I appreciate you've not got access to systems to play the earlier games, hope you get the chance to play 1>4 at some point though.

kyleforrester87

PSN: WigSplitter1987

Th3solution

@Octane Oh! Well that’s a different twist to it if this will be your first MGS game. Now I’ll really be curious what your think. Part of me thinks you may like it more since you don’t have any preconceived notion and it is different from other installments, like @kyleforrester87 said. But part of me thinks you’ll be pretty lost as far as story and lore go. But to be honest Metal Gear games have some of the most convoluted stories in all of gaming, and they’re hard to follow even for fans who play them all, mainly because they weren’t released in any chronological order and the story has been told in such small segments over 8+ sprawling games. That being said, MGS5 gives you enough context that it is enjoyable in its own right.

I just finished SotC just now. Absolutely brilliant. Also one of my favorites of all time. I just wish some of the control mechanics were a little bit more precise and then it would be near perfect. It took me right at 10 hours, and that was with me taking my time, doing quite a bit of exploring.

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Octane

@kyleforrester87 I have to start somewhere I figured. I've also heard Twin Snakes isn't the best remake. I can find ways to play the first game for sure, but is it worth it? I mean, would it make a huge difference? I assume V is perfectly playable on its own. I can always play the other games later.

Yeah, I don't want to hurry SOTC, I've limited myself to 1 colossus per day. I've done the first eight in about three-and-a-half hours. If you don't have to search for the colossi, it's a pretty short game. But I'm spending most of my time looking for lizards and fruit.

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