Top 10 Best Visual Novels

The Top Ten
1 Fate/Stay Night

There are three paths to choose from: Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel. I think regardless of what path you take, they will all tell awesome stories for sure.

This game has it all. Emotion, action, suspense - you name it, this game has it.

2 Katawa Shoujo

For a free game, this is one hell of a masterpiece. Great, well-written stories, awesome art, and a soundtrack to match.

Great story, hits you right in the feels, and goes after a topic most VNs don't. And it's free. Mad props. Fantastic game.

Such a great game! Each girl's story is nice and charming!

3 Steins;Gate

Easily the best product of entertainment. It could definitely rival a console game. This is a must-see experience.

This game is not really famous, but trust me, this is really good! You must play it if you love visual novels!

Wow. If you're into hard sci-fi, this is for you. Excellent game.

4 Grisaia no Kajitsu

The big difference between games is if you play a game and remember it or not. Most games we just play, and in one month we do not even recall the characters' names. Grisaia is something you will remember.

It's sad because after two years and hundreds of games, I still recall everything about this plot, meaning that I'm unable to play it again.

5 HuniePop
6 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Great story, great characters, and overall... just great!

You'll really get the feels in this one.

7 Umineko no Naku Koro ni

I was surprised at how emotional and heartwarming the story can be, considering this is supposed to be a horror visual novel.

I prefer to see it more as a dark drama.

Will change your view of mystery completely. Literally a masterpiece.

One of the best and most creative plots ever.

8 Shuffle
9 Amagami
10 Doki Doki Literature Club!

Literally a masterpiece of a game. Dan Salvato did a great job with the script and the characters as well. The writing in this game is excellent. Out of the four characters Monika, Sayori, Yuri, and Natsuki, you as the player can decide who to like.

The second time through after Sayori commits suicide, the game starts to glitch out, which makes it very creepy. You also notice a change in the characters as Natsuki becomes very bossy, and Yuri eventually becomes so obsessive that it, too, leads her to kill herself. In the end, it's Monika who is changing the characters by amplifying their traits.

Overall, it's a good game, and it only takes about 4+ hours. 9.5/10

The Contenders
11 Clannad
12 Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

The only reason I searched for this kind of list was to see Danganronpa games. I didn't like the first one much, but this is awesome.

Murder mysteries, backstories, funny and sad moments... Just play it!

Probably the best thing I've played in a while.

13 Zero Escape

999 is a masterpiece, plain and simple. It is so mind-bendingly good that it honestly invalidates the existence of its own sequels, neither of which are nearly as good.

Virtue's Last Reward feels somewhat bloated and lifeless at times, and Zero Time Dilemma just isn't as tight and engaging an experience. Striking the perfect balance between escape room puzzles and gameplay, 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors is an enigmatic, engrossing game that immediately captivates you and doesn't let go until you've seen the true ending.

It explores fascinating concepts regarding the nature of human consciousness, and the characters manage to keep its more esoteric and abstract ideas grounded in solid, relatable reality. Near perfect if you ask me.

14 Ace Attorney
15 G-Senjou no Maou
16 Little Busters!

Love this game, best thing Key has made.

17 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
18 Air
19 Saya no Uta
20 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

I don't get why everyone liked the second game over the first one. I found the characters of the first game to be more likable and less generic.

Also, thanks to this game, I found my favorite anime character (because the first game has an anime, unlike some games from the series) and a human version of Undertale's Papyrus, so there's that.

21 Ever 17

The music and artwork in this game are simply amazing. The characters are very well thought out, and the story is awesome as well.

If you want a first-rate adventure novel with mystery, sci-fi, and romance mixed in, then this is for you.

22 Kanon
23 Dramatical Murder

I love this visual novel! It should be higher on the list!

24 ef - A fairy tale of two
25 Muv-Luv Alternative
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