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Your choices changes the GENRE of the story! Live a life of adventure or a normal life! A game with true choices! An interactive story/game where you play the role of Ryou, a seemingly normal high school student in the land of Sorayama. Solve the mysteries that surround him while maintaining his friendships and saving Claire.
Release Date: Nov 11, 2009
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June 30th, 2014

Your Choices Change the GENRE of the Game! Now with Steam Trading Cards!

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Coming Soon! Achievements integrated with Steam!

June 27th, 2014

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Reviews

“In terms of gameplay, the game takes 'choose your own adventure' to a whole other level. You literally have freedom to do whatever you want.”
Inside Anime Expo

“It has an interesting story to tell, which can be as realistic, convoluted or outlandish as you want it to be.”
http://www.technologytell.com/gaming/59262/gamertell-review-fading-hearts-for-windows-mac-and-linux/

“... it went beyond what visual novels usually do and, as usual, I found the life-sim and RPG elements highly addictive.”
87% – http://rpgfan.com/reviews/Fading_Hearts/index.html

About the Game

Your choices changes the GENRE of the story!

Live a life of adventure or a normal life! A game with true choices!

An interactive story/game where you play the role of Ryou, a seemingly normal high school student in the land of Sorayama. Solve the mysteries that surround him while maintaining his friendships and saving Claire. Remain ignorant of the secrets and live a normal life or choose to learn the truth. Be careful where you put your priorities for it may prove fatal.
  • Multiple end-game climaxes and endings!
  • What will be the final conflict?
  • Take control of your story or be swept away by it unlike ever before!
  • True choices! (Defined as choosing your own goal!)

Daily Life Sim! Player-Led Game/Story Genre Shifting!


Everyday choose what YOU want to do. Fight monsters in the forest on Monday. Hang out with friends on Tuesday. The player gets to choose!

Player-Active Storytelling! NPCs tries to manipulate you, the player!

This is what makes gamers like this game when they don't like Visual Novels and/or Dating Sims. Normally what you get is a storyline that you can sit back and just passively absorb. In Fading Hearts...

Players can actively manipulate story mechanics once they understand how they work.

Also there are many people trying to convince you to do things that may or may not be in your best interest. How do you figure out who to trust and not trust? Will you get enough information in time or would you have go with your gut feeling when it comes does down to the wire?

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Intergrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Older Intel Integrated Graphics Chips are not supported
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 1082 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated AMD or NVidia Grahpics Card

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Intergrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 1082 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated AMD or NVidia Grahpics Card

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Intergrated Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Older Intel Integrated Graphics Chips are not supported
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz x86 processor
    • Memory: 1082 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated AMD or NVidia Grahpics Card
Helpful customer reviews
146 of 171 people (85%) found this review helpful
314 products in account
5 reviews
16.9 hrs on record
Played this game before it came to Steam and love it through and through!

There are visual novels with longer and deeper storylines, but Fading Heart managed to be more enjoyable than most of them; its characters are downright endearing, and the story is interesting with its share of twists and mysteries.

Among things that makes Fading Hearts favorably stand out among other VNs is that it gives you a lot of actual choice, rather then deciding the route for you based on often- unobvious dialogue choice. For instance, most VNs require the player to focus on pursuing specific girl, often at expense of being cold or downright rude to other girls to avoid getting unwanted “points” with them. Fading Hearts recognizes that being nice to a girl doesn’t mean you are romantically interested in her, and ultimately places decision of who to pursue into your hands. It encourages supporting all your friends regardless of your romantic interest, which I find a refreshing change from many other VNs.

Not to say that the plot can’t force something upon you, it sure can. But even when the choice is taken from you, it is the result of what you choose earlier – choose poorly!

To sum it up, I fully recommend Fading Hearts to everyone who enjoys VNs. And for people not familiar with the genre, I’d say it is a good choice of the first VN if they want to try them out.
Posted: February 6th, 2014
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235 of 305 people (77%) found this review helpful
549 products in account
22 reviews
6.3 hrs on record
This visual novel is actually fantastic.
The storytelling is top notch and engaging with some sudden twists as you progress in this game.
It's does good job of combining a life simulator and RPG elements in one package.
The artwork and the soundtrack in this VN is beautiful as well.

Unfortunately, there is a few cons in this magnificent visual novel that stopped me from giving this game a 9/10 rating.

- Annoying, new sound effects that can possibly give you a headache. (They should have keep the old sounds from retail build however you can easily mute the sound effects within the settings)
- No improvements on the writing in this steam release. (The writing in some parts of the VN is a bit off and a good example of that is the introduction)
- No widescreen or high resolution support - the devs should have added this feature since they improved the engine in this Steam release.
- RPG elements can pull you away from the story on some routes since you have to reach a certain day in the game in order to progress your journey. Pressing buttons repeatedly for a better characters stats is not my thing.
- Game saves from retail build of Fading Heats are not compatible with Steam release.

Overall, if you into dating sims or just looking to playing something different, give this visual novel a go.
This game has also some good replayability thanks to multiple routes and achievements. Sakura River are also planing to add new scenarios/route in the next title update.

If you're not sure if you should buy this game, go to Sakura River's website and try out the demo version.
You have nothing to lose.

My rating - 8.0

Note: I have reedited and changed my rating for the review since I felt like I've over rated this game compared to other visual novels I have read. This review is based on Fading Heart's Steam launch version.
Posted: February 5th, 2014
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158 of 221 people (71%) found this review helpful
833 products in account
7 reviews
14.8 hrs on record
First off, I want to say that I have only finished a single playthrough so far, so impressions may change, but I feel I've got a good enough grasp on what's to come to make a judgement call.

Is this a game?

That depends on what you are looking for in a "game", I suppose. If you are a fan of visual novels already, this is a pretty decent game. If you are familiar with the recent Steam release, "Long Live The Queen", you will have a pretty good idea of what this game is like.

If you do not know what a visual novel is, do not like reading, do not have a functioning imagination, or hold graphics as the highest valued aspect of a game, this is not for you, avoid at all costs.

If you are on the edge, could go either way, as yourself a couple questions:

Do you like choose your own adventure style books?
Do you appreciate stories that vary from mundane, predictable, slice-of-life, to bizarre and out-of-this-world, all in the same setting?
Are you okay with repetition in repeated gameplay?

If you're okay with those things, I think you'll appreciate the game.

Now, in terms of visual novels, this has the standards. My assessment after first playthrough:

Visuals:
--BGs: 6.5/10
--Models: 7.5/10
Audio:
--BGs: 6/10
--SFX: 6/10
Story:
--Grammar/Typos: 9/10
--Narrative: 8.5/10

The visuals are on level with most VN world, they aren't amazing, but they are enough to put you in the mindset to imagine your surroundings.

Audio is not bad at all, it will get a little repetitve, but all of it is good quality.

The story, my fist playthrough was wild, I purposefully did things that I thought were the worst choices, or most exciting, can't wait to play again and make different choices.

If you are used to a normal visual novel, you might be overwhelmed with how many branching options there are, and the game is much more like Long Live The Queen in that respect.

In any case, I suggest that fans of VNs check it out, definitely on par with most that I've enjoyed.

For the people that want a AAA title, this is an $11 visual novel and not what you are looking for.
Posted: February 6th, 2014
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
301 products in account
1 review
7.1 hrs on record
This game instantly captured my heart!

Its cute, interesting and fun, I enjoyed it so much I had to call in sick the next day since I was captured with getting to see all the beautiful endings!

It gets a 9/10 from me, it got alittle repetative (especially work part aka read book, work some, read book, work more, work more, work more etc several days in a row) also the music was nice making the game far more enjoyable especially with the lack of VA.

I'm looking forward to more games from "Sakura River Interactive"

//Duiof
Posted: February 24th, 2014
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35 of 48 people (73%) found this review helpful
101 products in account
2 reviews
8.2 hrs on record
This game does a good job of making the player develop feelings towards the characters, and giving you the freedom to choose how you want to build your friendship/relationships with them. Though to get the full experience, you might have to play it multiple times. The choices you make in this game do affect the vast number of events that happen in the game. Though I feel like the writing and directing could've used a bit more work, because towards the end everything happened way too quickly and was very anticlimactic, which left me disappointed and a bit depressed.

If you have patience for lots of reading, drama, and romance, this game is well worth your time.
Posted: February 8th, 2014
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146 of 171 people (85%) found this review helpful
314 products in account
5 reviews
16.9 hrs on record
Played this game before it came to Steam and love it through and through!

There are visual novels with longer and deeper storylines, but Fading Heart managed to be more enjoyable than most of them; its characters are downright endearing, and the story is interesting with its share of twists and mysteries.

Among things that makes Fading Hearts favorably stand out among other VNs is that it gives you a lot of actual choice, rather then deciding the route for you based on often- unobvious dialogue choice. For instance, most VNs require the player to focus on pursuing specific girl, often at expense of being cold or downright rude to other girls to avoid getting unwanted “points” with them. Fading Hearts recognizes that being nice to a girl doesn’t mean you are romantically interested in her, and ultimately places decision of who to pursue into your hands. It encourages supporting all your friends regardless of your romantic interest, which I find a refreshing change from many other VNs.

Not to say that the plot can’t force something upon you, it sure can. But even when the choice is taken from you, it is the result of what you choose earlier – choose poorly!

To sum it up, I fully recommend Fading Hearts to everyone who enjoys VNs. And for people not familiar with the genre, I’d say it is a good choice of the first VN if they want to try them out.
Posted: February 6th, 2014
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