Xbox 360 is the seventh-generation console and the second in the Xbox family from Microsoft which was released in 2005. Following its release, Xbox 360 achieved a great success, making Microsoft a powerful rival to Sony on the home consoles market. As a next generation video game console, this device has improved in delivering better gaming experience, including in these top 7 Xbox 360 visual novel games.
Robotics;Notes is a visual novel game developed by 5pb. and the third main game in the Science Adventure series, following Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate. The game is described by the developers as an “Augmented Science Adventure”. The game was originally released in Japan for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 but later also released in echanced version for PlayStation Vita, Switch, and PlayStation 4.
The player assumes the role of Kaito Yashio, someone who enjoys fighting games. He is signed in his school’s robot club and the story begins when he finds out that one of the Robotics;Notes’ main heroines is actually a genius programmer who created the game engine for the world-renowned fighting game. He then decides to create his own robot using command input and motion capture technology.
6. Dunamis 15
Dunamis 15 is a suspense visual novel game developed and published by 5pb. for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was released in Japan on September 15, 2011, featuring five chapters and five main characters. A year later, on July 26, 2012 a port for PlayStation Portable version was released.
The story is set in a world slightly in the future where a nuclear explosion has caused genetic mutations. All the students at Ceres Academy are clones who were created as materials for cloning technology research. Togo Takatsuki is leading a boring life at Ceres Academy until one day he stumbles upon a mysterious girl in his school hallway and changes his life forever since then.
5. Chaos;Head Noah
Chaos;Head is a visual novel game developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus as the first entry in the Science Adventure series. The game was originally released for PC in 2008, and later an enhanced version titled Chaos;Head Noah was released for Xbox 360 in 2009, and has since been ported to multiple platforms.
The game follows Takumi Nishijo, who gets caught up in the “New Gen” serial murders. He frequently experiences delusions and hallucinations; the player can use the “delusional trigger” system to decide whether he should experience positive or negative delusions, which determines the story’s ending.
Clannad is a Japanese visual novel developed by Key and released in 2004 for PC. While both of Key’s previous creations, Kanon and Air, had been released first as adult games (later been censored for younger market), Clannad was released for a rating for all ages. The game was later ported to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.
The story follows the life of Tomoya Okazaki, an average high school student who meets many people in his last year at school, including five girls, and helps resolves their individual problems. The gameplay follows a branching plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios with courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the five female main characters by the player character.
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.
2. Muv-Luv Alternative
Muv-Luv Alternative is a Japanese visual novel game developed and published by age in 2006 for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Muv-Luv Alternative is a direct sequel to Muv-Luv Unlimited, and is the grand finale of the Muv-Luv trilogy.
In Muv-Luv Alternative Takeru Shirogane wakes up three years after the end of Unlimited to find himself back in his room. Although he first thinks that everything that had happened to him was a dream, he soon feels something is wrong and leaves the house to find that he has been sent back in time to beginning of the events in Unlimited. He decides to help Professor Kouzuki to complete Alternative IV instead of Alternative V.
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.
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As a first step in Microsoft next-gen gaming console, Xbox 360 has a nice set of games differ in genre. As in visual novel genre, the Xbox 360 technology is able to deliver an exciting experience upon playing it. And since I like mecha, I will pick the last on the list this time: Robotics;Notes. While the other visual novel usually revolves around survival or adult themes, this game stands out differently.
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