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4 of the Best Otome Games (Dating Sims and Visual Novels for Women) on Steam

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The visual novel and dating sim market for women is somewhat unique in comparison to its "for men" counterparts. Similar to the allure of BioWare games like Dragon Age versus Square Enix's Final Fantasy, the draw is first on being able to explore a rich and compelling storyline -- and also to be able to control which way that storyline leads.

The majority of these types of games don't actually require you to be 'good' at playing other games -- save for a few mini-games here and there, you generally only need to have a decent command of the English language and the ability to make up your mind.

Most otome game plots start out rather formulaic, cheesy, and generic, especially since it requires you to be introduced to a number of eligible 'catchables' as soon as possible. It's only when you decide to stick with it and keep exploring new characters, new interactions, and new storylines that the beauty of storytelling really begins to shine. 

(Note for clarification: The above image is for Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ which is getting a western localization, but it doesn't look like it's going to be on Steam.)

Published Jul. 24th 2016
  • Angelina Bonilla (Red Angel)
    Featured Correspondent
    Is Nameless really that good of an Otome? I haven't heard very good things about it and I was curious. I've heard more favorable things about Dandelion than I have Nameless.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    The two have similarities, and I feel like the negatives you get out of it are the same that you'll find in Dandelion. If you like extra gameplay out of your VNs you might like Dandelion more, but I think the need for stat-raising is clunky and took away the rest which is why I'd recommend one over the other.
  • Angelina Bonilla (Red Angel)
    Featured Correspondent
    The stat crunchiness of some Visual novels are not something I'm really a fan of. It depends on how it's used for the most part but it can be very clunky for some games. Like in Magical Diary, it has a huge chunk of mechanics focussed around this to get the arguably best ending for each romance option.

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