We already revealed the games on the list of 5 Best Visual Novel Games According to Metacritic last month. Now, I think it is the right time to discuss the worst visual novel games also. The scoring in this list is based on Metacritic rating system, so you might think differently and thought that they are still worth to play. And here are the 5 worst visual novel games according to Metacritic you might want to try.
1. Amnesia: Memories (Score: 72)
Amnesia: Memories is a visual novel developed and published by Idea Factory in 2013 for PlayStation Vita and PC. The story follows a young woman who wakes up and finds herself in a space between dimensions. She is confronted by a young boy who tells her that he attempted to move from his world to hers. However, he made a mistake and ended up colliding into her mind.
2. Hatoful Boyfriend (Score: 72)
Hatoful Boyfriend: A School of Hope and White Wings or Hatoful Boyfriend in short is a Japanese doujin soft otome visual novel released in 2011 for Microsoft Windows and OS X. The game was developed by manga artist Hato Moa’s doujin circle PigeoNation Inc. An international remake was released on 4 September 2014 for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux, and for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 the next year.
Hatoful Boyfriend is set in an alternate version of Earth in which sapient birds have seemingly taken the place of humans in society for reasons that are hinted at, but not fully explained in the dating simulation portion of the game. The game’s story takes place primarily at the fictional St. PigeoNation’s Institute—a bird-only high school located in the fictional Japanese town of Littledove Hachiman City.
3. Another Code: Two Memories (Score: 70)
Another Code: Two Memories, or released as Trace Memory in North America, is a point-and-click adventure game developed by Cing and published by Nintendo for Nintendo DS portable video game console. A sequel, titled Another Code: R – A Journey into Lost Memories was released for the Nintendo Wii.
Players take on the role of Ashley Mizuki Robbins, a 13-year-old girl, as she searches for her father on the fictional Blood Edward Island. Two days before her fourteenth birthday, Ashley receives a package from her father containing a birthday card and a device called a DAS, programmed to respond only to Ashley’s biometrics, contains a message from her father, claiming that he is waiting for her on Blood Edward Island.
4. Disgaea Infinite (Score: 64)
Disgaea Infinite is a visual novel for the PlayStation Portable that was released in November 2009 in Japan, June 2010 in North America, and November 2010 in Europe. The game is part of the Disgaea series, using the same characters as Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, though Mao and Raspberyl from Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice also make appearance.
The player takes on the role of a Prinny who is commanded to investigate the attempted “assassination” of overlord Laharl. Disgaea Infinite starts with a travel back into time where the main character will possess other characters to obtain information and gather clues to solve the mysteries.
5. Again (Score: 52)
Again: Interactive Crime Novel or also known as Again: FBI Choshinri Sosakan in Japan, is an adventure video game developed by Cing and published by Tecmo for the Nintendo DS. The game was released in Japan on December 10, 2009, and in North America on April 2, 2010. This game was originally titled Again: Eye of Providence.
A string of serial murders from 19 years ago have started up again. The player takes the role of J, an agent of the FBI and sole survivor of the murders. J has a special ability called “past vision” to solve puzzles, which he uses as he investigates the murders committed by the serial killer known only as “Providence”.
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Although those games are listed as “worst”, they are not actually that bad honestly. Many people loves Hatoful Boyfriend, especially girls, and Amnesia: Memories is also a pretty decent visual novel game. As for DIsgaea fans, they would not mind playing Disgaea Infinite as a spin-off from the big franchise. And personally I appreciate more a detective kind of game such as Again for the Nintendo DS.
Which one do you think is the worst visual novel games? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.