Xbox One is an eighth-generation video game console that was developed by Microsoft. Announced in 2013, Xbox One is the successor of Xbox 360 and becomes the third console in the Xbox brand. It was released worldwide starting from 2013 and became the first Xbox game console to be released in China. And within the huge arsenal of its games, are these top 7 Xbox One visual novel games worth to play.
7. Wheels of Aurelia
Wheels of Aurelia is a visual novel and adventure video game that was developed and published by Santa Ragione, and released worldwide in 2016 for Linux, Microsoft Windows, and OS X. The game later released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and also for iOS in 2017. On November 2017, the game released finally for Nintendo Switch.
The player controls Lella’s vehicle in a bird’s-eye view and choose over some options in branching dialogue system. On her way across Via Aurelia, she meets hitchhikers who can alter the story’s outcomes. While the game is fairly short, it offers 16 different endings. The game was inspired by the 1986’s arcade game Out Run and the cult film Il Surpasso.
ENIGMA: is a beautiful and tragic mystery visual novel developed by Japanese indie developer Uzumeya. The original Japanese version of the game was released mid-March 2015 as a PC exclusive title. Not long after, the English version of the game was published mid-November 2016 for PC via Steam and can be purchased from Fruitbat Factory’s official store page as the publisher.
The game takes place in a beautiful and mysterious fantasy world afflicted by a deadly disease known as Enigma. A young man named Chester has become afflicted with the disease and has at best a month to live. He journeys out to the sea in his boat but he is thrown off and washes ashore on a small island. He must make the most of his remaining time while also uncovering the mysteries of the forest on the island.
5. Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness is a visual novel game developed by 5pb. It was originally released for Xbox One in 2015 in Japan, with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 versions following in Japan, North America, and Europe. A Microsoft Windows version was released on April 2017. The game is based on the 2012 anime series Psycho-Pass.
The story’s backdrop is a dystopian future Tokyo where people can be preemptively imprisoned for their propensity to commit crimes, based on a technology-enabled personality scan called a Psycho-Pass. The player controls one of the two characters: inspector Nadeshiko Kugatachi, who is missing memories of her past, or enforcer Takuma Tsurugi, whose lover is missing.
4. Three Fourths Home
Three Fourths Home is a game developed by Bracket Games which was released in 2015. The game is a visual novel, so the player can make conversation choices that will change the relationships between the family members. The game follows the struggles of a family, with the protagonist named Kelly who is driving through rural Nebraska when her mother calls and sparking conversation that will change the upcoming events.
3. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
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.
Chaos;Child is a visual novel game developed by 5pb. It is the fourth main entry in the Science Adventure series, and a thematic sequel to Chaos;Head (2008). The game was released in Japan in 2014 for Xbox One, and later for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Android and iOS. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita version was released in 2017 and the PC version in 2019.
The player will takes the role of Takuru Miyashiro, the president of his school’s newspaper club, who investigates the “Return of the New Generation Madness” serial murder case. He experiences delusions, and at multiple points throughout the story, the player gets the option to choose if Takuru should experience a positive or negative delusion, or neither.
1. Steins;Gate 0
Steins;Gate 0 is a visual novel game developed and published by 5pb. It is part of the Science Adventure series and a sequel to 2009 game Steins;Gate. The game was released initially in 2015 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows in 2016, Xbox One in 2017, and Nintendo Switch in 2019.
The story is seen from several characters’ viewpoints, mainly the university student Rintaro Okabe, the time traveller Suzuha Amane, and the neuroscientist Maho Hiyajo. After meeting Maho and her co-worker Alexis Leskinen, Okabe becomes a tester for the artificial intelligence system Amadeus. The player reads the text and dialogue that comprise the story and affects the direction of the plot by choosing whether to answer phone calls from Amadeus.
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Visual novel games have their own quality, even with only text and still scenes. And now, the latest console from Microsoft, Xbox One also adds this genre in its arsenal of games so we can’t underestimate the quality. Personally I like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, but since I already played it before, I took a liking more into Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness with its unique plot.
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