Higurashi When They Cry is a sound novel. The music, backgrounds and characters work together to create a world that is the stage of a novel for the user to read. They laugh and cry and get angry. The user takes the point of view of the protagonist to experience the story. Nevertheless, this is a game, not a novel.
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Release Date: Nov 13, 2015

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June 17

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Higurashi When They Cry Hou – Ch 3 Tatarigoroshi is now live and available for download!

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May 20

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Umineko When They Cry (Question Arcs) Coming this July 8th!

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Fans of Higurashi When They Cry won't want to miss this amazing new tale from the same creators at 07th Expansion!

Join Battler, a scion of the wealthy Ushiromiya family, as he attends their annual reunion on the island of Rokkenjima for the first time in six years. However, that night, a disaster falls upon the Ushiromiya family, and they all begin to fear for their very lives. Battler's cousin Maria believes the golden witch Beatrice has returned and committed murder through magic, but Battler doesn't believe in such a fantasy. Still, could anyone in his family really have killed their own kin for the sake of riches? You know both the situation leading up to the incident and its tragic result, but the course of events is an enigma, and no one willing to share the whole truth. What really happened on Rokkenjima that night?

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Reviews

“As far as thrillers are concerned, few video games make it anywhere near the skillful story weaving present within the Higurashi series.”
4/5 – Hardcore Gamer

About This Game

The 58th year of Shouwa, early summer.
It’s June, and the summer heat has arrived earlier than it does most years.
By day there are crickets, and by night there are cicadas.

We’re in Hinamizawa, a small village in the countryside.
There are fewer than two thousand people here. But every year, there is an event.

This event is a mysterious death.

On a certain day in June, someone dies, and someone else goes missing.
The series of deaths is connected to the upheaval surrounding the dam construction project.
A murder case that was covered up is being reenacted.
Is it a conspiracy? A coincidence? Or perhaps a curse?

Someone who was supposed to be there isn’t.
Someone who wasn’t supposed to be there is.

Someone who was alive last night is dead now.
And someone who is here right now isn’t alive.

So, there is no way to avert tragedy. There is no choice but to give up.
But don’t give up.

Only you can stand up to this.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium III 800 MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL Compatible Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 +
    • Processor: Pentium 4 1.4GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL Compatible Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • Processor: 1 Ghz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu or equivalent
    • Processor: 1 Ghz or faster processor
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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seer of life
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Although Watanagashi can be played first or even as a stand-alone novel (much of the information revealed in Onikakushi is presented here as well), this is a comparative review. So, to lay out the pros and cons in relation to Ch1:

Pros (aka. the reason why I do recommend this):
- The beginning doesn't feel as slow, and it's also a little more entertaining.
- You get to understand some characters' intentions a little better (I'm looking at you, Ooishi).
- The sound during creepy/suspense moments is soooo much better.
- More of the history of Hinamizawa.
- In case you like Mion as much as I do, you get to see plenty of her backstory here as well.

Cons (aka. critique time! May be a little long and spoilery, so be warned):
- It feels like this had a "broader"/more general point of view, focusing on what's going on with everybody and having Keiichi try to find out what happened to other people in these larger-scale incidents, making this more about mystery than psychological horror. Onikakushi, on the other hand, focused on both Rena's and Keiichi's mental breakdowns. The narrative had you at the edge of your seat much more often than Watanagashi. After all, it does have a bigger impact when you read first-person descriptions of somebody stalking and trying to kill you than when you read a character talking about some other people who died.
- Keiichi's character in this also made the end really lukewarm, in my opinion. His unconditional acceptance and near-blind trust in Mion made the horrible things at the end seem much more distant than his constant paranoia and fear of Rena (his development in both chapters is understandable, however).
- The emphasis on gender roles and stereotypes for the first half of the game is SO ANNOYING.

Also, a little tip: you may think the "after party" is just a little extra, but I do recommend reading it. Characters get together as if they were actors just playing their roles and discuss the story, which may help you mull it over as well. I admit I had found the end to be incredibly underwhelming (especially in comparison to Onikakushi), but the after party shed light on some things I hadn't considered. I guess the generic writing at the start of each chapter really had me underestimating the writers...
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Ezah
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
Watanagashi is like a different author writing a slightly altered version of Onikakushi, with the focus of much of the story on Mion instead of Rena. It has the same plodding pace in the first 4 or so chapters, same low budget get's-the-job-done backgrounds, and adds a single character. For the most part this can be "played" on its own, but many of the nuances of the characters, as well as a few references in the opening chapters and music changes (every time the music stops, that creeping dread comes in...). There is much more plot resolution in this chapter than in the previous one, but also raises a lot of questions (it took me about 2 hours to read the final chapter, and it just keeps throwing stuff at you).

Ultimately, I highly recommend this second chapter. It feels to be more informational than mysterious, as with the first chapter, and provides a lot of background information, especially about Mion. If you haven't tried the first chapter, I suggest grabbing that one first as it will make the experience of this chapter more thrilling, but this one can be read right away without becoming lost.
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Lady Squid
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
It's just as good as the first. 10/10
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巫女•Reimu☆~
( 30.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
You’re in a small village, Hinamizawa where an event takes place every year during June; and each event will always have a mysterious death, with someone going missing along with it. No one knows why this is…but it only happens each year after the event. Will you be able to find out who or what lead these tragic events?

Graphics: 7/10
The graphics are practically the same as the first novel, they have added nothing new here but that’s not to say that it looks any worse. It just looks exactly the same as the first novel. Although, there were a few different locations that were seen in this novel, but apart from that; the way the characters were drawn are the same.

Storyline: 8/10
Again, the story starts off very slow and gradually picks up around chapter 10. This time, the main culprit is actually shown and told in a very obvious manner (It’s pretty obvious once you get some ideas within the story). This ruined the mystery for me once I found out who the culprit was as the main character was still ‘not accepting’ the ‘person’, it got a little frustrating. Although, it is a still a great read, but I do prefer the first novel.

Sound: 6/10
Apart from a few different soundtracks here and there, it does borrow the same soundtrack heard from the first novel. They did not improve it in any way of form, but they also didn’t change it too drastically that it would mismatch the novel.

Gameplay: 9/10
Same deal with the first novel, you get the exact same options. In addition, there were no translation errors that I spotted which is a plus. However, as with the first novel the game crashed a few times, so make to save often to avoid losing progress.

Price: 10/10
With a base price of £5.59 it is worth significantly more than the first novel for nearly the same length. That’s not to say that this is not worth reading, this is a really good visual novel that is worth picking up if you want to read the 2nd chapter of the series.
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alecks
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
night lights are $10 on amazon.com
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lindbergkaige
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Don't be fooled by the exterior; this is without a doubt one of the best horror experiences around, more comparable to a work of literature than a game.
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Mordecai
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
This story is amazing!
Highly recommend it for some horror genre and manga lovers!
If you haven't play the first chapter, buy it and play it!
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noob
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
game for noobs all u do is click
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Cetais
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Have you played Chapter 1?
No? -> Go play it.
Yes? -> ... Why are you reading my review? Go buy/play it!
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↑Laughable!
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
07th Expansion really NAILED this one
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Have you played Chapter 1?
No? -> Go play it.
Yes? -> ... Why are you reading my review? Go buy/play it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
You’re in a small village, Hinamizawa where an event takes place every year during June; and each event will always have a mysterious death, with someone going missing along with it. No one knows why this is…but it only happens each year after the event. Will you be able to find out who or what lead these tragic events?

Graphics: 7/10
The graphics are practically the same as the first novel, they have added nothing new here but that’s not to say that it looks any worse. It just looks exactly the same as the first novel. Although, there were a few different locations that were seen in this novel, but apart from that; the way the characters were drawn are the same.

Storyline: 8/10
Again, the story starts off very slow and gradually picks up around chapter 10. This time, the main culprit is actually shown and told in a very obvious manner (It’s pretty obvious once you get some ideas within the story). This ruined the mystery for me once I found out who the culprit was as the main character was still ‘not accepting’ the ‘person’, it got a little frustrating. Although, it is a still a great read, but I do prefer the first novel.

Sound: 6/10
Apart from a few different soundtracks here and there, it does borrow the same soundtrack heard from the first novel. They did not improve it in any way of form, but they also didn’t change it too drastically that it would mismatch the novel.

Gameplay: 9/10
Same deal with the first novel, you get the exact same options. In addition, there were no translation errors that I spotted which is a plus. However, as with the first novel the game crashed a few times, so make to save often to avoid losing progress.

Price: 10/10
With a base price of £5.59 it is worth significantly more than the first novel for nearly the same length. That’s not to say that this is not worth reading, this is a really good visual novel that is worth picking up if you want to read the 2nd chapter of the series.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
night lights are $10 on amazon.com
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
This story is amazing!
Highly recommend it for some horror genre and manga lovers!
If you haven't play the first chapter, buy it and play it!
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Read the Manga ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
97 of 102 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
Watanagashi, the second chapter of the episodic Higurashi series, has finally crept onto Steam. As expected from the stellar work done on CH1, MangaGamer have not disappointed in making Watanagashi a worthwhile purchase:

  • Unlike the previous (non-Steam) MG localization of Higurashi, no licensing issues hinder this release. The original music is fully intact as it was in the original release nearly 13 years ago.
  • Like CH1, the translation quality of this release far surpasses the 2009 MG localization or the various fanslation projects, owing to MangaGamer's decision to retranslate this behemoth from scratch. Wordplay, idioms, descriptions, characterizations, all are delicately handled in a way that immerses the reader without straying from the original transcript; in many situations, comparing this new translation to the old is like night and day.
  • Detailed new character art has been provided for the user's convenience, replacing the original low-res Ryukishi art if so desired. Alternatively, those who prefer the original art have the option to switch between the two on the fly by pressing 'P'. Going even further beyond these options, MangaGamer's intentional decision to allow modding of Higurashi's graphic assets means that discerning fans can even go as far as using the PS2 character sprites, or the PS3 backgrounds, or even custom fanmade sprites. Even voice mods using the VO of the older console releases of Higurashi are popping up, thanks to the flexibility provided by this rerelease's engine.

I can only assume if you're reading this review for CH2 you were (rightfully) in love with CH1 and wanted to see if MangaGamer's handling of CH2 is up to snuff. The answer is a resounding 'yes', and you should go out of your way to support such an excellent release.
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279 of 356 people (78%) found this review helpful
256 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
My neck still itches
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83 of 91 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Do you know that feeling when you finished an amazing movie/book/anime and you know you'll remeber it for the rest of your life ?
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52 of 61 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
Oh, Higurashi. Such a great series. Basically, this is the second chapter for the Higurashi VN series, if you couldn't tell. It continues with where Onikakushi left off in the story. This series is honestly very great, it gives you mixed emotions depending on the situation you're in. One minute, you could be laughing due to everyone having fun and playfully hitting each other, next minute, everyone could be dead.
This whole series is much worth it for the smallish price Steam charges for the games that have come out/coming out.
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