Also, CH barely makes 'ecchiservicey games' unless you count Agarest.
They advertise ecchiservice like crazy, but the actual games don't hold much.
Now, GUST, they don't advertise ecchiservice much, but they do deliver ~
Of course, they also have very solid gameplay, among other things.
I just felt it was needed to point out that CH's games really arent the 'ecchiservice fest' that people like to say they are.
Even Agarest games don't push it that far
, just further than GUST games. Unless you're Qoga
I can't believe I'm agreeing with Stealth
Given that I'm the one that voted for it (again, fully recognizing that it's a flawed game overall that will appeal to a very limited number of people), I feel I should defend it. Though it has the "ecchiservice" bits tacked on, at it's core, it's a very solid game. It (as well as Zero) has a deep and winding plot that deals with many weighty issues of human morality, it's got great characters that are actually
developed, it's got multiple branching paths and choices you can make that have substantial impact to how the story plays out/which characters you meet/etc, it has an excellent combat system with an incredible amount of depth, and last but not least, REAL challenge.
And those that have actually played it can tell you that the ecchi stuff was extremely overblown in the marketing. It's mostly subdued in the game, and really only comes to the fore in brief segments that are stuffed in between long segments of gameplay and story.
I'm also voting it one of the "best" because it took a LOT of chances for a game offered to the US market. No dubbed voiceover, somewhat eastern themes, almost no animation in character interaction, virtual novel-like plot exposition, and extremely long and technical gameplay add up to a lot of risk for Aksys/CH in NA. But they've done well, and effectively added options for NA gamers. And IMO, options are always
a good thing.