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  1. #382192012-09-05 11:23:09acostoss said:

    Depends. Most visual novels are Japanese-only, and thus it makes it hard to get an English copy. Most English-version VNs can be found pretty easily on J-List, though.

    There are fan translations for those without an official English translation, and those are easily found on VNDB.

    If you haven't ever played a visual novel, I'd suggest Katawa Shoujo. It's a favorite of mine.

  2. #382582012-09-06 00:16:16Kaladbolg said:

    It really depends on what visual novels you're looking for. You can find a few on the Mirror Moon site. Like the above, Katawa Shoujo is a good one to start with, though.

  3. #446532012-12-14 13:43:30break said:

    Umineko no naku koro ni is among the most amazing things ive ever read. although, sicne its a sound novel, it focuses more on the BGM and other msuic than the visuals, so there ar eno CG's and the character sprites are kind of badly drawn. not bad enough to not grow used ot them and enjoy them though. try it out by all means.

  4. #813622014-08-06 20:06:23 *NoTuPo said:

    Try Fuwanovel. they have lot of different VN from katawa to umineko. all in english and easy to install. many of them doesn´t require installation and is direct play. But don´t expect to find everything they have some kind of rule to what they can upload.

  5. #813632014-08-06 20:08:35NoTuPo said:

    they also have umineko with the ps3 sprite from the anime in case u don´t like the quality of the original. but the story is so good it shouldn´t matter

  6. #814552014-08-09 08:08:37mizlily said:

    The sites that are advertising themselves as offering a collection of free visual novels are most likely piracy site, which are illegal.

  7. #814572014-08-09 16:56:19DarkChaplain said:

    If you'd like to read Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni or Rose Guns Days, MangaGamer's got you covered.

    RGD and Higanbana rely on fan translations, though. 07th Expansion basically approved of those as well, so using those to patch a japanese copy is allowed and not considered piracy. What is considered piracy is downloading the japanese, or pre-patched, copies of the game illegally, without paying.

    Also, MangaGamer is bringing Higurashi onto Steam, with refined translations and, as it appears, PS2 sprites (which are by far superior). Just a bit longer til that's out.

    Steam also has a growing library of english translated Visual Novels, a lot of which are fairly cheap.

    With that said, as @mizlily pointed out, sites offering commercial VNs for free, such as the above mentioned Fuwanovel, aren't doing so legally. That's piracy, and piracy is against our rules.

    Do what you must on your end of the internet, but if you drag it onto the forum and ask for advice on where to best pirate games, books, music or video, you're out of luck, and your thread will be locked or worse.

    As such, I'm locking this.