Since it’s my birthday today, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
So I thought I should post something different today!
Seriously, there are many, many games out there and sometimes different genres tend to intersect to create something new that more people will enjoy. Dating sims are becoming a popular cross-genre for some of them, mostly RPGs. So here I’m going to list 5 games, from popular picks, that you might have not known were otome games!
5. Fable (Trilogy)
Fable is a trilogy of role-playing games developed by Lionhead Studios for XBOX, Mac and Windows PC and it has some otome game elements. You can, indeed, marry most NPCs in the towns that you’re able to visit and make a family with them (including having children). The relationship can also turn bad if you happen to spend too much time on your adventures while ignoring your marital life. There are some unique characters that you’re allowed to marry too, but unfortunately they aren’t many and they don’t go very far. While the otome elements are there, it’s not exactly the focus in Fable and it can turn quite boring and repetitive out of lack of emotional connection with these characters.
4. Avalon Code
Avalon Code is a fantasy-action-role-playing video game for Nintendo DS. It was
developed by Matrix Software and published by Marvelous Entertainment.
Even though the protagonists of Avalon Code are too young for marriage,the game features a total of fourteen ‘eligible’ non-player characters who may take a romantic interest in the player character as various side-quests are completed. The main options for a female player are 5 Heroes: Anwar – A desert dweller who claims to have no heart, Duran – A would be hero who lives in Rhoan, Heath – The Waisian General, Rex – a hate filled boy who is the player’s best friend and Valdo – The Waisen Empire Prince.
3. Persona 3 Portable
Persona 3 Portable is an enhanced port of Persona 3, released for the PlayStation Portable (PSP), published and developed by ATLUS.
As the others on the list, this game allows the player to choose the gender of the protagonist, which possibly opens up new routes and scenarios in the story.When you play as the female protagonist you can engage in romantic relationships with Ryoji, Theodore, Shinjiro, Akihiko and/or Ken.
I have heard a lot of hype regarding these guys, particularly Ken and Shinji, though I must recognize I did not play it myself yet. Tell me what you think if any of you played it or will get to play it before me. XD
2. Harvest Moon (series)
Also known as Story of Seasons, Harvest Moon is a farm simulation role-playing video game series created by Yasuhiro Wada and produced by Victor Interactive Software for Nintendo (though it has branched to other consoles as well). Most Harvest Moon games offer the ability to marry. Gift giving and interacting with the love interest may increase the love interest’s affection, and if their affection is high enough, marriage may be proposed with a Blue Feather. Most love interests have rivals, who will marry them if the player does not. Only one Harvest Moon game, the Japanese version of Harvest Moon DS Cute, has allowed players to marry someone of the same sex (termed the “Best Friends” system).I seriously do not recommend playing these games for the otome elements without a walkthrough close-by, since it’s very easy to mess it up.
Similar to Harvest Moon is the fantasy-tinged Role Playing Game spin-off series Rune Factory which has a similar system.
1. BioWare Games
I decided to put all Bioware games at the top since it’s seemed like cheating to fill the list with only Bioware .
For those who don’t know, BioWare is a video game developer corp. whose most of the released game titles include some sort of romance-system. The most famous are Dragon Age, Mass Effect and Jade Empire. And I’ll add Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: The Old Republic for all you Star Wars fans out there!
If you’re looking for an involving storyline and romances that you can really can get to deeply care for, then BioWare games should be your main choice. Personally I only played Mass effect trilogy and Dragon Age trilogy till now and I can guarantee you that they’re the best both from a gameplay and “otome games” type of view. Also, as I mentioned in one of my old posts, a certain guy in Dragon Age 2 holds my record for how many times I managed to romance the same person without being tempted by anybody else, and that’s Fenris. Go and keep him company now! NOW!