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5 Best Visual Novel Games on PlayStation 5

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The visual novel as a medium has quickly picked up steam amongst console fans. This is great and shows that the genre itself is continuously evolving to reach a wider audience. That being said, these games allow players to experience in-depth stories and have great characters in them. So if you are looking for a selection of titles that are sure to entice you, enjoy our list of the 5 Best Visual Novel Games on PlayStation 5

5. AI: The Somnium Files

the visual novel as a genre, as they appear on PlayStation, allows players to enjoy great in-depth storylines and characters. Games such as AI: The Somnium Files allow players to experience these types of stories for themselves. The game, which has a rather large fanbase around it, features some of the more interesting story beats of entries on this list. In this game, players will be tasked with playing the role of a special investigator. Following a grisly set of murders, it is up to the player to discover what is going on and bring the culprits to justice.

The most interesting fact about this game is its inclusion of multiple routes for the player to go down. The majority of the gameplay takes place within the memories of suspects, and the player must search for answers. First of all, this is a fantastic concept and a great way to create both narrative and gameplay-driven intrigue. Speaking of gameplay, players who enjoy puzzles will find themselves right at home in this title, as there is a puzzle-solving element. So if you are looking for a great visual novel to play on PlayStation, definitely check this one out.

4. Yurukill: The Calumniation Games

First, Yurukill: The Calumniation Games allows players to take part in an extravagant and wild game. Secondly, players will have to use their puzzle-solving skills in order to progress. This gives the player a great sense of accomplishment following the solving of these puzzles. Finally, within this game, prisoners are allowed to participate in outlandish games in order o earn their freedom. This quickly builds both suspense and a reason to press on within the game itself.

The games being framed through the lens of a theme park also gives this game a unique identity. Another element of the game that both shines and brings a bit of variety to the game is its shoot-em-up mechanics. Players will have to participate in various games in order to learn more about the story. The game does a great job of balancing both the action sections, as well as the more puzzle-heavy sections. So, in short, if you are looking for a visual novel on the PlayStation that will vary the experience for you, then this is a great choice.

3. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

Our next entry on this list is, quite possibly, the most recognizable off of name alone. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! is a massive game that brings the array of characters from Doki Doki onto the PlayStation 5. Being psychological horror games at its core, things are quite not as they appear from the beginning. This gives the game quite a bit of interest early on. As you slowly start to unravel the mysteries of the game's world. The Plus! version of the game also comes with a wealth of new content for the player to enjoy.

These inclusions include things like, six new side stories to enjoy, more music tracks, and visual upgrades. Each of these things does a great job of improving the overall experience of the game. The game quickly lets you know that this game isn't for the faint of heart, as the subject matter and various happenings are definitely adult in nature. However, this juxtaposes this feeling with a variety of characters in the game. So if you are looking for a fantastic visual novel to play, give Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! a chance.

2. LoveChoice

Switching things up considerably, our next entry on our list is much more wholesome than games like Yurukill and Doki DokiLoveChoice has a unique art style to it that makes it stand out. The game allows for layers to go on an adventure throughout its pages. While the game may be a tad bit on the short side, with a runtime of about an hour and a half to two hours, these are hours well-spent. The game itself has multiple endings, each with its own implications and differences.

This allows for the game to be replayed, which is excellent. As the many choices you make in the game have a wealth of impact on the player's experience overall. The themes within the game are also well-explored. These themes include love, relationships, and what these things mean both for the people in those relationships as well as others. This game actually gives sound and solid advice revolving around relationships. But if you are looking for a great visual novel to play with purpose, then definitely give LoveChoice a try.

1. Heart of The Woods

Heart of the Woods is an exciting entry on this list. The game itself is filled with the whimsical world of fairies while also being rather dark at times. In this game, players will play as a lady who simply wants answers. Answers to many things, such as rediscovering one's life purpose and many other aspects that, make the main character of this game really relatable. It is here where the game allows more fantastical and paranormal aspects to bleed into the game.

In the village of Eysenfield, they will encounter many supernatural elements that will shake them to their core. This will drive our characters to investigate and uncover more of the town's mysteries as well as learn more about themselves. The game also features a beautiful art style that allows these locations and characters to feel very well-realized. So, to close, if you are looking for a visual novel on the PlayStation 5, definitely don't let Heart of the Woods slip through your fingers. It is, simply put, one of the best visual novels on the market today.

So, what's your take on our picks for the 5 Best Visual Novel Games on PlayStation 5? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.



Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.