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I love the look of PC98 games aka the Anime PC game machine

CitizenHal

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Is double posting frowned upon?!!11!


Someone said they wanted to know the names of the games.

Amy's Fantasies



Ballade for Maria




Branmarker 2




Amaranth II



3x3 Eyes Sanjiyan Henjo




Binyu Hunter



Cal
Cal II



Can Can Bunny Premier
Can Can Bunny Extra
Can Can Bunny 5 1 2 Limited




Romance Wa Tsurugi No Kagayaki: The Last Crusade







Akatsuki No Bizantira



Arcus III



Agalta
Agalta II



Alvaleak Bokenki





Amaranth III
Amaranth IV
Amaranth Kh Stellar Okoku Kenkokutan




 

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Wish we still had games with these art styles, so many beautiful ones. Cool tricks like mesh shadows & transparencies too.
 
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CitizenHal

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Ambivalenz Niritsu Haihan



Brandish
Brandish 3: Spirit of Balcan
Brandish VT








Custom Mate 3



Dangel




Daraku No Kuni No Angie Kyokai No Mesudoreitachi




D-Ark



Bishojo Hunter ZX




Bell's Avenue



Jikan Me No Venus






Ai Shimai Futari No Kajiitsu



Akiko Premium Version



Alaskan Malamute G C




Angel Night





Animahjong X Perfect
 

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If there are any reposts, I do not care. I am a robot unburdened with emotion.

Anniversary Memories of Summer Vacation



Arabesque Shojo Tachi No Orinasu Ai No Monogatari



Birthdays




Bomber Quest



Case of Dungeons



C'est La Vie




Chakra



Charm



Cherry Jam Kanojo Ga Hadaka Ni Kigaetara



Cyber Illusion




De Ja II




Ginga Eiyu Densetsu II



Akiko Gold the Queen of Adult



Cybernetic Hi School Part 3: Gunbuster



Chushaki Hirasawa Nurse School



Bonno Yobiko 2




2 Shot Diary 2: memory 1/4







Ah Megami Sama






Aiza New Generation



Branmarker 2




Okunen Monogatari: The Shinkaron
 

Hudo

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So, I kinda want to get into the PC88 and PC98. Are there any games that you guys recommend? Probably Nihon Falcom games are a good bet, right?
 
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kunonabi

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reposts are totally welcome since we getting titles. This may be my favorite spot on the internet, keep up the good work its much appreciated.
 
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Futaleufu

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Too bad that among the retro craze of the last 10 years we never got games made in this art style.
 
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Mecha Meow

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I've been looking at these games and loving the art for 24+ years online and even owned a few PCECD versions of the games.

Porn art from them too :3

Too bad that among the retro craze of the last 10 years we never got games made in this art style.
Well a couple like VA-11 Hall-A and 2064 are sort of in that same category but obviously not as detailed or good looking. I still like them.
 

CitizenHal

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Dangel




Atlantia: Legend of Blue Star



Cho Jiku Yosai Macross: Remember Me






101-Kaime no Approach Shot



Ace of Spades



Briganty: The Roots of Darkness



The Atlas II



Bacta 2: The Resurrection of Bacta



Ayayo S Live Affection



Advanced Power Dolls 2



Bible Master 2: The Chaos of Aglia




Brandish 2




Blitzkrieg: Tōbu Sensen 1941~45



Power Slave




Area 88 - Ikkakujuu no Kiseki



Burai Gekan



Collector D Bangaihen - Gokuraku Dainishi Chiku Sales Daisakusen



Dark Seraphim



Different Realm



Dragon Souseiki



Dragon Wars



Tokyo Twilight Busters



Eiyuu Shigan - Gal Act Heroism



Gakuen Toshi Z



High Reward



K.O. Beast Three



Metal Eye 2
 

Naibel

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People may hate me for this but I'll bump this thread because it fucking deserves it, man.
Yes... Yes, it truly does... :messenger_heart: No hate for me bro !

One of the greatest GAF threads ever. Bookmarked it since I signed in.
 
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Pity so many of those games went untranslated. I'm a sucker for old visual novels that made you "Think" and "Search" 25 times before allowing you to move on and discovering you missed a crucial time-limited event and you're now stuck.

I'm not being facetious, I really think those games rule.
 
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stranno

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Pity so many of those games went untranslated. I'm a sucker for old visual novels that made you "Think" and "Search" 25 times before allowing you to move on and discovering you missed a crucial time-limited event and you're now stuck.

I'm not being facetious, I really think those games rule.
Quite a few PC98 games have been translated in the latest years.

Tuned Heart being the most recent one.

 
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Zefah

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Goddamn... I love the aesthetics on display in these shots. I'm going to have to seriously look up a way to play something of this stuff if it's possible.
 

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By fair my favorite platform of the 90s aesthetic-wise. Just takes a fair amount of homework to avoid the hentai games (or find them if that's your thing!). Luckily there are some good emulators out there to try this stuff out because without those, most of these games will just fade into the annuls of history.
 
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CitizenHal

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That's the thing though, so many seemingly normal games just have random fan service hentai in them. Grounseed, for example, is a pretty run of the mill fantasy VN/RPG that has borderline underage unconcented sex that comes out of nowhere. Exceptional soundtrack though, so whatever. Play it for the music.
 

Thabass

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Snatcher and Policenauts are some of Kojima's best games too.
 
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dase211

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Let's not forget the PC-98 port of Prince Of Persia! That had some nice graphics.



I actually played this version. I didn't get pretty far, but I strongly recommend this game.

DavidXNewton's comment about this version in this video:
"...It has a very busy appearance that can look like a bit of an assault..."

Touhou anyone?




There's Life & Death...




And it's sequel Life & Death 2: The Brain

^ This reminds me of IBM EGA art...
 

CitizenHal

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I can believe it. Dithering is pretty standard stuff in art with a limited palette. PM2 does a decent job at utilising those 16 colours well, but it really does look like 16 colours.
 
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i just remembered there was this lady in PM2 who looks suspiciously similar to the girl from PM1.

i had no idea PM2 was using even less than 16 colors. wow.


hey CitizenHal,

what is your recommended setup for playing PC98 games ?
i wish i could get the real thing some day.
 

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The pixel art on display here is incredible, but the UIs and the actual in-game screenshots rarely look like something I’d stomach to play today.

Are some of these still good to play?
 

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That's the thing though, so many seemingly normal games just have random fan service hentai in them. Grounseed, for example, is a pretty run of the mill fantasy VN/RPG that has borderline underage unconcented sex that comes out of nowhere. Exceptional soundtrack though, so whatever. Play it for the music.

There was a French computer game that caused controversy back then too and to avoid any legal issues, they revealed that the sexually suggestive girl voice was actually a robot which was allowed.
 

mild sriracha

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The pixel art on display here is incredible, but the UIs and the actual in-game screenshots rarely look like something I’d stomach to play today.

Are some of these still good to play?
Compared to top games on other systems, PC98 games are not very good.

1. Action parts are especially annoying,
there is this weird scrolling issue caused by fixed sprite position.

2. There is no in-game explanation for what you're supposed to do in order to get good results.
You must piece things together on your own or rely on walkthroughs.

To most people today, this will NOT feel like a proper video game.

Language barrier is another serious problem, but some games have English patches.


If you are okay with this, PC98 has many games with pretty manga style graphics and good FM synth music.


Power Dolls 2


(warning: audio is loud)

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This was one of the better PC88/PC98 games during early 1990's and it was ported to SuperFamicom, Mega CD, PC engine CD.
I hear there is also a windows version.



Eiyuudensetsu 3 (Legend of Heroes 2)



Eiyuudensetsu 4 (Legend of Heroes: Tear of Vermillion)



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I'm not recommending this game, I just wanted to show it because it's so different from the typical PC98 game.
 
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mild sriracha

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Princess Maker 1 (summer months)

personally i felt the color choice was really nice here, because PC98 games usually stick to desaturated colors.



Princess Maker 2 (one of the possible endings)

I was aiming for becoming the queen regent and ruling on behalf of the aging king
but screwed up somewhere and the girl became the king's concubine instead.
 
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Compared to top games on other systems, PC98 games are not very good.

1. Action parts are especially annoying,
there is this weird scrolling issue caused by fixed sprite position.

2. There is no in-game explanation for what you're supposed to do in order to get good results.
You must piece things together on your own or rely on walkthroughs.

To most people today, this will NOT feel like a proper video game.

Language barrier is another serious problem, but some games have English patches.


If you are okay with this, PC98 has many games with pretty manga style graphics and good FM synth music.


Power Dolls 2


(warning: audio is loud)

Popful Mail
This was one of the better PC88/PC98 games during early 1990's and it was ported to SuperFamicom, Mega CD, PC engine CD.
I hear there is also a windows version.



Eiyuudensetsu 3 (Legend of Heroes 2)



Eiyuudensetsu 4 (Legend of Heroes: Tear of Vermillion)



Elmknight



Runners High
I'm not recommending this game, I just wanted to show it because it's so different from the typical PC98 game.

Maybe it's my own opinion, but I always think that modern games (including ADV and RPG with such elements) are too easy on puzzles and difficulty overall. A lot of "Missions" degenerate into "Fetch A from location B and Kill Monster C", with aid of auto generated maps and compass on mini maps.

I do wish to see games that absolutely offer no clues at all, with much tougher puzzles (e.g. I'd love to see more difficult types of classical cyphers built into games, and players have to read in-game booklets to crack them). But it would be too difficult to design such games.
 

CitizenHal

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(e.g. I'd love to see more difficult types of classical cyphers built into games, and players have to read in-game booklets to crack them). But it would be too difficult to design such games.
This isn't really true. If people could do it in the past, they can do it now. The amount of resources, support and knowledge within game design is larger than it has ever been, so it isn't that making cryptic games is too difficult, it's more that the mainstream audience for games has grown and changed.

Back in the mid-90s you could have what we would consider a "AAA" game having really hard puzzles that require actual note-taking. These days, no chance. Big games need to be accessible to a large audience to make as much money as possible.

Modern indie games are another story though. 1-man passion projects like FEZ are so cryptic you literally need to solve ciphers by looking for patterns/clues and taking notes. Crypic games are still just as strong as they ever were in the past, they just aren't in the AAA catagory anymore. Look hard enough and you'll find them.
 

dase211

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Billie Eilish has a PC-98 shirt.
By the way what is the source for the image on the right?
 

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Man, now I want to play some PC98 games on a CRT.

Also yes, if you played some english translated Japanese games in DOS, they were probably ports of PC98 games.
what game is this?
 
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