Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is a role-playing game developed and published by Atlus for Sony's Play Station 2, and chronologically the fifth installment in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series.
Persona 4 game play combines the traditional role-playing game with elements of a simulation game. It was later ported to the Xbox 360, PSP, and i OS devices.
Steam on the other hand, has made digital distribution cost-effective, efficient, and accessible to a massive audience.
All this is a huge boon for visual novels and dating simulation games, which would have lingered in obscurity outside of Japan, otherwise.
The game lasts for a fixed period of game time, such as one month or three years.
There's no shortage of simple, absurdist dating sims revolving around meme-status celebrities, including Nicolas Cage, Adam Sandler, and John Cena, to name a few. Its scenario is no less bizarre, featuring the buff, tough Jaeger pilots and quirky scientists of , you play as the most sensible character choice from the film: Hannibal Chau, the impossibly eccentric black market organ dealer brought to life by the one and only Ron Perlman. shines with a clear application of effort on the creator's part.
Dating simulation games started gaining popularity in Japan during the 90's.
However, this was never the case in other parts of the world.
Video game magazines that I read regularly would cover Japanese imports and niche titles, but dating sims were merely a curiosity and nothing more. The games industry has grown exponentially and modern gamers are interested in titles beyond the scope of the action, shooting and role-playing genres.
This can lead to confusion, as visual novels are considered a subgenre of adventure games and are not technically included in the dating sim genre.