What do I even say about visual novels…
They are very possibly my favorite medium of entertainment. On the surface, combining music with the pacing and intricacy of the prose of a novel… Im at a loss for words for how to describe how and why I love both of those, but adding music to anything makes it better in my opinion.
But on a much deeper level, the very mechanics of a VN, allowing for multiple stories and one story to exist at the same time… it allows for narratives that cannot be so fully explored by any other medium.
As for favorites, Im a huge Key fan: CLANNAD is what got me interested in VNs, and Little Busters! cemented my eternal love for them; the latter is probably what I would call my “all-time favorite.” I also love Fate/stay night and every single Fate related thing. And the way both Higurashi and Umineko have started off, I could easily see both of those finding theyre way to the top of my list as well.
Right now Im playing Grisaia no Kajitsu (still trying to drag myself through the monster of a common route), and also Sukimazakura to Uso no Machi.
Im finding the former pretty funny, or rather, Im finding Sachi pretty funny.
As for the latter, I continue to repeatedly be pleasantly surprised. I started SukiZaku knowing absolutely nothing about it, picking it up purely because the TL project needed an editor and I was willing to help with pretty much anything.
On the surface it looks like a very standard romance eroge, with such a fantastical twist that I almost couldnt take it seriously. But as I continued, I realized just how much more there was to the story and the setting than meets the eye. That, and Im in love with its soundtrack. And any VN with a good OST has an immediate +1 in my book. I mean, come on, it has freaking [Hanatan singing the OP] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFWUFEzxovs) and ED for crying out loud, how did they even get that.
Anyways, its really great so far. I definitely recommend you give it a try when the TL patch is finished.