This could just as easily go into the general Video Games forum section. After all, that's where the Hatoful Boyfriend
thread is... and that game only includes a modest amount of simulation gameplay. If that's the best fit, then move this thread.
Why did I start this thread now? Because patch version 1.0
has just been released. Like the previous patches, this one will work with the original DS game. All the text is now translated, and nearly all the bugs have been eliminated. You should now be able to fully enjoy the game on your emulator or DS flash cart.
There are some fans talking about translating LovePlus+, but I haven't seen anything concrete. And Konami has not made any statements about officially localizing any version. (If you ask me, it's way too late for the DS versions. The 3DS is starting to gain some traction... Still, I don't know if the Konami staff believe that an English version would sell more than a few dozen copies. They had no success selling their western romance game Brooktown High a few years back. And there's still a lot of Fan Hater
negativity, no thanks to the few crazy fans who took their interest in the game way too far.)
That said, what do you think of Love Plus
? What are your thoughts on its writing, visuals, music, and gameplay?
My biggest complaint so far: the save system. It requires going back to the title screen, as well as several needless stylus presses.
My lesser concerns: the polygon characters and the 2D drawings look similar, and they're technically impressive for DS graphics... but I could probably do without the polygon graphics. Also, the first phase of the game seems like marking time — just increasing stats, with a modest amount of feedback. The gameplay is fairly simple until after the confession.
My biggest praise: it's a lot less stressful than Tokimeki Memorial
. There's far fewer issues with stats decreasing. There are random factors, but they seem less frustrating. None of the NPCs will "bomb" the main character just because they're not getting enough attention. And in this game, the confession doesn't happen right as the game ends (after graduation day).
My lesser praise: Love Plus
seems like a well-designed portable game. It's possible to start it up, play for five or ten minutes, and stop. Finally, since the harem in this game is only three girls, that means all three have decent amounts of personality and screen time. It seems like a Balanced Harem
where any of the three could be a valid choice.