Visual novel games are a genre that uses still pictures more than moving action scenes. You will only find letters and sentences rather than hack-and-slash combat. That is also why you will never find exploration part in the gameplay like when you play RPG. And in this list are the top 7 best long visual novels you must find if you are looking for visual novels with not only long but also great plot.
7. Umineko When They Cry (50+ Hours)
Umineko When They Cry or also known as Umineko no Naku Koro Ni is a Japanese murder mystery visual novel written by Ryukishi07 and produced by 07th Expansion in 2007. The developer claims that Umineko When They Cry is classified as sound novel, which means that the game’s basis takes more care in producing an atmosphere via the music, sound effects, and the story itself.
The story focuses on a group of eighteen people who are on a secluded island for a period of two days and the mysterious murders that befall them. Our goal is to discern not only the identity of the murderer but whether the culprit is even human at all. The challenge is to find the truth about the murders which is commited by a human or some other supernatural being, as well as the motive behind them.
6. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (50+ Hours)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is an updated game compilation of the first three games in the Ace Attorney series: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. The trilogy initially released on the Nintendo 3DS, as a graphical upgrade to the Nintendo DS and WiiWare versions of the trilogy.
5. Ever 17: The Out of Infinity (30-50 Hours)
Ever 17: The Out of Infinity is a visual novel game developed by KID. It is the second entry in the Infinity series with Never 7: The End of Infinity as the beginning of the series. The game was originally released in Japan on August 2002 for PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast, then later ported to PC, PlayStation Portable, Android, and iOS.
The game follows Takeshi Kuranari and a boy with amnesia who is referred to as “the Kid” who are trapped inside an underwater theme park together with the group of other people. After a leak has flooded parts of the park, they cannot make contact with people on the surface. Due to high water pressure, the park is estimated to implode after 119 hours.
4. Fate/hollow ataraxia (30-50 Hours)
Fate/hollow ataraxia is a 2005 PC visual novel game developed by Type-Moon, and the sequel to Fate/stay night. The word “ataraxia” in the title is a Greek term for “tranquility”, giving the title the combined meaning of “empty (or false) tranquility”. The game also ported to PlayStation Vita and includes full voice-acting among other enhancements.
The plot of Fate/hollow ataraxia is based 6 months after the events of Fate/stay night. Bazett Fraga McRemitz, a member of the Mages’ Association and a master in the Fifth Holy Grail War, wakes on the fourth day of the Fifth Holy Grail War with a new servant, Avenger, and no memory of what happened to her beforehand. She and Avenger set off to fight and win the Holy Grail War.
3. Steins;Gate (30-50 Hours)
Steins;Gate is a visual novel game developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus. Released in 2009, it became the second game in the Science Adventure series (the first was entitled Chaos;Head). This game was actually released for Xbox, but later it was ported to almost all platforms including smartphone. In 2015, PQube released the North America/Europe version for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
The story revolves around the life of a self-proclaimed mad scientist called Rintaro Okabe. He is the founder of Future Gadget Laboratory in Akihabara, where he spends most of his time. What is unique about this game is the use of time travel theme, which we usually found only in movies. This game shows good character development of the protagonists, along with the unexpected plot twists.
2. Code: Realize – Guardian of Rebirth (30-50 Hours)
Code: Realize – Guardian of Rebirth is an otome visual novel game developed by Otomate for PlayStation Vita in 2014. The game features a steampunk aesthetic and a cast of literary and historical figures, including Arsene Lupin, Abraham Val Helsing, Victor Frankenstein, Impey Barbicane, and Count Saint-Germain.
The story tells about a girl named Cardia who lives day to day isolated from the world in a restricted, abandoned mansion due to a deadly poison that rots or melts anything that her skin touches. One day, her quiet solitude is interrupted when the Royal Guards break in to capture her. That is when she meets the chivalrous thief Arsene Lupin who helps her break free and sets out on a journey to find her father.
1. Collar X Malice (30-50 Hours)
Collar X Malice is a visual novel game developed and published by Idea Factory under their Otomate brand. The game was released for PlayStation Vita on August 18, 2016 in Japan and by Aksys Games in North America and Europe on July 28, 2017. A Nintendo Switch port is also planned.
The game follows Ichika Hoshino, who is patrolling Shinjuku, Tokyo. She is attacked, and a collar with poison is placed around her neck. Following this, she becomes involved with the “X-Day Incident”, which is being investigated by five former police officers.
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Some people might underestimate the quality of long visual novels. Since they are long, there is a high chance that people will expect that it will be boring. But worry not, although those long visual novels above have lengthy storyline, the plot will never been boring as you proceed through the events. My favorite? I will go with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy for the overall aspects.
Which one are your favorite long visual novels from the list? Do you prefer playing a short one or a long one? Please share your thoughts in the comment below.