emily is away is not gonna give you good feelings or anything, but it's really good.love is strange probably only works if you've played life is strange.
When you say "dating sim" do you mean something like Tokimeki Memorial or Love Plus where you build up stats in order to date a girl or are you looking for a visual novel where you can date different girls?
I think a visual novel is more my jam, but I'd be open for straight up dating sims if that's where the good stuff is.
Steins; Gate might be cool, I loved the anime adaptation of that too.
I suppose it's entirely the same plot but with alternate routes for all the girls Okabe has to help out after he messes up the timeline? It's the same basic story but _way_ more in depth (40ish hours vs.
For visual novels I really would recommend Katawa Shoujo, the "disability girls" game.
The game is a lot better than it first sounds and it is freeware so you only have to spend your time in order to find out if you'll like it or not.
Are these actually what I'm looking for or are they subversive, short indie stuff that wear the guise of dating visual novels but are more about taking the piss?
I think the chat interface thing in two of them look real unappealing, at least.
Some guidelines for what I'm looking for: When you say "dating sim" do you mean something like Tokimeki Memorial or Love Plus where you build up stats in order to date a girl or are you looking for a visual novel where you can date different girls?
I haven't played too many of the former definition but the Sakura Wars games are a great mix of dating sim and strategy RPG, I'd highly recommend So Long My Love on the PS2 or Wii.