PlayStation 3 is the seventh generation game console created by Sony. Released on November 17th, it has a lot of great games differ by genre, including visual novel. If you think that PlayStation 3 is only able to give you RPG and adventure games, then you have to read this list. These games are the best PlayStation 3 visual novel that ever stepped on this console back then. Are they worth trying? No doubt, you must try them.
7. XBlaze Lost: Memories
XBlaze Lost: Memories is a sequel to the 2013 visual novel XBlaze Code: Embryo developed by Arc System Works. The game was released in Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in 2015, few months later in North America in the same year, and in Europe in 2016 by Aksys Games. The PC version was released worldwide in 2016.
The protagonist unintentionally wanders into a mysterious alternate world known as the Phantom Field while searching for her missing sister. The Phantom Field is a strange place full of shifting pathways and traps to snare the unwary. Players will have to gather mysterious artifacts known as Memory Fragments to be able to reach the end of the level you are on and move on to the deeper levels.
6. 428: Shibuya Scramble
428: Shibuya Scramble is a visual novel adventure game produced by Koichi Nakamura with Jiro Ishii serving as executive producer, developed by Nakamura’s company Chunsoft. The game was initially published by Sega in 2008 for the Wii and later was ported by Spike to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable in 2009. The Android and iOS version was released in 2011 while the PlayStation 4 and PC version was released in 2018.
The story is set in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo where the narrative is presented using a combination of scrolling text, live action stills and video sequences. The game shares many story and gameplay elements with Chunsoft’s 1998 sound novel game Machi, the most prominent being the locale, Shibuya. Although Chunsoft does not openly state 428 is a sequel, the game contains numerous references to Machi.
5. Umineko: When They Cry
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.
Muv-Luv is a Japanese visual novel game developed by age and originally released as an adult game for Windows in 2003. This game consists of two parts, Muv-Luv Extra and Muv-Luv Unlimited. The gameplay in Muv-Luv follows a linear plot line and offers pre-determined scenarios and courses of interaction, focusing on the differing scenarios of the female main characters.
If you are a visual novel lover who is up to dating a cute anime girl, then this game is exactly for you. Not only the characters are interesting, the overall story continues evolving throughout several arcs. Eventually, the story will be concluded in the sequel, Muv-Luv Alternative, which ups the drama even more than it used to be.
3. Higurashi: When They Cry
Higurashi: When They Cry or also known as Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni in Japanese language is a murder mystery Japanese doujin soft sound novel series created by 07th Expansion. A sound novel is similar to a visual novel in that the gameplay requires relatively little player interaction as most of the game is composed of text dialogues.
The game takes place during June 1983 in a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa which has a population of approximately 2000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara moves there and befriends with his new classmates. At first, Hinamizawa looks to be a normal and peaceful village but after the Watanagashi Festival, Keiichi learns that he was drawn into some strange events which involve murders.
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.
1. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is a fighting video game with visual novel elements developed by Arc System Works and Atlus. The game is a direct sequel to the 2012 game Persona 4 Arena, which is itself a follow-up to the popular RPG, Persona 4. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax was released in Japanese arcades in 2013 and later for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2014.
The story sets shortly after the events of the Persona 4 Arena, focusing on the two protagonists groups, The Investigation Team and The Kinjo Group who are trapped in a dimension known as the Dark Hour. There, they encounter doppelgangers known as Shadows. As the story progresses, the cast meets apparent culprit behind this, a teenager known as Sho Minazuki.
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As the seventh generation console made by Sony, PlayStation 3 is the start of the next-gen gaming. Thankfully, game developers are too kind to the visual novel lovers to create these wonderful games. If I have to choose, I’ll stick with Steins;Gate series since the games and the anime are widely popular and known for its quality. My second choice would be 428: Shibuya Scramble for its uniqueness.
Which one is your favorite PlayStation 3 visual novel game? Have you tried playing some of them on the other console before? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.