They also often receive Cero C ratings, meaning they are for players over 15.If you see Days of Memories 2 for the DS and purchase it, be aware that one of the games in this collection, Days of Memories: Kare to Watashi no Atsui Natsu is a girl’s dating sim, where girls have the opportunity to win over a guy from SNK’s King of Fighters series.
Important Importables has always offered substantial coverage of various otome, that is life/dating sim games for girls, due to the fact that I enjoy playing most of those games.
But those aren’t the only kind of dating sim style games in Japan.
You end up doing a substantial amount of reading to progress through the story and see CG scenes.
Memories Off, Sentimental Graffiti, Days of Memories and Clannad all fall into this section.
If you’d rather play a game with dating sim in Japanese (and isn’t hentai/adult, which we’ll get to a bit later in the article), then you’ll have to settle for games with dating sim elements.
The best example of an English language dating sim was the PS1 game Thousand Arms, released by Atlus.
Also, both Persona 3 and Persona 4 give players the opportunity to begin relationships with female social link characters.
Even the Star Ocean games, in particular Star Ocean: The Second Story/Second Evolution and Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, players’ actions in battle and decisions in Private Action scenes can result in an ending with another party member. I’ve never played them and they’re of absolutely no interest to me.
There have also been Fate/Unlimited and Fate/Tiger fighting games released by Capcom that do not fall in this category.
COMING NEXT WEEK: Important Portables looks at the Suikoden III manga.
The Tokimeki Memorial series is, quite possibly, the most famous and most import friendly game of this type.