For obvious reasons, the role-playing genre is the most common place to find dating sim elements or other social systems.
But in the last couple console generations, we’ve seen an increasing amount of genre cross-over, where RPG elements are now integrated into action games, shooters, and even sports or racing games.
particularly, the fact that it’s possible to do things such as going to “hostess bars” really helps to drive it home that, for Westerners, anyway, the player is most definitely not in Kansas any more. My First Trip to Japan, for example — this is a title in which the player character flies to Japan for a vacation and spends his time hanging around with a pair of cute girls and sightseeing real-life locations.
This might not have necessarily been the original intention when the series was first created in Japan, but it’s certainly one of many particularly compelling reasons for us to play the localized versions of the is actually a doubly interesting case, as not only does it allow non-Japanese players to immerse themselves in traditional and contemporary Japanese culture for part of its narrative, it then provides the same sort of “cultural immersion” experience for so interesting as an interactive story is the depth in which Phantasmagoria’s culture and societal norms are explored and presented to the player. The game is presented bilingually, with both English and Japanese text on screen, making it possible to use it as a language-learning aid as well as a virtual tourist guide.
But in most cases, those searches will lead you to outdated forum posts where the OP gets bashed for their taste in games or for being some kind of pervert, and the only legitimate replies often list the same well-known releases that practically everyone has played by now.
The truth is, there are a lot of video games out there that include NPC romance, but your enjoyment of each one will entirely depend on what you expect to get out of them.
Let’s face it, video games aren’t a terribly efficient source for sexual gratification, if that’s what you’re looking for.
In fact, so powerful is the ability to immerse oneself in another culture through the visual novel medium that there are a number of games out there specifically designed to allow Western players to learn more about How Things Are Done In Japan. Or how about Libido’s dating sim , a (now out of print) game specifically marketed as being for English speakers with an interest in Japan?
This title not only allows its players to choose between its original Japanese voice track and English voiceovers delivered by the Japanese cast, it also provides the option for bilingual text presentation and comes with a reference sheet of Japanese terminology used throughout the game — including some of the seedier stuff you probably wouldn’t find in your average guidebook.