"What is Cross†Channel," you ask? It’s a visual novel I intended to playtest for the site months ago, but had to stop because of how disturbing it could be at times. While there are no actual NSFW scenes for the first few hours in the game, the protagonist, Taichi Kurosu’s mind is so very deep in the gutter, it gets a little unsettling. Still, it’s an interesting game — the writing and fan translation are both excellent, if a bit heavy-handed at times — and I intend to play more of it one of these days, and eventually write up that playtest. Here’s a plot summary if you’re curious.
The game was ported to the PS2 at one point as Cross†Channel ~to all people~ (presumably with all the h-scenes removed). Anyone that’s interested in checking out the portable, non-ecchi version should keep their eyes on the PSP for Feb 25, 2010. The limited edition also includes a drama CD and special booklet in addition to the game.
Something that caught my attention about Cross†Channel was that it is apparently one of Kinoko Nasu’s (Type Moon) favourite games. I’d be lying if I said reading about that didn’t influence my decision to get back into it after it nearly drove me away the first time.